UNESCO stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation. It is one of 16 legally independent organisations in the United Nations and its headquarters are in Paris.
Austria joined UNESCO on August 13th, 1948. The Austrian Commission for UNESCO was set up in 1949 as a national liaison body under Article VII.1. of the UNESCO Constitution. UNESCO is the only organisation in the United Nations that can draw on national commissions set up in each of its member states when implementing its programme.
The purpose of UNESCO is to promote international cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and communication/information in order to preserve peace and security. Because “a peace based exclusively upon the political and economic arrangements of governments would not be a peace which could secure the unanimous, lasting and sincere support of the peoples of the world, and that the peace must therefore be founded, if it is not to fail, upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind” (UNESCO Constitution of November 16th, 1945).