Bring out the best in our shared humanity
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.
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!
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.
Take a look at our networks, stories and human driven-data.
Magdalena Cox Xum is the youngest of a family of four girls and five boys living in San Andrés Xecul in Totonicapán, Guatemala. In this region, only 35% of school-age girls attend primary school and 1% of girls aged 12 to 21 pursue secondary education.
Marshet Zelalem grew up in a rural village in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. In elementary school, she lacked confidence and felt she could not do as well as the boys in her class.
Enabling the inhabitants to live and work serenely on the shores of Lake Chad is the ambitious goal of the BIOPALT (Biosphere and Heritage of Lake Chad) project.