22.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

International Web Conference "UNESCO Basic Ideas in contemporary Education, Culture and Science"

The International scientific web conference “UNESCO Basic Ideas in contemporary Education, Culture and Science” was held on 19-28 March 2013 with the support of the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs of the Russian Federation. The main aim of the conference was to promote the UNESCO ideas and principles, discuss the topical issues of education, culture and science in the XXI century and attract leading scientists and young professionals to the UNESCO activities. The Conference was organized by the UNESCO Chair of the International Institute of Public Administration and Management of the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration and the Institute of Management and Public Administration, Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). The conference program included an expert discussion of topical issues on the following subjects: "Innovative educational projects and programs", "Dialogue strategies of contemporary cultural politics", "Modernization and science". The final session of the conference was held on 28 March.

Representatives and experts of the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures  and Interreligious Dialogue (Russian Institute for Cultural Research, St. Petersburg) and UNESCO Chair "Sustainable development, environmental sciences and social problems" (Novosibirsk State University) have actively participated in the conference. Many other Russian and foreign scientists and experts, representatives of educational, scientific and cultural (government and public) organizations, institutions, people sharing UNESCO ideas were among the participants.
Today, there is a need to integrate the culture in development programs in their entirety. This subject is the priority for UNESCO. In this regard, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio +20" (June 2012) played an important role in attracting the international attention to the need to mobilize the cultural resources, and promote the role of culture as a resource for sustainable development of peoples and nations, which determines their active and unique role in XXI century.

UNESCO acknowledges the diversity of the world, and recognizes that all cultures and civilizations contribute to the enrichment of humankind, and emphasize the importance of culture for development and its contribution to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. The 2013 ECOSOC Annual Ministerial Review (June 2013) on “Science, technology and innovation, and the potential of culture, for promoting sustainable development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals” will become a logical continuation of the discussion and the development of this subject. The ECOSOC debates represent a major opportunity for UNESCO to affirm once again its position within the UN system concerning culture.

The conference was attended by the representatives from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Krasnoyarsk, Saratov, Novosibirsk, Tyumen Regions, Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Area, the Republic of Khakassia, young researchers and graduate students from Brazil, Canada, France, Senegal and other countries of the world. Conference Proceedings will be published this year by the “Pashov House” publishing house.

More information: http://www.conferenc-unesco.ru/index.php/ru/

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