The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is specialized agency of the UN. It was created in 1945 to respond to the firm belief of nations that peace must be established on the basis of humanity's moral and intellectual solidarity. UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity by mobilising for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation and protecting freedom of expression.
The UNESCO Liaison Office in Brussels promotes UNESCO's mandate, programmes and activities, and works to strenghten relations with the European Union. The Director of the Office acts as representative of UNESCO to the European Union and to all other European partners.