Overview of the UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa

Overview of the UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa

The mission of UNESCO Addis Ababa is to contribute to sustainable human development in a culture of peace underpinned by tolerance, democracy and human rights through programs and projects in UNESCO's fields of competence: Education, Natural Sciences, Human and Social Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information.

The UNESCO Addis Ababa office comprise of the Liaison office with African Union Commission (AUC ) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the National Office for Ethiopia, under the Nairobi Multisectoral regional office, covering the East Africa region.

Roles and Functions of the Liaison office with AUC and ECA include:

  • Institutional representation: promotes UNESCO’s mandate, programs and activities at all levels of the partner organizations concerned, work to strengthen relations between UNESCO and these organizations, and facilitate official missions to these organizations, as well as the participation of UNESCO representatives at their meetings. The liaison office also may provide substantive input to relevant international and interagency meetings on behalf of UNESCO, in close cooperation with relevant organizational entities at Headquarters and in the field.
  • Advocacy and outreach: advocate for UNESCO’s mandate and its two global priorities (Africa and gender equality), its core competencies in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information, as well as key intersectoral and multidisciplinary issues in which the Organization is engaged, such as the promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence (Flagship 1), coordinated regionally by the office. The office also raises awareness on UNESCO’s strategic objectives, programs priorities, institutes and networks, and will contribute to conveying and spreading the Organization’s key messages.
  • Information analysis and brokering: channel and relay information between the various parts of UNESCO and institutions to which they are representative, and provide analysis and advice thereon. This involves following relevant institutional meetings and conferences, gathering information about processes, programs and issues of major interest to UNESCO, and transmitting to concerned sectors, services and units away from Headquarters all materials deemed relevant for their work, such as reports and conference documents. In the process, liaison offices are expected also to advise Headquarters on courses of action as to how best to position UNESCO in the international arena, in particular to enhance inter-agency cooperation, including in post-conflict and post-disaster (PCPD) mechanisms and in the Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa.
  • Partnership-building: identifies opportunities for new partnerships, and further strengthen existing ones with UN entities, inter‐governmental and regional organizations, donors, the private sector and civil society. The liaison offices also will contribute to the development of cooperation agreements and joint programs, including post-conflict and post-disaster programs, as well as to the mobilization of resources in close consultation with relevant programs sectors and central services. 

 Ethiopian National Office for UNESCO

The National office strives to implement operational activities in every thematic sector so as to foster culture of peace and sustainable development in Ethiopia. Specifically the office,

  • Enhances UNESCO’s support to national development priorities and will operate under the technical oversight of the multisectoral regional offices.
  • Is fully responsible and accountable for the development and delivery of UNESCO programs in the country of their respective location, including the preparation of UCPDs (if applicable)
  • Engages in the mobilization of extra budgetary resources at the national level, in close consultation with their parent multisectoral regional office.
  • Represent UNESCO and act as senior advisers to Governments on matters pertaining to UNESCO mandate.







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