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First meeting of the UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences: for Policy Action towards the 2030 Agenda

28 June 2017

UNESCO’s vast network of Chairs and Networks specialized in the Natural Sciences are meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 05-07 July 2017 to unite their efforts towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

This conference marks the first meeting of the UNESCO Chairs and Networks in the Natural Sciences. It will be opened by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO; Fabiola Gianotti, Director-General of CERN; Krystyna Marty, Deputy State Secretary of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs; Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva; and Andreas Mortensen, Vice-President for Research, Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne.

The 2030 Agenda represents a significant step forward in the recognition of the contribution of science, technology and innovation (STI) to sustainable development and as a driving force, not only for economic growth and prosperity, but also for environmental sustainability, development and social inclusion. The 2030 Agenda offers immense opportunities to reconnect science to society and to build a new basis for research and development as a key precondition for both science and society to flourish. In this context, the 172 UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks that are specialized in science have an important role to play, as bridge builders between the scientific community, decision makers and society.

Together they will define the “Geneva Milestone”, an outcome document to improve cooperation between Chairs, UNESCO and the United Nations System in order to strengthen the contribution of science, technology and innovation in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

The conference is organized by UNESCO with the kind support of Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Université de Genève, CERN and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

The opening ceremony will take place at the Université de Genève on 05 July 2017. It is open to the press.

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