UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

The Organisation


1988-1997: World Decade for Cultural Development
UNESCO launched the World Decade for Cultural Development in January 1988 at a ceremony in Paris during which the Swiss artist Hans Erni presented the logo he created for the occasion. He described his design, widely used in all promotional material for the decade, as “five faces from the five continents of the Earth symbolizing the manifold creativity of social and cultural life”. The decade was proclaimed in order to encourage countries to reflect, adopt policies and undertake activities to ensure the integrated development of their societies.

Europe and North America Latin America and the Caribbean Africa Arab States Asia Pacific