UNESCO Science Centres Coordination Meeting
Date: May 15-18, 2016
Venue: Beijing Conference Centre, No. 88, Laiguangying Westroad, Chaoyang District,
Category 2 Centres under the auspices of UNESCO are playing an increasingly important role in the
delivery of the Organization’s programmes, in particular in science with currently 65 centres
constituting around 50% of all UNESCO Category 2 Centres. Over half of the science–related
centres are in the field of freshwater. Other areas covered are science policy, the basic sciences and
mathematics, renewable energy, engineering, disaster risk reduction and the ecological and earth
sciences. The centres represent a powerful tool to enable UNESCO to assist Member States to achieve
the sustainable development goals.
Following the offer by two of the Chinese Category 2 Centres to organize a global coordination
meeting, and supported by the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, we are pleased to inform you
that UNESCO, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences will co-host the
meeting in the Beijing Conference Centre in China from 16 to 18 May 2016. Set within the context of
the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the meeting will explore how the centres
can help UNESCO implement its programme and Member States implement the 2030 Agenda, how UNESCO can
assist centres in widening the scope of their action and how they can work together as a network
creating synergies and cooperation to address global challenges.
Objectives of the meeting
- ✔To discuss and identify contributions of the Centres to the UN
2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through independent but also joint projects.
- ✔To identify how the Centres can increase their contribution to
the implementation of SC’s programme of work for the current biennium (2016-2017) and beyond.
- ✔To define mechanisms to increase the cooperation between
regional/similarly-themed Centres under the auspices of UNESCO, e.g. initiating the establishment of
an information sharing platform among all category 1 and 2 centres.
- ✔One director/high-level delegate representing each of the 65
Natural Sciences Category 2 Centres under the auspices of UNESCO.
- ✔Director of science-related category 1 centres –i.e. The
Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water
Education, the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and The World Academy of Sciences for the
advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS).
- ✔An additional representative from each Centre is also welcome but
would be entirely self-funded.
- ✔Experts working in the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), the
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Chinese diplomatic delegates in charge of sciences are warmly
welcomed as observers.
- ✔UNESCO staff from both Headquarters and Field Offices working
with Science-related Category 2 Centres as well as Directors from UNESCO Regional Science Offices
•UNESCO, the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and
the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
•the International Knowledge Centre for Engineering
Sciences and Technology (IKCEST) and the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and
Cultural Heritage (HIST)
•the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO