UNESCO has a vast scientific mandate with impact on a global scale. The Organisation is not only active in natural and technical sciences but also in social and human sciences.

Natural and technical sciences

As the only organisation within the United Nations that has a scientific mandate, UNESCO promotes scientific cooperation beyond borders and disciplines. This cooperation contributes to solutions to global challenges such as climate change and poverty, which are essential to peace-building.

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Social and human sciences

Through its commitment in the field of social and human sciences, UNESCO contributes to a better understanding of how to live together, in peace, in a fair and sustainable society. UNESCO intends to promote intercultural dialogue, the management of social transformation, democracy and global citizenship.

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