Second historical success: UNESCO officially gives the rights to ECU to organize some of its events under the patronage of the United Nations’ organization


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization officially gave the rights to ECU to organize some of its events under the Patronage of UNESCO.

After the recognition by the European Parliament this is the second historical success for the European and world chess. 


The first event which will be held under the Patronage of UNESCO will be the 15th European Individual Women’s Chess Championship which will be held from 5th to 18th of July, 2014 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.  

“This is the second historical recognition for our game, after the adoption of ECU program “Chess in school” by the EU Parliament. And everybody have to be sure that such recognition and parthership with two of the most important and influential world institutions will not just increase the image of the European Chess Union, but in very near future this will bring more real money for the European chess. I will only mention as an example that corporate partners of UNESCO are some of the largest international corporations and their media partners are some of the biggest and most influential world TV channels, newspapers, magazines, etc.

I have always said that chess is a unique combination of sport, education, science and culture. Now this my vision is internationally recognized on the highest possible level.- said on the occasion Mr. Silvio Danailov, President of the European Chess Union.


As you have been already informed on 12th of May, 2014 in Paris the President of the European Chess Union, Mr. Silvio Danailov, and the President of the French Chess Federation, Mr. Diego Salazar, met with the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Mrs. Irina Bokova. During the meeting Mrs. Bokova expressed the commitment of UNESCO’s experts to work on the possibility of the ECU project “Chess as a UNESCO intangible world heritage”. The goal of the project will be official recognition of chess as an intangible world heritage. To achieve this recognition, the European Chess Union will establish a special commission in its structure, dedicated to this topic.



The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (French: Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture; UNESCO;  is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN).

Its purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the UN Charter. It is the heir of the League of Nations’ International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation.

UNESCO has 195 member states and nine associate members. Most of the field offices are “cluster” offices covering three or more countries; there are also national and regional offices.

UNESCO pursue its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information.

Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; regional and cultural history projects; the promotion of cultural diversity; translations of world literature; international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.

UNESCO’s aim is “to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information”. Other priorities of the organization include attaining quality Education For All and lifelong learning, addressing emerging social and ethical challenges, fostering cultural diversity, a culture of peace and building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication. The broad goals and concrete objectives of the international community — as set out in the internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) — underpin all UNESCO’s strategies and activities. Website:

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