United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Being an important specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded with a contract which was signed by 44 pioneer member states in London right after the World War II in November 1946 in purpose of preventing any possible violence in scale of what was witnessed during the WWII to be thought, in terms of cultural communication and educational interaction. UNESCO Constitution describes what the organization stands for as saying “Since wars begin in the minds of men and women, it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace must be constructed.”.
As UNESCO aims to preserve and maintain cultural junctures of civilization history in the world, the Organization puts effort in restoring and protecting endangered cultural heritages threatened by ongoing conflicts such as Syrian Civil War. Furthermore, as the communication and cultural transmission are surely playing an important role in “constructing peace in the minds of men and women”, disappearing cultures and languages are subject to serious concern of UNESCO. In that sense, while the first agenda item of the this committee is preserving cultural heritage in conflict zones, the second agenda item is conserving disappearing cultures and languages.
1-Preserving Cultural Heritage in Conflict Zones
2-Protecting Disappearing Cultures and Disappearing Languages
USG: Esedullah Yağlı
Academic Assistants: Zeynep Saliha Ertunç – Emir Yılmaz