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Home > Scientific Dimensions - Updated: 09-01-2003 1:56 pm
Science for Sustainable Development  

CSI - Coastal regions and Small Islands -

IGCP - International Geological Correlation Programme -

IHP - International Hydological Programme -

IOC - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission -

MAB - Man and the Biosphere -

MOST - Management of social transformations -

World Conference on Science (Budapest, June 1999) - by
Sustainable development concerns are reflected in many of the conclusions and recommendations of the UNESCO-ICSU ‘World Conference on Science for the Twenty-First Century: a New Commitment’, which brought together some 1,800 science stakeholders from 155 countries. More

World Water Assessment
UN-wide assessment of freshwater resources is underway, which will culminate in the publication of the first World Water Development Report in early 2003. >> More

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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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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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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Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)
Improving scientific knowledge and understanding of oceanic and near-shore processes, with a view to informing policies and practices for oceans and coastal waters.
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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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Local and Indigenous Knowledge Systems in a Global Society
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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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People and Plants
WWF-UNESCO initiative promoting ethnobotany and the sustainable use of plant resources.
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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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Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future
A Multimedia Teacher Education Programme
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World Water Assessment
For development, capacity-building and the environment
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United Nations Atlas of the Oceans - (UNESCO)
04-06-2002 10:00 pm 12adelie100w.jpgAs part of activities marking World Environment Day on 5 June 2002, a ceremony at UNESCO House in Paris served to officially launch the UN Atlas of Oceans - an Internet portal containing a wealth of information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. More

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