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The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme 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. Today, 170 of the University Chairs included in the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs programme are related to Natural Sciences.

In many instances, the Networks and Chairs serve as think tanks and as bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making. In areas suffering from a dearth of expertise, Chairs and Networks have evolved into poles of excellence and innovation at the regional or sub-regional levels. They also contribute to strengthening North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation.

Mobilising UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences for Policy Action towards the 2030 Agenda

UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in Natural Sciences met on 05-07 July 2017 in Geneva, to engage a reflection on how to best contribute to sustainable development. During this conference, the Chairs and Networks built synergies and pool resources for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals.

UNESCO’s vast network of Chairs and Networks in the Natural Sciences concluded their first meeting with the adoption of the Geneva Milestone, a blueprint to strengthen UNESCO Chairs’ contribution to transformative change towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development through cooperation.

Posters of UNESCO Chairs in the Natural Sciences

The different projects implemented by the network’s members reveal the diversity and the commitment of science and of scientists, researchers and academia for the Sustainable Development Goals. An exhibition displaying these projects was prepared for the 1st meeting of UNESCO's Chairs in the Natural Sciences in 2017.

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