21.12.2011 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

2011 in social and human sciences

© UNESCO / Rajneesh Bhandari - Closure of 7th UNESCO Youth Forum

Over the past year UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme has been active in many areas ranging from support for philosophical dialogue between Africa and The Americas, climate change and migration, democracy in the Arab World to how youth drive change worldwide.

Below, you will find an overview of the main events that marked the past year.

9 December, UNESCO Headquarters
Anarkali Honaryar (Afghanistan) and Khaled Abu Awwad (Palestine) win the 2011 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence

24-26 November, Busan, Republic of Korea
World Humanities Forum promotes universal human values in the age of globalization

21-22 November, Kazan, Russian Federation
Gender Perspective of Bioethics debated in Russian Federation

15 November, UNESCO Headquarters
Migration and climate change: the Global Migration Group (GMG) meets at UNESCO

17 November, UNESCO Headquarters - World Philosophy Day
Squaring the circle - Launch of Women Philosophers’ Journal

17 November, UNESCO Headquarters - World Philosophy Day
International Panel on “Philosophy and Equitable Sharing of the Benefits of Science”

14-16 November, UNESCO Headquarters
3rd Session of the Conference of Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport

17-20 October, UNESCO Headquarters
How youth drive change – 7th UNESCO Youth Forum
Today’s youth are raising their voices to shape the present and futures of their countries. They want to be heard, to be included in decision-making debates and to make change.
This year, the Forum was also marked by the active participation of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation and Academy Award winner, Forest Whitaker, and United Nations Youth Champion and star of High School Musical, Monique Coleman.

9-12 October, Doha, Qatar
7th Ordinary Session of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)

17-18 August, Mexico City, Mexico
UNESCO unites experts to rethink development

11-12 July, San Salvador, El Salvador
Social exclusion and youth debated at ministerial forum in Latin America

21 June, UNESCO Headquarters
A roadmap for democracy and renewal in the Arab world - Roundtable at UNESCO in support of transition to democracy

7-8 June, UNESCO Headquarters
Plenary Session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Physical Education and Sport (CIGEPS)

31 May – 2 June, Baku, Azerbaijan
Report on human vulnerability finalized at 18th session of the International Bioethics Committee

18-20 April, West Lafayette, United States of America
Leading philosophers from Africa and the African Diasporas in The Americas address common challenges

14-16 March, UNESCO Headquarters
10th Session of the Intergovernmental Council (IGC) of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme

8-9 March, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
UNESCO addresses climate change adaptation in the Caribbean

20-22 February, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka hosts UNESCO Forum of Ministers on Social Protection Policies in South Asia




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