Stakeholders Information and Consultation Workshop on the UNESCO Natural and Social and Human Sciences programmes

UNESCO works to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human security and well-being, in close collaboration with its Member States and a wide variety of partners.  UNESCO implements its activities in science through its International Science Programmes (ISPs). There are four international programmes, namely: Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP); Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB); International Geosciences Programme (IGCP); International Basic Sciences Programme (IBSP). In addition to these programmes, a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO carries out a specific mandate on ocean sciences: the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO).
The UNESCO Social and Human Sciences (SHS) sector cover a range of knowledge building, standard setting and clearing house functions. Key programs include Ethics of Science and Technology, Philosophy, Human Rights, Anti-doping, Sports. In Southern Africa, the Social and Human Sciences Sector will focus on areas such as Promoting youth development and civic engagement, inclusive social development and intercultural dialogue for peace, economic and social transformations. The Sector will support activities such as inclusive urban environments, citizen participation, and intercultural dialogue, sustainability Science, and enhancing social science research on social transformations and strengthening national social science policy and international scientific cooperation.
Namibia has benefited immensely from UNESCO support, particularly in Social and Human Sciences and Natural Sciences. However, the Namibia National Commission for UNESCO will like to improve Namibia’s participation in this programmes and to ensure that national institutions derive maximum benefits from this programmes and activities.
Hence the background of the proposed workshop, to share information about UNESCO programmes and activities in the Natural and Social Sciences programmes and to identify and agree on concrete implementable activities for the next two years.
To share the information of the Natural and Social and Human Sciences Programmes of UNESCO to the Namibian stakeholders
To review the current UNESCO support in these programmes
To identify country-wide needs and map the way forward of UNESCO Natural and Social Sciences programmes
Expected output
Improved participants understanding of UNESCO programmes and activities in the Natural and Social and Human Science
Developed the implementation action plans of UNESCO Natural and Social and Human Science programmes
Representatives from government Ministries, Higher Education Institutions, and NGOs.
Organising institutions
Namibia National Commission for UNESCO
UNESCO Windhoek Office
UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (Harare)
Supported by:
Ministry of Higher Education, Training and Innovation
National Commission on Research Science and Technology
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