UNESCO has a long history of cooperation with Africa and it has always placed this cooperation as a core priority. For the medium term period 2014-2021, Member States have confirmed the two Global Priorities of UNESCO: Priority Africa and Gender Equality.
Based on consultations with and decisions of Member States, UNESCO’s action for Africa will focus on two major areas during the medium term period 2014-2021:
- Building peace by building inclusive, peaceful and resilient societies;
- Building institutional capacities for sustainable development and poverty eradication.
UNESCO is expected to implement a stronger and better targeted strategy to build peace, eradicate poverty, and achieve inclusive sustainable development by improving the quality, equity and relevance of education, by harnessing science, technology and innovation to boost development and build related capacities, by mobilizing the heritage and creative industries for culture and development, by promoting freedom of expression, and by using ICTs for development, gender equality and peace and citizenship education.