The UNESCO Gulf States & Yemen Office serves as the Cluster Office for Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates since 1976. In late 2009, Yemen joined the cluster. These countries have benefited from UNESCO Gulf States & Yemen Office’s support in the fields of education, natural sciences, culture, as well as communication and information.
In line with UNESCO’s global priorities and five major programmes, the UNESCO Gulf States & Yemen Office sets a local programme of action in consultation with the seven before-mentioned Member States.
The vision of the UNESCO Gulf States & Yemen Office is to ”empower women and men to contribute to peaceful and inclusive knowledge-based societies, through education, the sciences, culture, and communication and information, in partnership with the Member States, the private sector, and civil society, to fulfil the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
UNESCO Gulf States & Yemen Office enjoys a strong partnership with the private sector and excellent cooperation with the United Nations University, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), and regional bodies such as the Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment (ROPME) and the Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (PERSGA).