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01.12.2006 - UNESCO Social and Human Sciences

SHSviews 15 - December 2006-February 2007

UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector Magazine


Dossier: The battle for peace / Ethics: COMEST meets in Africa for the first time / Interview: Alain Caillé

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This issue of SHSviews covers topical issues from December 2006 to February 2007:

Dossier: The battle for peace [PDF]
Building peace for the world is a struggle. UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) renews that fight each day in striving to build a culture of peace. From human rights education to conflict prevention, through the Organization’s activities for the promotion of democracy and local governance, UNESCO’s fight for peace is laid down in the preamble to its Constitution: ‘building the defences of peace in the minds of men’. SHS also attacks the root causes of hatred by trying to bring together social science research findings with policy makers so as to contribute to the development of public policies better suited to today’s world. Although it would have been pertinent to feature the full range of SHS activities in this dossier on peace, only a few programmes are highlighted here, to open up new lines of reflection for 2007 to become a year in the service of peace.

Interview: Alain Caillé “the world and the social sciences have become fragmented” [PDF]
The fact that several thousand community activists, researchers and decision-makers will be gathering in Nairobi, Kenya, from 20 to 25 January 2007, to take part in the seventh World Social Forum (WSF) to reaffirm that ‘another world is possible’, led SHS Views to interview French economist and sociologist, Alain Caillé, on whether he thought the present state of the world was conducive to such a possibility.

Ethics: COMEST meets in Africa for the first time [PDF]
For the first time since it was established in 1998, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will meet on the African continent. COMEST’s 5th session is being organized in Dakar, Senegal, from 6 to 9 December 2006. Ethical issues concerning science and technology in the Africa region will be discussed, including the problem of toxic waste.

Also in SHSviews n°15 [PDF]:


    A better world is possible, by Pierre Sané, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences


  • GEObs database pilot phase online
  • Intellectual property – a delicate subject
  • IBC to meet in Africa in 2007

Human Rights

  • Expansion of network against racism
  • World AIDS Day – Facing reality
  • Islamic feminism? – an instructive debate in Paris
  • Promotion of human rights in the media: UNESCO produces a series of 7 films

Social Transformations

  • Yesterday’s migration – museums for tomorrow
  • Migration and development – working group proposals in 2007
  • Meeting on migrant diaspora knowledge networks
  • Open debate in China
  • Programme MOST in Europe – towards a society for all ages
  • 2nd Summer School in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Decentralized cooperation
  • Quarry redevelopment in Tunisia
  • Beijing Conference on urban revitalization
  • Development – two new UNESCO Chairs
  • Montréal: one Chair – three programmes
  • ‘Growing Up in Cities’ in Kenya
  • Regional integration – a challenge for West African countries
  • Forum of intellectuals for the Horn of Africa
  • Cape Verde – ambivalent position on integration
  • Success of the 5th World Forum on Sport
  • Observatory on women and sport
  • Convention against doping – three more countries need to sign

Just Published 

  • Diogenes seeks the beginning
  • International Social Science Journal

News and Calendar

  • World Philosophy Day 2006 – special feature in the next issue
  • SHS’s calendar from December 2006 to the first half of 2007

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