Partner with UNESCO

Engage and Partner with UNESCO

UNESCO's Comprehensive Partnership Strategy is firmly anchored in the 2030 Agenda and at its heart lies SDG 17: Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development 

The SDGs can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. They are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. 

A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, regional, national and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre. 

Many countries require Official Development Assistance to encourage growth and trade. Yet, aid levels are falling and donor countries have not lived up to their pledge to ramp up development finance. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy is projected to contract sharply, by 3 per cent, in 2020, experiencing its worst recession since the Great Depression. 

Strong international cooperation is needed now more than ever to ensure that countries have the means to recover from the pandemic, build back better and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. 


UNESCO’s Core Thematic Areas

The UNESCO Windhoek office plays an active and integral role in furthering UNESCO’s mission to build knowledge societies and foster freedom of expression both locally and regionally. The office drives UNESCO’s mission to contribute to the building of peace, eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information.


Priority Africa

UNESCO's global priorities are Africa and Gender Equality. As such, UNESCO and development partners are attentive to 54 African countries with a stronger and better-targeted strategy. The African Renaissance is underway, with the adoption of the African Union Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development paving the ground for the African Economic Community. To this end, regional communities are consolidating ties.


Member States may focus their international development aid on strategic issues, priority countries or regions, and target groups in vulnerable situations.

Governments at regional, national and local levels can enhance their own capacity by using the strength and credibility of an impartial international organization to reinforce national strategies and promote cooperation.

Development Organizations and Banks can engage in effective multilateralism through a respected and reliable partner with worldwide presence; a builder of bridges between local aspirations and global governance founded on universal values; a dynamic network including governments, academics, and civil society.

Private Sector companies can associate their name with an internationally renowned global brand; a catalyst able to build synergies and trigger change; a pioneer shaping the global landscape.

Civil Society Organizations, Media Corporations, Goodwill Ambassadors, Artists, and Citizens can bring their talent and know-how to building peace in the minds of women and men across the world.


How does UNESCO engage with its partners?

UNESCO engages with its partners on Programme implementation, resource mobilization and financing, knowledge exchange and shared learning, joint advocacy and facilitation and coordination.