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What is UNESCO?

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) was born on November 16, 1945. For this specialized UN agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to restore world heritage sites (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 human. Today, UNESCO works as a laboratory of ideas and a standard — setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse that disseminates and shares 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 190 Member States and six Associated Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO works to create conditions for true dialogue, based upon respect for commonly shared values and the dignity for each civilization and culture.

Further information

Official site of UNESCO: www.unesco.org.

National Commission of UNESCO in Estonia: www.unesco.ee.

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