The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is based in Paris, meaning that the SI UN Representatives there primarily focus on education. However, because UNESCO and the NGO Committee there organise periodic fora on various issues, SI UN Representatives often adapt their workload in order to engage with the subjects of those fora such as water for all, and women and poverty.

SI’s United Nations Representatives in Paris are Marie-Christine Gries, Rina Dupriet and Evelyne Para (Centre Contact).

Our Voice at the United Nations: UNESCO General Conference 2023

Beyond crises and challenges, and despite seemingly never-ending conflicts, UNESCO has always been, since its foundation in 1945, a place where women and men have worked together to fight “poverty, ignorance, hatred and fear”, and also to mend tirelessly the rifts of this world in crisis, through education, the sciences,

Our voice heard at the 42nd UNESCO General Conference

Blog of Evelyne PARA, SI Representative at UNESCO During the general policy debate of the plenary session of 11 November 2024, chaired by Ms Simona-Mirela Miculescu, Ambassador of Romania and President-elect of the 42nd General Conference of UNESCO, I had the chance to have the floor and to speak on

Online Gendered Disinformation; What are the solutions?

Blog by Marie-Christine Gries, SI UN Representative at UNESCO, Paris For the International Day of Women in Multilateralism, celebrated on 25 January 2023 , UNESCO has launched a global dialogue on the governance of social media content to counter gendered disinformation, hate speech, and harassment online. Alarming and empowering the

Enabling Intercultural Dialogue

Blog of Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at UNESCO, Paris. “Two major events were organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in September 2022 on the theme of intercultural dialogue, in order to promote and disseminate values, attitudes and behaviours conducive to learning to live together

Education for Sustainable Development

Blog of Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at UNESCO, Paris. “Our current way of life is unsustainable, we are depleting the resources of the planet, and if we continue to live as today, we will need the resources of three Earths by 2050! For many years, human behaviours and activities

Transforming Education

Blog of Evelyne Para, SI UN Representative at UNESCO. "On 28-30 June 2022 UNESCO hosted the Transforming Education Pre-Summit, a meeting of more than 2000 participants (face-to-face and via Zoom), including over 150 Ministers of Education, many civil society partners and NGOs’ representatives, policy and business leaders and youth activists,


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