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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization logoIts work in these fields is designed to foster intercultural understanding, sustainable development, human rights and peace. UNESCO's function is primarily intellectual: disseminating information, setting international standards and monitoring progress.

UNESCO's headquarters are located in Paris. In addition there are national commission offices in 189 member states.

Key UNESCO subject areas...

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Education for All 2000-2015


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The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report will review how much the Education for All (EFA) movement has contributed to ensuring that all children, young people and adults, regardless of their gender, enjoy their right to an education that meets their basic learning needs.

Education for All 2000-2015



Rethinking Education in a Changing World


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This book is inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development, based on respect for life and human dignity, equal rights, social justice, cultural diversity, international solidarity and shared responsibility for a sustainable future.



Charting the Course of Education and HIV


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This book provides an overview of how the approaches to HIV education have evolved, and proposes a way forward for education to contribute to the prevention of new infections, and reduce stigma and discrimination.



The International Status of Education About the Holocaust: A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula


The International Status of Education About the Holocaust: A Global Mapping of Textbooks and Curricula book jacket image


This study compares representations of the Holocaust in school textbooks and national curricula. It highlights evolving practices worldwide and formulates recommendations that will help policy-makers provide the educational means by which pupils may develop Holocaust literacy.



Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings From the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children


Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings From the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children book jacket image


Based on a series of national and regional studies and policy analysis by leading experts, this report explains why better data and cross-sector collaboration are fundamental to the design of effective interventions to overcome the barriers facing out-of-school children and adolescents.



Action Research to Improve Youth and Adult Literacy


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This book provides guidance for trainers of youth and adult educators and for those who manage non-formal education and curriculum development programmes in youth and adult literacy.



Reading in the Mobile Era: A study of Mobile Reading in Developing Countries


Reading in the Mobile Era: A study of Mobile Reading in Developing Countries book jacket image


Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints a detailed picture of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why.

Reading in the Mobile Era



From Schooling to Learning


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This publication presents the results from the 2012 International Working Group on Education (IWGE) meeting which focused on the topic from schooling to learning. It summarizes the discussions in the 'show and tell' sessions on recent developments in the participating agencies, as well as the discussions in the plenary sessions.

From Schooling to Learning



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The United Nations World Water Development Report 2015


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The WWDR 2015 hopes to be a visionary report that recognizes challenges but gives a positive, solutions-oriented picture on the role (actual and potential) of the decisions affecting water in achieving sustainable development over the next 15-30 years.



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Global Bioethics: What for? 20th Anniversary of UNESCO's Bioethics


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This publication presents critical and creative ideas for UNESCO's work in this field written by 30 international experts as a first step in launching a discussion around future actions and in view of informing a new programme rationale to be developed in the coming years.



Quality Physical Education: Guidelines for Policy-Makers


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Despite evidence highlighting the importance of Quality Physical Education to child development, the world is witnessing a global decline in its delivery and a parallel rise in deaths associated with physical inactivity. These guidelines, designed for global application and local adaptation, provide a means of analysing current policy through practical guidance and a 'how-to' approach.

Quality Physical Education: Guidelines for Policy-Makers

  • Published: 31 Jan 2015
  • ISBN: 9789231000591
  • Price: £0.00
    (£-1.00 inc. VAT)



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The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture


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This series of volumes on the manifold facets of Islamic culture is intended to acquaint a very wide public with the theological bases of its faith; the status of the individual and of society in the Islamic world; its expansion since the Revelation; its cultural manifestations in literature and the arts; and finally, Islam today between loyalty to its past and the new challenges of modernity.



Najaf: The Gate of Wisdom History, Heritage and Significance and the Holy City of the Shi'a


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This book traces the city's history to the present day by surveying its urban form and major religious monuments, providing insight into Shi'i rituals, pilgrimages and funerals in the cemetery of Wadi al-Salam, and offering vivid portraits of its people.



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Fostering Freedom Online


This research aims to identify principles for good practices and processes that are consistent with international standards for free expression that Internet intermediaries may follow in order to protect the human rights of end users online jacket image


This research aims to identify principles for good practices and processes that are consistent with international standards for free expression that Internet intermediaries may follow in order to protect the human rights of end users online.

Fostering Freedom Online



Building Digital Safety for Journalism


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The UN Plan was born in UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which concentrates much of its work on promoting safety for journalists.