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Home > Sustainable Development - Updated: 08-09-2004 10:44 am
The World Summit on Sustainable Development took place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September.  
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A short history of UNESCO's culture and development agenda
From early work on intercultural dialogue as a key strategy for peace building to the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and its emphasis on culture as a full-fledged resource for development.
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Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) - UNESCO
Launched in 1953, ASPnet promotes the ideals of UNESCO through a worldwide network which includes over 6,700 educational institutions ranging from pre-school education to teacher training in 166 countries.
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Biodiversity Observations on the Internet (BIO)
Fledgling global platform of biodiversity observations on the Internet, launched at an international workshop held in Bonn in December 2000.
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Biosphere Reserves and More Responsible Tourism
Testing improved approaches to tourism development is a key activity at many of the sites in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (currently, 408 sites in 94 counties) within the MAB Programme.
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Biosphere Reserves: Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development
The World Network of Biosphere Reserves (currently, 408 sites in 94 countries) embodies a practical approach to one of the most important questions the world faces today: How can we reconcile conservation of biodiversity and biological resources with their sustainable use?
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BRIM (Biosphere Reserve Integrated Monitoring)
MABFlora and MABFauna databases are among the products of BRIM, which provides a framework for abiotic, biodiversity, socio-economic and integrated monitoring in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.
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Coastal Regions and Small Islands (CSI)
CSI serves as a platform for environmentally sound, socially equitable, culturally respectful and economically viable development in coastal regions and small islands.
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Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs)
Promotes community empowerment and addresses the digital divide by combining community broadcasting with Internet and related technologies.
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Conservation International (CI)
Washington D.C. based non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of natural ecosystems and the species they contain. For several years, UNESCO and CI have been co-operating in promoting the biosphere reserve concept.
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Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
The aims of the CBD are ‘the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources’.
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CSI Web-based Forum on Wise Coastal Practices
Tourism is one of the topics addressed in a web-based forum operated by the platform on Environment and Development in Coastal Regions and in Small Islands (CSI).
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Cultural Tourism
Helping countries and communities to devise strategies for the long-term preservation of the cultural heritage
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Culture, Women and Gender Equality
Web-site within UNESCO’s Culture Sector provides entries to reference sources.
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Diversitas
Collaborative research programme set up in 1991 to promote and catalyse knowledge about biodiversity, including its origins, composition, ecosystem functioning, maintenance and conservation.
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Earth Sciences and International Geological Correlation Programme (IGCP)
Ongoing work includes collaborative studies on such topics as landslide hazard assessment and cultural heritage.
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Ecohydrology
Biodiversity in freshwater ecosystems and contiguous land areas forms part of the research agenda of work on ecohydrology within the International Hydrological Programme (IHP).
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Educating for Sustainable Development (ESD) transdisciplinary project - UNESCO
Set-up in 1994 on an experimental intersectoral basis, as the principal mechanism within UNESCO to follow up the recommendations concerning education made by the major UN conferences of the 1990s and related international conventions.
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Education for All (EFA) - UNESCO
Providing education for all citizens by 2015 is the aim of a comprehensive strategy of Education for All, adopted by the World Education Forum held in Dakar in April 2000 and based on six overarching goals.
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Environment and Development - World Conference on Sustainable Development
Johannesburg, 2002
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Environment and Development - Rio+5
1997
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Environmental Education - UNESCO
The roots of education for sustainable development are firmly planted in environmental education, which in the early 1970s was given a powerful boost by the UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm in 1972.
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Food Security
World Food Summit - Rome, Italy 1996
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Food Security - Rome+5
2001
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Global Initiative on Biodiversity Education and Public Awareness
At its sixth meeting (The Hague, Netherlands April 2002), the Conference of Parties (COP) of the CBD adopted a programme of work based on recommendations and proposals of three sessions of a consultative working group of experts organized by the CBD, UNESCO and IUCN.
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Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (IGCP Project 410)
One of several recent and ongoing IGCP (International Geological Correlation Programme) projects concerned with biological diversity issues over geological time.
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Heritage - Natural and Cultural, Tangible and Intangible
If creativity is essential in the search for sustainability, then memory is in turn vital to creativity.
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Housing and Settlements
Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) - Istanbul, Turkey, 1996
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Human Rights
World Conference on Human Rights - Vienna, Austria, 1993
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Human Rights - Vienna+5
1998
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IDRC Gender and Sustainable Development Unit
Integrating a gender perspective in all the programmes and initiatives of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.
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Information for All Programme
Provides a platform for international policy discussions and guidelines for action in shaping a just information society with universal benefits.
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Intangible Heritage
Embracing all forms of traditional and popular or folk culture.
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Intangible Heritage
An increasingly important component of tourism is the oral and intangible heritage, including music, languages, oral traditions and the performing arts.
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International Bioethics Committee (IBC)
Created in 1993, to respond to the major concerns raised by progress in the life and health sciences, in particular genetics and biotechnology.
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International Hydrological Programme(IHP)
Developing approaches for sound water management emphasizing a people-oriented approach and the special vulnerability of "aquatic systems at risk".
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International Scientific Council for Island Development (INSULA)
November 1999 study on the development and impacts of tourism and tourism services (e.g. air services) on small islands.
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International Year for Cultural Heritage (2002)
Designated lead agency for the Year UNESCO has chosen the themes of reconciliation and development as the focus of its activities.
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Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Global Society
LINKS
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Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB)
Promoting integrated ecosystem approaches to the conservation and sustainable management of land, water and biodiversity, through the World Network of Biosphere Reserves and a concern for people living in and caring for the biosphere.
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Management of Social Transformations (MOST)
Research on contemporary social transformations, addressing such issues as multicultural and multi-ethnic societies, urban development and local governance in a context of globalization.
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Marine Biodiversity and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission(IOC)
IOC’s work on marine living resources includes collaborative studies on coral reefs, harmful marine algae and coastal biota. Also the promotion of broader approaches to fisheries management.
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People and Plants
WWF-UNESCO initiative promoting ethnobotany and the sustainable use of plant resources.
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People and Plants
WWF/UNESCO-MAB initiative, in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, to promote ethnobotany and the increasing involvement of local communities in conservation and sustainable use of plant resources.
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Population
International Conference on Population and Development - Cairo, Egypt, 1994
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Population - Cairo+5
1999
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Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
The Convention on Wetlands, which was signed in Ramsar (Iran) in 1971, provides one of the principal international instruments for the conservation of wetlands.
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Renewable Energy
Furthering renewable energy technologies as a tool for sustainable development in rural regions - the focus of UNESCO’s contribution to the United Nations World Solar Programme (1996-2005).
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Science and Technology Education - UNESCO
In a world increasing shaped by science and technology, education in these fields is a universal requirement for all citizens.
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SCOPE-EGIS Study on Tourism Effects on Biodiversity in Coastal and Island Regions
May 2002 saw the publication of a multi-authored volume on ”Tourism, biodiversity and information”
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Site developed by UNESCO’s Women and Gender Equality Unit.
UNESCO Linking Gender and Sustainable Development
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