A global grassroots movement, Clubs for UNESCO supports the Organization’s priorities by using a community’s own experience, skills and outlook to foster peace and exchange. They consist of groups of people from all ages, from all walks of life and every background who share a firm belief in UNESCO’s ideals.
The primary purpose of the Clubs is to develop understanding and support for UNESCO and its programmes. They seek to disseminate UNESCO’s ideals and undertake activities directly inspired by those of the Organization, broaden cultural horizons and provide an invaluable service to UNESCO and to the National Commissions for UNESCO in supplementing public information activities.
The Clubs respect the founding principles of UNESCO and are non-profit making. They are also legally and financially independent from UNESCO.
UNESCO Clubs aim to:
- Promote understanding of the aims and ideals of UNESCO and work for the success of their implementation;
- Facilitate international understanding, cooperation and world peace;
- Support human rights;
- Contribute to the training in civics and democracy of their members; and
- Participate in social development conceived as the attainment of the conditions most conducive to the full development of the human personality.
Four (4) main categories of UNESCO Clubs:
- Clubs established in schools whose members are pupils and teachers in educational institutions;
- Clubs operating in universities and higher educational institutions, often established through the initiative of student groups;
- Clubs not intended specifically for schoolchildren or students but for a wider membership. These clubs have a clearly recognized legal status, and their membership includes leading members of the cultural and public service circles of the community; and
- Centres for UNESCO operating on a permanent basis, staffed by specialized personnel, with considerable financial resources.
Programs, projects and activities of UNESCO Clubs must be aligned to one or more of the following overarching objectives of UNESCO:
- Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning;
- Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development;
- Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges;
- Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace; and
- Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication.