The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is one of the specialised agencies of the United Nations. It is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication.
It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:
- has access to quality education which is a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development;
- may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;
- can fully benefit from scientific advances;
- and can enjoy full freedom of expression which is the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.
UNESCO in the UK
The UK government contributes to UNESCO and there is an office in London to support that contribution and bring benefits to the UK.
There are UNESCO Sites and Experts around the UK. For example in 2014 the UNESCO UNITWIN Network in Humanitarian Engineering and Computing was established at Coventry University to place cultural diversity and understanding at the heart of engineering and computing education.
UK National Commission for UNESCO
Suite 98, 3 Whitehall Court
London SW1A 2EL