Building peace in the minds of men and women

Culture Partnerships

In today’s interconnected world, culture's power to transform societies is clear. Its diverse manifestations – from our cherished historic monuments and museums to traditional practices and contemporary art forms – enrich our everyday lives in countless ways. Heritage constitutes a source of identity and cohesion for communities disrupted by bewildering change and economic instability. Creativity contributes to building open, inclusive and pluralistic societies. Both heritage and creativity lay the foundations for vibrant, innovative and prosperous knowledge societies.

    As a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO has a unique mandate to build peace and sustainable development through culture. In order to achieve this mission, UNESCO works with various partners that, individually or through specific networks, contribute to developing and disseminating knowledge and capacities for protecting our heritage and fostering creativity.


    UNESCO offers a range of different entry points for partnerships. These are all areas where the Organization has leadership, recognized expertise and comparative advantage. They also correspond to UNESCO's Culture Sector top priorities: