23.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and Human Habitat

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A new UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and Human Habitat, has been approved to be established at the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) and the CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India.  The purpose of the Chair is to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on education for sustainable development, urban studies and urban planning and facilitating the collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and the centre for Environment Education and other institutions in India as elsewhere in Asia and the Pacific Europe and North America, and in other regions of the world. 

The  CEPT University and the Centre for Environment Education will arrange for the Chair to participate in UNESCO programmes and activities with a view to strengthening international academic cooperation in the field of scientific research and its application for national development. The Chair will also engage in the exchange of professionals,  researchers and students with other universities within the framework of the UNITWIN Programme. The UNESCO Chair will also contribute, jointly with partners, to the development of a new planning pattern and language defining urban form, space, informal and formal services, movement, energy use and living to make the shift to more sustainable human habitats and life styles.

The Chair will also serve as a platform to bolster networking, collaborative learning, research and action, notably through the organization of national and international conferences, seminars and workshops, the creation of an interactive website, and the collection and dissemination of good practices. It will also facilitate global level Internet-based discussion on sustainability in the urban context and facilitate faculty and student exchange programmes, as well as student internships, to enhance understanding and knowledge about sustainability across regions and cultures.

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