UNESCO is the United Nation’s organization for education, science and culture. It is one of the many specialized agencies within the UN. As this text is being written, there are 195 member states and 8 associated members that meet every 2 years at the General Conference. It is on this world stage that several of our world’s directions are negotiated and decided upon.

Involved in missions within the most distinguished members of this international community, the Organization contributes to the edification of peace, sustainable development and the elimination of poverty. It is also involved in intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.

It works towards creating a dialogue friendly environment between civilizations, cultures and peoples, which is founded on the respect of common values. It is through this dialogue that the world can develop the global concepts of sustainable development that incorporate human rights, mutual respect and the elimination of poverty. These are all elements that are at the heart of UNESCO Organisation des Nations Unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture ’s mission and its actions.

Its head office is in Paris, France at Place Fontenoy. Here, 2000 people that come from the 170 member states are employed. There are an additional 700 people that are employed in 65 offices around the world.

Canada is amongst the 20 founding member states in 1945 and has been an active member since then. It is the Canadian Commission for UNESCO that is actively contributing the organizations peace and security objectives. It does this by promoting cooperation between member states in the areas of education, natural and social sciences, culture, communications and information. The Commission was founded in 1957. It serves as an independent consulting and deliberation forum that seeks to initiate and encourage participation and contributions (from individuals, organizations and Governments) to UNESCO’s mission activities and areas of expertise.

Point of interest ; A deal between Canada and Quebec has established an official role for the later at UNESCO. A Quebec representative has had a seat there since 2006.