UNESCO

UNESCO

UNESCO is an international organisation which works for peace through education, information and communication across national borders.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a subsidiary organisation to the UN. Its assignment is to co-ordinate international co-operation with regards to education, science and communication. The organisation was officially convened after 20 member states had ratified its establishment on 4th November 1946.  It was decided that the new organisation – UNESCO - should support the intellectual and moral solidarity inherent in humankind. By creating this framework, it would be more able in the long run to prevent a new world war. UNESCO’s aim is to contribute to the cause of peace, fight poverty and create understanding and co-operation between people across national borders. The work mainly consists of financing a range of programmes in the fields of education, science, the humanities, culture, and communication and information. The list of specific and financial measures is long, and includes various publications, projects and events. Prioritised areas vary in theme and extent from “Africa” and “Gender equality” to “Indigenous people” and “Youth”.

One of the best known measures that UNESCO supports is the “World Heritage List”, a list of unique sites in the world which are of international importance, and which the world cannot afford to lose. The list was adopted in 1978, and today (2019) it comprises 1092 sites of natural, cultural, or both natural and cultural importance.

In Norway the UNESCO commison is appointed by the Ministry of Education and Research:, has the role of being a link between the authorities and the community.