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Education for Sustainable Development


Between 2005 and 2014, the United Nations work towards making sure that education systems globally put sustainability on the agenda. The UN Member States commit themselves to gear schools and colleges towards the concept of sustainable development. The German Commission for UNESCO coordinates activities in Germany. more...

World Documentary Heritage in Germany

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Since 1999, a National Nominations Committee has been in existence for the Memory of the World Programme. It prepares proposals for inclusion on the UNESCO World Register. Thus far, 17 nominations have been successful, including the literary estate of Goethe, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the documents relating to the Construction and Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Two-Plus-Four-Treaty of 1990. more...

Biosphere reserves in Germany

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The German biosphere reserves cover almost 3 % of the German land area. “Biosphere reserve” is a category in the German federal law for nature conservation. All 15 territories designated as UNESCO biosphere reserves are at the same time categorized under German law. The territories represent important German habitats, typical landscapes and the diversity of ecosystems, fauna and flora in this country. more...

The UNESCO Associated Schools


There are 200 UNESCO Associated Schools in Germany. Human rights, sustainable development and a fair distribution of wealth between rich and poor are on the curriculum of the UNESCO Associated Schools. "Learning to live together in a pluralistic world of cultural diversity" – this is the overarching learning objective of the UNESCO Associated Schools. more...

International Education Institutes

International education institutes support UNESCO in its work, including, in Germany, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg and the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Bonn. more...


The UNESCO Chairs were conceived as a way to advance research and teaching in all of UNESCO’s fields of competence. International scientific cooperation and intercultural dialogue are their major principles. Currently, eight UNESCO Chairs in Germany contribute to the implementation of UNESCO’s programme based on specific guidelines. more...



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