United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. 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 fields. In short, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 193* Member States and 7 Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. *As of October 2009

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Rani Ki Vav: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Rani Ki Vav: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Literally translating to Queen’s Step-well, Rani Ki Vav is a step-well situated on the banks of the Saraswati River in Patan, Gujarat. It was recently awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO at the World Heritage Committee Session held in Qatar in June, 2014. Described as “an exceptional example of technological development in utilising ground water resources” by UNESCO officials, the step well is a proof of foresightedness of our predecessors.