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17 Jun 2011

Asian Cultural Center for UNESCO

The Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) is a non-profit organisation for Asia and the Pacific regional activities in line with the principles of UNESCO, working for the promotion of mutual understanding and cultural cooperation among peoples in the region.

ACCU was established in April 1971 in Tokyo through joint efforts of both public and private sectors in Japan. In July 1971 the resources and activities of the Tokyo Book Development Centre (TBDC), which had since its establishment in March 1969 been engaged actively in book development in Asia, were transferred to ACCU.

ACCU has since been implementing various regional cooperative programmes in the fields of culture, education and personnel exchange in close collaboration with UNESCO and its Member States in Asia and the Pacific.

ACCU aims to contribute from the Asia-Pacific perspectives to the realisation of a peaceful and sustainable society where cultural diversity is duly respected, by means of promoting and securing lifelong learning opportunities where each and everyone can equally participate.

ACCU, in line with the UNESCO's principles, works closely with the people in the Asia-Pacific for effectively promoting regional cooperation and exchange programmes of innovative approaches in the fields of culture and education which would enhance mutual understanding to realise sustainable future.

ACCU implements its programmes in constructive partnerships with governments, NGOs and educational institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. It also actively facilitates exchanges and cooperation among scholars, practitioners and students so as to share best practices interaction, knowledge-based resources and sustainable cultural activities based on traditional wisdom and modern expertise.

ACCU, also places special emphasis on programmes planned and implemented jointly by Asian and Pacific Member States of UNESCO. This joint programme scheme has been applied to its cooperative projects such as production of various materials of good quality for common use in encouraging better understanding of cultures of other countries in the region.