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; 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; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.
The Secretariat consists of the Director-General and the Staff appointed by him or her. As of mid-2009, the Secretariat employed around 2,000 civil servants from some 170 countries. The staff is divided into Professional and General Service categories. More than 700 staff members work in UNESCO’s 65 field offices around the world.
The Organization has 195 Members and 10 Associate Members. See here for a list.