UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, is a legally independent specialised agency of the United Nations with headquarters in Paris.
It has the widest remit of any agency in the UN system, encompassing mandates for the areas of education, science, culture, and – since 1990 – communication and information. It has 195 Member States.
Some 2,100 people work at the Secretariat in Paris and the Field Offices. Since 15 November 2017, UNESCO has been led by Director-General Audrey Azoulay. A French national, she is the second woman to head UNESCO.