About UNESCO office in Mexico

Our History

The role and mandate of the UNESCO cannot be understood without thinking about Mexico, which in addition of participating in the drafting of the Preamble to the Constitution Act, sent its petition to the Preparatory Conference in London in 1945. This Preamble proposed as priority actions education for peace and the establishment of a mechanism to protect the cultural heritage of peoples, which have oriented the path of the international cooperation with the organization. Different Mexicans illustrious participated in these actions, such as José Gorostiza, the philosopher Samuel Ramos, and the then Secretary of Foreign Affairs Jaime Torres Bodet, who was also the second Director General of UNESCO in the face of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and managed to consolidate the intergovernmental role of UNESCO.

Mexico, with its prolific seedbed of worldviews, the warp of its history and its exemplary social actors, artists and intellectuals, significantly nurtured the 1972 World Heritage Convention. By hosting the World Conference on Cultural Policies (Mondiacult) in 1982, it promoted the consolidation of a more comprehensive view in regards of culture: as the basis of identity and social development.

Since 1967, Mexico has had a national office in charge of promoting and working on projects that advance education, science, culture, communication and information in the Mexican Republic through different projects and collaborations, providing technical assistance as a strategic and specialized actor among the different powers of the State, levels of government, institutions, civil society organizations and communities.

Our Work

The actions of the Office have been aimed at incorporating the goals of the 2030 Agenda of Education to the different programs of the Mexican system, providing tools for students and teachers towards the consolidation of education for peace and a citizenship of the world, promoting equality in favor of women, the protection of and revitalization of cultural diversity and its positioning as an articulating axis of sustainable development, the strengthening of indigenous languages and their peoples, as well as the protection and reinforcement of the freedom of expression through a communication perspective for development, to name a few examples.

UNESCO’s office in Mexico strengthens local capacities by acting as a specialized nexus of technical assistance between the different powers of the State and levels of government, institutions, civil society organizations, communities and key social actors, thus forging an interdependent network aimed at social welfare.  

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World Heritage Properties

13

Memory of the World Resources

10

Intangible Cultural Heritage Expressions

290

ASPnet Schools

23

UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs

42

Biosphere Reserves

Staff directory

+52(55)52807071 mexico@unesco.org

Representation

Mr. Frédéric Vacheron
Head-in-Charge.
Ms. Laura Iglesias
Associate Executive Officer
Ms. Florentina Scully
Director's Assistant

Ms. Beatriz Guzmán
Program Assistant
Mr. Rodrigo Morlesin
Graphic Design Specialist

Communication and Information Sector

Ms. Gabriela Velázquez
Communication and Information Specialist
Mr. Juan Luis Montoya Acevez
Consultant
Ms. Natalia Montes de Oca
Assistant

Ms. Ana Paola Gómez
Voluntary

Education Sector

Ms. Rosa Wolpert
Education Officer
Mr. Adolfo Rodríguez
Education Specialist
Ms. Brenda Juárez
Program Assistant

Culture Sector

Mr. Carlos Tejada
Program Specialist
Ms. Elisua López
Program Assistant
Ms. Cynthia Santoyo
Program Assistant

Mr. Alejandro Alcaraz
Consultant
Ms. Rosa Mascareño
Voluntary

Social Sciences and Natural Sciences Sector

Mr. Dorian Rommens
Program Specialist
Ms. Aracely Torres
Consultant

Administration

Ms. Lucía Aldana
Administration Officer-in-Charge
Ms. Cinthya Orozco
Assistant
Mr. Hugo Reyes
IT assistant

Ms. Araceli Escudero
Assistant
Mr. Rogelio Esquivel
Assistant

Mr. Arturo Miranda
Driver
Mr. Christian Sánchez
Driver