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  1. 1. UNESCO’s contributions to global challenges UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe http://www.unesco.org/venice
  2. 2. UNESCO’s Constitution(16 November 1945)That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds ofmen that the defences of peace must be constructed… © UNESCO
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. UNESCO Venice Office – Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Palazzo Zorzi – Venice, Italy)
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Culture and heritage: our past, our futureUNESCO works to preservehumanity’s irreplaceableriches: cultural diversity andshared heritage(safeguarding tangible andintangible heritage)
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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)
  11. 11. 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)
  12. 12. 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.
  13. 13. UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Biosphere Reserves and World Heritage Sites Biosphere Reserves are sites of excellence where new and optimal practices to manage nature and human activities such as: • sustainable tourism development and quality economy development • contributions to UN-DESD • natural risk preparedness • territorial governance of specific sites • energy efficiency© Archives Kozjansko Park, Trebce - Kozjansko & are tested and demonstrated.Obsotelje, SloveniaNew MAB site in 2010 The Venice Office also provides specific coaching and institutional capacity-building activities.
  14. 14. Transboundary (Shared) Water Issues in SEE• Regional cooperation of the Danube countries (Water and Sediment Balances)• Ecohydrology (deltas and estuaries)• Internationally shared water systems – Focus on Karst (TRANSKARSTBA with INWEB; DiKTAS)• Water Governance (building up of policy options) / Shared Water Diplomacy• River corridors (Sava, Drin, Drava-Mura) © Adiel lo and Lakes (Ohrid-Prespa, Skadar) as Lake Bled, Slovenia Transboundary Systems for cooperation in the promotion of Sustainable Development model regions (Biosphere Reserves).
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. Other Science Activites:• Basic Sciences: Scientific networks in SEE: Seismology, astronomy, Mathematics & Physics• Risk preparedness in World Heritage Sites (Albania)• Gender and youth in science © UNESCO - Tzigounaki, Anastasia
  17. 17. The world needs science... Science needs womenSince 1998, this conviction has united L’Oréal and UNESCO to promote women in scientific research by creating the For Women in Science partnership.
  18. 18. H2Ooooh! Initiative
  19. 19. UNESCO’s Future Role - Developing a GlobalConsciousness: Thinking and Learning for the21st CenturyDeveloping a “global consciousness”for a culture of peace is based onrecognizing the multiplicity of worldviews and cultural identities.UNESCO’s actions are focused on:• raising consciousness in various settings, particularly in teaching and decision making• developing tools that are suitable to anchor the way for women and men to think, relate and approach problems © UNESCO/Suleyman Karaca, Turkey
  20. 20. Irina Bokova, Director-General “UNESCO has a leading role to play in building a global human community. The stakes of peace today lie precisely in education, science, culture and communication as the foundations for sustainable development…these are the pillars of the Organization’s new humanism approach.” ©UNESCO http://portal.unesco.org/education
  21. 21. THANK YOURosanna Santessotel. + 39 041 2601511 fax: + 39 041 5289995Email: veniceoffice@unesco.orghttp://www.unesco.org/venice