The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was founded on 16 November 1945. UNESCO has 195 Members and eight Associate Members. It is governed by the General Conference and the Executive Board. The Secretariat, headed by the Director-General, implements the decisions of these two bodies. The Organization has more than 50 field offices around the world. Its headquarters are located at Place de Fontenoy in Paris, France, in in an outstanding, Modernist building inaugurated in 1958 and recently renovated. UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
Ms. Christine Norton has extensive international experience with a broad history in areas which include planning, policy, management and advocacy that advanced the rights of women and children and other groups in need. She has an M Sc in Law and Science from the University of London (UK) and a B.A. in Psychology and Geography from Mc Master University (Canada). Ms. Norton has held the following positions: Senior Advisor – Program Division (UNICEF), New York UNICEF Representative to Belize UNICEF Senior Advisor for Adolescent Development and Gender Equality, UNICEF Regional Office (Panama) Senior Advisor for Adolescent Development and Participation (UNICEF), UNODC, (Bangkok, Thailand) Consultant with UNAIDS/Caricom Community Secretariat Technical Officer in Resource Mobilization, Programme Planning, Research and Transfer of Technology with WHO Global Programme on AIDS (Geneva, Switzerland)