For centuries, humans have been connected through trade, sciences or culture. Globalisation has allowed the emergence of even stronger ties across humans, thanks partly to the rise of new technologies which have made it easier to build networks. UNESCO has capitalised on these networks to allow the transmission of what humanity does best, namely creating dialogue across cultures and exchanging initiatives to improve our current world.
UNESCO Forum on Biodiversity
Climate change and biodiversity erosion are interrelated challenges. They are responsible for droughts, food shortages, forced migrations, with health effects such as the COVID-19 crisis, with increased poverty and inequalities, which are a threat to peace in the world. In 2021, UNESCO invites to the construction of this common world through the UNESCO Biodiversity Forum, which will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MAB program on Man and the Biosphere.
Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme
MOST is UNESCO’s intergovernmental science programme on social transformations. MOST works with governments, social and human science communities and civil societies to improve connections between knowledge and action, connections that are one key to positive social change.
Creative Cities Network
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) was created in 2004 to promote cooperation with and among cities that have identified creativity as a strategic factor for sustainable urban development. The 246 cities which currently make up this network work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.
Inclusive Policy Lab
The UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab works on the emerging issues of knowledge co-production and its translation into inclusive and equity-weighted policies. It aims to support the implementation of the SDGs’ pillar on inclusive development through policy and practice.
Futures Literacy is a capability. It is the skill that allows people to better understand the role that the future plays in what they see and do. People can become more skilled at ‘using-the-future’, more ‘futures literate’, because of two facts. One is that the future does not yet exist, it can only be imagined. Two is that humans have the ability to imagine. As a result, humans are able to learn to imagine the future for different reasons and in different ways. Thereby becoming more ‘futures literate’.
International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities
The International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR, was launched by UNESCO in March 2004 following the call made for a common front in the global fight against racial discrimination during the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that took place in Durban, South Africa in 2001.
The Water Information Network System
Launched in January 2017, the Water Information Network System (WINS) is an open access and free participatory platform for sharing, accessing and visualizing water-related information, as well as for connecting water stakeholders. Developed and maintained by the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO, WINS is a tool aimed at supporting decision-making, deriving policy recommendations, and building capacity for sound, efficient, and scientific-based water resources management.
The International Network for the Silk Roads Programme
In order to ensure the full participation in the project of various partners within Member States, an international network of focal points was established for the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme. Major countries along the historic Silk Roads and beyond have designated focal points to participate actively in, and to follow up on, the project’s activities.
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice. Learning cities at all stages of development can benefit greatly from sharing ideas with other cities, as solutions for issues that arise as one learning city develops may already exist in other cities.
UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Programme
Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which involves over 700 institutions in 116 countries, promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The programme supports the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – i.e. in education, the natural and social sciences, culture and communication.
UNESCO Associated Schools Network
The UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) links educational institutions across the world around a common goal: to build the defences of peace in the minds of children and young people. The over 11,500 ASPnet member schools in 182 countries work in support of international understanding, peace, intercultural dialogue, sustainable development and quality education in practice.