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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

Internet Society Status

The Internet Society is officially recognized as "an NGO in operational relations with UNESCO" and is part of UNESCO's Communication and New Technologies Joint Program Commission.


UNESCO works in the fields of Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, Communication, and Information. Its Communication and Information programs stem from UNESCO’s Constitution, which requires the Organisation to promote the “free flow of ideas by word and image”.

The main objective for UNESCO is to build a knowledge society based on the sharing of knowledge and incorporating all the socio-cultural and ethical dimensions of sustainable development. UNESCO’s priorities in the field of Communication and Information are:

  • Empowering people through access to information and knowledge with special emphasis on freedom of expression
  • Promoting communication development
  • Advancing the use of ICTs for education, science and culture.

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