As a Regional Bureau for Education, UNESCO Beirut provides support to the Arab Region to improve the quality and relevance of education and learning and promote a holistic approach to education encompassing all levels, pathways and modes of delivery. The mission of UNESCO Beirut is to support Member States in strengthening their education and learning systems in pursuit of SDG4-Education 2030 Agenda, encapsulated in Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) – equity, inclusion, quality and lifelong learning – by working to improve education systems and convening countries to discuss issues of common concerns and agree on joint cooperation. In all its work, education is promoted as transformative.
The overarching strategy that guides UNESCO Beirut's work in education is the UNESCO Arab Regional Education Support Strategy for 2016/21 (UNARESS), which was developed in 2016 to help guide UNESCO Beirut’s actions in the following four strategic directions:
1. Coordinating and monitoring SDG4 – Education 2030 Agenda
2. Enhancing Education Systems to promote quality and inclusive lifelong learning for all
3. Empowering learners to be competent, creative and responsible global citizens
4. Building Resilience among learners and communities through education to prevent and mitigate the impact of crises