The Week of Sound was proclaimed at the 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference in 2017 to take place in January each year.
Sound is important to all ages and permeates through economic, environmental, societal, medical, industrial and cultural dimensions. It contributes to our individual and collective behaviour, helping to shape the relationships we form with others.
Due to its diverse range of competences, UNESCO is the best-placed institution to address sound-related issues, namely those involving the sound environment; health; sound recording, reproduction and conservation technology; the relation between image and sound; and musical and sound expression.
As part of the Organization’s commitment to building sustainable societies, UNESCO raises awareness for the best practices relating to sound in all areas of life among Member States to strengthen our capacity to coexist peacefully.