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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Poetry gives us hope, the United Nations cultural agency today said, lauding verse's ability to shake us from everyday life and remind us of the surrounding beauty and the resilience of the shared human spirit.
Posted: March 21, 2017, 5:00 am
In a message on the occasion of Nowruz – the day that celebrates the arrival of the spring season – the head of the United Nations cultural agency urged everyone to embrace the day's values and be inspired by its universal message of peace and solidarity.

Posted: March 21, 2017, 5:00 am
Education experts and government officials will gather at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 20 to 24 March, to discuss ways of expanding the use of mobile technologies to “reach people where they are” and improve education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons and others in emergency situations.
Posted: March 17, 2017, 10:40 pm
The European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a large-scale cash transfer project to increase the number of refugee children attending school in Turkey.
Posted: March 17, 2017, 5:33 pm
New public-private partnerships are essential if broadband is to reach everyone and help accelerate the achievement of global sustainable development goals, members of the United Nations broadband commission said today.
Posted: March 17, 2017, 5:00 am
As details on the destruction of and damage to Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage emerge, the United Nations cultural agency has appealed to the international community to help protect and revive the country’s archaeological, religious and cultural sites for future generations.
Posted: February 24, 2017, 10:54 pm
Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, the head of the United Nations agency for culture and education has said, marking International Mother Language Day.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 5:00 am
Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.
Posted: February 13, 2017, 4:14 pm

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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.