Albania in UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a UN specialized agency that was created in 1945. It aims to contribute to peace and security by promoting international cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and communication, to increase respect for universal justice, rule of law and human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Charter of UN. It is the successor of the International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation of the League of Nation.

Our country's relations with UNESCO are long and productive. Since our membership in 1958, the spirit of cooperation has been fruitful and constant in the four areas of competence of the Organization, namely education, science, culture and communication

Pursuant to the Constitution of UNESCO, our country has created in 2000 the National Commission of UNESCO, with the Minister of Education as its Chairman and the Secretary General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Albania is present in various lists of UNESCO that promote cultural values ​​and sustainable development, specifically:

  • In the World Heritage List with Butrint (1992), and Historical centers of Gjirokastra (2005) and Berat (2008) and Ancient Forests of Rrajca and Gashi River (2017);
  • In the Intangible Cultural Heritage List, with Iso - polyphony (2005);
  • In the Memory of the World List with the Purple Codices of Berat (2005);
  • In the Biosphere Reserve of the Human and Biosphere Reserve, our country has registered Prespa-Ohrid Basin as a biosphere cross-border reserve (along with Macedonia).

The ongoing projects are: the registration of the Albanian part of Lake Ohrid (as an extension of the Macedonian section) on the World Heritage List as a natural and cultural site​​.

During the General Conference of UNESCO, held in November 2017, Albania was elected for the third time as member of the Executive Board for the term 2017-2021, the highest executive structure of the organization.

In 2017 Albania was elected a member of the 1970 Convention Committee on Illegal Cultural Property Trafficking and Chairman of the Committee for the period 2017-2018; was elected Vice-President of the Culture Committee of the General Conference; President of the Special Committee of the Executive Council; and of the Bureau of the Executive Council.

Albania is also a member of the United for Heritage Friends Group, for gender equality, for preventing violent extremism through education and journalists' safety.

The collaboration with UNESCO is wide where, in addition to the cooperation in the field of culture and the environment, most important is the collaboration in the field of education, where in 2017 UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports presented "Albania - Analysis of Educational Policy: Issues and Recommendations "and since 2016 collaborates on the implementation of the project for inclusion in the curricula of civic education, as well as in the field of science, specifically in the field of water management and civil emergencies.

Albania has joined to UNESCO on October 16, 1958. On October 16, 2018 Albania celebrates the 60th anniversary of membership in this organization.