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 600 UNESCO Chairs worldwide, eight 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 General Secretary, Austrian Commission for UNESCO