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Migration, development and management of social transformations – the role of UNESCO
From the Arab world to Latin America, passing through Europe and Africa, the month of May 2007 will be one to learn more about UNESCO’s action within its Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme.

SHS e-News 14 / May 2007
2007-05-02 12:00 pm

Closing the gap between research and policy making

When Social Development Ministers of Latin America and the Caribbean meet this month for the sixth time, a Forum of Ministers for Social Development from the Arab States region will be officially launched on the occasion of a meeting organized on 30 April and 1 May in Marrakesh, Morocco, on the initiative of the Moroccan Ministry for Social Development, the Family and Solidarity.

Grouping together Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia, this Forum of Arab States will thus become the world’s fifth Regional Forum to be created since the idea of these discussion forums for policy makers and social science researchers was first launched by UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme.

More on the Forum of Ministers: www.unesco.org/shs/most/socdevforum.

International migration – a symposium at UNESCO to put an end to prejudice

An international symposium on “Europe: development through migration and integration”, will bring together around twenty specialists from France, Germany, Senegal and Spain, on 10 May next, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room IV, 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.).

Organized by the Goethe-Institut in Paris, in cooperation with UNESCO and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, the aim of this encounter is to fight prejudice and it will provide UNESCO with an opportunity to show what action it is taking in this field.

While human mobility may be a permanent feature of history, international migration has in fact become a typical feature of current globalization. Together with policy makers, UNESCO is striving to clarify the growing complexity of international migration.

The Organization is thus trying to achieve five aims, all of which promote respect for migrants’ rights and their integration into society, as well as drawing up and implementing public policies that respect everyone’s basic human rights.

Starting with geopolitical conditions worldwide, participants in the 10 May 2007 symposium will discuss the demographic, sociological and political aspects of international migration as well as current developments and possible future scenarios.

Participants will highlight the development potential that this social phenomenon represents in a world where migration and integration have become synonymous with opportunity and hope for migrants, for their country of origin and for Europe.

More on the symposium …

MOST Programme – partner in the 2007 G8-UNESCO World Forum

10 May 2007 is also the day the G8-UNESCO World Forum on Education, Research and Innovation opens in Trieste, Italy. The MOST Programme will be contributing to the two-day Forum, which will debate the interconnections among the three elements of the knowledge triangle – education, research, innovation – from the sustainable development angle. Another aim of the Forum is to identify the risks and opportunities for industrialized countries as well as for developing and low-income countries.

More on this Forum: www.unesco.org/shs/most.

Dialogue between Senegalese living in France and Senegal’s Ministry of Education – a video conference organized by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at UNESCO Headquarters

On 15 May, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., there will be a video conference between the Senegalese diaspora, Cheik Anta Diop University of Dakar and Senegal’s Ministry of Education.

Hosted by UNESCO, this video conference falls under the IOM’s Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme: “African Diaspora Dialogues”. This programme’s objective is to establish links between governments of people’s country of origin and the African diaspora with a view to sustainable development.

The dialogue on education with the Senegalese diaspora is the continuation of a series of discussions of the same kind between Congolese living in Belgium and the Ministry of Health in Kinshasa, Congo; Tanzanians in the United States with the Ministry of the Economy and Finance at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and the Sudanese medical diaspora in the United Kingdom with the Ministry of Health in Khartoum, Sudan.

People from Senegal living in Italy and Switzerland have already been invited to discuss the subject of agriculture in the Sahel with the University of Bambey, Senegal.

Other events in May 2007

For more detailed information: www.unesco.org/shs/agenda.

Related Link 1 - URL http://portal.unesco.org/shs/en/ev.php-URL_ID=1396&URL;_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL;_SECTION=201.html

Author(s) UNESCO - Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Keywords development, migration, social development

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