The intersectoral platform on foresight and anticipation is conceived to: (i) enhance the linkage between UNESCO’s programme and policy priorities and foresight activities as defined in documents 34 C/4 and 34 C/5; (ii) choose themes of strategic relevance to UNESCO; and (iii) sharpen modalities for action that make a substantive impact. All activities will be conceived and seen as a joint contribution to overarching objective 3 (“Addressing emerging social and ethical issues”) and strategic programme objective 8 (“Encourage research on critical emerging ethical and societal issues”), as outlined in document 34 C/4. Also, Africa and gender equality, as the two global priorities of the new Medium-Term Strategy, will be given due emphasis and reflection when taking up virtually all subjects.
Activities will also be linked with UNESCO’s sectoral programme priorities (34 C/5) and will build on the orientations and modalities of the current Foresight Programme. New thematic areas of reflection and discussion with demonstrable strategic value added for the Organization’s endeavours will be identified and prioritized in order to enhance current programme implementation and development.
In response to Recommendation 2 of the Overall Review Committee of Major Programmes II and III, the platform will give a special focus to the sciences and exploring the impact of cutting-edge developments. Platform activities will be designed so as to strengthen the foresight capacities in regions and Member States, particularly in developing regions.
Activities will be developed that are linked with and respond to major events included in UNESCO’s Plan of Communication that are of relevance to the Organization’s mission. They will also tap into the potential networks and partnerships created and maintained by the sectors. In some cases, new partnerships will need to be developed in order to address new needs and new challenges and to reach out to new audiences in a creative and innovative manner. All activities will heighten the visibility and impact of UNESCO’s work by diversifying venues and employing effective communication tools, and applying knowledge management and networking.
Modalities for action will be sharpened through fora that allow for an exchange of ideas with high-level experts in the area of foresight and anticipation. This will offer the opportunity for UNESCO to build new partnerships with other organizations that are pursuing foresight activities, and to examine its priorities and approaches and to access and learn from new methodologies.
Expected results at the end of the biennium: