Natural Sciences

The Natural Sciences Sector contributes to UNESCO’s mission by using science to foster peace, to eradicate poverty and to promote sustainable development.The overarching objective is mobilizing scientific knowledge and policy for sustainable development with the following three strategic programme objectives:

  • Leveraging scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources
  • Fostering policies and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation
  • Contributing to disaster preparedness and mitigation

For the current biennium the two priorities for the natural sciences are:

  • Strengthening science, technology and innovation (STI) systems and policies for sustainable development, poverty eradication and a culture of peace and non-violence
  • Mobilizing science for the sustainable use of natural resources, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and for natural disaster reduction and mitigation.


  • Water Sciences
  • Ecological and Earth Sciences
  • Basic and Engineering Sciences

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