United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has 193 Member States and seven Associate Member States. It is governed by theGeneral Conference and the Executive Board. The Secretariat, headed by the Director-General, implements the decisions of these two bodies.
UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community – as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, the sciences, culture and communication and information contribute towards the realization of those goals.UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
Source: UN- Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) As on date 11th May 2011