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Education in Sri Lanka has a long history which dates back two millennia and the Constitution of Sri Lanka provide for education as a fundamental righ


Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. This plate


The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa was first declared the capital city by King Vijayabahu I, who defeated the Chola invaders

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The government of Sri Lanka has given high priority to development of the education sector. This encompasses primary to tertiary education as well as vocational training.

Culture & Heritage

Sri Lanka is a country with a very rich culture and heritage including indigenous knowledge. We are rich in both cultural and natural heritage. 

Social & Natural Sciences

UNESCO promotes sciences in its various forms for a sustainable future. SLNCU works closely with the ministries of Environment & Natural Resources, Technology.

Communication & Info.

UNESCO has a mandate for fostering Freedom of Expression. We strive to support achieving this objective though providing various global standards and norms.

SG Sir



Secretary General
Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO




UNESCO was created in November of 1946, with a view to creating a peaceful world through international, intellectual collaboration in the wide and cross cutting fields of Education, Sciences, Culture and Communication and Sri Lanka became a member of this established organizetion in 1949.

The Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO came into being in 1949 and carries our its programmes of UNESCO and is hosted by the Ministry of Education, Government of Sri Lanka.

The major thrusts of Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO in the next medium term will be the promotion of education quality through Teacher Development as also, Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Science and Technology Development, Management of Scial Transformation, promotion of UNESCO conventions on culture, involving tangible, intangible and underwater cultural heritage and enhancing access to information.

It will my endavour to build the capacities of the Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO,in order to add value to the Government of Sri Lanka's programmes through UNESCO's numerous programmes in Education, Sciences, (both Natural and Soocial), Cultural andCommunication to best serve the country's needs.


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Tel. (+94) 11 2177002/ 2177006
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About us

Sri Lanka National Commission for UNESCO (SLNCU) is the government arm of implementing UNESCO Agenda in Sri Lanka. This Commission established on 14th November 1949, comes under the Ministry of Education. There are 35 members in the General Assembly, including representatives of relevant ministries and national bodies concerned with UNESCO’s fields of competence.