UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.

The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.

UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

Irina_BokovaMrs Irina Bokova

Director-General, UNESCO

“Since taking office just over one year ago, I have met with some 100 education ministers and numerous Heads of State in all regions. Across the world, countries are making impressive efforts to lift barriers for the most disadvantaged, to expand learning opportunities and to maintain spending on education despite the economic downturn. But five years away from the target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals, the international community has to reinforce its partnership for education – the key to sustainable development. Together we must better show that education is a condition for improving livelihoods and health, for empowering girls and women and for recovering from crises.

For education to really make a difference, we must encourage innovation, whether in terms of harnessing technology, reaching the excluded, training teachers, running schools or securing additional financing through innovative mechanisms. By bringing together influential stakeholders, WISE provides a dynamic forum for debating and sharing state-of-the-art knowledge on educational development. UNESCO welcomes this ambitious initiative, which fully supports our Organization’s top priority: achieving Education for All.”


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