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UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Introduction

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. UNESCO seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. UNESCO’s programs contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: educationnatural sciencessocial/human sciences, culture and communication/information. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programs, international science programs, the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press, regional and cultural history projects, the promotion of cultural diversity, translations of world literature, international cooperation agreements to secure the world’s cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programs that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.

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