Building peace in the minds of men and women

Paris Peace Forum

UNESCO and the Paris Peace Forum

All of UNESCO's work, "the conscience of the United Nations", is based on the conviction that peace, in order to be sustainable, must be based on international intellectual cooperation through the promotion of education and culture. , science and freedom of expression. It is only through this moral solidarity of humanity, based on mutual understanding of peoples, respect for human dignity, sharing of cultures and knowledge, and collective intelligence that we will develop a culture of peace .

UNESCO's mission is more relevant than ever to provide sustainable responses to today's challenges. Its collaborative method, open to civil society, makes it a unique global incubator of peace initiatives. That is why it was natural to associate ourselves with the Paris Peace Forum to build together a more lasting peace.


« UNESCO's role is to federate all energies for a lasting peace. This House of Preventive Diplomacy plays the role of an intellectual agency within the United Nations that coordinates initiatives in education, culture and science to leverage the collective impact. The modernity of UNESCO's mandate lies precisely in its intrinsically collaborative and open method of civil society.

Because we need collective intelligence more than ever, it is our generation's responsibility to reinvent global governance and reveal the relevance of multilateralism.»

UNESCO's Contribution to the Debates

Universal Heritage: A Vulnerable Asset


Mr Lazare Eloundou Assomo,
Director, Culture and Emergencies, UNESCO Culture Sector

Global Governance: The Two Cents of Philanthropists
Director for Partnerships and Outreach, UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector
Full Program


UNESCO at the Paris Peace Forum: discover an innovative project

UNESCO and Colombia will showcase an innovative project promoting integration in a post-conflict situation through safeguarding living heritage. Following sixty years of armed conflict in Colombia, UNESCO and the Colombian authorities have launched an innovative project for integration and coexistence through culture, in the framework of the 2016 Peace Agreement. This project, which started in July 2018, aims to contribute to the integration of ex-combatants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC-EP) in the territory of Pondores and to restore social links with host communities, building on living heritage as a tool for dialogue and a vehicle for shared values. This project is co-funded by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund and Colombia.