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We implement UNESCO’s Science programme through four pillars:

⚖️ Legal framework Step n°1
📕 Policy advice Step n°2
🎓 Expert Advice Step n°3
📍 Sites & initiatives Step n°4

We monitor legal instruments the UK has ratified the UK has ratified as a member of UNESCO, work with leading experts to advise the UK and devolved governments on UNESCO programmes and support UNESCO designations in the UK.

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Browse some of the most important and relevant UNESCO programmes for the UK

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‘‘Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world’

Louis Pasteur

Science

Introduction

Everyone should have the opportunity and right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress. And scientists must have the freedom to conduct research and collaborate regardless of political boundaries and borders.

As the only United Nations agency with a specific mandate for science, UNESCO works to advance and promote science in the interests of peace, sustainable development and human security and well-being.

Since its inception in London in November 1945, UNESCO has acted as a catalyst for the establishment of many scientific unions and bodies in natural and human sciences. It has stimulated the creation of initiatives with far-reaching implications for sustainable development including the Man and the Biosphere Programme, the Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO Global Geoparks and natural sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The UK is home to many science-related UNESCO sites and programmes, and our world-leading experts continue to shape and have impact through UNESCO’s global programmes.

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UNESCO establishes an international normative framework through its Conventions, Recommendations and other agreements

⚖️   #LegalFramework step n°1

SCIENCE FRAMEWORK

UNESCO establishes international frameworks for science through Conventions and other agreements.

UNESCO establishes international standards through Conventions and other multilateral agreements that help develop national science policies, set-up international frameworks for collaboration between scientific researchers, and protect some of our most important and cherished places from the dangers of climate change and biodiversity loss.

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RATIFIED CONVENTIONS

#Convention International Convention against Doping in Sport 19 October 2005 - Paris, France Download the #Convention         Home       >      Framework       >      #Conventions The Convention helps to harmonize anti-doping legislation, guidelines, regulations, and rules internationally in order to provide a fair and equitable playing environment…
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ALL UNESCO FRAMEWORK

Discover the full repertoire of UNESCO frameworks, from our standard setting instruments to our institutes and centres.

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Each and every accredited expert within our network is tasked with a specific committee or programme within UNESCO’s framework

📕   #PolicyAdvice step n°2

SCIENCE POLICY

Current global challenges extend beyond borders, cultures and political systems, and require international science-based responses towards sustainable solutions.

Since 1946, the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s role is to ensure the UK’s leading specialists, intellectuals and academics are contributing and shaping UNESCO’s science manadate. We also advise the UK and Devolved Government on policy relating to UNESCO’s scientific activities. This advice ensures the UK Government is adhering to the text of these legal instruments by fulfilling its obligations and promoting their aims and intentions within the UK.

KEY POLICY AREAS

ALL OUR POLICY WORK

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The UK National Commission has produced and published several long form policy briefs that cover both the social and natural sciences. These inform UK Government about the international opportunities in UNESCO’s programmatic sphere, opportunities and guidance on the implementation of more of UNESCO’s Science conventions and recommendations, and evaluating UNESCO’s role in the sciences.

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SCIENCE POLICY BRIEFS

OTHER SCIENCE POLICY DOCUMENTS

The UK National Commission for UNESCO has a wider portfolio of policy work which spans UNESCO’s four programmatic areas. They advise and inform our stakeholders about issues and opportunities both internationally and within the UK.

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SCIENCE POLICY DOCUMENTS

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OTHER SCIENCE POLICY DOCUMENTS

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Key Issues on the UNESCO Recommendation on Scientific Researchers

#Policy #BriefN°19

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SPOTLIGHT

Our 💡 Ideas for #MoreScience

#Culture #Ideas

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Each and every accredited expert within our network is tasked with a specific committee or programme within UNESCO’s framework

🎓   #ExpertAdvice step n°3

SCIENCE EXPERTS

We work with a network of experts across the UK to support UNESCO’s global mission to build peace in the minds of men and women.

Our Expert Network is made up of pro-bono specialists who help to advise the UK and Devolved Governments on policy relating to UNESCO’s programmes.

