39th Conference of UNESCO – 25th anniversary of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme (Paris 31 Oct. 2017)

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017. The programme, which has helped to establish a vibrant network of over 700 higher education institutions in 116 Member States, shares UNESCO’s values, connects the Organization with communities, and mobilizes expertise to support the advancement of UNESCO’s goals in education, sciences, culture and communication. Built on a common vision of a world free of poverty and discrimination, this global network strengthens UNESCO’s links with scientists, researchers and communities of practice. Networking – a strategic added value of the programme – has helped universities and higher education and research institutions all over the globe to play their role fully in society.

This anniversary is an opportunity to take stock of the achievements of the programme over 25 years of action and pay tribute to the commitment and hard work of academics, students, civil society organizations and many others involved at participating universities.

It is also time to look forward to the 25 years ahead and the contribution of higher education to achieving the goals of the Education 2030 Agenda. The anniversary will be celebrated through a range of events which will be reflected in regular updates to this page.

This special event it is organized during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO to mark the  The event will take place on 31 October 2017 at 15:00 p.m., Room II, UNESCO Fontenoy Building, 7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris 75007.

This celebration will provide an opportunity to review the achievements of the Programme over 25 years of action and to look forward to the contribution of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A copy of the provisional programme is enclosed for your information.


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