Medium-Term Strategy

UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 (document 37 C/4) sets out the strategic vision and programmatic framework for UNESCO’s action in education, sciences, culture, communication and information at the global, regional and country levels over the specified eight years. The Medium-Term Strategy is built around the Organization’s Mission Statement, guiding its action across all its fields of competence:

"As a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO – pursuant to its Constitution – contributes to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, and sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”

The Medium-Term Strategy is structured around two Overarching Objectives: (i) Peace – contributing to lasting peace; and (ii) Equitable and sustainable development – Contributing to sustainable development and the eradication of poverty. The roadmap defined by the Medium-Term Strategy is implemented by two consecutive programme and budget documents (C/5) covering each a four-year cycle, beginning with the Programme and Budget for 2014-2017 (document 37 C/5).

Africa and Gender Equality are the two global priorities of UNESCO’s agenda for the specified 8 years. For each global priority, a specific strategy has been developed to complement UNESCO’s Medium-term Strategy:

  1. UNESCO Operational Strategy for Priority Africa and 
  2. UNESCO Priority Gender Equality Action Plan.

In addition, specific targeted action are implemented in favour of Youth, as reflected in the UNESCO Operational Strategy on youth for 2014-2021.

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