About the UNESCO Office in Amman

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Jordan joined UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization – on 14th June 1950.  In 1986 Amman became the regional office for Education, Science and Communications.  In 1996 UNESCO Amman was designated as a Regional Office for Culture and Communication until 2000 when it became a National Office.


UNESCO Amman is a multi-purpose office that works to support the Government, community-based organizations, and NGOS, in building capacity for Science, Education, Culture and Communications.  

Education: UNESCO Amman strives to promote education in Jordan as a fundamental right while aiming to provide access to quality education for all. It focuses on assuring the quality of primary, secondary and higher education in Jordan by integrating literacy, technical vocational training, ASPnet, HIV/AIDS, inclusive education and human rights themes into the national curriculum. Its strong link with the Jordanian Ministry of Education, government agencies and NGOs facilitates UNESCO's success in project implementation.

Science: The UNESCO Amman Natural Sciences Sector has identified water and related ecosystems as the principal priority. The main objective at country level is centered on capacity building, scientific research, technical assistance, policy advocacy, dissemination of best practices and awareness raising. The completion of International Centre for Synchrotron Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME), spearheaded by UNESCO, will mark a major stepping stone for Jordan in the field of scientific research.

Culture: UNESCO Amman assists the Department of Antiquities in the continued protection of its three World Heritage sites, and in the preparation of nomination files for new inscriptions. It has a long history of supporting the protection of Petra, beginning with a site management plan in 1994 and continuing to the present.  Furthermore, UNESCO assists government partners, NGOs, universities and other stakeholders, in improving the management of museums and cultural objects in Jordan and supports the safeguarding of Jordan’s intangible heritage. The Cultural Space of the Bedu in Petra and Wadi Rum was inscribed on the Representative of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (it was originally proclaimed in 2005) and UNESCO provides support to safeguarding of this heritage.

Communications: UNESCO Amman assists Jordan’s media sector in establishing a free and independent media and empowering journalists through access to information and knowledge. Projects focus on strengthening the media’s investigative skills, providing training to limit self-censorship, and providing an environment that promotes freedom of expression.  The annual celebration of World Press Freedom Day is a demonstration of all of these activities and is seen by UNESCO’s governmental partners as an indispensible empowerment tool.

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