Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the role of UNESCO at the meeting with its Director-General Audrey Azoulay in Moscow on Wednesday.
"We start from the basis that UNESCO has always been a key international intergovernmental organisation, working in a sphere of humanitarian relations," Putin said.
Putin promised to provide assistance to UNESCO work and hoped for support in return.
Azoulay, who took office in late 2017, is making her first official visit to Russia. Her three-day tour includes a meeting with Putin and a tour of the Moscow Kremlin, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. She will also travel to Russia's Tatarstan region.