First UNESCO Natural Science Centres Coordination Meeting
Category 2 institutes and centres provide a valuable and unique contribution to the implementation of UNESCO’s programme through capacity building; knowledge sharing; theoretical and experimental research; and advanced training. These institutes are under the auspices of UNESCO but are not legally part of the Organization; they are associated with it through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference.
The Natural Sciences Sector counts with a network of 65 associated centres in the fields of water, renewable energy, science policy, biotechnology, geosciences, the basic sciences and remote sensing. It also includes four UNESCO affiliates: the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and the World Academy of Sciences for the Developing world (TWAS).
The entire network of science-related centres is meeting for the first time to:
- discuss and identify contributions of the Centres to the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through independent but also joint projects.
- identify how the Centres can increase their contribution to the implementation of SC’s programme of work for the current biennium (2016-2017) and beyond.
- define mechanisms to increase the cooperation between regional/similarly-themed Centres under the auspices of UNESCO, e.g. initiating the establishment of an information sharing platform among all Category 2 Centres.