UNESCO cooperates with intergovernmental organizations, in particular the United Nations and its organizations and other intergovernmental organizations (IGOs).
UNESCO belongs to the United Nations family and as such shares the same ideals and goals: peace and security, justice and human rights, promotion of economic and social progress and better standard of living. It maintains different forms of cooperation with other specialized agencies, funds and programmes which belong to the system as stipulated in Article XI of its Constitution.
“UNESCO may cooperate with other specialized intergovernmental organizations and agencies whose interests and activities are related to its purposes.”
Within the framework of the mandate established in its Constitution, UNESCO cooperates and coordinates its activities with intergovernmental organizations, in particular the United Nations and the organizations of the United Nations system.
In order to strengthen cooperation, UNESCO has signed agreements with 16 organizations of the United Nations system.
UNESCO maintains close collaboration and strives to further reinforce its operational relations with United Nations Specialized Agencies, Funds and Programmes through joint activities at country, regional and global levels.