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SHS e-news n° 3 – June 2006 – UNESCO at the 3rd World Urban Forum
SHS e-news n° 3 – June 2006 – UNESCO at the 3rd World Urban Forum We thought you might be interested in receiving regular information on the activities of UNESCO’s Sector for Social and Human Sciences (SHS). Here is the third issue of our electronic news bulletin, which will be sent out monthly.

From 19 to 23 June, more than 6,000 participants from 150 nations will gather in Vancouver, Canada for the 3rd session of the World Urban Forum. This biennial UN-HABITAT event on urban sustainability examines and identifies solutions to the critical problems facing cities around the globe. The theme of the 3rd session will be: “Our Future: Sustainable Cities – Turning Ideas into Action”.

This event will be the opportunity to present the various projects of UNESCO which sustain the development of cities with a human face:

19 June, in collaboration with UNESCO-SHS and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair on Growing Up In Cities at Cornell University, U.S.A., will host a networking event on creative planning with young people. The event will provide examples of how children and youth can be integrated into participatory planning processes, drawing on project experiences in diverse countries and cultures.

22 June, the “International Coalition of Cities Against Racism” will host a networking event “Towards an Inclusive Urban Society”. The Coalition is an initiative launched by UNESCO in 2004 to establish a network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies and strategies to counter racism, xenophobia, discrimination and exclusion.

On the same day, a session jointly organized by UN-HABITAT and UNESCO will discuss “Urban Policies and the Right to the City: Towards Good Governance and Local Democracy”. The aim of the session is to unpack the notion of the Right to the City and share perspectives of various city stakeholders – local government, civil society, grassroots groups, etc., on what is embedded in the concept “The Right to the City”.

UNESCO will be present at the World Urban Forum with a large intersectoral stand. The stand will also house two exhibitions: “Sketches Around the World: Messages of progress for the future of our planet” and “Historical District Renewal Area”.

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For more information on the World Urban Forum, please visit www.unhabitat.org/wuf and www.wuf3-fum3.ca.

Other events planned for the month of June
  • 1 and 2 June: UNESCO and the “National Library” of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro are organizing a public seminar: “Pathways of Thought on the Science-Humanities Border”. Over twenty researchers, thinkers and civil society leaders from fourteen countries will participate in the seminar, such as historian Maurice Aymard, sociologist Barbara Freitag, astrophysicist Trinh X.Thuan, biophysicist Henri Atlan, philosophers José Arthur Giannotti and Sérgio Paulo Rouanet, and authors Eduardo Portella and Muniz Sodre.
  • 8 and 9 June: a regional Bioethics seminar in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, will bring together participants from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Barbados and the Dominican Republic. The seminar is dedicated to promoting Bioethics research and reflection in the English speaking region of the Caribbean.
  • 12 June: a symposium on “The Birth of the Modern World: to the origins of the European power,” co-organized with Le Monde diplomatique and the French Association of Professors of History and Geography, will concentrate on the publication of the French edition of Christopher Alan Bayly’s book : The Birth of the Modern World (1780-1914).
  • 12 and 13 June: the UNESCO Beijing Office will organize a workshop in Tsinghua University, Beijing, in order to officially launch a project on “HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care for Migrants and Ethnic Minority Communities in China and Mongolia". The workshop will train local counterparts and local officials in the five pilot sites on how to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention education to migrants and ethnic minorities, and on how to implement the existing legislation and regulation on HIV/AIDS in China.
  • From 12 to 18 June: the UNESCO Beijing Office, China, is organizing “Together With Migrants Festival 2006”, which aims to draw public attention to the situation of migrants in the city, to stimulate critical and constructive debate about the necessity to integrate migrants into the urban fabric, and to provide a forum for interaction and exchange between migrants, local communities, researchers, NGOs and artists.
  • 15 and 16 June: Madrid, Spain, will host the 2006 annual meeting of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism, which already includes 40 cities.
  • 21 and 22 June: a two-day conference: “Human Security in China: a North-East Asian Perspective”, will bring together international organizations, government officials, Chinese, Japanese and Korean experts, and civil organizations to discuss the relevance of the concept of Human Security for China in particular and for North-East Asia in general. The Conference will take place in China, at Nankai University, in Tianjian.
  • From 21 to 23 June: a regional experts’ meeting for the elaboration of a Ten-Point Plan of Action for the Coalition of Latin American and Caribbean Cities against Racism, is organized in Montevideo, Uruguay.
  • 27 and 28 June: an extraordinary session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The agenda of the session includes: the rotating conference "Ethics around the world"; the Global Ethics Observatory Database (GEObs); the project on "ethical and legal framework for space exploration"; the election of the Jury for the 2006 Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science, and the next ordinary session of COMEST, to be held in Africa in 2007. Apart from the Policy Document on the Ethics of Nanotechnology, which will be presented by a Group of Experts, COMEST members will also look at the results of regional consultation meetings on a Code of Conduct for scientists, as well as the status of Codes of Conduct for the scientists around the world.
Agenda of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector: www.unesco.org/shs/agenda
UNESCO Social and Human Sciences Sector Website: www.unesco.org/shs
SHS Newsletter website: www.unesco.org/shs/newsletter

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Author(s) UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Publication Date 12-06-2006

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