Intersectoral Platforms

The intersectoral and interdisciplinary dimensions of UNESCO’s action are reflected in the translation of the strategic programme objectives of UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy (document 34 C/4) into 12 Intersectoral platforms, which were launched during the 2008-2009 biennium. The intersectoral platforms are conceived as a modality to enhance the quality, coherence and relevance of UNESCO’s programme design and delivery. By delivering action in a concerted multi-sector manner, the Organization can capitalize on one of its principal comparative advantages in the multilateral system.

Moreover, the platforms provide a gateway for delivering as “One UNESCO” at the global, regional and country levels, working across sectoral frontiers, based on commonly defined objectives, jointly agreed strategies and platform-specific results.

Intersectoral platforms address contemporary issues in a problem-oriented, from either thematic or coordinating points of view. During 2010-2011, UNESCO will implement 12 intersectoral platforms that focus on key global challenges requiring an interdisciplinary approach through the combined action of its five major programmes: (education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, communication and information).

Intersectoral Platforms for 2010-2011:

  1. Science Education
  2. HIV and Aids
  3. Education for Sustainable Developement
  4. Contribution to the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 
  5. Fostering ICT-Enhanced Learning
  6. Strengthening National Research Systems
  7. Languages and Multilingualism
  8. Contributing to the Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures and a Culture of Peace
  9. Support to Countries in Post-Conflict and Disaster Situations
  10. Priority Africa: Coordinating and Monitoring the Plan of Action to Benefot Africa
  11. UNESCO Action to Address Climate Change
  12. Foresight and Anticipation

Intersectoral Platforms for 2012-2013:

  1. Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
  2. UNESCO's Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
  3. UNESCO's Contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS
  4. UNESCO's Support to Countries in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Situations
  5. UNESCO's Contribution to the Mauritius Strategy for the further Implementation of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
  6. Priority Africa and its Implementation by UNESCO
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