Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning
Ms. Ana Persic
UNESCO Office in New York
1 212 963 2007
The initiative aims at achieving the following overall targets by 2025:- Reversing the current trend of the degradation of marine and coastal habitats and maintaining the amount of carbon sequestration;- Significantly increasing the area of Blue Carbon ecosystems under effective ecosystem-based management; and- Mobilising US$40 million for protecting and rehabilitating coastal and marine habitats, thus enhancing their capacity for carbon storage and sequestration.(source: http://www.unep.org/ecosystemmanagement/Portals/7/Documents/factsheets/BlueCarbonInitiativeFactSheet.pdf)
Capacity development for integrated ocean governance is essential to achieve sustainable development of oceans and coasts including responses to address new challenges, climate change and biodiversity , loss and provide sustainable ocean and coastal livelihoods. Funding is limited and there has been little collaboration and coordination of efforts among the many actors that assist in capacity development. A global strategy for ocean readiness, mobilizing expertise and partnerships, will be developed to ensure that governments and institutions have the skills, knowledge, and capacity to develop...[more]
Cap-Net UNDP is an international global network with a mission to strengthen capacity development in sustainable water management at local level. A global programme under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), its objective is to support capacity development in a growing process of water sector reforms towards the sustainable management of water in the broad context of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).
Our College (Hang Seng Management College) is a UN PRME signatory institution (The 1st one and the only one from self-financed higher education sector in HK to join UN PRME) and UN PRME Head / Nobel Prize Winner, Prof. Negishi, 2010, Chemistry are our external advisors for the Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations (CCSI) of the College. We also partner with UNOSSC with shared vision on sustainable development (SD)/ CSR, innovations, entrepreneurial education to implement SDGs and PRME principles through on-going dialogue and a series of forum, seminar and activities with student...[more]
In recent years, quinoa exports and other Andean grains found in Peru have increased exponentially. Unfortunately, this has not contributed to improve the quality of lives for producers. The situation is even more difficult for women living in the rural communities, who account for 69% of all agricultural producers. They have faced significant hardships compared to male agricultural producers. Therefore, the SDG-F has contributed to the adoption of an inclusive value chain in the production of quinoa and other Andean grains. The increase of the demand in the international market will determ...[more]
The Government of Malaysia and the United Nations for Education, Sciences, Culture and Communications Organization (UNESO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 15th November 2011 under the Malaysia UNESCO Cooperation. The MOU was initiated in 2009 by the Honorable Datoâ€™ Sri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia who announced at the 35th General Conference of UNESCO, the establishment of Malaysian Cooperative Trust Fund which will contribute to enhance South-South cooperation for capacity building in education and science for the benefit of the Least Developed Countries, Small ...[more]
IW:LEARN is the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network. The IW:LEARN project was established to strengthen transboundary water management around the globe by collecting and sharing best practices, lessons learned, and innovative solutions to common problems across the GEF International Waters portfolio. It promotes learning among project managers, country official, implementing agencies, and other partners.
Launched in 2009, the Global Framework for Climate Services is a global partnership of governments and organizations that produce and use climate information and services. GFCS aims to enable society to manage better the risk and opportunities arising from climate variability and change especially for those who are the most vulnerable to climate related hazards by developing and incorporating science-based climate information into planning, policy and practice.
The Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) is an existing global ocean carbon observatory network of repeat hydrographic surveys, time-series stations, floats and glider observations, and volunteer observing ships. The interactive map below offers the best information available on the current inventory of global OA observing platforms. With participation from scientists from over 30 countries (http://www.goa-on.org/NetworkMembers.html), GOA-ON is a strong foundation of observations of the carbonate chemistry targeted to understand chemical and ecological changes resulting from ...[more]
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is multi-stakeholder network of more than 150 data champions harnessing the data revolution for sustainable development. Its members represent the full range of data producers and users, including governments, companies, civil society groups, international organizations, academic institutions, foundations, statistics agencies and data communities. The Global Partnership serves as an invaluable convener, connector and catalyst, building trust and encouraging collaboration among stakeholders to fill critical data gaps and ensure data is acc...[more]
This partnership will build the technical and human resource capabilities of SIDs countries to mitigate dangers from tsunamis. The US, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Agency for International Development Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), and the US Geological Survey, actively participate in the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Intergovernmental Coordination Groups (ICG) for the Global Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System. Three new regional systems were established in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean Tsunami (esti...[more]
The GW2I is a multi-stakeholder platform which is comprised of UN agencies, international organizations, governments, scientists, private sectors, industries and Major groups and stakeholders to provide the foundations (including information, tools and policy mechanisms) for partnerships to initiate comprehensive, effective and sustained programmes addressing wastewater management.
