UNESCO (1945, Paris; 700+ staff; unesco.org)

“Overall Objectives: Culture of Peace and Sustainable Development.” Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity by eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable development, and advancing intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.  Five functions: 1) Serving as a laboratory of ideas and generating innovative proposals and policy advice in its fields of competence; 2) Policy analysis and monitoring by developing and reinforcing the global agenda; 3) Setting norms and standards in its fields of competence and supporting and monitoring their implementation; 4) Strengthening international and regional cooperation and fostering alliances, intellectual cooperation, knowledge-sharing and operational partnerships; 5) Providing advice for policy development and implementation, and developing institutional and human capacities to be implemented at global, regional and national levels, with different degrees of emphasis as detailed in the midterm strategy document available on the website.

Basic themes: science for a sustainable future, education for the 21st century, the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, World Oceans Day, learning to live together, and building inclusive knowledge societies. Five major programs: Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information (notably the Information Society Observatory of the Information for All Program, to provide a platform for international policy discussions). The database contains over 146,000 UNESCO documents in full text published since 1945 as well as metadata from the collections of the UNESCO Library and documentation centers in Field Offices and Institutes. The Institute for Statistics (UIS) is the primary source for cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture, and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. The Secretariat has c.2,000 civil servants from some 170 countries, and >700 staff work in UNESCO’s 65 field offices.

Director-General: Irina Bokava.

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