We advise the UK and devolved governments on policy relating to education, science, culture and communication and information.
The range of UNESCO’s global programmes and activities are substantial – from media literacy and the safety of journalists, protecting cultural heritage, gender equality, facilitating international cooperation in science, to driving forward and monitoring the Education 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goal targets. We work with experts across the UK to ensure the advice provided on UNESCO’s programmes and activities is of the highest-quality and offers practical recommendations.

Our role is to:

  • Provide independent advice to the UK government and devolved governments in the fields of education, science, culture and
    communication, and assess the merit of UNESCO’s various programmes.
  • Provide independent advice in the development of the UK government’s policy on UNESCO’s programmes, and support its agenda to help
    UNESCO achieve its core goals.
  • Advise the UK Permanent Delegation to UNESCO during UNESCO’s biannual Executive Board and the biennial General Conference.
    Represent the UK and advocate its priorities and needs at UNESCO meetings.
  • Draw on the UK’s expertise to contribute and help shape UNESCO’s global policies and programmes and exchange expertise with its 195
    Member States.

Our work helps to ensure that the UK and devolved governments attain maximum value from their UNESCO membership. It also demonstrates that by working with UNESCO, the UK and devolved governments can complement a wide range of policy areas including scientific innovation, community integration, tourism and the protection of our culture and environment.