Nairobi Office Expertise


The mission of the UNESCO Education Sector in the Regional Office for Eastern Africa is to support Member States in the region to strengthen education and training systems to provide high quality, equitable and inclusive education and training for all and equip children, young people and adults with skills for life and work, values and attitudes to build secure, resilient and sustainable societies.

The Education Sector is the largest of the five sectors in the Regional Office for Eastern Africa. It has specialist staff in education management and leadership, health and wellbeing education, ICT in Education. Read more

Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences Sector at the UNESCO Nairobi Office design and implements its activities in relation to the International Science Programmes (ISP) of UNESCO: International Hydrological Programme (IHP); Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB); International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP); and International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP). For activities pertaining to IHP; Ecological and Earth Sciences; and Disaster Risk Reduction, this office has a coordination role for all sub-Saharan African countries with other Regional Offices. Read More



Within the framework of the UNESCO Priority Africa Flagship Programme ‘Harnessing the power of culture for sustainable development and peace in a context of regional integration’, and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Africa Union’s Vision 2063, this web site highlights the activities of the Culture Sector of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa in Nairobi.

The actions undertaken by the Nairobi Office benefit, to the greatest extent possible, all of the countries covered by the Regional Office. Read more

IOC Sub Commission for Africa and Adjacent Island States (IOCAFRICA)

The focus of the IOCAFRICA is on: Understanding of the ocean & coastal processes around Africa,Monitoring and early warning systems for coastal and oceanic natural hazards,Understanding of how African oceans and coastal areas will be impacted by changing climates,Managing and mitigating the impacts of coastal hazards and climate change,Strengthening of marine and oceanographic training and research institutions and Creation of critical mass of marine science professionals

Communication and Information

As the United Nations Specialized Agency with a mandate to promote ‘the free flow of ideas by word and image’ and to ‘maintain, increase and diffuse knowledge’, UNESCO implements a specific programme on Communication and Information (CI). In Eastern Africa, UNESCO CI programme fosters freedom of expression, media independence and pluralism, with a focus on the engagement and participation of women and youth in the media, and promotes universal access to information and preservation of documentary heritage. UNESCO Nairobi Office also acts as the focal point to the Regional Memory of the World Committee for Africa (ARCMOW). Read more

Social and Human Sciences

The Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) will support Member States this biennium to apply social and human scientific frontier knowledge to design effective policy solutions to advance inclusive development agenda, while placing youth meaningful engagement and active participation at the centre to instil youth-led innovative solutions. read more