UNESCO is an agency of the Organisation of the United Nations seated in Paris, France and dealing with the issues of education, culture and science. Within the general mandate of the United Nations, UNESCO’s main goals are to promote peace in its area of responsibility through dialogue and mutual understanding. The organisation does its best to promote the cultural legacy of mankind and equal respect of cultures of various nations. Founded in November 1945, UNESCO today has 195 member states and works on all the continents through more than 60 bureaus and divisions situated in various countries.

Meaning and history

UNESCO logo, which was developed soon after its foundation, is one of the most recognisable emblems in the world. It represents a silhouette of an ancient Greek temple with the acronym UNESCO used as its columns. For this reason, the graphics of the letters are very condensed horizontally, very similar to the commercial font Empire. The colour of the emblem is a light tone of cerulean blue, the traditional colour of the Organisation of the United Nations. Likewise, there may be versions in other colour palettes: black and white, green and brown.


The official version of UNESCO logotype used for its documents consists of three elements. It is the temple emblem, the full name of the organisation under the emblem written in on of its six official languages and a vertical line of dots in a logarithmic progression placed to the right of the emblem.

The name “UNESCO” is actually an acronym meaning the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The logotype of UNESCO is strongly associated with its recognised role in fighting discrimination in the field of education, research works in the are of national cultures and promotion of the mankind’s common heritage, as well as the facilitation of solving current problems in social sciences, information, geology, oceanography and protection of the environment.