UNESCO is the United Nations agency with the broadest mandate. It is made unique by the links with civil society it has forged through its 197 National Commissions around the world. The function of this network is to support governments in their work within UNESCO, and to further the aims of UNESCO in the Member States.
Long before the Federal Republic of Germany was admitted as a member of the United Nations in 1973, UNESCO opened the door to Germany’s return to international politics at the multilateral level.
The Federal Republic of Germany’s admission to UNESCO on the 11th July 1951 ended the spiritual isolation into which Germany had fallen since 1933. For Germany, this provided the opportunity to take part in international dialogue, placing its particular historical responsibility in the service of a durable peace.