Given its ambitious programme, UNESCO can not do it alone and considers cooperation with the private sector as a necessity, not just an option.
Over the past few years, the number of UNESCO’s partners from the private sector has increased considerably, ranging from multinational companies, to small and medium sized enterprises, philanthropic trusts and foundations, economic and business associations and individuals.
The scope of UNESCO’s partnerships with the private sector has evolved and reached a new strategic level. In addition to traditional philanthropic and sponsorship relationships, UNESCO and the private sector now work together by sharing resources and expertise to implement practical partnership programmes.
These programmes promote advocacy, enhance policy dialogue, build international rules and norms, harness markets for development, and carry out projects that contribute directly to tackling global challenges, achieving wide reach and great impact.
The Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP) is also managing several specific public-private partnerships.