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Building peace in the minds of men and women

Financial Accountability

UNESCO is committed to transparency.The Financial Reports and Audited Financial Statements provide the Organization Financial performance. The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) since 2010 and the External Auditor expressed an unqualified (clean) opinion on the financial statements for each year end reports. Further information on budget and audit outcomes are also available in this section.

UNESCO'S BUDGET AT A GLANCE (Click on images to expand)

Where do UNESCO funds come from?

UNESCO's Budget in Detail

The  Programme  and  Budget  for  2018-2021  (40 C/5  Approved)  covers  the  last  quadrennium  of  the  Medium-Term Strategy for 2014-2021 (37 C/4). It focuses on UNESCO’s contribution to implementation of  the  2030  Agenda  for  Sustainable  Development  and  the  Paris  Agreement  on  Climate  Change,  and  pursuit of its two global priorities – Africa and gender equality.

It  also  reflects  the  importance  of  the  principles  of  the  2030  Agenda:  universality;  inclusivity;  the  eradication  of  poverty  and  the  reduction  of  inequalities;  fostering  peaceful  and  inclusive  societies;  addressing the expectations and needs of the least developed countries, small island developing States, and  young  people;  and  providing  support  to  countries  in  crisis,  conflict  and  disaster  situations.  

In  particular, it centres our work on access to quality education for all on an equal footing, the development of science, technology and innovation, the promotion of cultural heritage and cultural diversity, and freedom of expression – elements that are vital for the development of peaceful knowledge societies.

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* Header image description: The Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacus, was inscribed in 2013 on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.. Zhusuan was invented in China at the end of the 2nd century AD and reached its peak between the 13th and 16th centuries when algorithmic principles were developed. Its practitioners perform complicated roots and equations by moving small beads along the abacus stems according to defined formulas.