UN Agencies

  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

For many years, UNWTO and UNESCO have worked closely together on Silk Road projects supporting intercultural dialogue, heritage management and sustainable tourism development. UNESCO is a key partner in promoting cultural pluralism and intercultural dialogue. With their assistance, Silk Road tourism will act as a vehicle for fostering peace and cultural understanding.

Examples of past activity include: joint coordination and participation in major meetings/ conferences and training forums, and joint development and contribution to Silk Road collateral and marketing material (official Silk Road logo, Roads of Dialogue, etc.).

As the 2015 deadline for the UN Millennium Development Goals approaches, UNWTO and UNESCO will increase their efforts on the Silk Road through working towards their respective missions while addressing areas of mutual concern.

For more information on UNESCO’s Routes of Dialogue Programme, click here

For more information on UNESCO’s Silk Road Projects, click here

UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention site available here


  • United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

Throughout the years, UNCTAD has been a key partner of UNWTO, identifying Silk Road tourism from the start as an instrument to drive sustainable development and regional engagement.

UNCTAD has published many relevant documents on the Silk Road, most notably the Investment Guide to the Silk Road (2009). This Guide, apart from providing readers with comprehensive introductory information, offers a detailed outline of the investment climate in the Silk Road region.

To download the Investment Guide to the Silk Road, click here

Visit the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) homepage here