37th session of the General Conference - Science-related side events


Climate change impacts on mountain regions of the world
UNESCO Fences and Open UNESCO, 4 November - 20 December 2013

Mountains are among the most sensitive ecosystems to climate change and are being affected at a faster rate than other terrestrial habitats. About 40% of the world population depends indirectly on mountain resources for water supply, agriculture, hydroelectricity and biodiversity. Using satellite images, this exhibition highlights the critical functions of mountains, and the implications of climate change for mountain ecosystems, water resources and livelihoods.

International Year of Crystallography 2014
Open UNESCO, 5-20 November 2013

The study of crystals’ inner structure gives us our deepest insights into the arrangement of atoms in the solid state and leading to advancements the sciences of solid-state physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and even mathematics, by considering the symmetries behind crystalline and quasicrystalline patterns. The International Year of Crystallography commemorates the centennial of the birth of X-ray crystallography, thanks to the work of Max von Laue, William Henry and William Lawrence Bragg.

Side events

Renewable energy for sustainable development by the International Sustainable Energy Development Centre (ISEDC)
5 November 2013, 1pm - 2pm, Open UNESCO (green island)
The International Sustainable Energy Development Centre (ISEDC), a Category 2 Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, will present its activities for 2012-2013, its contribution to the International Year on “Sustainable Energy for All” 2012, and initiatives to address the 2014-2024 UN Decade on “Sustainable Energy for All”.

World Science Day for Peace and Development 2013
World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated each year on 10 November. This year’s theme, Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations, highlights the key role played by Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in addressing global water challenges.

Water Education and Capacity Development
12 November 2013, 12:00-13:00, Room IX
Water education and capacity development are essential for freshwater security and the attainment of water-related development goals. This side event will focus on the work of UNESCO and Member States on water education and capacity development.

High-Level Panel Session: Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions
13 November 2013, 10:00-13:00, Room IX
The panel will gather high-level dignitaries: ministers, policy-makers and experts, to share experiences, views and recommendations on coping with climate change impacts on water resources in mountainous areas, and on the development of adaptation strategies and policies. An exhibition is also shown on the UNESCO fences.

Building Ocean Knowledge through partnerships for a Blue Society: UNESCO’s IOC as a catalyst for partnership
13 November 2013, 18:00-19:30, Room II
This side event, opened by Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, will be an opportunity to present an overview of our work with partners from the civil society to engage the public in understanding the ocean and changing our behaviors and relationship towards it.

Special programme on the UN International Year of Water Cooperation 2013
14 November 2013, 10:00-11:00, Room II
UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme (IHP) is organizing a special programme on the UN 2013 International Year of Water Cooperation (IYWC), coordinated by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water. In the presence of the Director-General, several Member States will present the events and activities undertaken during this campaign.

Launch of country profile on Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (GO-SPIN)
14 November 2013, 18:00-19:00, in front of Room IX
This cocktail event will mark the launch of GO-SPIN country profile on Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation. GO-SPIN is a Global Observatory of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Instruments supported by UNESCO. The profiles will be featured on interactive screen displays for the guests to discover. Botswana's GO-SPIN profile will be the first to be launched.

UNESCO's headquarters, main building, view of building avenue de Suffren, globe

Integrated Approaches to Science and Engineering for Sustainable Development 
18 November 2013, 11:00-12:00, Room IX
This UNESCO-UNU side event deals with the complex question of how science can assist us in our quest for sustainability. The need to address this question is reflected in the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, which calls for the strengthening of the science-policy interface. The side event will be open by the Director-General of UNESCO and the Representative of the UNU Rector.

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