Overview of the Cairo Office

UNESCO Cairo Office, established in 1947, is the Regional Office for Science and Technology (S&T), Bioethics and Ethics of S&T for the Arab States.  It is also the Cluster Office for Egypt, Sudan and Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for Education, Social and Natural Sciences, Culture and Communication.  

The UNESCO Cairo Office is one of 52 field offices worldwide.  It was originally established in 1947, and currently serves all Arab States in the area of Science and Technology.  Its mission, like all other UNESCO field offices and units, is to contribute to peace and security in the world.  This is done by promoting intellectual cooperation among nations through education, science, culture, social and human sciences and communication.

In view of its current mandate, the UNESCO Office in Cairo serves as a regional UNESCO office for Science & Technology in Arab states.  Within this mandate, it receives decentralized regular programme funds to execute work plans in the specific areas of:

  1. Basic & Engineering Sciences (BES)
  2. Ecological Sciences (ECO)
  3. Earth (Geological) Sciences (GEO)
  4. Hydrological Sciences (HYD)

The main objective of UNESO Cairo Office (UCO), as a Regional Bureau for Science in Arab States, is to contribute to the scientific development of the Arab member states. Furthermore, within the new reform and decentralization policies, the Office in Cairo was selected as a focal point for Communication & Information as well as Focal Point for Bioethics and Ethics of S&T of SHS projects for the Arab states.

As a cluster office for Egypt, Sudan and Libya, UCO also undertakes national activities in those countries.  The activities are carried out within the overall framework of the Education, Social and Natural Sciences, Culture, and Communication programs of UNESCO.

In years 2009 - 2010, UNESCO Cairo Office Director, Tarek Shawki, served as the Global Coordinator of two of UNESCO's major technology projects namely 

UCO's policy is to maintain close liaison with the UNDP Offices and all other Agencies of the United Nations in the Arab region, and with regional banks and regional organizations cooperating with UNESCO.  Furthermore, it is to collaborate closely with the National Commissions, as well as, provide them with assistance in carrying out their tasks.

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