United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)

UNESCO's constitution was adopted in 1945, and entered into effect on the 4th of November 1946 when 20 states had deposited instruments of acceptance. It currently has 188 Member States. The main objective of UNESCO is to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.

For more information, visit the Web site:http://www.unesco.org/

Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)

The People and Plants initiative is a collaborative effort between the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), UNESCO-MAB and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on the promotion of ethnobotany and the equitable and sustainable use of plant resources. Field activities include work in biosphere reserves, World Heritage sites and other areas, with field training activities organized at international, regional, national and local levels. Information and guidance materials include a series of conservation manuals, working papers and a handbook.

last updated:  Wednesday, October 19, 2005