UN Swaziland - Resident Agencies \| United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Ministry of Education
Tel: (+268)2 404 2129
Fax: (+268)2 404 5448
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 193* 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.
Through its strategies and activities, UNESCO is actively pursuing the Millennium Development Goals, especially Goal 1 aimed at halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty in developing countries by 2015
Goal 2 - achieving universal primary education in all countries by 2015
Goal 5 - eliminating gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2015
Goal 7 - to reverse current trends in the loss of environmental resources by 2015.
Goal 8 – to help countries implement national strategy for sustainable development by 2015.