brief n°07

Developing the Role of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks

brief n°07

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Developing the Role of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks


The UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks programme remains relevant in most cases and highly sought-after, with a near doubling in its size over the past decade. The programme continues to benefit both UNESCO and individual Chairs and UNITWIN Networks, however it could be significantly enhanced. To increase its value, changes to the management of the programme are required, along with a new approach to the utilisation of the network.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO recommends that UNESCO, in cooperation with existing Chairs and UNITWIN Networks:

Use the network for global, multi-disciplinary approaches to complex problems, in addition to specialist advice on particular issues.

Improve communication and cooperation with Chairs and Networks, particularly to support the development and delivery of UNESCO’s work.

Where capacity exists, formalise the role of National Commissions in the programme’s application and reporting process to reduce the administrative burden on UNESCO and to utilise local knowledge.

Given the strategic nature of the work of the Chairs and of the UNITWIN Networks, the reporting and renewal periods should be changed to allow for a more substantive assessment of progress and achievements.


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