UNESCO, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a special body of the United Nations, founded in 1945. From its inception, it has generated ideas and developed projects with one ambitious and important goal in mind: to build peace in the minds of humankind. UNESCO works at creating conditions for true dialogue, based on respect for common heritage and the dignity of every civilization and culture. In short: it promotes international cooperation among the Member states in the fields of education, science, culture and communication.
UNESCO is also the international guarantor for the protection of the world's cultural and natural heritage; since 1972, a list of elected heritage for the World Heritage sites was established, and today there are over 900. We are very proud to have two of these in Ticino: the Castles of Bellinzona (since 2000) and the Monte San Giorgio (2003).