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  • ©UNESCO/Niamh Burke
  • Two of the ahabalipuram : Dranpadi ratha (left) and Arjuna ratha (right)

India joined UNESCO on November 4, 1946. The UNESCO Cluster Office in New Delhi covers Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Education is a top priority in India’s cooperation with UNESCO. The E-9 Initiative was launched in New Delhi in 1993 at the Education For All Summit of the Nine High-Population Countries. Most recently, a conference of E-9 countries was organized in Bangalore in October 2007 to discuss results of the project “ICTs for the promotion of literacy”.

The fourth UNESCO Regional Conference in Support of Global Literacy was held on 29 and 30 November 2007 in New Delhi.

India participates in a variety of UNESCO activities related to cultural heritage and to intercultural dialogue. The Maitreya Temples (Ladakh, India) received the Award of Excellence in the 2007 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. UNESCO’s World Heritage Biodiversity Programme in India was formally launched in July 2007.

The UNESCO/ECOSS project has been successful in Sikkim, a small, mountainous Indian state bordering Nepal that has spectacular natural sites combined with a fascinating cultural heritage, including 194 Buddhist monasteries. The project promotes community participation in developing tourism in the Central Asia/Himalayan region, by helping to generate employment for local people.

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