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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) was established in 1945, with its Constitution coming into force on 4 November 1946. As a specialised agency of the United Nations based in Paris, UNESCO's mission is to promote international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. Through its actions, UNESCO strives to support peace, poverty eradication, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue.
UNESCO brings together 195 member states. The EU has an observer status and has been working with and supporting the organisation since its creation. On 8 October 2012, UNESCO and the EU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a view to enhance dialogue, strengthen cooperation and foster an exchange of best practices.
Today, EU's voluntary funding represents the 3rd largest extra-budgetary funding source for UNESCO. In 2015 the portfolio of 47 worldwide EU-funded projects represented 89.3 million USD across all UNESCO sectors. The EU is supporting a number of UNESCO projects on world heritage protection (Central and East Africa, Middle East, and Europe), trust-building (SEE), education, youth and skills (Iraq, Malawi, the Mediterranean), media and freedom of expression (Jordan, SEE) and in several other areas.
Below you can find useful links to UNESCO work and the work of the EU at the UN.
EU cooperation projects with UNESCO
Key EU policies and declarations on some specific UNESCO related issues
EU at the UN