UNESCO Kathmandu Office is committed to promoting quality education for all, focusing on gender equality, literacy and lifelong learning at all levels of education in Nepal. UNESCO being the global lead agency of Sustainable Development Goal 4, the Office advocates, advises and provides technical support for the improvement of national education policies and plans.

In close collaboration with concerned stakeholders, the Office supports the country through coordinated policy advice, technical assistance, capacity building, designing of education sector development plans in support of the national educational priorities, such as curriculum reform, teacher policies,

ICT in education and monitoring of education progress.

The Office focuses on:

  • Leading Education 2030
  • Empowering Girls and Women
  • Education and Federalism
  • Literacy and Lifelong Learning
  • ICT in Education
  • Teachers’ Professional Development
  • Education in Emergencies
  • Education for Sustainable Development

Natural Sciences

In the area of natural sciences, UNESCO Kathmandu Office works towards mobilizing science knowledge and policy, focusing on a limited number of strategic interventions, in close cooperation with the UNESCO offices in Jakarta and New Delhi.

Focusses are:

  • Disaster risk reduction, in particular preparing for earthquakes, landslides and flood hazards;

  • Cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as well as the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology in preparation of national policies and help identification of a number of priority areas for research and development;
  • Preservation of nature and natural sites;
  • The Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program;
  • Awareness building against air pollution; and
  • Advocacy for clean water


UNESCO Kathmandu Office is committed to strengthen the role of culture as enabler and driver of sustainable development, through the effective implementation of the UNESCO Culture Conventions. This strategy includes promoting, protecting, conserving and safeguarding Nepal’s tangible and living heritage by increasing the people’s awareness and strengthening national capacities at all levels.

The activities aim at supporting the government for policy development, updating and implementing. Special focus is given towards preserving the four Nepali World Heritage Sites.

Communication and Information

UNESCO Kathmandu Office is committed to promote freedom of expression, press freedom, media development, access to information of all citizens and to advocate for the rights and safety of journalists in Nepal.

For over a decade, Nepal has been in the spotlight for its major political transitions. Natural disasters and political instability increased the responsibility of media workers and journalists to deliver effective and independent information to the people. The Office provides advice and capacity building to stakeholders on these issues, paying special attention to the challenges and aspirations of women journalists.

Communication, Information and Knowledge are the driving forces of sustainable development. The Office is committed to the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030, and contributes to:

  • Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. Rule of law is a prerequisite for and outcome of, governance and a sustainable and human rights-centered development agenda, and freedom of expression and the safety of journalists are prominent issues for the rule of law.
  • Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. UNESCO’s work on the promotion of universal access to information, directly contributes to the building resilient infrastructures and fostering innovation, particularly through increasing access to ICT.