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Transforming Knowledge for Just and Sustainable Futures: UNESCO Chairs Conference Report

Over the past three decades, the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme has exceeded its initial objectives. Today, it includes almost 1,000 higher education institutions and research centres and has facilitated a kaleidoscope of initiatives, reshaped the higher education landscape and forged significant intercontinental links. The Programme embodies the spirit of international academic collaboration and solidarity, with its global community of scholars, researchers and educators dedicated to advancing common goals in education, research and sustainable development. 

The Transforming Knowledge for Just and Sustainable Futures conference took place in Paris on 3 and 4 November 2022 to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme. This event provided an opportunity to ‘dare to hope’, to quote former UNESCO Director-General Mr Federico Mayor, who launched the UNITWIN Programme in 1992.

The conference not only celebrated the network’s many achievements but also – and more importantly – enabled the UNITWIN community to look back in order to better plan for the future. The 30th anniversary event was attended by some 500 representatives of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks from 80 countries around the world, National Commissions for UNESCO and higher education institutions, as well as other partners and experts.

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Latest update: 24.11.2023