Natural Sciences

Science and technology are critical drivers for achieving sustainable development and play a pivotal role in the achievement of the SDGs. 

In order to contribute to system-wide efforts towards the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, the Science Unit of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office has adopted the following strategic objectives:

  • To improve understanding of scientific concepts and approaches in the area of natural sciences.
  • To identify and share best practices, success stories, indigenous knowledge, and local innovative approaches in natural resources management.
  • To build the capacities of local experts and decision makers in the four cluster countries.
  • To create thematic and inter-sectoral networks among scientists and policy makers in the region.
  • To promote equal access to science and technology knowledge and benefits.

Areas of intervention:

The Natural Sciences Programme of the UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office supports the four cluster countries in the areas of the following SDGs:

  • SDG 6 – Clean water and sanitation
  • SDG 7 – Affordable and clean energy
  • SDG 11 – Sustainable cities and communities
  • SDG 12 – Responsible consumption and production
  • SDG 13 – Climate action
  • SDG 13 – Life below water
  • SDG 14 – Life on land

In Iran, several water-related centers function under the auspices of UNESCO: the Regional Centre on Urban Water Management-Tehran (RCUWM); the International Centre on Qanats and Historic Hydraulic Structures (ICQHS); the Regional Center on Oceanography for West Asia; and the International Centre for the Integrated Management of Watershed and Bio-Resources in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions.

The UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office enjoys close cooperation with these centers in all of its water-related activities.

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