Engage and Become a Partner with UNESCO

UNESCO implements with its partners over 210 programmes in Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

UNESCO implements with its partners over 210 programmes in Africa to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNESCO's  Comprehensive Partnership Strategy firmly anchored in the 2030 Agenda and at its heart lies SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 

The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. They are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. 

A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, regional, national and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre. 

Many countries require Official Development Assistance to encourage growth and trade. Yet, aid levels are falling and donor countries have not lived up to their pledge to ramp up development finance. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy  is projected to contract sharply, by 3 per cent, in 2020, experiencing its worst recession since the Great Depression. 

Strong international cooperation is needed now more than ever to ensure that countries have the means to recover from the pandemic, build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Why engaging with UNESCO?

Making a partnership with UNESCO is a commitment to the highest standards of equity, fairness, accountability, and excellence. UNESCO relies on a broad set of partners to pursue its mission and implement its programmes.


Member States may focus their international development aid on strategic issues, priority countries or regions, and target groups in vulnerable situations.

Governments at regional, national and local levels can enhance their own capacity by using the strength and credibility of an impartial international organization to reinforce national strategies and promote cooperation.

Development Organizations and Banks can engage in effective multilateralism through a respected and reliable partner with worldwide presence; a builder of bridges between local aspirations and global governance founded on universal values; a dynamic network including governments, academics, and civil society.

Private Sector companies can associate their name with an internationally renowned global brand; a catalyst able to build synergies and trigger change; a pioneer shaping the global landscape.

Civil Society Organizations, Media Corporations, Goodwill Ambassadors, Artists, and Citizens can bring their talent and know-how to building peace in the minds of women and men across the world.

Who are UNESCO’s partners?

Partners covered by the strategy include the United Nations Development System, donors, key constituencies like young people, cities and business, non-governmental organisations, Intergovernmental organisations, regional organisations, and “UNESCO family partners”, which is comprised by: 

How does UNESCO engage with its partners?

UNESCO engages with its partners on programme implementation, resource mobilization and financing, knowledge exchange and shared learning, joint advocacy and facilitation and coordination.