New UNESCO-Avina Foundation Regional Centre for Climate Change and Decision Making


A new regional centre will be established in Montevideo, Uruguay, to train managers and decision makers from the public and private sectors of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. The centre’s training programme will focus on issues related to climate change, particularly those concerning decision making and negotiations and its economic and social impact.

The initiative is facilitated by an institutional alliance between AVINA Foundation and UNESCO and includes the participation of the following institutions: the Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO) and Catholic University of Argentina; Getulio Vargas Foundation and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Moisés Bertoni Foundation for the Conservation of Nature (Paraguay) and Catholic University of Paraguay; University of the Republic, South American Institute for Resilience and Sustainability Studies (SARAS Institute), ORT University from Uruguay and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research.

The objective  of the initiative is to develop solutions for current and future global sustainability challenges through an effective sciences-policy interface where decision making is informed by the most reliable and relevant  available knowledge through academia and peer review.

The Centre will consist of a consortium of regional universities, institutions and renowned specialists with diverse backgrounds. This approach will improve the existing resources (initiatives, platforms, and knowledge databases) and support exchange and mutual learning concerning best practices on scientific and managerial issues related to sustainable development and its economic and social aspects. This joint effort will also ultimately generate a regional public good, resulting from a regional network of academic, political, economic and civil actors who are able to support decision-making on scientific and managerial issues related to sustainable development.

The Centre was officially launched on 19 March 2013 and will start its activities in August this year.

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