WHAT IS UNESCO Etxea?
UNESCO Etxea - UNESCO Basque Country Centre is a non-governmental
organization (NGO) set up in 1991 with the aim of promoting the principles and
programmes of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization) within Basque society.
Declared ‘in the Public Interest’ in 2006, it currently
has 127 Members which form the institution's core.
We share UNESCO’s constitutional
mandate to build a fair, dignified peace based on people and their supreme
dignity and values. To this end we work as a civil society entity of UNESCO, an
international Basque association of solidarity which:
is an active participant in local and international
initiatives and networks;
fosters transformational interrelations between Basque
society and the international community, particularly UNESCO and the UN; and
contributes its own opinions and criteria, through
research, intervention, training, innovation and dissemination.
We work towards achieving a "Culture
of Peace" and ensuring sustainable human development with rights and
responsibilities. We work for a world in which people, social organisations,
language and cultural communities and nations all contribute to the building of
a global democratic society. Together we form a creative, participatory, equal
and active human group, which identifies fully with our Mission and Values.
We identify with the values of:
Integrity, since our activities should not only be legal
and ethical, but we should also comply with the best codes of practice in
Assertive participation of the professional team, the
Board of Directors, members and collaborators;
Equality of rights and obligations;
Transparency and good governance, both within and
without, through the annual publication of our activities and the names of
the members of the governing bodies, the way in which they are elected and
their terms renewed, the auditing of accounts and the origins of all
monetary resources managed.
Professionalism, quality performance, effectiveness,
rigour and respect in all areas;
Networking, sharing our commitments with alliances and
local and global networks;
Independence, cooperating with public and private
institutions, while at the same time maintaining strict independence and
responding only to the principles and values of our ideology;
Pluralism, both internally and in our public messages;
reflecting in our bodies and work the complexity of the society in which we
operate and the global diversity of the world in which we live;
NETWORKS AND ALLIANCES
We are an Institution allied
with UNESCO and the United Nations ...
... which forms an active part of an
international civil society working as a network ...
and which acts in the Basque Country from a local and
global perspective …