Our mission is to strengthen the role of higher education in society contributing to the renewal of the visions and policies of higher education across the world under a vision of public service, relevance and social responsibility.
Rationale: The SIDS in SADC namely, Comoros Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar are fragile and prone to climate change variation but are endowed with ocean biodiversity which are unsustainably been exploited. Growth and sustainability of these economies can be achieved by sustainably harnessing the ocean potential through development of appropriate STI policy system and governance and local indigenous knowledge to launch and sustain emerging economy sectors and resilience building. Doing so requires a good understanding of the various STI policy system and governance and the education and tr...[more]
Strengthening of human resources through strategic and innovative capacity building initiatives within and outside of the Pacific region in order to create a pool of experts, as well as well informed and engaged decision makers to improve capacities for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention, particularly the Pacific World Heritage Action Plan.
The IAU portal on HESD is an interactive web-based platform which showcases a growing number of HEIs and research bodies and their actions and initiatives for sustainable development. It lists news, events and resources on Sustainable Development in relation to Higher Education and Research. It provides tools for decision-makers, academia, staff and students as well as for other HE stakeholders. The aim is for it to become a global reference portal, increasing, connecting and showcasing actions and institutions, giving them global visibility and, ultimately, creating a global network of actor...[more]
UNESCO commits to continue its engagement to improve the protection of the underwater cultural heritage, which is including ancient shipwrecks, sunken cities, and traces of human existence on prehistoric submerged landscapes. Its most important tool to do so is the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage of 2001. Activities, such as intergovernmental meetings, regional trainings and technical assistance missions as well as awareness-raising campaigns are scheduled to further the protection of underwater cultural heritage worldwide.
The objective of this partnership is to achieve improved youth transitions between education and the world of work through engaging youth in policy dialogue on TVET. Youth constitute a large proportion of the population in SIDS. Whilst youth are a huge asset for sustainable development, too many young people experience difficulties making school-to-work transitions and in meeting their aspirations. Unemployment, low paid work and a lack of job opportunities are major concerns. Youth can also have a negative impact on social cohesion and contribute to concerns about rising crime in SIDS.Sustain...[more]
ITU and UNESCO set up the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development was established in May 2010 with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda, and expanding broadband access in every country as key to accelerating progress towards national and international development targets. It defines practical ways in which countries — at all stages of development — can achieve this, in cooperation with the private sector.
The partnership was initiated at an international conference on the theme of Learning from the Sharp End of Environmental Uncertainty in Small Island States at the University of Bristol in July 2014. The objective of this partnership is to support a wider global process of learning from the sharp end experience of SIDS in dealing with environmental uncertainty and climate change through developing a wide and inclusive network of post-secondary and tertiary education institutions, specialists, and international organisations.
The purpose of this “Paris Pact” is to provide recommendations of actions that should be undertaken without delay at the most relevant scale for water management adaptation to climate change – i.e., the basins of lakes, rivers, and aquifers. The Pact also calls for actions of basin organizations and other relevant institutions (e.g., governments, international organizations, donors, local authorities, civil society and companies). Such actions will contribute to reach target 6.4 to 6.b of the SDGs.
To secure the engagement and participation of young people from Puerto Rico in the preparation process for developing the outcomes for the SIDS 2014 Conference. We look forward to sending two young representatives from Puerto Rico to the regional youth forum to be held in Kingston, Jamaica, during July 2013.
Youth Education Ambassadors program will be established to motivated individuals of various interests and fields of study. There will be some compensated full time team members, however, there will be volunteers and interns that will have the opportunity invest their spare time to work on this innovative project for students, because they share a great vision: To established a program for youth leadership and to foster global network of young leaders together to create mutual support through cultural and intellectual exchange as well as quality education (both formal and non-formal).
Following the vision of Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences (Sana’a University), as well as, of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Ph.D. & Master of Science in Sustainable Development Goals (PMSDG) proposes a new holistic and integrated approach to sustainable development for people, planet and prosperity. The PMSDG addresses the set of world-scale interrelated environmental and social challenges towards making Earth a safer, healthier and wealthier place for future generations & us.
