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   Action to address today's global challenges

UNESCO deploys its action in the fields of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information. A selection of themes related to these fields of action and a list of interdisciplinary Special Themes are proposed here, including direct links to UNESCO.ORG sub-portals.

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  • Right to Education
  • Education Plans and Policies
  • Early Childhood & Family
  • Primary Education
  • Secondary Education
  • Higher Education
  • Technical & Vocational Education
  • Science & Technology Education
  • Non-formal Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • School Health & HIV/AIDS
  • Cultural & Linguistic Diversity in Education
  • Teacher Education
  • Education in Emergency, Crisis and Reconstruction
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Peace & Human Rights Education
  • Non-violence Education

    Natural Sciences

  • Fresh Water
  • People, Biodiversity and Ecology
  • Oceans
  • Earth Sciences
  • Basic & Engineering Sciences
  • Coastal Regions & Small Islands
  • Science Policy
  • Natural Disaster Reduction
  • Women and Science
  • Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems

    Social and Human Sciences

  • Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • Philosophy
  • Poverty Eradication
  • Social Transformations


  • World Heritage
  • Tangible Heritage
  • Intangible Heritage
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Normative Action
  • Intercultural Dialogue
  • Culture and Development
  • Cultural industries
  • Arts and Creativity
  • Copyright
  • Museums
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Special Focus

    Communication and Information

  • Access to Information
  • Capacity-Building
  • Content Development
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Media Development
  • Preservation

    Europe and North America Latin America and the Caribbean Africa Arab States Asia Pacific