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About the SLNCU

Members of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO

  • Minister of Education, Chairman, SLNCU
  • Secretary, Ministry of Education, Vice-Chairman, SLNCU
  • Secretary General, SLNCU
  • Secretary, Ministry of Economic Development
  • Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs
  • Secretary, Ministry of Public Administration
  • Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education
  • Secretary, Ministry of Mass Media and Information
  • Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage
  • Secretary, Ministry of Culture and the Arts
  • Secretary, Ministry of Environment
  • Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Skills De-velopment
  • Secretary, Ministry of Technology and Research
  • Secretary, Ministry of Social Services
  • Chairman, Finance Commission
  • Chairman, University Grants Commission
  • Chairperson, National Science Foundation
  • Director General, National Institute of Education
  • President, National Authority on Tobacco and Alcohol


Organizational Structure of SLNCU

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Structure of the Sri Lanka National Commission UNESCO

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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



"Perform as a national coordinating centre for achieving peace and sustainable development through education, scientific, cultural, communication and environmental subjects contributing to entire philosophy of UNESCO."
|War is born within human mind, therefore citadels of peace too should be created in the human mind itself – UNESCO CONSTITUTION


"Develop mutual Cooperation among the nationalities in Sri Lanka through education, science, culture, communication and environmental subjects for further development of global reputation/dignity for justice, law, administration, human rights and basic independence certified for human beings of the world without any difference of nationality, sex, languages or religion by the United Nations’ Covenant."


Founded in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations Organization (UN) with its Headquarter in Paris, France. As a multi-lateral organization, it federates 195 States and nine Associate Members all over the world.


Two world wars demonstrated that it is not enough to build peace by political and economic treaties. More precisely, “since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be constructed”.
UNESCO’s main aim is to contribute to peace building, poverty eradication, sustainable develop-ment and intercultural dialogue through education, natural and social sciences, culture, communica-tion and information.


The UNESCO Secretariat, which is headed by the Director General Irina Bokova, implements the decisions made by the UNESCO General Confer-ence and the Executive Board.
The General Conference occurs every two years to establish UNESCO’s goals and priorities as well as to set up available budgets. The second body, the Executive Board, meets twice a year to follow up programme implementations.

Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU)

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 and is chaired by the Hon. Minister of Education. The Secretary of the Ministry of Education functions as the Vice Chairman and the Secretary General is the Chief Executive Officer of the Commission. There are 35 members in the General Assembly, including representatives of relevant ministries and national bodies concerned with UNESCO’s fields of competence. Main thrust areas of the Commission are Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication.

Contact Us

National Commission for UNESCO
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Ministry of Education
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Tel. (+94) 11 2177002/ 2177006
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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.