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Since its creation in 1948, the UNESCO Courier has been spreading an ideal throughout the world: humanity united in its diversity around universal values and fundamental rights, strong in the wealth of its cultures, knowledge and accomplishments.

The UNESCO Courier is a key element of UNESCO’s identity as well as one of the most powerful tools for its humanistic mandate. In 1988, Sandy Koffler, the founder and first managing editor of the journal, said that: “Of all the journals published by the United Nations and its specialised institutions, the UNESCO Courier has always occupied first place for the number of its readers and the range of its audience.”


Throughout all the continents, the Courier has embodied UNESCO’s mission: building peace in the minds of men and women by disseminating knowledge and cultures, the free flow of ideas and information by word and image, to help strengthen mutual understanding, the spirit of tolerance, informed debate, and peace.

The reappearance of this historic journal in 2017, through the generous support of the People’s Republic of China, is much more than the resumption of an editorial endeavour: it is a valuable opportunity to renew our commitment to the Courier’s founding values.

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General

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