UNESCWA is one of the five regional commissions were created by the United Nations in order to fulfil the economic and social goals set out in the Charter by promoting cooperation and integration between countries in each region of the world.

UNESCWA provides a framework for the formulation and harmonization of sectoral policies for its 18 Arab member countries, a platform for congress and coordination, a home for expertise and knowledge, and an information observatory. Its activities are coordinated with the divisions and main offices of the Headquarters of the United Nations, specialized agencies, and international and regional organizations, including the League of Arab States and its subsidiary bodies, and the Gulf Cooperation Council.

the main objectives of UNESCWA is to: (a) support economic and social development in member countries, (b) promote interaction and cooperation between member countries, (c) encourage the exchange of experience, best practice and lessons learned, (d) achieve regional integration and ensure interaction with other regions, and (e) raise global awareness of the circumstances and needs of member countries.

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