KEY SCIENCE EXPERTS

INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day of Persons with Disabilities 03.12 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   December 3 We celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3. READ MORE BELOW DAY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Photo credit, from top to bottom: Nathan Anderson, Arisa Chattasa. The annual observance of the…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 25.11 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   November 25 We celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25. READ MORE BELOW END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN Photo credit, from top to bottom: United Nations, Karl…
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INTERNATIONAL DAY International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 17.10 Home  →  What's On  →  Events  →   International Days   →   October 17 We celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on October 17. READ MORE BELOW ERADICATION OF POVERTY Photo credit, from top to bottom: John Moeses Bauan, Hermes Rivera, Jordan Opel. On…
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🧞Professor David Drewry, is our non executive director in charge of the #SciencePortfolio

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The relevant UK government department approves Accredited Experts. They have an official role, representing the UK in UNESCO Committees, Commissions and Programmes. They also work with us and the UK Permanent Delegation to UNESCO based with the Department for International Development in London and Paris, to advise the UK and/or devolved governments on UNESCO related matters.

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KEY SCIENCE ACCREDITED EXPERTS

FROM OUR SCIENCE ACCREDITED EXPERTS

The UNESCO Chair/UNITWIN programme seeks to foster international cooperation and knowledge sharing between higher education institutions. UNESCO Chairs are based within an Institute for Higher Education, and their work identifies with a current UNESCO priority.

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KEY SCIENCE CHAIRS

FROM OUR SCIENCE CHAIRS

Our experts represent the UK on a number of committees which implement and oversee UNESCO’s work on science.

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KEY SCIENCE COMMITTEES

FROM OUR SCIENCE COMMITTEES

Each and every accredited expert within our network is tasked with a specific committee or programme within UNESCO’s framework

📍   #Sites&Initiatives step n°4

SCIENCE SITES, ACTIONS & INITIATIVES

The UK has a vibrant network of UNESCO scientific projects that are working with like-minded people around the world to foster and create peace.

These designations are intrinsically community-driven initiatives. The preservation of our natural world requires input from the local communities that live and work near the sites – those who can have the most impact and benefit the most from its sustainability.

Plants, animals and the human race face unprecedented challenges – rapid climate change, the quickening pace in the loss of biodiveristy, widespread pollution, landscape despoliation, ocean acidification, rising sea levels and massive reduction in Arctic sea ice.

UNESCO’s unique network of biosphere reserves, natural world heritage sites and global geoparks, in addition to its global programmes focused on the Oceans, Hydrosphere, and the Earth Sciences offer fundamental and collaborative scientific research to understand and tackle these major threats.

LATEST SCIENCE NEWS

#Applications UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Network 🟢   Open for applications Home       >       Prizes       >       #KalingaPrize The UNITWIN Networks and UNESCO Chairs Programme advances research, training and programme development across UNESCO’s work in education, science, culture, communication and information. Currently made up of…
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Intl' Day International Literacy Day Sep 8th Intl' Day Sep 8th International Literacy Day 🎟️    See in the #EventsCalendar    📣   The #IntlDay summarised Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human…
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Discover our sites of #science, explore our 🌋 Global Geoparks, our 🐠 Biosphere Reserves, and our 🏝️ Natural World Heritage Sites

   Explore our #Sites        

The UK’s environment, scientific and natural heritage is represented by natural World Heritage Sites, Biopshere Reserves and Global Geoparks. Collectively they span vast swathes of territory across the UK and its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies. They act as climate change laboratories, ecological and geological centres of research as well as destinations for visitors to enjoy the pristine landscapes. The UK’s Memory of the World register also pays homage to the prolific historical contribution in the field of science.

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OUR SCIENCE SITES

NEWS FROM OUR SCIENCE SITES

Since it was established, the UK National Commission for UNESCO has worked in partnership with likeminded organisations and colleagues in the field of science, working together to tackle global and local challenges.

💸   Meet our #Science Partners        

KEY SCIENCE PARTNERS

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS

UNESCO Prizes in natural and social science are prestigious awards addressing global issues and themes, which are conferred on individuals or organisations by the Director-General for UNESCO upon recommendation by an independent and international jury. They each carry a high symbolic value, and are awarded with a substantial monetary award.

🏆   Apply to our #SciencePrizes        

OUR SCIENCE PRIZES

BLOGS FROM OUR SCIENCE PRIZES

At their root, UN International Days contribute to the achievement of the purposes of the UN Charter and promote awareness of and action on important political, social, cultural, humanitarian or human rights issues. International days are at the heart of the United Nations Charter.

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SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL DAYS

NEWS FROM OUR SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL DAYS

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Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world’

Louis Pasteur

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#Culture #Programmes

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#Education #Programmes

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#Communication #Information

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SPOTLIGHT

Discover #All our UNESCO Programmes

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