UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. Advancing cooperation in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information is strategic at a time when societies across the world face the rising pressures of change and the international community faces new challenges. In this spirit, UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance.
UNESCO works so that all persons have access to quality, inclusive and equitable education and lifelong learning. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression, as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. Serving as a laboratory of ideas and standard setter, UNESCO helps countries adopt international standards and manages programmes that foster the free flow of ideas and knowledge sharing.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO is present 3 thematic regional thematic bureaus (education Culture and science) and 8 national and cluster offices covering the whole region; 2 Category 1 Institutes in the area of Education– the International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNESCO-IESALC) based in Caracas and the International Institute for Educational Planning- based in Buenos Aires, 14 UNESCO Category 2 Institutes in the areas of Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Communication and Information, and Culture; UNESCO National Commissions in each of the Member and Associated Member States, 128 UNESCO Chairs and hundreds of schools and teacher training institutions that are members of the UNESCO associated Schools Network.