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About us


UNESCO's first General Conference. From left: Jean Thomas (shown from the side), Julian Huxley (former Director-General, standing), Léon Blum (to the right of the microphone)

The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945.

UNESCO has 195 Members and 8 Associate Members. It is governed by the General Conference and the Executive Board. The Secretariat, headed by the Director-General, implements the decisions of these two bodies.

The Organization has over 50 field offices globally. Its headquarters are located at Place de Fontenoy in Paris (France), in an outstanding modernist building. Inaugurated in 1958, the building has recently been renovated.

Visit us

Visits to the Organization’s Headquarters are reserved upon request only for groups in French and English.

Due to a high number of demands, we kindly ask that you contact us at least 10 weeks before your preferred date of visit by emailing visits@unesco.org.

Please include the day you wish to visit and, if applicable, your specific interest.

We will get back to you as soon as possible.

We also remind you that UNESCO organizes free cultural and intellectual events each month. To learn more, please visit www.unesco.org/fr/cultural-events

Contact us

UNESCO Headquarters are in the heart of Paris. Office buildings are located in two separate sites, within close walking distance of each other.

  • 7 Place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP France
  • 1 rue Miollis 75732 Paris Cedex 15 France

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 45 68 10 00

Getting here

UNESCO Headquarters are considered international territory, belonging to the Organization’s 195 Member States.

UNESCO does not offer parking facilities. We recommend using public transport.

By Metro: Ségur, Cambronne, Ecole militaire

By Bus: 28, 80

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