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UNESCO Creative Cities:
UNESCO’s Creative Cities are those cities that function as “creative hubs” that promote socio-economic and cultural development in both the developed and the developing world through creative industries, and also as “socio-cultural clusters” connecting socio-culturally diverse communities to create a healthy urban environment. There are three UNESCO Creative Cities located in the United States.

1. Santa Fe: UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Arts
Mayor: Javier Gonzales

The exchange of goods, ideas and know-how is deeply rooted in the city of Santa Fe, spanning from trade fairs that were attended by early Pueblo Indians and Mexico’s indigenous population, the Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail, to Santa Fe’s Design Week and International Folk Art Market. The city continues to evolve as a hub for cultural industries as artists, visionaries, entrepreneurs and countless visitors come to Santa Fe to be inspired by and to take part in a rich and unique aesthetic tradition.

“Training and Building Markets with International Folk Artists” – brings together 75 artists and translators for two days prior to the International Folk Art Market to attend UNESCO-sponsored program to teach artists marketing and sales skills.

2. Iowa City: UNESCO city of Literature
Mayor: Matt Hayek

Given its size, Iowa City must be the most literary city on earth. Often called the “Athens of the Midwest,” it boasts a unique set of influential literary institutions that explore new ways to teach and support writers. This ever-evolving mix of writers and the institutions that support them has created a history and an identity in which the people of Iowa City take enormous pride, prizing their role in celebrating and honoring writers and good writing.

3. Paducah: City of Crafts and Folk Arts
Mayor: Gayle Kaler

Paducah plays an important role in the connectivity of cultures through creativity especially through quilting. Known as Quilt City USA®, Paducah, Kentucky is a mecca for quilters and fiber artists. A long-lasting tradition in the fine craft of quiltmaking has been recognized worldwide especially through AQS QuiltWeek® and the National Quilt Museum of the United States over the past thirty years. The city is richly populated with artists, museums, galleries, craft stores and venues for hands-on workshops. The Paducah School of Art & Design is a key center for training in crafts and folk art.

A variety of creative elements contribute to Paducah’s artistic landscape. Cultural attractions and events dedicated to visual, performing and culinary arts enhance the city’s international appeal. Paducah promotes creativity and diverse art forms through exhibitions and festivals including QuiltWeek, the LowerTown Art & Music Festival and the River’s Edge International Film Festival.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites:
The World Heritage List includes 981 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Such sites may “represent a masterpiece of human genius,” “contain examples of superlative natural phenomena,” or fall under any of the other eight cultural and natural criteria considered by the World Heritage Committee. The United States currently has 21 sites on the World Heritage List.

1. Mesa Verde National Park: Colorado
A great concentration of ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings, built from the 6th to the 12th century, can be found on the Mesa Verde plateau in south-west Colorado at an altitude of more than 2,600 m. Some 4,400 sites have been recorded, including villages built on the Mesa top. There are also imposing cliff dwellings, built of stone and comprising more than 100 rooms

2. Yellowstone National Park: Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana
Yellowstone contains half of all the world's known geothermal features, with more than 10,000 examples. It also has the world's largest concentration of geysers (more than 300 geyers, or two thirds of all those on the planet). Established in 1872, Yellowstone is equally known for its wildlife, such as grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wapitis.

3. Everglades National Park: Florida
This site at the southern tip of Florida has been called 'a river of grass flowing imperceptibly from the hinterland into the sea'. The exceptional variety of its water habitats has made it a sanctuary for a large number of birds and reptiles, as well as for threatened species such as the manatee.

4. Grand Canyon National Park: Arizona
Carved out by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon (nearly 1,500 m deep) is the most spectacular gorge in the world. Located in the state of Arizona, it cuts across the Grand Canyon National Park. Its horizontal strata retrace the geological history of the past 2 billion years. There are also prehistoric traces of human adaptation to a particularly harsh environment.

5. Independence Hall: Pennsylvania
The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787) were both signed in this building in Philadelphia. The universal principles of freedom and democracy set forth in these documents are of fundamental importance to American history and have also had a profound impact on law-makers around the world.

6. Kluane/Wrangell-St. Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek: Alaska
These parks comprise an impressive complex of glaciers and high peaks on both sides of the border between Canada (Yukon Territory and British Columbia) and the United States (Alaska). The spectacularly natural landscapes are home to many grizzly bears, caribou and Dall's sheep. The site contains the largest non-polar icefield in the world.

