United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization seeks to build peace, social justice, human rights and international security through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. It is based in Paris, France and has over 50 field offices located around the world. Shortly after the United Nations officially came into existence, there were 44 participating countries whose delegates decided to create an organization that would promote a culture of peace, establish an “intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind,” and prevent another world war. On November 16, 1945, 37 of the participating countries founded UNESCO with the Constitution of UNESCO. After ratification, the Constitution of UNESCO came into effect on November 4, 1946. The first official General Conference of UNESCO was then held in Paris in 1946. Today, UNESCO has five major themes to its programs which include 1) education, 2) natural sciences, 3) social and human sciences, 4) culture, and 5) communication and information. UNESCO develops educational tools to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. 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. In this conference we will be taking a look at addressing “otherness” in school settings and the awareness and acceptance of the third gender.
Topic A: Addressing "otherness" in school settings.
Topic B: Awareness and acceptance for “the third gender”.
UNESCO Background Guide
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