Today’s society is much more focused on promoting harmony throughout the globe. With convenient and quick transportation options for anyone wanting to go around the world and the advent of a worldwide internet network, today’s people are much more connected to others in different cultures and countries. One group that is dedicated to bettering the planet’s network of global citizens is UNESCO or the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Here are some ways this global entity is helping bring people together peacefully and improving lives around the world.
Preserving culture is a big part of UNESCO’s mission in the world. Since 1972, UNESCO has been maintaining a list of historical and culturally significant sites around the world. These World Heritage Sites are placed on this list to help keep them from being destroyed or forgotten. Today, there are more than 1,000 sites listed, and many of these places are top destinations for curious travelers wanting to learn about history and a new perspective.
Another big part of a country’s identity is its language. UNESCO understands the value of identifying the many different languages spoken around the world. Today, UNESCO has a project dedicated to preserving those languages that are diminishing or dying in small regions of the world. As people come together more and are less isolated from each other, some languages get lost. UNESCO has prioritized the indexing and preservation of these endangered languages, hoping to memorialize them forever once they become extinct.
The planet’s health is another key component of UNESCO’s mission to improving the world and the experience every person has on it. There are many projects within the organization that are focused on developing sustainability, improving freshwater access, and monitoring the world’s oceans. In some parts of the world, UNESCO has partnered with a local region’s tourism board to develop geoparks. These geoparks have a focus on an area’s geological features and help promote environmental education and responsible tourism.
Education plays a huge role in UNESCO’s main mission to the world. UNESCO helms the Education for All program that aims to monitor and promote the world’s educational systems. The goal is to increase the availability of free and comprehensive education to citizens in developing countries. UNESCO has also worked to keep higher education institutions more connected around the world and promoted cooperation with its portal on higher education and the UNITWIN networks.
Media and communication are also part of the realm of UNESCO’s massive list of responsibilities. Rather than develop a specific message, UNESCO prefers to focus on promoting ideas of a free press in societies around the world. In some countries, journalists risk their lives to bring truth and justice to the people about their government or corruption. UNESCO has worked tirelessly to keep journalists safe in these situations and hold individual countries accountable.
Even in the 21st century, racism and prejudice continue to be a major issue affecting millions of people. UNESCO has created a coalition of more than 5,000 cities against racism. The cities part of the coalition have made a commitment to fight segregation in their communities and develop ways to spread diversity and harmony throughout their populations.
Improving human rights is another major part of the purpose of UNESCO. There are hundreds of initiatives involving UNESCO personnel that aim to make human rights universal around the world. Some UNESCO representatives, such as Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, have focused on individual projects within their own regions. In Karimova-Tillyaeva’s native Uzbekistan, she has worked to help orphaned and disabled children with her You Are Not Alone campaign.
In addition to programs focused on children with special needs, UNESCO provides other resources to help the world’s young population around the globe. In some war-torn areas, such as Syria, there are children left behind without any resources for education or enrichment. UNESCO has stepped in and taken the lead in this situation, despite the risks. It offers emergency education programs for students trapped in periods of war or unrest. This way, the next generation won’t be left with gaps of knowledge and skills once peace finally happens.
The last way UNESCO has made its mark on the world is by its determination to help women make progress with gender equality programs and female education initiatives. Today, young girls interested in math and science can realize their dreams by participating in one of the fellowship programs that UNESCO sponsors. Girls with limited access to the sciences can get travel grants, study programs, and fellowship awards and become more knowledgeable about the world around them. This way, the globe gets more potential leaders to take on the biggest tasks impacting the planet in the next decades.
Many people have heard of UNESCO, but fewer have a complete understanding of how beneficial this organization is to people around the world. As the globe continues to evolve and face challenges, UNESCO will be there to give assistance and put knowledge first to help all citizens.