7. Redwood National and State Parks: California
Redwood National Park comprises a region of coastal mountains bordering the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. It is covered with a magnificent forest of coastal redwood trees, the tallest and most impressive trees in the world. The marine and land life are equally remarkable, in particular the sea lions, the bald eagle and the endangered California brown pelican.

8. Mammoth Cave National Park: Kentucky
Mammoth Cave National Park, located in the state of Kentucky, has the world's largest network of natural caves and underground passageways, which are characteristic examples of limestone formations. The park and its underground network of more than 560 surveyed km of passageways are home to a varied flora and fauna, including a number of endangered species.

9. Olympic National Park: Washington
Located in the north-west of Washington State, Olympic National Park is renowned for the diversity of its ecosystems. Glacier-clad peaks interspersed with extensive alpine meadows are surrounded by an extensive old growth forest, among which is the best example of intact and protected temperate rainforest in the Pacific Northwest. Eleven major river systems drain the Olympic mountains, offering some of the best habitat for anadromous fish species in the country. The park also includes 100 km of wilderness coastline, the longest undeveloped coast in the contiguous United States, and is rich in native and endemic animal and plant species, including critical populations of the endangered northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet and bull trout.

10. Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site: Illinois
Cahokia Mounds, some 13 km north-east of St Louis, Missouri, is the largest pre-Columbian settlement north of Mexico. It was occupied primarily during the Mississippian period (800–1400), when it covered nearly 1,600 ha and included some 120 mounds. It is a striking example of a complex chiefdom society, with many satellite mound centres and numerous outlying hamlets and villages. This agricultural society may have had a population of 10–20,000 at its peak between 1050 and 1150. Primary features at the site include Monks Mound, the largest prehistoric earthwork in the Americas, covering over 5 ha and standing 30 m high.

11. Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Tennessee and North Carolina
Stretching over more than 200,000 ha, this exceptionally beautiful park is home to more than 3,500 plant species, including almost as many trees (130 natural species) as in all of Europe. Many endangered animal species are also found there, including what is probably the greatest variety of salamanders in the world. Since the park is relatively untouched, it gives an idea of temperate flora before the influence of humankind.

12. La Fortaleza and San Juan National Historic Site: Puerto Rico

Between the 15th and 19th centuries, a series of defensive structures was built at this strategic point in the Caribbean Sea to protect the city and the Bay of San Juan. They represent a fine display of European military architecture adapted to harbour sites on the American continent.

13. Statue of Liberty: New York
Made in Paris by the French sculptor Bartholdi, in collaboration with Gustave Eiffel (who was responsible for the steel framework), this towering monument to liberty was a gift from France on the centenary of American independence. Inaugurated in 1886, the sculpture stands at the entrance to New York Harbour and has welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States ever since.

14. Yosemite National Park: California
Yosemite National Park lies in the heart of California. With its 'hanging' valleys, many waterfalls, cirque lakes, polished domes, moraines and U-shaped valleys, it provides an excellent overview of all kinds of granite relief fashioned by glaciation. At 600–4,000 m, a great variety of flora and fauna can also be found here.

15. Chaco Culture: New Mexico
For over 2,000 years, Pueblo peoples occupied a vast region of the south-western United States. Chaco Canyon, a major centre of ancestral Pueblo culture between 850 and 1250, was a focus for ceremonials, trade and political activity for the prehistoric Four Corners area. Chaco is remarkable for its monumental public and ceremonial buildings and its distinctive architecture – it has an ancient urban ceremonial centre that is unlike anything constructed before or since. In addition to the Chaco Culture National Historical Park, the World Heritage property includes the Aztec Ruins National Monument and several smaller Chaco sites managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

16. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park: Hawaii
This site contains two of the most active volcanoes in the world, Mauna Loa (4,170 m high) and Kilauea (1,250 m high), both of which tower over the Pacific Ocean. Volcanic eruptions have created a constantly changing landscape, and the lava flows reveal surprising geological formations. Rare birds and endemic species can be found there, as well as forests of giant ferns.

17. Monticello and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville: Virginia
Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), author of the American Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, was also a talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed Monticello (1769–1809), his plantation home, and his ideal 'academical village' (1817–26), which is still the heart of the University of Virginia. Jefferson's use of an architectural vocabulary based upon classical antiquity symbolizes both the aspirations of the new American republic as the inheritor of European tradition and the cultural experimentation that could be expected as the country matured.

