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Mobilizing UNESCO Chairs for Policy Action towards 2030

05/07/2017 (All day) - 07/07/2017 (All day)

The Conference is organized by UNESCO and Switzerland and supported by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Geneva.

Programme: 

4 July 2017
Welcome buffet at the University of Geneva

5 July 2017
8:30 - 9:30:
Registrations

Open Ceremony:
Master of ceremony: Ambassador Mirjana Spoljaric (Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs, Head of United Nations and International Organisations Division)

9:30 - 10:30
Welcome and opening addresses:
 Irina Bokova (Director-General of UNESCO)
Krystyna Marty Lang (Deputy State Secretary of Swiss FDFA)
Yves Flückiger (Rector of the University of Geneva)
Fabiola Gianotti (Director-General of CERN)
Andreas Mortensen
(Vice-president for Research, EPFL)
Asma El Kasmi (Member of the Scientific Committee and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Water, Women and Decision-Making)

11:00 - 12:30:
Keynote speakers
- The role of science, technology and innovation to achieve SDGs - Peter Messerli (Co-chair of the independent group of scientists of the UN High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development)
- Protecting the Global Scientific Capital - Yves Daccord (Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross)
- Cooperation North-South-South - Amina J. Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary-General) Questions and discussion

SESSION 1 – STRONGER CONTRIBUTION OF UNESCO CHAIRS IN NATURAL SCIENCES TO THE SDGs Master of ceremony: Gabriela Tejada (EPFL, Swiss Commission for UNESCO)
13.30-15.00

1.1. Plenary sessions: Contribution of UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences for the implementation of the SDGs
- UNESCO strategy for the contribution to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Flavia Schlegel (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Division)
- Current contribution of UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences to SDGs 5 members of the Scientific Committee, representing the regional diversity of the Chairs Questions and discussion

15.00-15.30
Refreshment break at the posters gallery

15.30-16.45
1.2. Parallel sessions: Roundtables by thematic clusters All Chairs will enroll in a thematic cluster (Hydrology, Ecological and Earth Sciences, Policy and Capacity Building) to exchange with their peers on their practice and knowledge and to identify their major contributions to specific SDGs

16.45-17.30
1.3. Plenary session: Presentation of results of session 1.2

18.15-20.00
VISIT TO CERN

20.00-22.00
Dinner at CERN (The Globe) Welcome addresses by Dr. Eckhard Elsen (Director for Research and Computing) 

6 July 2017: 
SESSION 2 – REINFORCING THE DYNAMISM AND NETWORKS OF THE UNESCO/UNITWIN CHAIRS PROGRAMME

Master of ceremony: Cecilia Soriano (Member of the Scientific Committee and Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair on Numerical methods in Engineering)

8:15 - 9:00
2.1. Plenary sessions: Stronger collaborations for the achievement of the SDGs
- Improving cooperation and coordination among UNESCO Chairs and with UNESCO Secretariat for the achievement of SDGs - Edouard Firmin Matoko (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Africa) Khan Shahbaz (Director of UNESCO Jakarta Office)
- Developing interregional networks and partnerships - Elizabeth Miles (UNITWIN Cooperation Programme in Humanitarian Engineering and member of the Scientific Committee)

9:30 - 10:30
2.2. Parallel sessions: Creating interlinkages workgroups and promoting North-South-South cooperation All Chairs will enroll in a regional breakout (AFR, APA, ARB, ECE+ENA, LAC) to discuss with their peers on how to promote interdisciplinary and interregional networks

10:30 - 11:00
2.3. Plenary session: Presentation of results of session 2.2

“GENEVA MILESTONE” SESSION Master of ceremony: Jean-Bernard Münch (President of the Swiss Commission for UNESCO)
11:30 - 12:30
Parallel sessions: thematic drafting groups Each Chair will enroll for one of the topics below. A document will be drafted by each group in contribution to Geneva Milestone final document. - How to strengthen the capacities of UNESCO Chairs in contribution to the SDGs? - How to promote exchange and cooperation among UNESCO Chairs and between them and UNESCO? - How to create partnerships between UNESCO Chairs and other stakeholders, such as international organisations and private sector?

12:30 - 13:00
Plenary session: Presentation of results from previous thematic drafting groups

13.00-14.00
Lunch / Brown Bag Lunch: “Gender & Water” + “Scientists at Risk”

SESSION 3 AT BIOTECH HEADQUARTER – REINFORCING OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIPS Master of ceremony: Bobir Tukhtabayev (UNESCO Liaison Office in Geneva and Member of the Steering Committee)

14:30
Welcome speech Benoît Dubuis (Director of Biotech Campus)

14.35-15.30
3.1. High-level panel: Reinforcing outreach and partnerships of the UNESCO Chairs in Natural Sciences - Robert-Jan Smits (Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission) - Maria Fernanda Rollo (Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education for Portugal) - Mauro dell’Ambrogio (State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation of Switzerland) Questions and discussion

16.00-17.30
3.2. Roundtable with representatives of international organisations
Moderator: Nadia Isler (Head of SDG Lab, UN Office in Geneva) Presentation by Chairs of concrete projects and initiatives in contribution to the SDGs, in front of representatives of international organisations

17.30-18.30
3.3. Panel on innovation Pierre Vandergheynst (Vice-President for Education of EPFL)

19.00-21.00
Cocktail reception at Biotech

7 July 2017 
Master of ceremony: Guy Broucke (Director of UNESCO Kingston Office)
9:00 - 10:00
Presentation of international initiatives to protect the scientific capital Presentation and discussion of existing international initiatives for protection and valorisation of human scientific capital - Flavia Schlegel (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Division) - Sarah Willcox (Director of Scholar Rescue Fund)

10.00-10:30
Refreshment break at the posters gallery

10.30-12.00
CLOSING CEREMONY Finalising of “Geneva Milestone” - Lidia Brito (UNESCO Montevideo Office)
Presentation and discussion of final draft of the document Adoption of “Geneva Milestone
Closing remarks Flavia Schlegel (UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences Division) Representatives of Swiss / Geneva authorities 

Additional information onthe Conference can be also found at the dedicated website: https://en.unesco.org/sc-chairs-conference

Contact: 

Use this email adress to register: chairs-sc.2017@unesco.org

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