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Bring out the best in our shared humanity

Since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that peace must be built.
UNESCO uses education, science and culture to inform, inspire and engage people everywhere to foster understanding and respect for each other and our planet.

Defending Press Freedom

The 3rd of May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and is also a day of reflection among media professionals about issues of press freedom and professional ethics. Just as importantly, World Press Freedom Day is a day of support for media which are targets for the restraint, or abolition, of press freedom. It is also a day of remembrance for those journalists who lost their lives in the pursuit of a story.


L’UNESCO ouvre ses portes pour la Nuit européenne des musées

À l’occasion de la Nuit européenne des musées, le samedi 14 mai, l’UNESCO ouvrira les portes de son Siège de 18h à minuit. Cet événement permettra au public de découvrir, le temps d’une soirée, le riche patrimoine architectural et artistique de ce lieu unique. Pour cette édition consacrée aux musées, des ateliers et rencontres offriront l’occasion d’interagir avec des experts et de mieux comprendre ce secteur.

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War in Ukraine

UNESCO is scaling up the delivery of emergency support to people across Ukraine in its fields of competencies.

Revive the Spirit of Mosul

50 years celebrating life

UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme was created in 1971 with a vision: promote a sustainable connection between people and nature.
In 2021, the World Network of Biosphere Reserves will unite in its diversity pay a tribute to those who have shaped the programme into this quest for a more harmonious living in each of the world's ecosystems. It's about life!

It's about live
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Our History

75 years of history in the service of peace!

A history in the service of our common humanity. 

With the birth of UNESCO in the aftermath of two world wars, a simple but firm conviction was settled: political and economic agreements between states are not enough to build lasting peace. UNESCO therefore recognises that reconciliation and development require stronger foundations, deeply rooted in social interactions, and built on intellectual and moral solidarity.

Our Priorities

UNESCO has identified key challenges for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the improvement of the human condition.
Futures of Education

Knowledge and learning for the future of humanity

Open Science

Closing the Global Knowledge Gaps to Build Back Better

Ethics of AI

AI plays a role in billions of people's lives

Revive the Spirit of Mosul

Mosul is one of the oldest cities in the world.

Li Beirut

Rebuilding heritage, culture and education #ForBeirut

Covid 19 - Response

Promote global solidarity

Discover UNESCO's endeavours.

Take a look at our networks, stories and human driven-data.

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Global Education Monitoring Report 2022: Gender report, deepening the debate on those still left behind
The UNESCO Courier - Translation: from one world to another
April - June 2022
The United Nations World Water Development Report 2022 - Groundwater: making the invisible visible
Journalism is a public good: World trends in freedom of expression and media development; Global report 2021/2022
With the support of the UNESCO Multi-Donor Programme on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists (MDP)

UNESCO Snapshots

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