Responding to emergencies
Contributing to humanitarian response, UNESCO provides direct support to help communities in coping with the immediate impact of crisis on their daily lives. UNESCO ensures access to fundamental services, such as quality education for children and youth, as well as access, through support to the local media, to life-saving information.
With its unique mandate to protect cultural heritage in times of conflict, UNESCO promotes and undertakes mitigating measures to prevent and address damage and destruction; as well as looting and illicit trafficking of cultural property.
UNESCO also enables country-driven recovery and longer-term development. Through technical assistance and advisory services to local and national authorities and civil society, support is provided for damage and needs assessment, as well as capacity development of affected institutions and professionals.
UNESCO believes in the positive contribution of education, culture, communication and the sciences to peace. It supports these dimensions in dialogue, reconciliation and peace-building programmes and initiatives.
Protect education from attack
14,000. That’s the number of attacks against schools, universities, students and staff that have taken place over the past five years across 34 countries. Higher education facilities, including Iraq’s iconic university of Mosul, have been devastated and come under siege. The need to protect education in contexts of crisis and conflict has never been more urgent. Attacks against education are attacks against knowledge and the power it brings to transform lives, to build the future. As part of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, UNESCO is urging all countries to endorse the #SafeSchoolsDeclaration and make the #RightToEducation a reality for all.