18. Taos Pueblo: New Mexico
Situated in the valley of a small tributary of the Rio Grande, this adobe settlement – consisting of dwellings and ceremonial buildings – represents the culture of the Pueblo Indians of Arizona and New Mexico.

19. Carlsbad Caverns National Park: New Mexico
This karst landscape in the state of New Mexico comprises over 80 recognized caves. They are outstanding not only for their size but also for the profusion, diversity and beauty of their mineral formations. Lechuguilla Cave stands out from the

others, providing an underground laboratory where geological and biological processes can be studied in a pristine setting.

20. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park: Montana
In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta, Canada) was combined with the Glacier National Park (Montana, United States) to form the world's first International Peace Park. Situated on the border between the two countries and offering outstanding scenery, the park is exceptionally rich in plant and mammal species as well as prairie, forest, and alpine and glacial features

21. Papahānaumokuākea: Hawaii
Papahānaumokuākea is a vast and isolated linear cluster of small, low lying islands and atolls, with their surrounding ocean, roughly 250 km to the northwest of the main Hawaiian Archipelago and extending over some 1931 km. The area has deep cosmological and traditional significance for living Native Hawaiian culture, as an ancestral environment, as an embodiment of the Hawaiian concept of kinship between people and the natural world, and as the place where it is believed that life originates and to where the spirits return after death. On two of the islands, Nihoa and Makumanamana, there are archaeological remains relating to pre-European settlement and use. Much of the monument is made up of pelagic and deepwater habitats, with notable features such as seamounts and submerged banks, extensive coral reefs and lagoons. It is one of the largest marine protected areas (MPAs) in the world.

Category 2 Center:

Though not legally part of the UNESCO, these Institutes and Centres are associated with UNESCO through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference. They are selected upon proposal by Member State(s), based on the strength of their specialization in one of UNESCO’s fields of competence. Through capacity-building knowledge sharing and research, they provide a valuable and unique contribution to the implementation of UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives for the benefits of Member States. The United States is currently home to three Category 2 Centers.

1. The International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management (ICIWaRM), Alexandria, VA
ICIWaRM is a UNESCO Category 2 water centre headquartered at the U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources (IWR) in Alexandria, Virginia, USA. "Category 2" centers are provided for and funded by the host nation, but are under the auspices of UNESCO. ICIWaRM was officially created by an agreement between the U.S. Government and UNESCO in October 2009.

ICIWaRM is a consortium of U.S. Government agencies, university departments, and non-governmental organizations committed to working together in support of the strategic program objectives of UNESCO's International Hydrological Program (IHP). ICIWaRM works closely with the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, the U.S. National Committee for the IHP, and category 2 centers in other nations. Its initial emphasis is in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Africa. The overall mission of ICIWaRM is the advancement of the science and practice of integrated water resources management (IWRM) to address water security and other water-related challenges by regional and global action, through new knowledge, innovative technologies, collaborative interdisciplinary scientific research, networking, training and capacity development. It focuses on readily transferable, practical science and technology.

2. Institute for Intercultural Dialogue and Conflict-Sensitive Reporting (IIDCSR), Oregon
The mission of IIDCSR is to contribute to a culture of peace by fostering a dynamic and original collaboration between the fields of journalism and intercultural dialogue. The Institute has already identified a number of areas of intervention based on initial research. The creation of the Institute stems from the conviction that intercultural understanding is essential to responsible reporting, especially where conflict is concerned. Conflict-sensitive reporting highlights the responsibilities that journalists have when reporting on conflicts, since news stories have a direct impact on the outcome of these conflicts. A lack of sensitivity to cultural differences and nuances can lead journalists to report on conflict in ways that prolong or even exacerbate an unfolding situation. Intercultural studies, meanwhile, often tend to focus on historical or theoretical examples rather than on current, real-world situations involving violent conflict. IIDCSR was founded to bridge the gap between intercultural dialogue and conflict-sensitive reporting and thus to enrich the study and practice of both fields.

3. International Institute for Peace at Rutgers (IIP), the State University of New Jersey
The International Institute for Peace (IIP) was founded in May 2011 by Forest Whitaker, Artist, Humanist and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, and Aldo Civico, Professor of Anthropology and Conflict Resolution expert. The IIP’s mission is to foster a culture of peace through education, research and practice by strengthening the human potential for dialogue and negotiation.

The IIP works side-by-side with communities in urban areas around the world to foster community- and peace-building among educators, community and religious leaders, entrepreneurs, local police, and youth affected by violence. The IIP also builds capacity in civic diplomacy to advance the role of citizens in building and sustaining peace and democratic participation.

American UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors:

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread the ideals of UNESCO through their name and fame. They extend and amplify UNESCO's work and mission and have generously accepted to use their talent and status to help focus the world's attention on the work of UNESCO. Through their careers and humanitarian commitment they have made an important contribution towards the objectives and aims in UNESCO's four fields of competence, which are education, culture, science and communication/information. The United States has 3 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors.

1. Forest Whitaker: Forest Whitaker is an artist and humanist. He is the founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative, co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and was recently appointed as UNESCO Special Envoy, in the development of peace and reconciliation in areas of conflict. Whitaker is also a talented, versatile performer and one of Hollywood’s most accomplished figures.

2. Herbie Hancock: Now in the fifth decade of his professional life, Herbie Hancock remains where he has always been: in the forefront of world culture, technology, business and music. In addition to being recognized as a legendary pianist and composer, Herbie Hancock has been an integral part of every popular music movement since the 1960’s.

3. Esther Coopersmith: Mrs. Esther Coopersmith was the United States Representative to the United Nations between 1979 and 1980 during the administration of President Carter. Between 1981 and 1993, during the administration of President Reagan, she served as Advisor to the U.S. Commission to the United Nations Status of Women Commission in Vienna, Austria. During the same administration, in 1985 Mrs. Coopersmith was a delegate at the World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women in Nairobi, Kenya and in 1987 she served as a member of the President’s Commission on Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Salaries. During the administration of President Clinton she was the President’s Observer to UNESCO, between 1999-2000.

Coalition of Cities Against Racism:

Working with UNESCO and the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Conference of Mayors established the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination. The U.S. Coalition is part of the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination, which was established by UNESCO in 2004 and is a global network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies to combat racism, discrimination, xenophobia, and exclusions. There are currently 119 cities that have signed on.

Alabama
Mayor William A Bell
Birmingham

Arizona
Mayor Greg Stanton
Phoenix
Mayor Georgia T. Lord
Goodyear
Mayor Mark W. Mitchell
Tempe

Arkansas
Mayor Mark Stodola
Little Rock
Mayor Lioneld L. Jordan
Fayetteville

California
Mayor Stephen K. Sham
Alhambra
Mayor John A. Mirisch
Beverly Hills
Mayor Kathleen DeRosa
Cathedral City
Mayor Gary Davis
Elk Grove
Mayor Bill Harrison
Fremont
Mayor Stephen Choi
Irvine
Mayor Bob Foster
Long Beach
Mayor Eric Garcetti
Los Angeles
Mayor Jean Quan
Oakland
Mayor Jerry T. Thorne
Pleasanton
Mayor Kevin M Johnson
Sacramento
Mayor Patrick J. Morris
San Bernardino
Mayor Edwin M. Lee
San Francisco
Mayor Alonso L. Ledezma
San Jacinto
Mayor Stephen H. Cassidy
San Leandro
Mayor Helene Schneider
Santa Barbara
Mayor Pam O'Connor
Santa Monica
Mayor Carol J Dutra-Vernaci
Union City
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
West Sacramento

Colorado
Mayor Michael B. Hancock
Denver

Connecticut
Mayor Michael Tetreau
Fairfield
Mayor Bill Finch
Bridgeport
Mayor Marcia A. Leclerc
East Hartford
Mayor Pedro E. Segarra
Hartford
Mayor Harry W. Rilling
Norwalk

Delaware
Mayor Carleton E. Carey Sr.
Dover
Mayor Dennis P. Williams
Wilmington

District of Colombia
Mayor Vincent C. Gray
Washington

Florida
Mayor Joy F Cooper
Hallandale Beach
Mayor Marni L. Sawicki
Cape Coral
Mayor Richard J. Kaplan
Lauderhill
Mayor Buddy Dyer
Orlando
Mayor Frank C. Ortis
Pembroke Pines
Mayor Lamar Fisher
Pompano Beach
Mayor John R. Marks
Tallahassee
Mayor Geraldine “Jeri” Muoio
West Palm Beach

Georgia
Mayor Teresa Pike Tomlinson

Columbus
Mayor James Thomas Jr.
Hinesville

Hawaii
Mayor Kirk Caldwell
Honolulu

Illinois
Mayor Elizabeth B. Tisdahl
Evanston

Indiana
Mayor Karen M. Freeman-Wilson
Gary
Mayor Sally L. Hutton
Richmond

Iowa
Mayor Roy D. Buol
Dubuque

Kansas
Mayor Mark R. Holland
Kansas City

Kentucky
Mayor William I. May
Frankfort
Mayor Greg Fischer
Louisville

Louisiana
Mayor Jacques M. Roy
Alexandria
Mayor Melvin L. Holden
Baton Rouge
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu
New Orleans

