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UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030.

IAU is an official partner of UNESCO (Associate status). IAU partners with UNESCO for the World Higher Education Database (WHED); for the Futures of Education global initiative; has partnered on several projects in the UNESCO Participation Programme, currently on sustainable development; and at regular global conferences. Most recently, IAU has joined the UNESCO Global Education Coalition which seeks to facilitate inclusive learning opportunities during this period of unprecedented educational disruption.

- Futures of Education
- Global Education Coalition
- UNESCO : elaboration on Statement on Ethics of AI
- Leading SDG 4 - Education 2030

IAU supports the Work of UNESCO and the sustainable development goals by bringing in expertise of the higher education sector:

UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD, which ran from 2015 to 2019, aimed to generate and scale-up ESD and to accelerate progress towards sustainable development. IAU was a lead partner organisation in the GAP programme.
UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development:

Click here to view the latest IAU Report to UNESCO.

ESD for 2030

Also, IAU is a partner of UNESCO and University of Bergen, Norway, in the Global Independent Expert Group on Universities and the 2030 Agenda (EGU2030).

-  IAU organises the Higher Education for sustainable development panel debate at the UNESCO World Conference Education for Sustainable Development, May 2021]
-  IAU is a key partner to the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2021

NGO in official partnership with UNESCO in associate status
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