UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

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UNESCO contributes to peace building, eradication of poverty, sustainable development, and intercultural dialogue through education, science, culture, communication, and information. Presently, UNESCO‘s work in Yemen consists of capacity building, technical assistance, and awareness raising.

UNESCO is committed to defending, promoting, and preserving the cultural heritage of Yemen, home to four sites on UNESCO‘s list of World Heritage sites. UNESCO has launched an emergency response action plan to safeguard Yemeni cultural heritage, and is currently working with partners and strengthening local capacities to guarantee care and preservation of the country‘s extensive historical and cultural heritage.

UNESCO is also working with other UN local and international partners to assess the present situation of the education system, identify priorities, and devise a plan of action to respond to the immediate education needs in Yemen.

UNESCO seeks to strengthen capacities of Yemeni journalists and support the development of the country‘s media landscape through awareness-raising, advocacy, and capacity-building. UNESCO initiated workshops on media development and photojournalism, and is working on an Action Plan to strengthen freedom of expression and safety of journalists, and promote media as a platform for peace and dialogue in Yemen.