About the Office at UNESCO

Paris , France

UNU/UNESCO Cooperation
UNU Representative at UNESCO
  • The United Nations University’s mission is to contribute to efforts aimed at resolving the pressing global problems of human survival, development, justice and welfare that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States.

    As an academic institution within the United Nations system, UNU contributes directly to the advancement of knowledge relevant to the role and work of the United Nations, as well as to its application in the formulation of sound principles, policies, strategies and programmes for action.

    As a bridge between UNESCO and the United Nations University’s Headquarters and institutes, the UNU Office in Paris (UNU-OP) monitors the main activities of UNESCO in all fields and liaises with its various sectors.

    UNU-OP, as part of its mandate, aims to showcase the recent work of UNU institutes within UNESCO as well as to stimulate collaboration between UNU and UNESCO. It also participates in meetings, disseminates information, and provides logistic support for UNU Centre and institutes.

    UNU-OP’s main mission is to organize, at UNESCO’s headquarters, large-scale conferences on international issues (21st century wars, cultural heritage, migration, Internet) aimed at sharing high-level knowledge and seeking new solutions to questions surrounding these issues.

    These conferences are presided over by Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs. Irina Bokova and the Rector of UNU and UNU-Under-Secretary General David M. Malone. The events benefit from the contributions of prominent international stakeholders, including the United Nations, civil society, the private sector, and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as renowned academics, and attract a large audience, both from and beyond UNESCO.

  • UNU and UNESCO are strongly linked in several ways:

    Charter of the United Nations University

    Article I of the UNU Charter stipulates that in achieving its stated objectives, UNU functions under the joint sponsorship of the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    Council of the United Nations University

    UNESCO is related to the UNU Council in different ways: The 13 members of the UNU Council are appointed jointly by the UN Secretary-General and by the Director-General of UNESCO, in consultation with the agencies and programmes concerned, including the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and taking into account the views of appropriate representative bodies. The Director-General of UNESCO is an ex officio member of the UNU Council.

    The UNU Council reports annually to the Executive Board of UNESCO, through the UN Secretary-General and the Director-General of UNESCO, respectively, on the work of the University.

    Rector of the University

    The Rector of the United Nations University is appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations after consultation with the Director-General of UNESCO.

    The Rector of the United Nations University, David M. Malone, was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Tokyo on 3 Oct 2012. He took up this position on 1 March 2013.

    Cooperation between UNU and UNESCO

    There are several major cooperation agreements between UNESCO and UNU, including an Aide-Mémoire on working relations between the two bodies signed in April 2004. According to this agreement, the “Parties will act in close cooperation, including research and capacity-building projects and other activities at the global, regional and national levels, in order to coordinate their work and to strengthen cooperation”.

    Important activities and projects have been developed and implemented in recent years through direct collaboration between the different UNESCO sectors and UNU institutes in areas such as the earth sciences; water resources; South-South cooperation; migration; regional integration; ethics; impact of conflict on heritage; online collaborative development; quality assurance for education; innovation in higher education; UNESCO-UNU Chairs and Networks; and education for sustainable development.
    The 195th session of the Executive Council voted for a Joint Programme of UNESCO-UNU Activities from 2014–2017.

  • UNU Representative at UNESCO, Ambassador Daniel Rondeau, is a noted author, journalist and diplomat.

    He has served most recently as the Ambassador of France to UNESCO (2011–2013). He has also served as French Ambassador to Malta (2008-2011).

    Ambassador Rondeau has worked as a journalist with major French newspapers (Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, L’Express, Le Monde, Paris Match). His publications include novels (Dans la Marche du temps), autobiographical narratives (L’Enthousiasme, Les Vignes de Berlin), portraits of Mediterranean cities (Tanger, Alexandrie, Istanbul), books of intervention (Chronique du Liban rebelle) and essays on literature (Les fêtes partagées, Camus). He has been decorated with the Légion d’Honneur and is an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

    As an Ambassador to Malta, he stood up for the situation of African migrants dying in the Mediterrean while trying to reach Europe’s shores. In 2009, he raised an alarm publishing a large article, ‘Les boat people de Malte’ in the French newspaper Le Monde. He also organized “Ulysses 2009”, a symbolic journey across the Mediterranean from Malta to Beirut, which gathered writers, poets, and historians from different Mediterranean countries on a boat, in order to reflect on Mediterranean identity and to bring attention to the migrants’ tragedy.

    During his mandate as Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO, Ambassador Rondeau organized events such as l’Appel de Saint Petersbourg, aiming at rescuing the Malian’s Mausoleums, and coordinated a Solidarity Day for Mali at UNESCO. He also organized a Franco-Israeli-Palestinian symposium on scientific cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians, “Science, Networks, Consciousness in the Mediterranean Basin”.

    In September 2013 he was chosen to represent the United Nations University Office in Paris, for the purpose of organizing major events, which have succeeded in strengthening UNU’s visibility.


    United Nations University Office at UNESCO
    c/o UNESCO Bureau 8.40 Bonvin
    1 rue Miollis
    75732 Paris Cedex 15

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    Email: : officeparis@unu.edu