UNESCO Cairo Office, established in 1947, is the Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States. It is also the Cluster Office for Egypt and Sudan. The UNESCO Cairo Office is one of 52 field offices worldwide which mission is to contribute to peace and security in the world. Within this mandate, it receives decentralized regular programme funds to execute work plans in the specific areas of Policy and Capacity Building (PCB), Ecological and Earth Sciences (EES), Water Sciences (HYD), Social and Human (SHS).
The main objective of UNESCO Cairo Office (UCO), as a Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States, is to contribute to the scientific development of the Arab member states. As a cluster office for Egypt and Sudan, UCO also undertakes national activities in those countries in all themes of UNESCO.
This is done by promoting intellectual cooperation among nations through education, science, culture, social and human sciences and communication.In view of its current mandate, the UNESCO Office in Cairo serves as a regional UNESCO office for Science & Technology in Arab states.
In view of its current mandate, the UNESCO Office in Cairo serves as a regional UNESCO office for Science & Technology in Arab states. Within this mandate, it receives decentralized regular programme funds to execute work plans in the specific areas of:
- Policy and Capacity Building (PCB)
- Ecological and Earth Sciences (EES)
- Water Sciences (HYD)
- Social and Human (SHS).
Ms. Nuria Sanz
Director, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States, ai
Cluster Office for Egypt and Sudan and UNESCO Representative in Egypt.
Ms. Nuria Sanz assumed her post as Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States, Cluster Office for Egypt and Sudan and as UNESCO Representative in Egypt on 20th October 2022. Ms. Nuria Sanz has been Head and Representative of the UNESCO Office in Mexico since November 2013. She has a PhD in history and archaeology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and La Sapienza in Rome.
For over 20 years, Ms. Sanz has worked in international organizations such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO, and a large focus of her work has been on the field of the protection of cultural and natural heritage. From 2002 to 2013, she was Chief of the Latin American and Caribbean Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, France. She has edited more than 20 World Heritage publications and has carried out extensive literary work in cultural cooperation, and on culture and development issues.
For 9 years, Ms. Sanz coordinated the largest World Heritage nomination project in the history of the 1972 World Heritage Convention: the Qhhapaq Ñan Andean Road System. The serial nomination was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014 and was selected as a project that exemplified the good practice of cultural integration of indigenous people.