Paris, 13 November 2021 (TDI): The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) commemorated the 75th anniversary on 12 November. UNESCO logo lighted up against the Eiffel Tower on Friday.
A special ceremony took place to mark this occasion. Over 20 Heads of State were part of the ceremony to celebrate the anniversary at the agency’s headquarters In Paris.
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, remarked that the organization was born to be a pillar of the UN system in the wake of one of the darkest chapters in history.
UNESCO has promoted the pivotal role to restore trust and solidarity. In a time of inequalities, environmental crisis along with the pandemic, UNESCO provided access to education. Moreover, it has promoted cultural diversity along with technological progress.
New Social Contract
Guterres mentioned UNESCO is forging a new social contract for education and learning. The agency developing new tools to combat hate speech as well as misinformation. In Iraq and Lebanon, UNESCO is using education and heritage to heal and rebuild.
UNESCO Conference is underway in Paris until 24 November. It is also marking the anniversary.
The 193 Member States during the event will take landmark decisions. For instance, they will adopt global recommendations on the ethics of artificial intelligence.
UNESCO’s endeavors to preserve and convey the best of humanity
A new exhibition can be seen online as well as at the agency’s headquarters. The story of UNESCO’s endeavors to understand, preserve and convey the best of humanity is the main topic of the exhibition.
The UN cultural agency was the result of two world wars. The political and economic arrangements between States were not enough to build lasting peace. UNESCO was established to restore peace and also for stability in the international arena.
The exhibition includes images of “titanic projects”. Like the rescue and displacement, block by block, of the temples of ancient Egypt. It also included documentation on scientific projects about early tsunami warning systems. Moreover, it shared methods for studying soils, aquifers, and the oceans.
Some images illuminate exploration missions along the Silk Roads. In addition to campaigns that preserve knowledge, traditions, music, and the world’s memory.
Those memories portray the aspiration to weave stronger ties between the citizens. It is for the exchange and circulation of knowledge for centuries to come. It is done in the hope to get rid forever of the specter of war.