UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in education, sciences and culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in the 2030 Agenda. UNESCO uses education, science and culture to inform, inspire and engage people around the world to foster understanding and respect for each other and our planet. UNESCO stands up for freedom of expression as a fundamental right and a key condition for democracy and development. As a laboratory of ideas, UNESCO seeks to share its comprehensive expertise in education, science and culture. The Organization is the lead UN agency in the areas of biodiversity, hydrology, ocean science, education for sustainable development and indigenous knowledge.