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SHS e-news No. 9 – December 2006 – The battle for peace makes headline news in SHS Views No. 15
SHS e-news No. 9 – December 2006 – The battle for peace makes headline news in SHS Views No. 15 This 9th issue of the monthly e-news bulletin is to announce the publication of the UNESCO SHS quarterly magazine No. 15, called SHS Views for the English edition and SHS Regards for the French edition.

The main articles of SHS Views cover topical issues from December 2006 to February 2007:

  • DOSSIER: The battle for peace
    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”
    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
    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.
  • 1st December: World AIDS Day.
  • 6-9 December: 5th Ordinary Session of COMEST. Dakar, Senegal.
  • 10 December: Awareness-raising seminar for policy makers on the worldwide programme for the promotion of human rights education in schools. Bujumbura, Burundi.
  • 11-12 December: 3rd working meeting of UN-HABITAT/UNESCO research group on Urban Policies and the Right to the City. UNESCO, Paris, France.
  • 11-13 December: National consultation on poverty and human rights. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 11-19 December: International training programme on traditional wrestling sports. Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
  • 15 December: Dialogue with civil society on poverty as a human rights issue. Cotonou, Benin.
  • 18 December: International Migrants Day.
  • 18-20 December: International Congress on Religions and Mediation in Urban Areas. Barcelona, Spain.
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John Crowley, Chief of Section, SHS/EO/CIP: j.crowley@unesco.org
Cathy Bruno-Capvert, Editor, SHS Views: c.bruno-capvert@unesco.org
Irakli Khodeli, Press Assistant: i.khodeli@unesco.org
Petra van Vucht Tijssen, Webmaster: p.van-vucht-tijssen@unesco.org

UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector website: www.unesco.org/shs
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Author(s) UNESCO - Social and Human Sciences Sector
Publication Date 11-12-2006

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