Full Name: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Mission: To build a culture of peace, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
How does it work?
UNESCO’s primary decision-making body is the General Conference, comprising all 195 member states. It meets every 2 years to set the policies and programs of the agency. It is overseen by a Director-General, who is appointed every four years.
Programs: UNESCO’s activities are focused on five areas.
- Attaining quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning
- Mobilizing scientific knowledge and policy for sustainable development
- Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges
- Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace
- Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication
Observances: UNESCO observes 40 International Days, including International Women’s Day on March 8, World Press Freedom Day on May 3, World Teachers’ Day on October 5 and International Migrants Day on December 18.