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Social Transformations

hong_kong_city.jpg International migration, urban development, local populations keen to become involved in drawing up public policies, etc. Today’s world keeps changing. Through its support for social science research and its efforts to share the findings with as many people as possible, UNESCO contributes to a better understanding of current trends on the part of the international community, thus helping to improve countries’ responses to the challenges posed by change.

In UNESCO it is the Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS) which is responsible for coordinating the only United Nations programme on Management of Social Transformations (the MOST Programme). It strives to strengthen the links between researchers and, in the broadest sense of the term, the policy-making community.See also:


NewsYouth Gathering at UNESCO for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination  2010-03-15 9:00 am UNESCO
On 19 March, UNESCO and the French Federation of UNESCO Clubs invited young people to discuss the issue of racism and discrimination at a youth gathering at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France).
News2010 International Essay Contest for Young People – Call for essays!  2010-02-25 9:00 am UNESCO
The Goi Peace Foundation and UNESCO organize an international essay contest for young people from all over the world. Participants will express themselves on the theme: “My Role in Creating a Peaceful World”. What is your vision of a peaceful and harmonious world? What can you and the young people of the world do to realize that vision?
NewsCreating a research institute on regional integration in West Africa  2010-02-04 9:00 am SHS e-News 47 / February 2010
A third meeting of the Steering Committee of the Institute of West Africa (WAI) took place from 22 to 24 February 2010 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France) to finalize the modalities for the creation of this international research institute dedicated to regional integration and social transformation in West Africa, scheduled for first quarter 2010, in Praia (Cape Verde).
NewsJust published: Migration and Human Rights. The United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights  2010-01-19 4:00 pm UNESCO
NewsYouth at the heart of the 1st Forum of Ministers of Social Development for the Caribbean  2010-01-07 11:00 am SHS e-News 46 / January 2010
The 1st Forum of Ministers of Social Development for the Caribbean was organized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture of the Government of Jamaica, in cooperation with the UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme and the UNESCO Office in Kingston, from 24 to 26 January 2010.
NewsUNESCO Book Project for 2010 on Migration, Environment and Climate Change  2009-12-05 10:00 am UNESCO
Climate change is one of the major concerns for the international community. Among its consequences, its impact on migration is the object of increasing attention from both policy-makers and researchers. As the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change put it, “greater resource scarcity, desertification, risks of droughts and floods, and rising sea levels could drive many millions of people to migrate.’
NewsFocus on UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST)  2009-10-14 3:00 pm UNESCO
A 20-minute film, which puts into perspective the UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme in the context of the global economic crisis and that of the UN reform, has been published on the UNESCO portal.

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