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Building peace in the minds of men and women


UNESCO works with a wide range of partners in all of its fields of competence. Partnerships are a key enabler for meeting global challenges and generating sustainable change and long-lasting impact. Partnerships are firmly embedded in UNESCO’s way of working at global, regional and national levels. By joining forces with its partners UNESCO can leverage resources, expertise and competencies to promote all UNESCO’s ideals and values, to achieve common development goals, and to strengthen visibility and impact of its action. UNESCO offers a range of different entry points for partnerships. Sustainable Development Goals are at the heart of UNESCO’s partnership agenda.


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Comprehensive Partnership Strategy

UNESCO's Comprehensive Partnership Strategy is firmly anchored in the 2030 Agenda and at its heart lies SDG 17, partnership for the goals. In addition to reflecting the changing context for partnership in which UNESCO operates, the strategy  which was updated in 2019 also paves the way for a more integrated, synergistic approach to partnership for the Medium Term Strategy of the Organization (2022-2029). It sets out new and strengthened forms of engagement with key constituencies like young people, cities and business and new opportunities and innovations linked to UN Reform and emerging trends in private sector engagement

Who are UNESCO’s partners?

Partners covered by the strategy include the United Nations Development System, donors, key constituencies like young people, cities and business, Non-governmental organisations, Intergovernmental organisations including regional organisations, and “UNESCO family partners”. The latter include UNESCO Clubs, UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, UNESCO’s global network for institutions specialized in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET). UNESCO’s specialized Category 2 Institutes and centres, the UNESCO Associated Schools Network as well as UNESCO Intergovernmental programmes and their membership.

How does UNESCO engage with its partners?

UNESCO engages with its partners on programme implementation, resource mobilization and financing, knowledge exchange and shared learning, joint advocacy and facilitation and coordination.