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date: 14 October 2019

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This chapter provides a guide for history and heritage professionals in navigating the United Nations. The chapter is divided in two parts. The first section examines the history and heritage policy work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO). UNESCO is the main UN body to set standards for history and heritage professions. The second section turns the focus back onto the United Nations as an object of historical study. This section discusses major examples of historical projects about the United Nations. Overall, the chapter explains the origins of UN involvement in heritage and history, describes the relevant structures and functions in the United Nations and UNESCO, and discusses some of the outcomes of history and heritage activities with which it has been involved. The chapter argues for the importance of studying UN history, as well as engaging more closely with its policy work.

Keywords: United Nations, UNESCO, preservation movement, heritage policy, museums, archives, public history

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