Social & Human Sciences

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The UNESCO Social and Human Sciences (SHS) sector covers a range of knowledge building, standard setting and clearing house functions.

In the Pacific, programmes focus on two key areas.  The first is using social science to identify and build solutions for improving the lives of the most vulnerable, including:

1.  Support and empowerment of young people through building capacity and developing flexible and responsive youth policies.

2.  Research on the needs of vulnerable groups, including exploration of response mechanisms.

3.  Combating gender inequality and violence against woman.

The second area of focus is on the social implications of climate change, with particular emphasis on migration and gender.

Other Activities

SHS carries out a number of programs globally which do not form a large part of the Action Plan for the UNESCO Office in the Pacific.  The SHS sector is available to provide advice and assistance in these areas but has not been assigned any funding support.  Countries of local organisations through their UNESCO National Commission may still include these in their programs and apply for Participation Program support in these areas.

Key programs include:

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