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Publications

UNESCO’s publications contribute to accomplishing the Organization’s goals. They are an important means of maintaining, advancing and sharing knowledge, between and across all parts of the world. While some aim to inform the general public, many provide specialists with expert knowledge drawn from UNESCO’s fields of competence. These diverse publications and co-editions, translated into over 70 languages, all serve the common goal of bringing about positive change.

  • Discover our latest global reports, monographs and co-publications, periodicals and children's books in our Publications catalogue.
  • Order printed copies of UNESCO publications here.
  • Browse through our Digital Library which provides free access to over 350,000 UNESCO publications.

UNESCO Global Reports

Over the decades, UNESCO has published an essential series of world reports on the main trends observed in its major fields of work.
Global Education Monitoring Report 2021/2

Non-state actors in education: who chooses? who loses?

UNESCO Science Report 2021

The race against time for smarter development

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development 2021/2022

Journalism is a public good

Global Ocean Science Report 2020

Charting capacity for ocean sustainability

Re|shaping policies for creativity

Addressing culture as a global public good

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2022

Groundwater: making the invisible visible

A selection of recent publications

History under attack: Holocaust denial and distortion on social media
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United Nations Department of Global Communications
2022
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After the pandemic, building back a stronger media
UNESCO
2022
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Culture in times of COVID-19: resilience, recovery and revival
UNESCO
Department of Culture and Tourism
2022
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Library

Our General Histories

Since the mid-1960’s, UNESCO undertook to producing regional histories series in an attempt to reduce the lack of understanding among peoples in the grip of a process of rapid globalization. Although outstanding international scholars were asked to share views, the most exceptional quality of these series remains that they have been predominantly written by native historians and researchers.

Archivos: Latin American and Caribbean identity (1988–2003)

  • As the world started to discover Latin American literature, the absence of dialogue between the readers and specialists from the different countries in the region was made evident. In October 1988, the first 12 volumes of the Archives of 20th-century Latin American and Caribbean Literature, a collection launched in 1983 with the assistance of UNESCO, were published.
  • Over the years, a total of 58 titles were produced, featuring the major works in Spanish, Portuguese and French from some of the best writers in Latin American and the Caribbean, along with critical essays, chronologies and background papers produced by the top specialists at the time. This collection remains unparalleled today.
Archivos Asturias

Creative Cities of Literature

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development.

The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music.

The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

Open Access policy

In order to help reduce the gap between industrialized countries and those in the emerging economies, UNESCO decided in 2013 to adopt an Open Access Policy for its publications by making use of a new dimension of knowledge sharing. Open Access means free access to scientific information and unrestricted use of electronic data for everyone. For UNESCO, adopting an Open Access Policy means to make thousands of its publications freely available to the public.