United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationUNESCO’s mission is to contribute to thebuilding of peace, the eradication ofpoverty, sustainable development andintercultural dialogue through education,the sciences, culture, communication andinformation Priorities and ObjectivesThe Organization focuses on 2 global priorities:Africa and Gender equalityIts overarching objectives:• Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning• Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainabledevelopment• Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges• Fostering cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and a culture ofpeace• Building inclusive knowledge societies through information andcommunication
In fulfilling its mission, UNESCO carries out for the internationalcommunity five established functions:i) laboratory of ideas, including foresightii) standard-setteriii) clearing houseiv) capacity-builder in Member States in UNESCO’s fields ofcompetencev) catalyst for international cooperation
UNESCO Venice Office – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Palazzo Zorzi – Venice, Italy)
After the devastating AQUA ALTA of 1966, UNESCO launched its international Campaign.In 1973, UNESCO establishes its Liaison Office in Venice. In 1987, the City of Venice and itsLagoon are inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
UNESCO Venice Office - Mandate Foster cooperation, contribute to capacity building and to provide specialized expertise in science and culturewith special emphasis to SEE (South East European) and the Mediterranean Region
Culture and heritage: our past, our futureUNESCO works to preservehumanity’s irreplaceableriches: cultural diversity andshared heritage(safeguarding tangible andintangible heritage)
South Eastern European Cultural Heritage – A Bridge towards a shared futureActivities:• Cultural heritage in the service of mutual understanding and development• Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue• Promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions• Related to the UNESCO Conventions
Inter-cultural dialogue: A New Vision of South East EuropeA shared cultural heritage is a necessarystep in furthering both mutualunderstanding among South-EastEuropean peoples, and the sustainablesocio-economic development of theregion. The first Ministerial Conference was held in Mostar on 2004 and followed by Venice (2005), Ohrid (2006), Zadar (2007), Bucharest (2008), Cetinje (2010), Belgrade (2011)
UNESCO’s Culture Conventions• The Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage (2009)• The Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) - translated into Albania• The International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)• The Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001)• The Convention concerning the Protection of the World’s Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)• The Convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Cultural Property (1970)
Science: UNESCO and sustainable development UNESCO began sounding the alarm for the need of sustainable development back in 1968. Science provides knowledge, tools and critical skills to tackle key global challenges. Sustainable development is a moral as well as a scientific concept closely linked to peace, human rights and equity.
The Venice Process: Reconstructing the Science Systems in Southeast Europe Since March 2001, the Venice Office has been contributing to the rebuilding of Southeastern European scientific cooperation between the sub- region and with the rest of Europe through the ‘Venice Process’.The Venice Office has provided science policyadvice and expertise to Southeast Europeancountries so to raise public and private awareness ofinvesting in S&T for national and regionaldevelopment of both Bosnia and Herzegovina andAlbania.