UNESCO was officially founded in 1945 with the support of 37 countries. Similar to the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC), UNESCO was founded to start to heal the damages of war. During World War II, the United Kingdom hosted the Conference of Allied Ministers of Education (CAME), which many European countries attended. As CAME expanded its activities, international interest in its undertakings began to spread, and the original CAME participant countries chose to increase membership to include observer countries. Delegates from these countries focused on reconstructing education post World War II. CAME produced a draft of the primary functions of UNESCO, emphasizing the importance of member countries acting as leaders in tackling the educational and cultural aspects of reconstruction issues. UNESCO’s mandate reflects the committee’s background in exploring a variety of political and social issues through a cultural and educational lens. As such, the primary function of UNESCO is to foster communication worldwide, among all cultures and peoples. Through this basic communication, UNESCO supports the goals of eliminating poverty, achieving a positive and universal international vision regarding human rights, and promoting mutual respect among states.
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