UNESCO's role in Social & Human Sciences

The mission of Social & Human Sciences Sector is to advance knowledge, standards and intellectual cooperation in order to facilitate social transformations conducive to the universal values of justice, freedom and human dignity.
The Social and Human Sciences play a vital role in helping to understand and interpret the Social, Cultural and Economic Environment. They provide research, identify and analyze trends and propose paths of action.

In the field of the Ethics of Life UNESCO places emphasis on Bioethics, Human Rights and the fight against all forms of discrimination and intolerance. UNESCO establishes standards, creates legal instruments, advises Governments and coordinates Intergovernmental Organizations.

Other activities within this sector include poverty eradication under varied projects, sports, youth and social transformations.