UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

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1961, Bangkok (Thailand), as UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Asia and the Pacific (ROEAP) -- Bureau régional de l'UNESCO pour l'éducation en Asie et dans le Pacifique -- Oficina Regional de la UNESCO de Educación para Asia y el Pacifico, following a Resolution at 11th Session of General Conference, 1960, of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Set up as regional office for education in 1961 and expanded to cover culture in 1976, social and human sciences in 1977, and information programmes and services in 1987. In 1986, adopted the name UNESCO Principal Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (PROAP) -- Bureau régional principal de l'UNESCO en Asie et dans le Pacifique -- Oficina Principal Regional de la UNESCO para Asia y el Pacifico, also referred to by initials UNESCO/PROAP. From 1995, functions as UNESCO Bangkok Office -- Bureau de l'UNESCO à Bangkok -- Oficina de la UNESCO en Bangkok. Also referred to as: UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific.


Promote and organize activities in the fields of education, social and human sciences, culture, communication, information and informatics, including: development and reform of education at all levels from early childhood education to higher education; social sciences, human sciences and UNESCO's programme in the region related to women, human rights, peace and youth; preservation of cultural heritage, traditions and cultural identity; regional projects to facilitate access to exchange and use of information and data, including action to strengthen and develop libraries, archives and information systems.

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Acts as permanent secretariat to 'Conference of Ministers of Education and Those Responsible for Economic Planning in Asia and the Pacific' and to 'Advisory Committee on Regional Cooperation in Education in Asia and the Pacific'; implements UNESCO regular and extra-budgetary programmes in the region. Works through inter-country cooperative projects and networks and exchange of experience in: universalization of primary education; continuing education; secondary education; adult education; teacher education; educational planning and management; educational facilities; vocational and technical education; science and technology education; population education/aids education; higher education; environmental education. Coordinates the following networks and information services:

 • Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID);

 • Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL), whose projects include Community Learning Centres (CLC);

 • Asian-Pacific Information Network on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (APINMAP);

 • Educational Policy-Making, Planning, Management and Statistics Network (EMPS);

 • Consortia in Higher Education (3) relating to innovations, policy planning and management and special research studies.

Work of APEID and APPEAL monitored by Intergovernmental Regional Committee on Education in Asia and the Pacific (EDCOM).


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 13 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 12 non-governmental organizations.
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Information Services

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Members in 42 countries
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Subjects *

  • Mankind
    • Mankind
  • Information
    • Information
    • Data, Codes
  • Education
    • Education
    • Secondary and Higher Education
  • Recreation
    • Folk Traditions
  • Sociology
    • Sociology
  • Culture
    • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies
  • Aesthetics
    • Heritage

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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