ACCU: Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (Japan)

  • Vision, Mission and Main Function
  • Brief History
  • On Going Porjects/Studies
  • Good Activities Cases
  • Target Group
  • Materials/Publications
  • Netwroks & Partners
  • Contact Information


ACCU aims to contribute from the Asia-Pacific perspectives to the realization 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 enhance mutual understanding to realize sustainable future.

Main Function of the Organization: (Duty and Tasks):

Our main programme themes are as follows:

  • Education for all (EFA)
  • Education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • Cross-Cultural Understanding
  • UNESCO Associated School Project Network (ASPNET)
  • Cultural heritage

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Brief Histroy

In line with the principles of UNESCO, the Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU) has been working since 1971 for the promotion of mutual understanding and educational and cultural co-operation among peoples in Asia and the Pacific, by implementing various programmes in the fields of literacy, book development, and culture.

ACCU’s regional literay programme was launched in 1981, drawing upon ACCU’s rich experience in the field of book development. Since the beginning, ACCU literacy programmes have focused on the disadvantaged groups; those with limited education opportunities in the rural areas and among girls and women. Our aim is to contribute to the reduction of the illiterate population in Asia and the Pacific, which we believe will contribute to achieving Education for All and Education for Sustainable Development.

Awards, Honors and Press

UN Literacy Award (2002)

Major Research Porjects/Studies in 2011-2015

  1. SMILE Asia Project
  2. Project on improvement of Literacy Education Management in Afghanistan (LEAF2)
  3. Activities on Exploring Synergy between EFA and ESD
  4. Teacher exchange programme with a theme of ESD






Target Group

Country/Sub- region/RegionTarget groups
Asia and the Pacific Government, NGOs, teachers, non-literate women









Materials Available

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Languages of Resources Available

Most of the resources are available in English and partly available in other languages. –AJP Materials: Prototype in English. 665 materials available in 67 languages.



Networks & Partners









Contact Information

Focal point for ARTC: (Name and Title) Tomoko Shibao (Ms), Deputy Director, Programme Department, Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO
Tel: 81-3-3269-4559
Fax: 81-3-3269-4510