Skip to main content
Apply Now

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. (Michel Ravassard)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights.

UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; 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 cultural and natural heritage and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. UNESCO's aim 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.  

Learn more about UNESCO at http://en.unesco.org/.

For a complete list of UNESCO Water Chairs, click here.

© 2019 Eastern Washington University
EWU expands opportunities for personal transformation through excellence in learning.