About UNESCO Office in Lima

Who are we

Peru has been the Member State of UNESCO since 1946. UNESCO, whose representation in the country was established in 1995, works together with the Peruvian State providing technical assistance to various sectors in order to contribute to the achievement of its objectives. 
Peru is considered an upper-middle-income country, due to the high and sustained economic growth achieved during the last 10 years. However, while in the 2001-2007 period per capita GDP rose by 30.8 per cent, poverty was reduced by only 10.5 points, maintaining inequality and social exclusion.

UNESCO Office in Peru

Different economic and social indicators indicate the existence of important gaps and place the country among the most inequitable in Latin America (in 2007, the ratio between the highest and lowest expenditure decile was 15.8 times), which is, in turn, the most unequal region in the world. These indicators show major challenges for the country.

The UNESCO Lima Office has a staff of 24 people, in addition to consultants and volunteer collaborators. Together they contribute every day to the consolidation of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and information in Peru.


Ernesto Fernández Polcuch
Director of the Office in Lima
Ms. Fátima Barbero
Technical Coordinator
Ms. Inés Castro
Assistant to the Representative

Sector of Public Information

Education Sector

  • Fernando Berríos, Coordinator of the Sector
  • Sandra Carrillo, Coordinator of the Project Horizontes

Culture Sector

Sector of Communication and Information

  • Javier Lizarzaburu, Coordinator
  • Belén Quintana, Coorperant