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Name United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Logo Image:UNESCO-Logo_en.gif
Geographic Scope 191 Member States and six Associate Members
Subject Focus Expertise "To build peace in the minds of men"
Contact E-mail: bpi@unesco.org
URL http://www.unesco.org/
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Mission/Mandate

UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. For this specialized United Nations agency, it is not enough to build classrooms in devastated countries or to publish scientific breakthroughs. Education, Social and Natural Science, Culture and Communication are the means to a far more ambitious goal : to build peace in the minds of men.

Today, UNESCO functions as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter to forge universal agreements on emerging ethical issues. The Organization also serves as a clearinghouse – for the dissemination and sharing of information and knowledge – while helping Member States to build their human and institutional capacities in diverse fields. In short, UNESCO promotes international co-operation among its 191 Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.

UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture. This role is critical, particularly in the face of terrorism, which constitutes an attack against humanity. The world urgently requires global visions of sustainable development based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities.


UNESCO's WATER PORTAL

The UNESCO Water Portal is intended to enhance access to information related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web.

The site provides links to the current UNESCO and UNESCO-led programmes on freshwater and will serve as an interactive point for sharing, browsing and searching websites of water-related organizations, government bodies and NGOs, including a range of categories such as water links, water events, learning modules and other on-line resources.

Surfers can also add or modify links to help maintain an accurate online resource. All water managers are invited to participate by providing information on activities, useful links, news and content which they wish to share with others and generally make more widely available.

‘From Potential Conflict to Cooperation Potential’ (PCCP)

UNESCO is working to create the conditions for genuine dialogue based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture. This role is critical, particularly in the face of terrorism, which constitutes an attack against humanity. The world urgently requires global visions of sustainable development based upon observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which lie at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities.

Water-specific

UNESCO-IHP is UNESCO's international scientific cooperative programme in water research, water resources management, education and capacity-building, and the only broadly-based science programme of the UN system in this area.

Key Resources



Publications

See UNESCO IHP Recent Publications Click here for the water-related documents and publications in UNESCO's searchable database


Work on the Ground

References

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External Resources

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