Hegra Archaeological Site

Protecting World Heritage

Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration.

UNESCO seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

The World Heritage Committee is taking place in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) from the 10th to 25th September.

The United States' return to UNESCO commemorated with a flag-raising ceremony

On 25 July, UNESCO celebrated the return of the United States at a ceremony during which the US flag was raised. The ceremony reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to global collaboration on education, culture, and science, as it rejoined UNESCO's diverse community of nations. First Lady Jill Biden was in attendance to underscore the importance the US now places on fostering international understanding through UNESCO. The sight of the US flag is proudly waving once again at UNESCO headquarters symbolizing the world’s renewed dedication to shared values and global cooperation.


UNESCO stands in solidarity with Morocco following the earthquake

Following the earthquake that struck Morocco on Friday 8 September, UNESCO expresses its solidarity with the victims and the Moroccan people as a whole. The Organization expresses its support for the Moroccan authorities and professionals mobilised to overcome this crisis and stands ready to assist them.

Une rue au Maroc après le tremblement de terre, 2023

#SharingHumanity is working together to build inclusive societies

Sharing knowledge about diverse cultures fosters understanding and tolerance, ultimately creating inclusive societies.

Special thanks to Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, for joining the share and being an extraordinary force for positive change in our world. #SharingHumanity

Compartir la humanidad es promover el patrimonio cultural

La diversidad y singularidad de nuestras culturas enriquece nuestras vidas, ayudándonos a construir comunidades resistentes, innovadoras e integradoras. La UNESCO tiene como prioridad preservar, promover y compartir estos aspectos de la humanidad. Tratamos de celebrar nuestro patrimonio común, porque la cultura es un bien público mundial.

Queremos agradecer especialmente a Yalitza Aparicio, Embajadora de Buena Voluntad de la UNESCO, su participación en nuestro video #unesco #yalitzaaparicio #Porunahumanidadcompartida

#SharingHumanity is promoting cultural heritage and diversity

Our unique and diverse cultures enrich our lives, helping us to build resilient, innovative and inclusive communities.

UNESCO’s priority is to preserve, promote and share these aspects of humanity. We seek to celebrate our shared heritage, because culture is a global public good.

Protecting Biodiversity calls for #SharingHumanity

Embark on a captivating journey where the threads of nature and humanity intertwine, revealing a profound truth: we are not mere spectators but an integral part of the natural world. Discover how UNESCO unravels this extraordinary relationship in their thought-provoking article, inviting us to rediscover our roots and redefine our role in preserving the beauty and balance of our planet. Join us as we explore the profound connection that makes nature an inseparable part of who we are.


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. 

In the face of war, UNESCO's action in Ukraine

UNESCO is scaling up the delivery of emergency support to people across Ukraine in its fields of competencies.

Revive the Spirit of Mosul


As a knowledge-based organization, UNESCO publishes global data and scientific information to guide public policies. UNESCO Institute for statistics produces a wide range of indicators in the fields of education, science, culture, communication and information.
Young children with book and covid mask

Our Vision

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.