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The Office in Montevideo was created in 1949 as one of the first Field Offices of UNESCO, soon after the creation of the organization itself. Uruguay was one of the States ratifying the UNESCO convention in 1945.
The Second General Conference the UNESCO, taking place in Rio de Janeiro in 1947, instructs the General Director of UNESCO to organize an experts' meeting in order to advise the Organization on the best way to support the progress of science in Latin America. This meeting took place in Uruguay in 1948 and led to the creation of UNESCO's first center for scientific cooperation worldwide in 1949: the Regional Office of Science and Technology for Latin America and the Caribbean, with seat in Montevideo.
During the six decades of existence, the Office has seen its functions and challenges increased and today its activities comprise a great number of projects that involve governments, civil society organizations and the citizens of the 33 countries and 4 associate members of Latin America and the Caribbean.