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Universal Children’s Day: Let’s #FightUnfair

20 November 2015 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a UNICEF report released today. “In just over a generation, the world has cut child death rates by half, put over 90 per cent of children in primary school, and increased by 2.6 billion the number of people with access to safe water,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

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World Humanitarian Day 2015

From refugee crisis to local economic development

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Environment center stage in Brussels

June has witnessed a series of environment related events taking place in the vibrant city of Brussels. The month started with ‘Green Week’ the largest annual gathering for the environment community in Europe, from 3 to 5 June, showcasing the theme of Nature and Biodiversity. Simultaneously the ‘European Development Days’ (EDDs) witnessed the participation of more than 6000 people on 3 and 4 of June in the 2015 European Year for Development’s flagship event.

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Migrant Heroes

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has recently launched a world-wide campaign, #MigrantHeroes, inviting people around the world to identify and tell the stories of Migrant Heroes who contribute in a significant manner to their countries of origin and their host communities. The aim of the campaign is to highlight the diversity of migration and the various ways through which they can positively impact society.

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World Health Day 2015: How safe is your food?

On April 7, the UN celebrates World Health Day. This year’s theme is Food Safety; an excellent opportunity to recognize the important role we all play in ensuring the food safety of our food production, and to strengthen the collaboration and coordination between these areas in order to prevent, detect and respond to foodborne diseases.

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Stepping it up – 2030 needs to be the expiry date of gender inequality

UN Women celebrates International Women’s Day and the opening of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women.

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UNESCO celebrates youth during fourth World Radio Day

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is celebrating World Radio Day on 13 February. The theme of the fourth World Radio Day is ‘Youth and Radio’, and the goal is to promote greater participation of youth in radio, not only as listeners, but as producers and broadcasters.

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CSR will help enterprises achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) took part in the Multi-Stakeholder Forum on CSR held in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th of February. Mr. Christophe Yvetot, the Head of UNIDO Liaison Office to the European Union was invited as speaker on the panel “International Development Cooperation – towards a global level playing field”.

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2015 Time for Global Action

As communicators for the United Nations in charge of Europe our greatest challenge is spreading messages on the importance of development in multiple languages

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Human Rights Day in Brussels

This year, the UN Human Rights Office in Brussels celebrated Human Rights Day by welcoming the public to a special screening at Bozar of Virunga - a documentary that explores the role that extractive industries have played in feeding the conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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WFP launches #FamilyMeal photo competition

Why is sharing a family meal important to you? WFP and the European Union are shining a spotlight during the coming holiday season on the universal custom of the family meal, launching the Family Meal Photo Competition, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on the judging panel.

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Ninth Annual UN-EU Partnership Report launched on UN Day

The ninth annual Partnership Report “Saving and Improving Lives” presents the United Nations - European Union humanitarian and development cooperation in 2013. The web photo publication and the videos included in the report will take you through the results of our work on the ground.

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‘The Family Meal – What brings us together?’

A new photo exhibition by the UN World Food Programme funded by the European Commission.

In an attempt to explore the question of ‘What brings us together?’, photographer Chris Terry went in search of the ingredients of the family meal.

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September - Climate Momentum

In these otherwise dark times of war and violence, the global mobilization for the climate has been a welcome ray of sunshine.

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UN Day in Brussels

We celebrated the 69th birthday of the United Nations on the Grand Place in Brussels, Sunday 26 October - Check out the pictures from the day or learn more about what was going on.

You might also be interested in our digital e-Kit full of useful links to documents and information materials that were on display at the village.

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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.

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

What is UNESCO?

UNESCO Building peace in the minds of men and women

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.


UNESCO’s network

The UNESCO has a global network which supports it in carrying out its mandate.

    • 53 Field offices.

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.


    • 196 UNESCO’s National Commissions.

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.

    • 11 Institutes and Centers.

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
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Web: www.unesco.org

Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to the European Union:

Mrs. Marie Paule Roudil



What brings us together? - A World Food Programme & European Union project looking at 'The Family Meal'. 

Visit the website: http://www.familymeal.eu

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About the UN Team in Brussels

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.

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