The Director General's introduction states:
"Overall, the Medium-Term Strategy is formulated around a single unifying theme – UNESCO contributing to peace and human development in an era of globalization through education, the sciences, culture and communication. Thus, it seeks to create a link between UNESCO’s mandate and role on the one hand and globalization with a human face on the other hand. The Strategy unifies the four main programme areas with a common purpose and defines – for the first time – a limited number of strategic objectives, a total of 12 for the entire Organization and three for each programme. Around these strategic objectives are built two cross-cutting themes, which are and must be intrinsic to all programmes and which will stay with us for the next six years: the eradication of poverty, especially extreme poverty; and the contribution of information and communication technologies to education, science, culture and information and the building of knowledge societies. These themes are also an entry point to foster much more than hitherto intersectoriality, at Headquarters and in the field. Another substantive innovation built into the present Strategy is the mainstreaming of areas, previously designated as priority areas, namely Africa, the least developed countries, women and youth. This implies that all sectors and programmes must address their needs and requirements. Equally, there will be special focus on the excluded and most vulnerable segments of society throughout all UNESCO’s efforts.
"The Strategy outlines:
– three main strategic thrusts around which UNESCO’s action will develop over the next six years, namely:- developing and promoting universal principles and norms based on shared values,– the major strategic objectives and sub-objectives for the Organization’s efforts emphasizing its comparative advantage in relation to other institutions of the system and its specific role as an intergovernmental organization, an entity for international intellectual cooperation and a provider of services to Member States;
- promoting pluralism through recognition and safeguarding of diversity, together with the observance of human rights, and
- promoting empowerment and participation in the emerging knowledge society through equitable access, capacity-building and knowledge-sharing;
– for each strategic objective the outcomes expected to be attained by the end of 2007, facilitating the introduction and application of results-based programming, management and monitoring – a new feature for UNESCO."
The Strategic Objectives for Education are:
- Promoting education as a fundamental right in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
- Improving the quality of education through the diversification of contents and methods and the promotion of universally shared values, and
- Promoting experimentation, innovation and the diffusion and sharing of information and best practices as well as policy dialogue in education.
The Strategic Objectives for Culture are:
- Promoting the drafting and implementation of standard setting instruments in the cultural field,
- Safeguarding cultural diversity and encouraging dialogue among cultures and civilizations, and
- Enhancing the linkages between culture and development through capacity-building and sharing of knowledge.