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UNESCO's Sixtieth Anniversary

UNESCO’s birth on 16 November 1945 was the outcome of reflection on the causes of the "great and terrible war which [had] just ended" and of a desire to remedy those causes by developing "the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind".

Those concerns, and that ambition, are our legacy. They have been put to the test for six decades by the complexity of a world that has undergone deep-seated changes. They bear the marks of that experience, but remain as topical and relevant as ever.

In commemorating its sixtieth anniversary, UNESCO endeavoured not so much to celebrate its accomplishments but to revive the power of the inspiration that guided its founding fathers. This means rekindling their sense of hope and vision with a view to the future.

Sixty themes were selected to punctuate the sixty weeks between 5 September 2005 and 4 November 2006, anniversary of the coming into force of the International Convention constituting the UNESCO.

60 Weeks - 60 Themes

  • Full list of 60 themes

  • Themes classified by topics:
    - Education
    - Natural Sciences
    - Social & Human Sciences
    - Culture
    - Communication & Information
    - Special themes

  • 60 Infosheets compiled in PDF format

  • Symposium on UNESCO’s History
  • 07 Nov 2006 Closure of UNESCO's 60th anniversary celebrations
    Closure of UNESCO's 60th anniversary celebrations

    Over the course of 60 weeks, UNESCO celebrated its 60th anniversary with hundreds of events all over the world. Some were grandiose, such as the commemorative ceremony of 16 November 2005. Others, more modest, were admirable in their sincerity. All were inspired by a desire to express, in the most genuine way possible, an ardent commitment to UNESCO’s ideals. More

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