As the only UNESCO field office in the region with a specific mandate on programme development and implementation, our task is to facilitate the advancement of the overall UNESCO programme. This is done through specialised as well as interdisciplinary actions in the field of culture and natural sciences, to foster sustainable development, dialogue, reconciliation, and cooperation, with special focus on South-East Europe and the Mediterranean basin.
The bureau includes an Antenna in Sarajevo, responsible for implementation of the activities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It also has education expertise and hosts a component of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO dedicated to Ocean Literacy.
Our activities strive in helping the region achieve sustainable development by 2030.
In Science, our action is centred on Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks as learning and model sites for sustainable development, integrated water and natural resource management in transboundary basins, multi-hazard disaster risk reduction, and science diplomacy.
In Culture, we work on World Heritage management, intangible cultural heritage, emergency preparedness and response, enhancing culture for sustainable development, fighting illicit traffic of cultural property, promoting culture as a tool for mutual understanding and dialogue, and fostering regional integration through cultural cooperation.
The interdisciplinary capacity of the bureau also allows us to develop activities on transversal priorities such as education for sustainable development, preventing violent extremism and integrated management of cultural and natural resources.
We also actively contribute to UN coordination activities at regional and country levels.
Where we work
The bureau is uniquely positioned to deliver assistance in the context of each country, and at regional level, leveraging on its expertise and a vast network of partners. Our location in Venice provides a unique opportunity for support from the national and local authorities for the benefit of the region. Our coverage includes South-East Europe and part of the Mediterranean region : Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Greece; Malta; Montenegro; Republic of Moldova; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia; North Macedonia; and, Turkey. Our purview covers Kosovo* (as defined by UNSCR 1244, 1999).
If you are planning to embark on a career in the field of education, science, or culture, then an internship at UNESCO will be ideal for you. The UNESCO Internship Programme offers you practical work in one of UNESCO’s priority areas. Aside from helping you understand the Organization’s mandate, programmes, and main thrusts, it also enhances your academic knowledge with relevant work assignments that can help you prepare for your future career. More