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:
- Science Education
- HIV and Aids
- Education for Sustainable Developement
- Contribution to the Implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
- Fostering ICT-Enhanced Learning
- Strengthening National Research Systems
- Languages and Multilingualism
- Contributing to the Dialogue among Civilizations and Cultures and a Culture of Peace
- Support to Countries in Post-Conflict and Disaster Situations
- Priority Africa: Coordinating and Monitoring the Plan of Action to Benefot Africa
- UNESCO Action to Address Climate Change
- Foresight and Anticipation
Intersectoral Platforms for 2012-2013:
- Culture of Peace and Non-Violence
- UNESCO's Contribution to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
- UNESCO's Contribution to the fight against HIV and AIDS
- UNESCO's Support to Countries in Post-Conflict and Post-Disaster Situations
- 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)
- Priority Africa and its Implementation by UNESCO