The Second Open Meeting of the Balkan UNESCO Chairs, organised by the UNESCO Chair for Business Administration (Chaire UNESCO pour la formation et la recherche appliquée au développement de l’entreprise dans les pays en conversion économique) within the Faculty of Business Administration, the Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania in partnership with the Romanian National Commission for UNESCO (CNR UNESCO), will bring together the Balkan UNESCO Chairs on the topic of topic of “Education for Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Sustainability in the Knowledge Economy”.
The meeting aims to explore common points of interest and to extend the bilateral and multilateral collaboration between the UNESCO chairs and UNITWIN networks, by initiating and developing common projects with regard to the United Nations Goals for Sustainable Development.
In order assure even more erudite input on the topic under discussion, we extended the circle of invited guests by some geographic close specialised chairs. A full list of invited Chairs can be accessed here. However, the meeting is open for any UNESCO chair, please contact us if you are interested to join the meeting.
In September 2015, the United Nations adopted a resolution setting an agenda for sustainable development “for people, planet and prosperity”: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Following the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which came to end in 2015, the 2030 Agenda builds on their achievements and sets 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets.
The 2030 Agenda represents a significant step forward in the recognition of the contribution of science, technology and innovation (STI) to sustainable development and as a driving force, not only for economic growth and prosperity, but also for environmental sustainability, development and social inclusion. The 2030 Agenda offers immense opportunities to reconnect science to society and to build a new basis for research and development as a key precondition for both science and society to flourish.
As the only UN agency with science in its mandate, UNESCO is at the heart of this initiative, through our intergovernmental scientific programmes, through our science education initiatives, through our Centres of Excellence, institutes and UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks.
The Conference is organised within the framework of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The success of this initiative is impressive and we count today more than 700 UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks worldwide, with more than 40 in the Balkan Region
Therefore, the UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks have an important role to play in the common effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
In this context, UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks from the Balkan Region will gather in Bucharest to build synergy and cooperation among themselves and with other specialised UNESCO Chairs.