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Main Functions & Priorities of UNESCO

Main Functions of SLNCU

  • Work in collaboration and coordination with each ministry to achieve the development relevant to education, scientific, cultural, mass communication, sociology and environment for obtaining national sustainable development by aligning local development vision to UNESCO criteria.
  • Government and NGOO join hands with other institutions working with UNESCO to certify peace and sustainable develop
  • Implementation of pilot project programmes to examine how far the new concepts are successful in the local school system prior to initiation of such concepts.
  • Operate to obtain an international reputation and safety for local heritages and novelties in local development.
  • Take actions to conduct national and international seminars, training workshops in coordination with institutions related to UNESCO.
  • Take actions to obtain funds needed for implementation of UNESCO global concepts and projects that suite our country


Priorities of UNESCO

  • Enhancing knowledge and virtues through quality education for all
  • Enrichment of Arts and Culture
  • Sustainable peace & social cohesion
  • Industrial and agricultural development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Ensuring fitness through sports
  • Strengthening communication and information dissemination


UNESCO Main Activities


  • To act for the major educational pillars
  • Learning to know
  • Learning to do
  • Learning to be
  • Learning to live together
  • Education for All (EFA)
  • Early child care
  • Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
  • Inclusive Education
  • Technical & Vocational Education
  • ICT’s in and for Education
  • Higher Education
  • Peace Education
  • Peaceful person
  • Care for planer
  • Resolve conflict non-violently
  • Be your true self
  • Learn to live together
  • Be compassionate and do no harm
  • Build peace in community
  • Think critically
  • Respect human dignity
  • Discover inner peace
  • Think positively
  • United Nations Literacy Decade
  • Millennium Development Goals



  • Sciences, Environment and sustainable development
  • Ecological and Earth sciences for sustainable development
  • International Oceanographic commission.
  • Man and Biosphere programme
  • International Hydrology programme
  • Disaster management and Mitigation


Social Sciences

  • Peace and Harmony
  • Ethics of Science and Philosophy
  • Human rights and Democracy
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Management of Social Transformation



  • Protect and safeguard cultural heritage worldwide
  • Identifying and safeguarding the intangible heritage
  • Protecting cultural properties
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue
  • Protecting and promoting Cultural diversity


Communication and Information

  • Promoting freedom of expression
  • Building capacities for universal access to information and knowledge
  • Building the capacities of community through community radio centers
  • Fostering media development
  • Information for All programme
  • Promoting Right to information and free flow of ideas


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About us

Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU) is the government arm of implementing UNESCO Agenda in Sri Lanka. This Commission established on 14th November 1949, comes under the Ministry of Education. There are 35 members in the General Assembly, including representatives of relevant ministries and national bodies concerned with UNESCO’s fields of competence.