20.09.2018 - Social and Human Sciences Sector

UNESCO participates in World Social Science Forum 2018

© World Bank / Dominic Chavez - Syrian refugees line up during a class break

The 4th World Social Science Forum will be dedicated to the theme of “Security and Equality for Sustainable Futures” in Fukuoka, Japan, from 25 to 28 September 2018. The Forum is organized by the International Science Council (ISC), under the patronage of UNESCO.

Over the course of four days, participants will look into various dimensions of security, while interrogating how the demand for security relates to societies’ quest for equality and sustainability and achieving Agenda 2030.

The Forum will allow  the identification of critical research priorities on security, as well as data and knowledge gaps, globally and in specific regions.

It will gather researchers, policymakers, representatives from the UN system and other stakeholders to discuss important societal challenges, take stock of social science contributions and capacities, and make recommendations for future research, practice and policy.

The main UNESCO event will be a joint invited session organized by the International Science Council and UNESCO's Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme on:

Addressing the Multidimensionality of Security to Achieve Agenda 2030” (11.00-12.30 in the Main Hall on 28 September).

MOST will furthermore organize an event on “Managing migration towards more inclusive societies and the implementation of Agenda 2030” (16.30-18.30 in Room 414 on 27 September).

The same day the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty, the University of Bergen, is organizing an event on “The Politics of Inclusion: Towards a Secure and Sustainable Future” in which UNESCO/MOST will actively participate (14.00-16.00 in Room 404 on 27 September).

In parallel, to strengthen UNESCO’s work to contribute to the social and natural sciences, the UNESCO Office in Jakarta will be organizing an event on “What is next for Sustainability science” (14.00-16.00 in Room 412 on 27 September).

Lastly, in addition to the above events UNESCO’s Office for the Pacific States, Samoa, will organize an event on “Protection and Promotion of Heritage and the Diversity of Cultural Expressions to Foster Culture of Belongings in Pacific Small Island Developing States under Globalization and Climate Change” (16.30-18.30 in Room 406 on 26 September).

The UNESCO delegation to the World Social Science Forum will be active throughout the conference and attend numerous plenary and other events of interest to the Organization such as the “Securing Co-evolution of Human and Artificial Intelligence: Role of Social Science and Humanities for SDGs” organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and contribute to the enhancement and building of new partnerships.

The World Social Science Forum 2018 is hosted by Kyushu University, and supported by the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

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Contacts: John Crowley, j.crowley(at)unesco.org / Cecilie Golden, c.golden(at)unesco.org




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