"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."

By virtue of Uganda’s membership to the United Nations, Uganda became eligible to the membership of UNESCO and indeed, became a member of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on the 9th November 1962.  In September 1963, Uganda, pursuant to Article VII of the UNESCO Constitution established a National Commission as a quasi-autonomous institution under the Ministry of Education and Sports to serve as the official agency linking Uganda to UNESCO and its agencies, and to ensure permanent presence of UNESCO and the implementation of UNESCO’s activities and programmes in Uganda. It also serves as a secretariat for Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ICESCO).



Our Vision

A learning, cultured, informed and peaceful nation

Our Mission

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

Our Mandate

To contribute to the attainment of Peace, Justice, Respect for Human Rights, Freedom and Security in Uganda through Education, Sciences, Culture, Communication & Information.

Latest News

Celebrating 60 Years of UNATCOM: A Legacy of Peace and Sustainable Development

On the 21st of September 2023, the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO (UNATCOM) marked a significant milestone in its history by celebrating its 60th anniversary. […]

UNATCOM hosts Sub-Regional Capacity Building Workshop for east African National Commissions for UNESCO

The workshop was part of UNESCO’s Priority Africa initiative and aimed to strengthen cooperation between National Commissions for UNESCO (NATCOMs) from East African region. In […]

Uganda hosts a seminar on Preventive Conservation and Disaster Reduction of Documentary Heritage in Africa

Ugandan National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with Makerere University and  the Sub-Committee on Education and Research Working Group Africa (SCEaR-WGA) of UNESCO Memory of the […]