National Agency for UNESCO  


The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is an agency within the United Nations that is responsible for promoting peace, social justice, human rights and international security through international cooperation on educational, science, cultural programs and communication and information.

UNESCO was founded after the end of World War  II when the delegates of 44 countries decided in 1945 to create an organization that would promote a culture of peace, establish an intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind, and prevent another world war. When the conference ended on November 16,1945,37 of the participating countries founded UNESCO with the   Constitution of UNESCO.

Ethiopia’s link with UNESCO goes back to 1955 when the country became one of the first four African countries to join the organization as member state.

UNESCO is structured in to three different branches. The first of these are the Governing Bodies that consist of the General Conference and Executive Board. The General Conference is the actual meeting of the Governing Bodies and is comprised of representatives from the different member states. The General Conference meets every two years to establish policies, set goals and outline the work of UNESCO. The Executive Board, which meets twice a year is responsible for ensuring that decisions made by the General Conference are implemented.

The other breach of UNESCO is the Secretariat. It is composed of civil Servants who are based in UNESCO’s Paris headquarters and also in field offices around the world. The Secretariat is responsible implementing UNESCO’s policies, maintaining outside relationships, and strengthening UNESCO’s presence and action worldwide.

About the Ethiopian National Agency for UNESCO

The Ethiopian National Agency for UNESCO has been established in 1961 by an act of Ministers Regulation No4/1996 of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The regulation recognizes the institute as an autonomous public authority having its own legal personality and it is accountable to the Federal Ministry of Education. After 1977 the name of the Ethiopia National Commission for UNESCO has been changed to the Ethiopia National Agency for UNESCO. Under the new structural arrangement, the agency is directly accountable to the Ministry of education.


The National Agency for UNESCO pursues the following core objectives:

  • By collaborating with UNESCO encourage and promote active-ties in the areas of education, science, culture and information and communication in Ethiopia.
  • Promoting mutual cooperation between the Ethiopia people and other nations through education , science, culture and communication.

Main activities:

  • Conducting research activities within the framework of its objectives and publishing the research outputs;
  • Promoting and coordinating UNESCO’s aims and activities relating to education, science, culture, communication, etc. in Ethiopia;
  • Working in partnership with government and non-government organizations in Ethiopia and advises them with regard to their relation with UNESCO.
  • Ensuring the appropriate utilization and use of technical and financial assistance obtained from UNESCO.
  • Giving relevant information to UNESCO, National commissions and other international organizations.
  • Raising awareness and understanding of UNESCO’s activities relating to education, science ,culture and communication among Ethiopians and sharing and providing information on education, science, culture and communication to UNESCO and member states of the organization
  • Consulting the Ethiopian government delegates participating at UNESCO General Assemblies and other international conferences on issues and proposal to be submitted.
  • Participating actively in the implementation of UNESCO’s programmes in the national context.

Representation in UNESCO, Paris

The Ethiopian National Agency for UNESCO is represented in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris by its permanent delegation to UNESCO headed by the permanent delegate Ethiopia is currently serving as an executive board member of UNESCO, the highest policy and decision making body of the organization.

Library Service

The Ethiopian National Agency for UNESCO offers conductive, pleasant and secure working environment for its users. It accommodates many users at a time and has effective and efficient circulation and documentation.

Collections in the library include studies in education, science culture and communication, resolutions and agreements of UNESCO conferences, reports, books in the areas of education, science culture and communication and other related topics, research papers, reference, CD materials, news papers, magazines and journals.

Library working hour

Monday to Friday       Morning:         9:00 AM  to 12:00 PM

Afternoon:      2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Library Contact

 Library, in the premises of the Ministry of Education (New Building)

Address Address

For more information, contact:

National Agency for UNESCO

Misistry of Education

Tel: +251(0)111552519

P.O.Box 2996, Addis Ababa

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