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Mobilizing Science Knowledge & Policy for Sustainable Development

Leveraging scientific knowledge for the benefit of the environment and the management of natural resources; Fostering policies and capacity-building in science, technology and innovation; Contributing to disaster preparedness and mitigation

Strategy for 2012-2013 (36 C/5)

Biennial Sectoral Priorities (BSP)

  • BSP 1 : Strengthening science, technology, and innovation (STI) systems and policies for sustainable development, poverty eradication, and a culture of peace and non-violence
  • BSP 2 : Mobilizing science for the sustainable use of natural resources, renewable energy and energy efficiency, and for natural disaster reduction and mitigation

Main Lines of Action (MLA)

MLA 1 : Promoting STI policies and access to knowledge 

MLA 2 : Building capacities in the basic sciences, including through the International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP), in engineering and for the use of renewable energy

MLA 3 : Mobilizing broad-based participation in STI

MLA 4 : UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC): Strengthening IOC with a view to improving governance and fostering intergovernmental cooperation to manage and protect oceans and coastal zones for the benefit of its Member States

MLA 5 : Freshwater systems under stress and societal responses, incorporating the work of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

MLA 6 : Enabling the application of ecological and earth sciences for sustainability, including through the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP)

MLA 7 : Natural disaster risk reduction and mitigation


Contributing to the UN Joint Initiatives

UNESCO is involved in the following funding windows :


  • Serbia : Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development - More

Reducing vulnerabilities and helping adapt to climate change

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina Mainstreaming environmental governance: linking local and national action in Bosnia and Herzegovina - More
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