The National Interest

UNESCO efficiently and effectively serves the U.S. national interest in a variety of ways:

Conflict Prevention and Political Stability Abroad

Prevention of cultural and ethnic conflict, and refugee migrations, by building viable communities through education and development, solving problems by non-military means before they escalate into armed conflict

Good Relationships with our Neighbors

Improving US relationships with other nations through dialogue, common projects and exchanges – “cultural diplomacy”

Building Economic Development and Trade

Building the foundations of economic development and trade through universal basic education (literacy and numeracy) “No country has achieved sustained growth without reaching a critical threshold of a 40 percent literacy rate.” Washington Post Editorial 27.04.01

Human Rights Education

UNESCO has the mandate for human rights education in the UN system, and looks to the US for leadership in its human rights forums

Free Press and Broadcast Media

Free press and independent broadcast media (e.g. printing independent newspapers in Serbia since 1993 and contributing to free and open media in Iraq since 2004) facilitating democratic power transitions

Constructing Democratic Institutions

Democratic institutions cannot function where populations are illiterate; UNESCO educates and teaches democratic citizenship and institution-building

Population Stabilization

Population stabilization achieved simply through educating girls

Disease Prevention

Preventive education reduces the transmission of AIDS, malaria and other infectious diseases

Security of Freshwater Resources

Monitoring and maintaining freshwater resources, and preventing water-related conflict

Increased Internet Access

Internet access through networking and training

Reducing Child Labor

Through universal basic education

Science and technology capacity building

UNESCO’s work officially supported by the US National Academies, American Academy for the Advancement of Science, and National Science Foundation, Council of Scientific Society Presidents, American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, National Science Teachers Association, 37 American Nobel-Prizewinning Scientists

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