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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which contributes to the building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture, communication and information.

UNESCO was founded at the United Nations Conference for the establishment of an Educational and Cultural Organization held in London in November 1945. On November, 16 the UNESCO Constitution was signed by 37 countries. 

The current number of UNESCO members is 193 states.

 Since November 2017, the representative of France, Audrey Azoulay, has been the Director-General of UNESCO.

Belarus joined UNESCO in 1954. Since that time Belarus has been taken an active part in UNESCO activities.

Belarus is a member of the UNESCO Executive Board (2017-2021).

According to the UNESCO Constitution since 1956 the National Commission for UNESCO has been created in Belarus. 

The Chair of the National Commission to UNESCO since August 2013 is Vladimir Makei, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus

Working body of the National Commission for UNESCO is the Secretariat, which implements its activity under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus. 

Contact information:

vul. Lienina, 19, 220030 Minsk
Tel.: +375 17 327 83 16
E-mail: su@mfa.gov.by

In Belarus there are four sites inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List :

Bialowieza Forest with Poland (inscribed in 1979);

Mir Castle Complex (inscribed in 2000);

Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwill Family at Nesvizh (inscribed in 2005);

Struve Geodetic Arc, jointly with Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Moldova, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden and Ukraine (inscribed in 2005).

Four Belarusian elements are inscribes on the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists (UNESCO):

Rite of the Kalyady Tsars/Christmas Tsars (List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, since 2009);

Celebration in honor of the Budslaŭ icon of Our Lady/Budslaŭ fect (Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, since 2018);

Spring rite of Juraŭski Karahod (List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, since 2019);

Tree beekeeping culture with Poland (Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, since 2020);

Тhere are two inscriptions on the Memory of the World Register:

Radzwills’ Archives and Niasvizh (Nieśwież) Library Collection jointly with Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation and Ukraine (inscribed in 2009);

The Act of the Union of Lublin document jointly with Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine (inscribed in 2017). 

In Belarus there are three Biosphere Reserves, which have been included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves:

Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve (included in 1978);

Belavezhskaya Pushcha (included in 1993);

West Polesie Transboundary Biosphere Reserve with Poland and Ukraine (included in 2003).

In Belarus 7 UNESCO Chairs, 18 UNESCO Associated Schools and 58 UNESCO clubs work successfully.

In 2018, Vitebsk joined the Global Network of Learning Cities.

The 100th anniversary of Belarusian State University is included in the List of  Anniversaries to are celebrated in association with UNESCO in 2021.

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