About the Office

UNESCO Ramallah was established in 1997 initially as a Liaison office through an agreement signed by the late Yasser Arafat, representing the Palestinian National Authority. At its inception, it dealt with Education and Culture in Palestine. Over time, it incorporated communication and media related activities.

As part of UNESCO’s new decentralization policy, UNESCO Ramallah is presently designated as a national office. UNESCO’s work in Palestine represents an exceptional effort in international cooperation to support the Palestinian people in the main areas of UNESCO’s competence, namely, Education (and higher education), Culture and Communication and Information.

UNESCO Ramallah implements a biennial programme (in the West Bank & Gaza) that is integrated within the overall goals of the Organization through the provision of technical expertise and delivery of activities. This is carried out through close consultation and collaboration with Palestinian counterparts, including the National Commission, civil society representatives, and other stakeholders and partners.

From promoting the right to education and freedom of expression, to safeguarding cultural and natural heritage sites, the wide range of projects and activities are designed to have an impact on the largest number of beneficiaries possible.

UNESCO has been utilising its advisory function and knowledge products to provide the Palestinian people with the support needed in each of the key sectors.