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Publication: Strategy for the future development of UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences (2009)

This document contains strategic guidance for the future development of the Chairs in Natural Sciences established under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme

Since the inception of the UNESCO Chairs programme, some 200 out of more than 600 Chairs, or around 30 per cent annually, have been established in the Natural Sciences.

All Divisions and Programmes in UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector are engaged with Chairs, the focus of which reflects the diversity of issues covered by the Sector. The majority of the Natural Sciences Chairs are active in the fields of basic and engineering sciences.

Poverty reduction, Africa and gender balance are among UNESCO’s main priorities. The Natural Sciences Sector addresses all these priorities including by promoting Chairs and networking for this purpose. One example is the UNESCO university Chairs ‘Network of Networks’ on “Women, Science, Technology and Development” (WSTD). WSTD is an inter-regional network composed of several interconnected networks involving Chairs from Africa and Asia (e.g. Argentina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Morocco Pakistan and Sudan). The network seeks to engage African and Asian universities and their scholars as active partners in fighting poverty by involving them more directly in rural poverty reduction strategies with a focus on transfer of science and technology and on reducing the disparity between men and women in the production and the use of the scientific knowledge.

This document contains strategic guidance for the future development of Chairs in the Natural Sciences established under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme. It is based on an internal review process in the UNESCO Natural Sciences Sector launched by Mr W. Erdelen, Assistant Director-General for the Sector, with a view of further enhancing the contributions of the Natural Sciences Chairs to the implementation of the natural sciences work programme consistent with the orientations set-out for the UNITWIN Programme by the Executive Board at its 176th session in April 2007.

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