Strategy for 2002-2007 represents,
together with the Programme and Budget for 2002-2003,
the programmatic pillar of UNESCO’s reforms as approved by the
Conference in its resolution III/1, adopted at its 31st session
held in October-November 2001. The Strategy aims at projecting a
new vision and a new profile for the Organization.
Overall, it is formulated around a single unifying theme –
UNESCO contributing to peace and human development in an era of
globalization through education, science, culture and
communication. Thus, it seeks to create a link between
UNESCO’s mandate and role on the one hand and globalization
with a human face on the other hand.
Strategy unifies the four main programme areas with a common
purpose and defines a limited number of strategic objectives,
a total of 12 for the entire Organization and three for each
programme. Around these strategic objectives are built two
cross-cutting themes, which are and must be intrinsic to all
programmes: the eradication of poverty, especially extreme
poverty; and the contribution of information and
communication technologies to education, science, culture and
information and the building of knowledge societies.
contributing to peace and human development in an era of
globalization through education, the sciences, culture and
Developing and promoting universal principles and norms,
based on shared values, in order to meet emerging
challenges in education, science, culture and
communication and to protect and strengthen the “common
public good” ;
Promoting pluralism, through recognition and
safeguarding of diversity together with the observance of
Promoting empowerment and participation in the emerging
knowledge society through equitable access,
capacity-building and sharing of knowledge.
Promoting education as a fundamental right in accordance
with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
Improving the quality of education through the
diversification of contents and methods and the promotion
of universally shared values ;
Promoting experimentation, innovation and the diffusion
and sharing of information and best practices as well as
policy dialogue in education.
Promoting principles and ethical norms to guide
scientific and technological development and social
Improving human security by better management of the
environment and social change ;
Enhancing scientific, technical and human capacities to
participate in the emerging knowledge societies.
Promoting the drafting and implementation of
standard-setting instruments in the cultural field ;
Safeguarding cultural diversity and encouraging dialogue
among cultures and civilizations ;
Enhancing the linkages between culture and development,
through capacity-building and sharing of knowledge.
Promoting the free flow of ideas and universal access to
Promoting the expression of pluralism and cultural
diversity in the media and world information networks ;
Access for all to information and communication
technologies, especially in the public domain.