UNESCO Spending by Strategy Result Area in 2020-2021 (Core and Non-Core Expenditure and Encumbrances)

Total:   $ 39 823 365



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It was founded with the mission of contributing to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science and culture.

As one of the six founding UNAIDS Cosponsors, UNESCO is responsible for supporting the contribution of national education sectors to end AIDS and promoting better health and well-being for all children and young people. It uses its comparative advantage with the education sector to support member States to advance young people’s health and well-being, including HIV.

As a result of concerted advocacy efforts, UNESCO has succeeded in positioning comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) as a key issue at the intersection of education, health, gender equality and human rights, having  launched its Strategy on education for health and well-being, which is aligned to the UNAIDS Fast-Track Strategy and SDGs, with a specific focus on the mutually reinforcing linkages between SDG 4 on education, SDG 3 on health, and SDG 5 on gender equality. Priorities of work for UNESCO over the 2016-2021 include:

  • All children and young people benefit from good quality comprehensive sexuality education;
  • All young people have access to safe, inclusive, health-promoting learning environments.

In 2021, UNESCO supported more than 90 countries in their efforts to strenghten CSE and promoting safe, inclusive learning environments, reaching in total more than 30.2 million learners between 2018 and 2021. A key focus was the inception of the Education Plus initiative, co-convened with the UNAIDS Secretariat, UNFPA, UNICEF and UN Women, and addressing the disproportionate HIV risk and vulnerability of adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa.

Find more details in the organizational report.