United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


History of Agency in the World and Iran

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. It was conceived as a laboratory of ideas and a standard-setter with the hope “To Build Peace in the Minds of Men”. UNESCO is a capacity builder and technical provider to create the conditions based upon respect for shared values and the dignity of each civilization and culture for sustainable development. The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office was established in Tehran in January 2003 covering four countries: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.

Priorities Globally and in Iran

1) Iran’s first National Education for All (EFA) policy document and EFA Bureau establishment; 2) Two EFA Tehran Cluster Ministerial Meetings in Islamabad 2003 and Isfahan 2006; 3) Iran national and provincial education planning model (ANPRO-Iran) elaborated; 4) Iran Secretariat of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Ministry of Education; 5) Initiating and equipping Bam Teachers’ Research Centre (BTRC); 6) Bam Model School Complex (BMSC) through national and international partnership; 7) Drugs & HIV/AIDS Prevention Education, Life Skills and Physical Education; 8) Education in After Crisis Situation Management; 9) EFA Mid-Decade Assessment; 10) Inclusive Education as pilot in Bam Model School Complex (BMSC) project.
1) Enhancing management of water resources through establishing centers and regional networks; 2) Training of trainers manual on urban water management; 3) Reference publication on Qanats of Bam; 4) Facilitating transfer of Science & Technology through cooperation with science parks and UNESCO Chairs; 5) Capacity building and enhancing disaster prevention and preparedness through trainings and published guidelines; 6) Supporting Biosphere Reserves in Iran: nine already established; 7) Global Network on Water and Development Information for Arid Lands (G-WADI) and two pilot basins established in Iran; 8) Groundwater for Emergency Situation (GWES); 9) Qanat systems.

1) Number of sites listed under UNESCO World Heritage increased from 4 to 8 sites; 2) Comprehensive Management Plan and Pilot conservation projects for Bam and its Cultural Landscape; 3) Capacity building for national consulting firms; 4) Training activities in Chogha-Zanbil and Haft-Tappeh; 5) Pilot activities in Chogha-Zanbil linking tangible and intangible culture; 6) Promotion and safeguard of tangible and intangible culture; 7) Arg-e-Bam and Chogha-Zanbil safeguard projects; 8) Capacity building and technical assistance in various areas.
Communication & Information:
1) The use of media for addressing development issues and supporting the UNESCO mandates; 2) Regional links for supporting and sustaining relationships developed with national partners; 3) Activities on “Memory of the World”; 4) Trainings and workshops on emerging issues: HIV/AIDS, refugees, disabled access, earthquake awareness and science journalism[1].

[1]  “ The United Nations in Iran(3rd edition)” Published by the United Nations System in Iran, 2011-P:16-17


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