The overall objective of the partnership is to promote and facilitate the development and conduct of marine scientific research (MSR) in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). More specifically, marine science and MSR play a critical role in sustainable development as consistently recognized by the General Assembly in its annual resolutions on oceans and the law of the sea as well as, recently, by the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference). Research, and the tools required to conduct it, are essential in the sustain...[more]
This partnership aims to enhance regional cooperation on sustainability challenges by leveraging the resources and expertise of UNESCO and the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy to build the capacity of teacher training institutions in small island pacific states to deliver locally-relevant Climate Change Education.The partnership will build upon prior and ongoing initiatives in CCE in Asia-Pacific SIDS, with the ultimate goal of upstreaming CCE approaches and materials to pre- and in-service training provided through MoEs
Coasts and beaches are highly dynamic environments of critical importance to the economic, socio-cultural and bio-physical integrity of SIDS. During recent decades, these environments have been subjected to an increasing rate of change due to urbanisation and expanding coastal development, as well as climate change and climate variability. These changes are impacting, often adversely, the lifestyles and livelihoods of islanders living in coastal towns and villages, and beyond that, resource-based and tourism-based economies from local to national levels.Working in this context, Sandwatch is an...[more]
SIDS Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH) is a youth-led non-governmental organisation focused on advancing and implementing youth-led sustainable development in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) found in the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea (AIMS) region. Owing to the geographical dispersion of SIDS within the AIMS region, lack of access to youth funding, and the common need to set up an entity that will enable SIDS youth within the AIMS region to collaborate on addressing common needs, the youth participants of the My World, My SIDS AIMS Regional Youth Meeting organized by UNE...[more]
To support Ministries of Education and other Institutions to provide quality and comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education at primary and secondary school levels.The program will contribute to the development of future Pacific Island leaders who are sensitized to the issues of SRH and gender equality.
The sustainability literacy test (SULITEST) is an online multiple choice question assessment. It assesses, in 30 minutes, the minimum level of knowledge in economic, social and environmental responsibility, applicable all over the world, in any kind of higher education institution (HEI), in any country, for students from any kind of tertiary-level course (bachelors, masters, MBAs, PhD).
The UNESCO Category 2 Centre for the Sustainable Management of Water Resources in the Caribbean Island States aims to generate and transfer scientific and technical knowledge related to sustainable water management in the Caribbean Island States, so as to improve the capacities for a more efficient use of water resources in the region. During 2013, the research activities of El centro para la gestiÃ³n sostenible de los recursos hÃdricos en los estados insulares del Caribe (CEHICA) have included: the simulation of climate variability effects on water balance and adaptation strategies on water ...[more]
Sustainable Week is a private initiative that tackles sustainability in its three dimensions: economical, social and environmental. We aim to contribute to the fulfilment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Sustainable Week will become a meeting point for long career path experts who will evaluate sustainability in Europe and will also present the challenges we will have to confront in the next couple of years.
The Eco-Schools and Tanam 100000 Bibit! are one of the IGAF Eco-projects which proposed to tackle climate change and to advance environmental awareness of children, youths and local communities. The project comprises two pivotal agenda, Eco-Schools and Tanaman 10000 Bibit!, which will be held at Jepara and Bogor Regency, Indonesia. Environmental educations notably about climate change will be given to children early whereas the action will be in form of planting 100000 tropical tree seedlings. Targeted participants of the project are about more than 500 participants with monthly project execut...[more]
The UN PIATF coordinates the activities of the relevant United Nations funds, programmes and specialized agencies in the Pacific to support the realization of the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in the UN Political Declaration on NCDs, the commitments made by Pacific Ministers of Health in the Honiara and Apia Communiqus and the declaration of a NCD crisis in the Pacific issued by Pacific island Forum Leaders at their 42nd meeting in Auckland, New Zealand in 2011. The partnership works toward supporting Pacific island countries and areas in achieving the global and Pacific sp...[more]
Established in 2012, the World Network of Island and Coastal Biosphere Reserves aims to study, implement and disseminate island and coastal strategies to preserve biodiversity and heritage, promote sustainable development, and adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. This network is formed by the representatives of twenty islands and coastal biosphere reserves around the world and is open to all islands and coastal biosphere reserves that want to join it.