19 August – World Humanitarian Day
Every day humanitarian workers support millions of people affected by natural disasters and conflicts, and help communities to better prepare for future shocks.
One day – 19 August – is a global celebration of humanitarians, of people helping people. World Humanitarian Day honors humanitarian workers who have lost their lives, and those that continue to risk it every day to provide aid to people in need regardless of who they are or where they are.
UN Security Council visits Belgium
This weekend the Security Council will visit Belgium. This visit is part of the remembrance of the First World War. It's the first time that the Security Council will visit the country. After Belgium, the Council will visit the Netherlands, Somalia and South Sudan.
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July – MDG Report 2014 Released
The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs, it reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives; global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe, according to a new report launched on Monday, 7th July, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.
June – the Green Month at the UN in Brussels
June has been an exciting month for the United Nations in Brussels, and for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in particular, with plenty of opportunities to raise awareness of and discuss issues related to the environment! The activities have taken place against the backdrop of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in Nairobi on 23-27 June.
UN Brussels Team completes 20km run
A team from the United Nations in Brussels and the IOM Country Office for Belgium and Luxemburg took part in this year's 20km run
United Nations - European Union Partnership Report
The eighth annual Partnership Report “Saving and Improving Lives” presents this year the United Nations-European Union partnership for food and nutrition security from 2008 to 2012. The web photo publication and the videos included in the report will take you through the results of our work on the ground.
See the report
Click here to the view the Report
UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of a culture of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities: Africa and gender equality.
And on a number of overarching objectives:
· -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
· -Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication
The Brussels office ensures UNESCO’s representation to the European Union and subsidiary bodies. It was created in February 2011 with the following mandate:
-Strengthening the Organization’s visibility; promoting UNESCO’s fields and modalities of action at every level within the European institutions (Commission, Parliament, and Council), Permanent Representations, the ACP Secretariat, NGOs and subsidiary institutions present in Brussels;
-Identifying common areas of action with the European Union, in order to develop new EU-UNESCO partnerships in the fields of Education, Culture, Science and Communication;
-Following-up and analyzing the political situation in the European Union;
-Advising and informing headquarters and field offices on the EU’s policies and decisions related to UNESCO’s fields of competence.
The office works in close cooperation with the UN bodies present in Brussels, the World Customs Organization and NATO.
The UNESCO has a global network which supports it in carrying out its mandate.
UNESCO’s field network is composed of 27 cluster offices, 10 regional bureaus (eight of these also fulfill the function of cluster office and one with a national mandate) and 21 national offices.
The cluster offices, which cover a group of countries, are the backbone of the network as the main platforms for programme delivery in the field in all UNESCO’s areas of competence.
Three liaison offices are responsible for representing UNESCO and promoting its interests at United Nations Headquarters in New York and Geneva, and to the European Union in Brussels.
The Commissions constitute a unique network within the UN system. They form a vital link between civil society and the Organization. They provide valuable insight for the Organization’s programmes and help implement many initiatives including training programmes, studies, public awareness campaigns and media outreach. The Commissions also develop partnerships with the private sector, which can provide valuable technical expertise and financial resources.
The institutes are specialized departments of the Organization that nonetheless support UNESCO’s programme, providing, in the same way as the regional bureaus, specialized support for cluster and national offices.
-UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft (Netherlands)
-UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), Paris and Buenos Aires.
-Institut de statistique de l'UNESCO, UIS, Montréal.
You may view the UNESCO publications on the following websites:
For further information please contact:
UNESCO Brussels Office
Rue Montoyer 14, 5th Floor 1000 Brussels, Belgium Tel: +32 2 290 89 61 Fax: +32 2 290 89 69 E-mail:
Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to the European Union:
Mrs. Marie Paule Roudil
The United Nations team brings together 26 specialised agencies, funds and programmes spanning the development, humanitarian and human rights work of the UN. The Director of the UN Office in Brussels is the representative of the UN Secretary-General to the European Union institutions. The team works to build understanding and support for UN system activities within the EU institutions and amongst a wider public in Europe.
United Nations offices in Belgium
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