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New strategic orientations of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

The new strategic orientations of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme (document 176EX/10) were approved by the 176 session of the Executive Board in April 2007. The document is focused on the creation of new generation of Chairs and Networks in line with UNESCO’s programme objectives and priorities as defined in draft 34 C/4 and 34C/5, which will be acting as Think-tanks and as bridge-builders, between research outcomes and decision-making, and between academia and local communities.

  Proposal by the Director-General on new strategic orientations for the
UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme (176 EX/10; 176 EX/66 Part I)

The Executive Board,
  • 1.Recalling 26 C/Resolution 1.1(c) and 161 EX/Decision 9.1,
  • 2.Having examined document 176 EX/10,
  • 3. Bearing in mind the strong emphasis on results-based programming and enhanced intersectorality in draft documents 34 C/4 and 34 C/5,
  • 4. Takes note of the increasing geographical imbalance of UNESCO Chairs in favour of the North, the need for a systematic regrouping of Chairs into dynamic networks with the objective of increasing North-South and South-South cooperation; and the many benefits of moving from the concept of centres of excellence to poles of excellence;
  • 5. Takes note with satisfaction of the new strategic approach proposed in document 176EX/10;
  • 6. Invites the Director-General to continue to examine ways of implementing this new
    concerning the criteria for the establishment of Chairs and the creation of
    networks, the definition of priorities, and the role of the National Commissions in their
    cooperation with UNESCO
  • 7. Further invites the Director-General to explore closer cooperation with the United Nations University, and to report thereon to the Executive Board at its 177th session.

Report by the Director-General on new strategic orientations for the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme (pdf document)

Decisions adopted by the Executive Board at its 176th session, Paris, 10-26 April 2007 (176 EX/10; 176 EX/66 Part I) (page 14)(pdf document)
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