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Contributing to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture.

UNESCO - the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - sponsors a series of international craft and design competitions to help stimulate new works and increased product flow to markets throughout the world.  UNESCO’s Award of Excellence for Handicrafts for traditional artists is designed to encourage artisans to produce handicrafts using traditional skills, patterns and themes in an innovative way, in order to ensure the continuity and sustainability of these traditions and skills.