In the Face of War, a Year of Action in Ukraine

As a result of the war in Ukraine, UNESCO has mobilised to denounce violence against journalists, promote the importance and therefore the protection of cultural institutions, and work for the maintenance of education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities in Ukraine.

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Press Kit

In the face of war, a year of action in Ukraine

As Friday 24 February  2023 marked one year since the beginning of the war, UNESCO summarizes its actions in the fields of culture, education, communication and information. This press kit shows the emergency measures deployed by UNESCO, as well as presents the next steps of our work in Ukraine, especially in preparation for the country's recovery.


UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and President Volodymyr Zelensky together to rebuild the cultural sector

Director-General Audrey Azoulay carried out a two-day mission to Ukraine, with visits to Kyiv, Chernihiv and Odesa, to reaffirm the Organization's support to the population and to advance the reconstruction of the country’s cultural sector. President Zelensky welcomed the “concrete results” of the emergency measures taken by UNESCO since the beginning of the war.

Audrey Azoulay & President Zelensky in Ukraine April 2023

Thank you to our partners:

Andorra,  Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Czechia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Google, Google.org, through the Tides Foundation, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania,  Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Qatar Fund for Development, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain Sweden,  Switzerland, United Kingdom, Uruguay

We must safeguard the cultural heritage in Ukraine, as a testimony of the past but also as a catalyst for peace and cohesion for the future, which the international community has a duty to protect and preserve.
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay UNESCO Director-General, at the start of the conflict
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