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Opportunities for Cooperation
UNESCO offers assistance to all potential partners in identifying appropriate themes and modalities for cooperation with UNESCO.
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The diversity of the ways to cooperate with UNESCO defies both easy categorisation and the drawing of general conclusions. However, in order to assist our potential partners in taking their first steps, we suggest an overview of both functional and thematic fields of cooperation.

Generally speaking cooperations can be loosely grouped under four functions:

  • Advocacy: such partnerships leverage the reputation and networks of primary stakeholders and UNESCO to promote vital development issues, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
  • Develop Codes of Conduct: such codes set standards and reference frames that define acceptable behaviour.
  • Share and Coordinate Resources and Expertise: by disseminating existing knowledge as well as sharing complementary resources these partnerships help build capacity, particularly in developing countries.
  • Harness Markets for Development: UNESCO partners with the private sector to support the development and expansion of sustainable markets—locally, regionally and globally. Such partnerships either provide access to markets, such as producer networks, or help bridge or deepen markets by providing incentives for business to invest.
Below, you will find a list of UNESCO program priorities, offering various interfaces with the private sector.

Bridging the Digital Divide
The free flow of information, made possible by the advent of new technologies such as the internet, holds enormous promise of cultural dialogue and mutual understanding, of quality education. UNESCO implements a global strategy to draw on information and communication technologies (ICT) to improve education worldwide >> More

Education for All (EFA)
In April 2000, the World Education Forum at Dakar, Senegal brought together 1,100 participants who reaffirmed their commitment to pursuing a strategy for ensuring that the basic learning needs of all people are met within a generation and sustained thereafter. >> More

Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity
In collaboration with other international organizations, UNESCO promotes multilateral partnerships among public, private and civil society sectors to implement projects that strengthen local cultural industries and encourage respect for copyright and neighboring rights. >> More

HIV/AIDS Prevention Education:
To address the challenge of HIV prevention, UNESCO and UNAIDS have launched EDUCAIDS– The Global Initiative on HIV/AIDS Prevention Education. >> More

Preserving and Promoting the Heritage
UNESCO has a broad program active in preserving World Heritage sites; sites that belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of territories. >> More

Water and Associated Ecosystems
As the principal priority of UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector, UNESCO’s freshwater program seeks to develop the tools and skills needed to improve the supply and quality of global freshwater resources. >> More



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