UNESCO is the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It was founded on
16 November 1945. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and
Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal: to build peace in the
minds of men.
Today, UNESCO functions as a
laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on
emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse — for
the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge — while helping
Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse
In short, UNESCO promotes
international co-operation among its 191 Member States and six Associate
Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.
UNESCO is working to create
the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and
the dignity of each civilization and culture.
This role is critical,
particularly in the face of terrorism, which constitutes an attack against
humanity. The world urgently requires global visions of sustainable development
based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of
poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO's mission and activities.