The European Conference 2017 is organized under the patronage of the French National Commission of UNESCO (CNFU).
The Conference Paris 2017 is partner, for this event, with the MOST programme of UNESCO.
An open discussion on this programme will take place on Thursday, June 29th, at the university.
UNESCO’s Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) promotes knowledge in the social and human sciences to support policies for inclusive and sustainable development. MOST activities are designed to strengthen the connection between research and policy in five thematic focus areas: social inclusion, environmental change, migration, peace and dialogue, and digital transformations.
UNESCO MOST Programme support Member States in improving participatory policy-making processes on the basis of intercultural dialogue through a strengthened research-policy interface.
Attaining a culture of transformational social and human science in which policy decisions are effectively informed by the systematic assessment of the relevant evidence.
John Crowley, chief of the section Research, Policy and Foresight of the Sector for Social and Human Sciences, tells us about the MOST programme.
Introduction of the MOST programme
Created in 1993 by the UNESCO General Assembly, the MOST programme is an intergovernmental science programme implemented nationally, regionally and internationally. It contributes to sustainable development, to the eradication of poverty, as well as to the achievement of UNESCO’s Global Priorities: Africa and gender equality.
The MOST programme mission is to better “connect” scientific knowledge and political decisions.
MOST programme bodies
The MOST Intergovernmental Council (IGC) is composed of 35 Member States of UNESCO, elected by UNESCO's General Conference. We can highlight the presence of France, Greece, Israel, Norway and Turkey among the members of the IGC 2015-2017.
The MOST Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) encompasses 9 internationally recognized experts representing various disciplines in the social sciences.
The MOST programme encourages Member States to establish National Committees in order to promote the cooperation between researchers, policy makers and the programme. As for France, Michel Wierviorka, sociologist, is the president since 2016.
In parallel, MOST Schools, whose goal is to develop the capacities of researchers and policy makers to help them go from knowledge to action, can be organized by Member States. The next one will take place in Indonesia in 2017 and discuss sustainability science.
Introduction of the “Inclusive Policy Lab” tool
A tool was elaborated within the framework of the MOST programme: the “Inclusive Society Lab - a global space for inclusive policy analysis and policy innovation”. Lulia Sevcius, in charge about the lab, tells us more about it.
This website will be launched on February 1st in order to foster the sharing of knowledge and develop the participation of the different actors. It can be considered as an incubator for research, which allows to create exchanges, to mobilize expertise and to analyses knowledge.
This tool will help measure the efficiency of implemented actions from field experience feedbacks.
> Website: en.unesco.org/inclusivepolicylab
During the UN General Assembly of September 25th, 2015, the international community has adopted a resolution on a sustainable development programme for 2030.
This strategic agenda has defined 17 sustainable development goals:
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Taking into account the 2030 agenda, the MOST programme will address five thematic goals: social inclusion, environmental transformations, migrations, peace and governance, numerical transformation.
The issue of social inclusion is central in the agenda, especially in goal 16.
Three means of action have been implemented:
> Research, through a partnership between actors of social intervention, in order to produce and share knowledges and experiences ;
> Intergovernmental forums which allow to obtain the support of Member States by showing the capacity of MOST to elaborate international programmes of action, and by providing a base of technical and scientific knowledges to implement those programmes (next forum will be held in Malaysia in March 2017, around the topic of social inclusion, ageing of the populations and gender equality – previous forum in Yaoundé about security and immigration)
> Capacity-building in collaboration with national players (governments, civil societies, universities, etc.), in order to include the MOST programme results in national debates and public policies.