Connecting Americans to UNESCO since 1984

The Brief

US UN Ambassador says continued absence from UNESCO is not in US interest 

“(…) Since the U.S. withdrawal from UNESCO, we have seen that many of our adversaries have really exploited the vacuum we left to advance their own authoritarian agenda in the organization.”

Paving the way for the US to rejoin UNESCO

(…) Rejoining UNESCO would be “a signal that the US cares about science and that we are back in the game,” says Carrero-Martínez.

Biden Should Rejoin UNESCO—but Not Without Getting Something in Return

(…) China has filled the gap left by the U.S. absence in UNESCO, which is the leading U.N. agency for international goals on education.

This Month

Audrey Azoulay re-elected at the head of UNESCO

UNESCO Member States unite to increase investment in education

General Conference : 41st Session

The News and Issues

Futures of Education report

UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative, launched in 2019, aims to rethink education and shape the future in the face of accelerated climate change, persistent inequalities and social fragmentation.

Hate speech is on the rise. Hatred, conspiracy theories and prejudice infiltrate our societies and affect all of us. We are flooded by information – and disinformation – more than ever before both on- and offline. But no one is born to hate. Hate is learned and can be unlearned. Education for all is the foundation.

Addressing Hate Speech Through Education

Education can play a fundamental role to address hatred both on- and offline, and help to counter the emergence of group-targeted violence. Strengthening educational responses to build the resilience of learners to exclusionary rhetoric and hate speech also lies at the core of the Education 2030 Agenda, and more specifically Target 4.7 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), which touches on the social, moral, and humanistic purposes of education.

30 September – 1 October 2021

Two days of high-level online dialogues, bringing together civil society organizations, human rights experts, tech and social media companies, and government representatives, with a view to promote meaningful engagement and identify key recommendations for a way forward. 

A one-day, high-level online conference, in the presence of Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Education, the United Nations Secretary-General and UNESCO Director-General to endorse global commitments to address hate speech, both on- and offline, through education.

What we do

Americans for UNESCO supports and enhances US participation with UNESCO. 

AU carries out its mission in collaboration with members of the former US National Commission, the Department of State, the UN Association, the UN Foundation, concerned government agencies, research institutes, universities and NGOs, and UNESCO itself.

US Involvement in UNESCO

We mobilize support for and actively work towards maintaining US membership and resuming full membership to UNESCO.

Support for UNESCO Programs

We provide news and information to connect Americans and the US government to the full breadth and scope of UNESCO's principles and programs.

Building Bridges and Networks

We catalyze a robust network of collaborating organizations, institutions and individuals to engage with and support UNESCO's work.