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UNESCO has its headquarters in Paris. It is housed in an outstanding, Modernist building inaugurated in 1958 and recently renovated. The Organization also has more than 50 field offices around the world. The prestigious location of UNESCO will welcome Crossroads in Cultural Studies 2012.
Headed by Irina Bokova, UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’s mission and activities.
The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Thus UNESCO’s unique competencies in education, sciences, culture and communication and information contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue. The Organization focuses, in particular, on two global priorities:
And on a number of overarching objectives: