"Since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is therefore in the minds of men and women that the defenses of peace must be constructed."

Vision:“A learning, cultured, informed and peaceful nation”

 Mission:To provide intellectual leadership, influence policies and actions in Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication and Information for peace and sustainable development.

The Mandate: The UNATCOM is mandated to work with individuals, institutions, bodies, agencies and departments that exist locally and internationally……

The UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for sustainable development, funded by the Government of Japan, consists of three annual awards of USD 50,000 for each recipient. It was awarded for the first time by the Director-General of UNESCO in November 2015.

Outcomes of the 40th General Conference 12-27 November 2019

“We are entering a phase of renewal,” said Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, summing up the 40th session of the General Conference, which took place from 12 to 27 November, 2019.

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is a comprehensive package and framework for quality education that covers all related concepts, processes, and steps that enable individuals to acquire and translate knowledge, skills and values into actions and solutions that address sustainable development challenges. ESD is thus a gateway to sustainable development.

Uganda developed a national action plan for ESD during the period 2015-2020. The plan localized the Global Action Programme on ESD 2014-2019 that was anchored on Five Priority areas of; advancing policy, transforming learning and training environments, building capacities of educators and trainers, empowering and mobilising youth and accelerating sustainable solutions at local level. The global and National action plans are coming to end. A new global Education for Sustainable Development agenda dubbed: Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals or simply ESD for 2030 has been developed for the period 2020-2030. The Framework will be implemented under three key notions of: Transformative action, Structural changes and Technological future.

What is Global Citizenship Education (GCED)?

This refers to a way of understanding, acting and relating one’s self to others and the environment, based on universal values, through respect for diversity and pluralism.

The core themes of GCED are tailored around the culture of peace; Peace, Human Rights, Globalization, Cultural,  Diversity, Sustainable development.

Appointment of Dr Salim M. AlMalik as new ICESCO Director General

Dr Salim M. AlMalik was appointed as the new Director General of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO), following the nomination of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the approval of the Third Extraordinary Session of ICESCO General Conference, held 9th May 2019 at Bay La Sun Expo Center in King Abdullah Economic City in the Area of Makkah Al- Mukarramah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As of 9 May 2019, Dr Salim M. AlMalik will replace Dr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri as Director General for the remaining period of his mandate, and will serve a new term ending on 31 December 2024.

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. The over 11,500 ASPnet member schools in 182 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.

ASPnet – a driver for innovation and quality in education – is recognized as an effective tool for reaching target 4.7 on Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Education 2030.


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