United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

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by Alliya Dulaney

The mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was established in 1945 and its headquarters are currently in Paris, France. UNESCO contributes to global peace through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. As stated on their website, UNESCO believes that through dialogue and commonly shared values, visions of human rights, mutual respect and poverty relief can be achieved. While UNESCO’s mission is universal, its main priority areas are within Africa and Gender Equality. As for the structure of this organization, UNESCO has 195 members and eight Associate Members that are governed by the General Conference and the Executive Board. The General Conference meets every two years and the Executive Board, elected by the General Conference holds a four-year term with 59 Members States.