Meeting of MOST Scientific Advisory Committee

When, local time: 
Thursday, 7 July 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, 8 July 2016 - 4:00pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 5-Advisory Committee
Contact: 
Pedro Manuel Monreal Gonzalez, pm.monreal-gonzalez@unesco.org

The Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) of UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme will meet at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on 7 and 8 July 2016. The main objectives of the meeting will be to assess the expansion of the thematic priorities of MOST in the context of its new strategy, and to provide advice to the MOST Intergovernmental Council (IGC) on a set of envisioned activities for the MOST Programme in 2016 and 2017.

Main items on the agenda will include:

- Assessment of recommendation, made by the Bureau of the MOST IGC in January 2016, to expand the thematic priorities of MOST by adding “migration and displaced people” and “the socially transformative dynamics of digital technologies”.
- Recommendations from SAC in relation to the “Action Plan for Implementation of the MOST Strategy” with a view to inform the preparation of the meeting of the IGC Bureau to be held on 13 and 14 September 2016.
- Review of the MOST publication plan.
- Review of selected MOST activities in 2016 and plans for 2017 (MOST Ministerial Forums, MOST Schools, Policy Labs, and Futures Literacy).
- Recommendations from SAC in relation to the contribution of MOST to the World Humanities Conference (WHC), to be held in Liège, Belgium from 6 to 12 August 2017.

On the basis of consultations, as required by the MOST Statutes, the Director-General of UNESCO appointed three new members to the SAC in 2016: Ms Ndri Assie-Lumumba (Côte d'Ivoire), Mr Jomo Kwame Sundaram (Malaysia), and Ms Maja Gerovska Mitev (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia).

The newly designated members will join other internationally recognized experts from several regions.

The MOST Scientific Advisory Committee is composed of 9 internationally recognized experts representing various disciplines in the social sciences, and the Chairperson of the MOST IGC.

The Committee functions as a permanent committee. Its specific role is related to programme conceptualization, strategy development and scientific advisory research regarding MOST projects.