On Friday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) marked its 75th anniversary by illuminating its logo against the Eiffel Tower.
However, not far from the World Heritage Site monument in France, more than 20 heads of state attended a special ceremony to commemorate the occasion at the agency’s headquarters, where artists Forest Whitaker, Renaud Capuçon, Angelique Kidjo, Aryana Sayeed, Farrah el Dibany, the group Joussour, Ray Lema, and Laurent de Wilde also took part.
UNESCO’s role, in a time of great inequalities, environmental crises, polarization, and a global pandemic, is more important than ever to restore trust and solidarity, provide greater access to education for all, promote cultural diversity, and steer technological progress for the greater good, according to the UN chief.
Mr. Guterres emphasized that UNESCO is establishing a new social compact for education and lifelong learning in collaboration with a wide group of partners.
In Iraq and Lebanon, the agency is also creating new tools to prevent hate speech and misinformation, as well as launching flagship initiatives that use education and heritage to heal and rebuild.
Each of these initiatives, according to the Secretary-General, demonstrates UNESCO’s relevance at the heart of a more networked, inclusive, and effective multilateralism that benefits people all over the world.
The milestone is also being commemorated at UNESCO’s General Conference, which is taking place in Paris through November 24.
The 193 Member States are expected to make historic decisions during the summit, including adopting global proposals on artificial intelligence ethics and another on open science.
UNESCO conducted a Global Education Meeting earlier this week and released the Futures of Education Report at the event.
The legacy of UNESCO’s efforts to comprehend, preserve, and transmit the best of humanity is told in a new exhibition that can be viewed online or at the agency’s headquarters. The United Nations Cultural Organization was founded in the aftermath of two world wars on the belief that political and economic agreements between states are insufficient to achieve long-term peace.
The show features photos of “often titanic projects,” such as the block-by-block rescue and displacement of ancient Egypt’s huge temples, as well as documentation on scientific projects such as early tsunami warning systems and standardized methodologies for analyzing soils, aquifers, and seas.
Images depict exploring voyages along the Silk Roads, as well as campaigns to collect and preserve information, traditions, music, and the collective memory of the world.