26.11.2010 - United Nations University - Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS)

UNESCO-UNU Chair on Regional Integration, Migration and Free Movement of People

On 26 November 2010 the agreement for the establishment of the ‘UNESCO-UNU Chair on regional integration, migration and free movement of people’ was signed by the Rector of the United Nations University, Mr. Osterwalder, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Bokova, and the Director of the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies, Mr. Van Langenhove.

The UNESCO-UNU Chair will start its activities in 2011, and will be located at UNU-CRIS in Bruges in cooperation with the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

The objective of the UNESCO-UNU Chair is to creatively address the opportunities and challenges of regional integration, the social dimension of regional integration, migration and in particular free movement of people within South Africa and the Southern African region.

The collaboration between the different partnerships and networks will produce a set of orientation guidelines for local representatives highlighting the main problems that have to be addressed with regard free movement of people and the effective responses that may be implemented in different contexts.

Bringing academics, governments, regional organisations, ngo’s and private organisations together, the UNESCO-UNU Chair will serve as a think tank and bridge builder, sharing its expertise to contribute through research, training and capacity building with the aim of making free movement of people tangible in the Southern African region, decreasing contentious debates and having an open problem-solving communication.

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