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UNESCO is a non-profit organization formed by several countries. It carries out the mission of maintaining peace, comprehensive assistance, protection of human heritage on earth, and valuable objects and cultures of different states. It was founded in the fall of 1945 in London (UK). Now its headquarters are located in Paris (France). It has branches and representative offices on all five continents through which it operates.

Meaning and History

UNESCO Logo History
Evolution of the UNESCO Logo

The UNESCO emblem is a stylized name made up of the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization letters. The abbreviation and full name are used in the structure of the most recognizable logo. It symbolizes that the organization is the bulwark of the world and is ready to support all good endeavors and the disappearing heritage of humankind.

The distinctive symbolism of the international non-profit structure appeared immediately after its foundation. It represents a schematic construction of an ancient Greek temple, where instead of supporting columns, there are letters from the name, located from left to right, in the order of reading the word – “U,” “N,” “E,” “S,” “C,” “O.” Because they are stylized as architectural elements, their shape is narrower and more elongated. All letters are compressed horizontally and closely resemble the Empire font.

The official version of the logo used both in document flow and in advertising consists of three elements:

  1. The international company’s full name and is located at the bottom, under the steps.
  2. A graphic sign in an ancient structure with a gable roof, letters-columns, and three wide lines.
  3. The elongated dotted line on the right side.

Font and Colors of the Emblem


The color scheme of the emblem: blue-gray, black, green, white, brown. The choice of palette depends on the purpose of use and the location of the logo. The same can be said about the full inscription at the bottom: based on the type of document; it can be located on the steps, below them, or in the form of a column.


The concept of a logo, as well as the organization it represents, is incredibly important. The sign symbolizes the fight against discrimination in education, research activities in national cultures, and the promotion of the common heritage of humankind. It also denotes assistance in solving social sciences, information, geology, oceanography, and environmental protection.