Restoring the past, building a brighter future in Mosul

Historic steps have been taken with the significant progress of the reconstruction works, the reopening of schools and universities, but also with the resumption of the cultural and intellectual life.

UNESCO Director-General on official visit to Iraq

In a historic visit marking UNESCO's progress to Revive the Spirit of Mosul, the Director-General Audrey Azoulay undertook a three-day mission, in Baghdad, Erbil and Mosul where iconic monuments, historic houses and churches are being restored, after years of war and occupation.


The Bells of Al-Saa’a Convent in Mosul

The story of the bells of Al-Saa’a Convent dates back to 1876 when the bell tower was offered to Iraq by Empress Eugenie of France.

Along the years, it became a powerful symbol for all Mosul’s community members. The structure of the Al-Saa’a Convent was damaged during the occupation of the city by Da’esh and its convent was looted and ransacked. The Convent lost its clock and three bells.

Watch this video and find out how after years of silence the clock and bells returned to Mosul and now echo again in the streets of the city.

Protecting Biodiversity calls for Sharing Humanity

Our Lives depend on biodiversity, and today biodiversity depends on us. To protect, restore and preserve, we must share science, knowledge, best practices and bring out the best of who we are as human beings. This is UNESCO's call for #SharingHumanity. 


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Since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that peace must be built. UNESCO uses education, science, culture, communication and information to foster mutual understanding and respect for our planet. We work to strengthen the intellectual and moral solidarity of humankind and bring out the best in our shared humanity.