COP22: Co-producing knowledge for climate action through the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme

When, local time: 
Friday, 11 November 2016 -
11:00am to 12:30pm
Morocco, Marrakech
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Pedro Monreal Gonzalez,

UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Programme will organize a day of panel discussions in the context of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), taking place in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco from 7 to 18 November 2016. These panel discussions will take place throughout the day on 11 November 2016 in the UNESCO Pavilion.

This panel will showcase the knowledge-based contribution of UNESCO to sustainability policies through its Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme, and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 international development agenda. Special attention will be given to results based on empirical work conducted in South East Asia and Southern Africa.

MOST is a UNESCO intergovernmental science programme with the mission to support Member States in improving participatory policy-making processes on the basis of intercultural dialogue through a strengthened research-policy interface that uses science-based knowledge focused on human needs and human rights, primarily from the social sciences and the humanities, to contribute to the establishment of a culture of evidence-informed decision-making policies.

In the recent past, UNESCO has been promoting Sustainable Science as a conceptual framework under which various projects have been designed and implemented, aiming to address social and environmental challenges arising from global climate change. Significant knowledge has been derived from these experiences and UNESCO is currently working in capturing these experiences in a systematic framework to develop an operational model of Sustainable Science. In the absence of such a model, a great variation persists in the understanding of Sustainability Science, limiting the effectiveness of its application as a coherent framework.

Such an approach allows UNESCO to capitalize on the breadth of its inter-disciplinary mandate and promote more synergies to obtain higher impact for beneficiaries. Through this initiative, UNESCO assists Member States in South-East Asia and in Southern Africa to identify capacity gaps that might exist in relation to SDGs 15 (Life on Land) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), especially those deficits related to the application of science to the task of translating the 2030 international development agenda into national and local development plans.