Maine
Mayor Nelson E. Durgin
Bangor

Maryland
Mayor Stephanie C Rawlings-Blake
Baltimore
Mayor Jeffrey Z. Slavin
Somerset

Massachusetts
Mayor Bill Carpenter
Brockton
Mayor Setti D. Warren
Newton
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
Somerville
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
Springfield
Mayor Susan M. Kay
Weymouth

Michigan
Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell
Kalamazoo
Mayor Brenda L. Lawrence
Southfield
Mayor William R. Wild
Westland

Minnesota
Mayor Ardell F Brede
Rochester
Mayor Don Ness
Duluth
Mayor Christopher B. Coleman
Saint Paul

Missouri
Mayor Sylvester James, Jr.
Kansas City
Mayor Francis G. Slay
Saint Louis

New Jersey
Mayor J. Christian Bollwage
Elizabeth
Mayor Brian C. Wahler
Piscataway

New Mexico
Mayor Ken D. Miyagishima
Las Cruces

New York
Mayor Matthew T. Ryan
Binghamton
Mayor David C. Hartzell
Clarence
Mayor Paul A Dyster
Niagara Falls
Mayor Noramie F Jasmin
Spring Valley
Mayor Stephanie A Miner
Syracuse
Mayor Wayne J. Hall
Hempstead
Mayor Harley E. Doles
Monroe
Mayor Ernest D. Davis
Mount Vernon

North Carolina
Mayor WIlliam V Bell
Durham
Mayor Bernita Sims
High Point

Ohio
Mayor Don L. Plusquellic
Akron
Mayor Michael B. Coleman
Columbus
Mayor David J. Berger
Lima

Oregon
Mayor Denny Doyle
Beaverton
Mayor Kitty Piercy
Eugene
Mayor Charlie Hales
Portland

Pennsylvania
Mayor Ed Pawlowski
Allentown
Mayor John A Linder
Chester
Mayor Sal J. Panto, Jr.
Easton
Mayor J. Richard Gray
Lancaster
Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Philadelphia
Mayor C. Kim Bracey
York

Puerto Rico
Mayor Edwin Garcia
Camuy

Rhode Island
Mayor Scott Avedisian
Warwick

South Carolina
Mayor Joseph P. Riley
Charleston

Tennessee
Mayor Madeline A Rogero
Knoxville
Mayor A C Wharton, Jr.
Memphis
Mayor Jo Ann Graves
Gallatin

Texas
Mayor Michael S. Rawlings
Dallas
Mayor Annise D. Parker
Houston
Mayor Robert N. Cluck
Arlington
Mayor Daniel A. Corbin
Killeen
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere
Plano

Utah
Mayor Ralph Becker
Salt Lake City

Vermont
Mayor Miro L Weinberger
Burlington

Virginia
Mayor William D. Euille
Alexandria
Mayor Ron Rordam
Blacksburg
Mayor Sherman M. Saunders
Danville

Washington
Mayor Mike McGinn
Seattle
Mayor Marilyn Strickland
Tacoma

Wisconsin
Mayor Paul R Soglin
Madison
Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt
Vancouver

UNESCO Chairs:

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The Programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication. Through this network, higher education and research institutions all over the globe pool their resources, both human and material, to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many instances, the Networks and Chairs serve as think tanks and as bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making. They have proven useful in informing policy decisions, establishing new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research and contributing to the enrichment of existing university programmes while promoting cultural diversity. In areas suffering from a dearth of expertise, Chairs and Networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at the regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South-South cooperation.

Today, the Programme involves over 854 institutions in 134 countries. The United States currently has 20 UNESCO Chair programs, and a few more are still in progress.

1. Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
UNESCO Chair for Peace Education, Higher Education

2. Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, San Juan
UNESCO Chair for Problems of Habitability in the Hispanoamerican Cities and to the Integral Revitalization of their Historical Centres

3. University of Connecticut, Connecticut
UNESCO Chair for Comparative Human Rights

4. Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton
UNESCO Chair in Human Rights

5. University of Rhode Island, Narragansett
UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Global Coastal Assessment

6. The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers
UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Coastal Resources

7. The University of Texas, Austin
UNESCO Chair in Communication

8. The University of Colorado, Denver and Health Sciences Center
UNESCO chair in Inclusive Education

9. Cornell University, New York
UNESCO Chair on Growing Up in Cities

10. University of Colorado, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Boulder
UNESCO Chair in creating independent, pluralistic media: training and exchange programme for journalists

11. Georgetown University,Washington, D.C.
UNESCO Chair on "Achieving the Promise of EFA: Gender, Disability, and Literacy"

12. University of Oregon
UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue, and Peace

13. University of Washington
UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Rivers

14. University of Pennsylvania
UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy

15. American University, Washington, D.C.
UNESCO Chair in transnational challenges and governance

16. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst
UNESCO Chair in Communication for Sustainable Social Change

17. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention

18. Pennsylvania State University
UNESCO Chair on Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development

19. University of Southern California
UNESCO Chair on Genocide Education

20. University of Cincinnati
UNESCO Chair on Water Access and Sustainability

ASPNet Schools:

UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project was established in 1953 to encourage schools worldwide to educate students on issues related to UNESCO's overarching goal of promoting peace and international understanding. The program now includes 9000 thousand educational institutions in over 180 countries.

ASPnet schools work in four key areas: intercultural learning, peace and human rights, education for sustainable development, and the United Nations priorities. ASPnet schools integrate these priorities throughout their curriculum, celebrate internationally-recognized days (like World Water Day), participate in international exchanges, and join UNESCO-affiliated education programs. Schools ranging from preschools and elementary schools to university education departments are eligible for ASPnet membership. There are 55 ASPNet schools located in the United States.

1. Anne Sullivan Communication Center (Minneapolis, MN)
2. Atlanta International School (Atlanta, GA)
3. Baldwin High School (Wailuku, HI)
4. Bodine High School for International Affairs (Philadelphia, PA)
5. The Bolles School (Jacksonville, FL)
6. Booker T. Washington Magnet Middle School for International Studies (Tampa, FL)
7. The Bryn Mawr School (Baltimore, MD)
8. Center for International Education (Amherst, MA)
9. Conserve School (Land O’ Lakes, WI)
10. Davidson Middle School (San Rafael, CA)
11. Dwight School (New York, NY)
12. Enfield High School (Enfield, CT)
13. The Ethical Community Charter School (Jersey City, NJ)
14. Floral Street Elementary School (Shrewsbury, MA)
15. Friends School of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN)
16. German School New York (White Plains, NY)
17. The Grauer School (Encinitas, CA)
18. Hawaii Institute for Human Rights (Honolulu, HI)
19. Highland School (Warrenton, VA)
20. The Holland Township School (Milford, NJ)
21. Hunterdon Central Regional High School (Flemington, NJ)
22. Jackson Elementary School (Jackson, WY)
23. Jackson Hole Middle School (Jackson, WY)
24. Journeys School (Jackson, WY)
25. Kelly Elementary School (Kelly, WY)
26. Keys Academy of Marine Science (Key Largo, FL)
27. Kua O Ka La Public Charter School (Pahoa, HI)
28. Marcy Open School (Minneapolis, MN)
29. May Howard Elementary School (Savannah, GA)
30. McKinleyville High School (McKinleyville, CA)
31. Eleanor McMain Secondary School (New Orleans, LA)
32. Medina High School (Medina, OH)
33. Metropolitan Learning Center Magnet School for Global and International Studies (Bloomfield, CT)
34. Millbrook School (Millbrook, NY)
35. Moran Elementary School (Jackson, WY)
36. Philips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH)
37. The New School for Creative Education (Boca Raton, FL)
38. South Fayette Middle School (McDonald, PA)
39. St. Timothy’s School (Stevenson, MD)
40. State College Area High School (State College, PA)
41. St. Boniface Preschool (Sarasota, FL)
42. Sussex School (West Missoula, MT)
43. Thetford Academy (Thetford Hill, VT)
44. Three Rivers Middle School (Cleves, OH)
45. Ulysses Byas Elementary School (Roosevelt, NY)
46. United Nations International School (New York, NY)
47. The Ursuline School (New Rochelle, NY)
48. Wakefield School (The Plains, VA)
49. Waldorf International School (Cutler Bay, FL)
50. Waldorf School of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
51. Washington International School (Washington, DC)
52. Western Wyoming High School (Jackson, WY)
53. Williams Middle Magnet School (Tampa, FL)
54. Wilson Elementary School (Wilson, WY)
55. Monroe Middle School (Tampa, FL)


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