UN Principals at the European Development Days

On the occasion of the European Development Days, here is what senior UN leaders had to say about the #GlobalGoals #Part1 #Part2

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Ban Ki-moon opens the European Development Days in Brussels

“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with its 17 global goals, is an action plan for people, planet, peace and prosperity”, he stated, which addresses “the core human development challenges of our time, such as poverty, hunger, education, inequality, health, water and sanitation and climate change”.

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World Humanitarian Summit

The world is witnessing the highest level of human suffering since the Second World War. This is why, for the first time in the 70-year history of the United Nations, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has convened the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 -24 May.

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UN/UNIDO Brussels Football Team wins Schuman Trophy

In a high level and symbolic final against NATO, the UN Brussels Football Team supported by UNIDO won the Schuman Trophy’ inter-institutional tournament of this year. , Since seven years the UN Team has been part of the tournament which regroups EU and other institutions (e.g. EC, Council, NATO, etc.). The spirit of Schuman Trophy around solidarity and fair-play are very much in line with UN values and the EU-UN partnership.

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UNDP at 50: World must step up to beat poverty by 2030

Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is only possible with a broad coalition of leaders from government, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector, said Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) on the eve of a major Ministerial Meeting to mark the organisation’s 50th anniversary. The SDGs are the 17 ambitious goals that set out the world’s development agenda between now and 2030, and include a commitment to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and spread peace and justice.

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Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

Advocacy is central to generating momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs. The SDG Advocacy Group is composed of eminent personalities actively leveraging their unique resources, networks and specialized skills to help implement the 2030 Agenda.

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UNIDO and the EU: 10 years of cooperation in over 100 countries

A new report on the cooperation between the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the European Union (EU) from 2005 to 2015 was today launched in Vienna in the presence of LI Yong, Director General of UNIDO, Klaus Rudischhauser, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation and Development of the European Commission (DG DEVCO) and Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB).

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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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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

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About the UN Team in Brussels

The United Nations team brings together 27 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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