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Education transforms lives and is at the heart of UNESCO's mission of consolidating peace, eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development.

UNESCO believes that education is a human right for all, throughout life, and that access to education must be accompanied by quality. UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. In fact, he was entrusted with coordinating the World Education Agenda 2030 under the objective of sustainable development 4 . The roadmap for achieving this goal is the Framework for Action on Education 2030 (FFA, its acronym in English).

UNESCO exercises global and regional leadership in education, strengthens education systems around the world and responds to global challenges through education, with gender equality as the underlying principle.

Its work covers educational development, from preschool to higher education and beyond. Topics include global citizenship and sustainable development; Human rights and gender equality;Health, HIV and AIDS, and the promotion of technical education and vocational training. 3


UNESCO is the United Nations agency mandated to promote "the free flow of ideas through word and image", and thus encourages the creation of free, independent and pluralistic media through Of any platform or format. The development of the media favors freedom of expression and contributes to the strengthening of peace, sustainable development, human rights and the fight against poverty.

For these reasons, the Organization militates in favor of press freedom and safety of journalists, and supports independent journalism based on professional ethics and principles of self - regulation.

For UNESCO, pluralistic and diversified media allow the public to make decisions based on reliable information and data. That is why today we contribute to the implementation of community media and promote gender equality in the media . UNESCO has developed initiatives in the field of media literacy and information , as well as the training of journalists , to equip people for autonomy in their role both informed producers and consumers of information.

Projects creating media that conform to our principles can get support from our International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) , which also seeks to promote media development based on knowledge.

The work of the Organization in this field is part of its mission to defend freedom of expression as an inalienable human right established in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


In the interconnected world in which we live, it is easy to see that culture has the power to transform societies. Its diverse manifestations, ranging from the most precious historical monuments and museums to traditional rites and contemporary art, enrich our day to day in multiple ways. The heritage is a sign of identity and favors the cohesion of communities that do not assimilate rapid changes or that suffer the impact of the economic crisis. Creativity contributes to the building of open, inclusive and pluralistic societies. Heritage and creativity contribute to the building of dynamic, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies.

UNESCO is convinced that no progress can be sustained if it does not have a strong cultural component. In fact, sustainable, inclusive and equitable outcomes will only be achieved by addressing the issue of development by giving priority to the human being and based on mutual respect and dialogue between different communities. However, culture has been excluded from discussions on development until recently.

To ensure that development plans and strategies take culture into account, UNESCO has adopted a three-pronged tactic: In addition to leading the defense of culture and development globally, UNESCO also collaborates with the international community to establish Agreements and regulatory frameworks and carries out activities in the field to assist governments and local actors in heritage conservation, the strengthening of creative industries and the promotion of cultural pluralism.

UNESCO's renowned cultural conventions constitute a unique global platform for international cooperation and establish a comprehensive cultural governance body based on human rights and common values. These international treaties seek to protect and conserve the cultural and natural heritage of our planet such as archaeological sites, underwater heritage, museum funds, intangible heritage - oral traditions, for example - and other forms of heritage. They also promote creativity, innovation and the emergence of dynamic cultural sectors.


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  • "It is not enough to be connected with others. We must also share our solutions, experiences and dreams in a great community based on human rights and fundamental freedoms. "
  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • International Conference of National Commissions for UNESCO, Vienna (Austria), May 31, 2012 5

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