Building peace in the minds of men and women

UNESCO: 70 Years of Ideas in Action

Tracing the routes of UNESCO initiatives, 70 years after the signature of its Constitution

On 16 November 1945, the Constitution of UNESCO was signed by 37 countries in London, United Kingdom, and came into force on 4 November 1946.

During the last 70 years, UNESCO has acted as a global laboratory of ideas. But how have they been translated into action and how have they improved the world? Answering this question is the challenge taken up by an international group of researchers who worked on a new history of UNESCO, based not only on its ideas, but also on their relevance and their impact on the ground.

Constructing peace in the minds of people – this is UNESCO's overall mandate. Mission impossible? Not necessarily. 

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