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Science as part of global sustainability goals  
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The UNESCO science programme aims to promote lasting, sustainable and humane development for all people and to preserve global peace. This will be achieved through numerous international research programmes as well as by establishing international and interdisciplinary research networks. The scheme places particular emphasis on promoting women in science.

The successful UNESCO Chairs Programme is an important driving force for international exchange in higher education. There are currently more than 800 UNESCO Chairs worldwide, nine of which are established in Austrian universities.

In terms of content, UNESCO is emphasising the sustainable use of natural resources, climate change and the conservation of biodiversity, the promotion of knowledge to protect oceans and coasts, as well as the safeguarding of drinking water supplies. The following UNESCO programmes are exemplary of these focal points: Man and the Biosphere, Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme and International Geoscience Programme. 

“Science and its diverse disciplines recognise and label societal developments and challenges, they offer approaches and work out potential answers to the pressing questions of our time.”

Gabriele Eschig, former Secretary General, Austrian Commission for UNESCO 

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Scientific exchange and academic networks

Man and the Biosphere
Shaping a sustainable relationship between man and the environment

At the centre of the Man and the Biosphere Programme stands the concept of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are internationally representative land, water or coastal regions in which sustainable development is actively practised. These places provide an example of how the effort of preserving biodiversity and regional cultural value can go hand in hand with social and economic development. UNESCO Biosphere Reserves thus represent the cohabitation of man and nature. The Man and the Biosphere Programme

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For Women in Science
A joint collaboration between L'ORÉAL and UNESCO

The goal of the “For Women in Science” cooperation between L’ORÉAL and UNESCO is public recognition and worldwide promotion of the role of women in science, especially in life sciences. In doing so, L’ORÉAL supports what is a significant concern for UNESCO: stopping the multifaceted ways in which women experience discrimination, which are rooted in unequal access to education in general and become even more apparent when it comes to scientific education.

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