21.12.2012 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

2012: social and human sciences for development

© UN Photo / Bernardino Soares -  Timor-Leste presidential election: a woman holds up her stained finger after voting in Timor-Leste's presidential run-off poll.

Throughout the past twelve months, UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector (SHS), with the means that were allocated, has been constantly involved in the United Nations effort to build a world where everyone benefits from the same rights and freedoms, foremost among them the right to live in peace.

True to its mandate, SHS has increased opportunities to promote the ethical principles that should prevail in any policy development, stimulating social science research, sharing its results, engaging all stakeholders to discuss those recommendations and policies that could be quickly - and especially in practice - implemented to better meet the challenges posed by deep social transformations.

In 2013, it will not relax its efforts. And even more because the year ahead will mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO's Bioethics Programme. 2013 will also be the year of the 5th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS V), to be held in Berlin (Germany) in May. While waiting to discover all new highlights of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme in 2013, below you will find a small selection of the most significant events of 2012 ...

  • 20-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Side events to the UN Conference on sustainable development
    "Public policies need social scientists to build a sustainable green society." Such was the message conveyed by the two side events to the Rio +20 Conference, organized under the banner of UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, one by the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO the other by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).
  • 13 September 2012, Brasilia, Brazil - 2 November 2012, London, United Kingdom
    Underground Sociabilities: Identity, Culture and Resistance in Marginalized Communities
    The UNESCO Brasilia Office, in partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), Cultural and Social Foundations of Itaú, AfroReggae and CUFA, has conducted research to study forms of sociabilitiy that remain invisible and underground within mainstream society, with a particular focus on Rio de Janeiro's favelas (slums).
  • 15 November 2012, UNESCO Paris, France
    Installation of a time capsule for future generations
    “It’s you who will come and open these, not us,” Director-General Irina Bokova told an excited group of primary school children from the Paris region, during the “burial” of the “UNESCO capsule for Future Generations”. The event was one of the highlights of 10th World Philosophy Day celebrations at the Organization’s Headquarters.
  • 10 December 2012, UNESCO Paris, France
    Human Rights Day 2012 - Award Ceremony of the UNESCO/Bilbao Prize to the laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
    On the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2012, UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova and the Mayor of the City of Bilbao Mr Iñaki Azkuna have paid tribute to the life-long commitment of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, laureate of the 2012 UNESCO/Bilbao Prize for the Promotion of a Culture of Human Rights, to building a universal culture of human rights through his courageous and non-violent activism in favour of a world free from fear and hunger, in which fundamental freedom of opinion and expression, worship and participation in public life are guaranteed for all.

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