Centres and Institutes under the Auspices of UNESCO Are Stampeding towards Sustainable Development Goals 2030

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UNESCO Science Centres Coordination Meeting 

Beijing Convention Centre

May 15-18, 2016

Beijing, China

UNESCO embarks a new journey as the first UNESCO Science Centres Coordination Meeting has been held in the Chinese Capital of Beijing where centres and institutes under its auspices meet for the first time.  44 out of 65 science-related category II centres and insitutes gather to brainstorm over the recently introduced UN agenda - Sustainable Development Goals 2030 or SDGs 2030 of how the centres and institutes contribute to the agenda more effectively.

Centres and Institutes under the Auspices of UNESCO Are Stampeding towards Sustainable Development Goals 2030



“Science-related category II centres and institutes plays a major role in attaining the SDGs especially in certain areas where science, technology and innovation contribute extensively in improving the quality of life of the member states throughout the world, given that science-related category II centres and institutes are predominantly attributed to more than 50 per cent of the overall category II centres and institutes under the auspices of UNESCO.” remarks Dr. Flavia Schlegel, Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences of UNESCO.  The ADG also reiterates that in achieving the SDGs 2030, the centres and institutes shall join hands and work outside their comfort zones in a very harmoniously synergized fashion, regionally and internationally.  



The 3-day meeting aims at mapping the similarly-themed centres and institutes in order to assess the stance of all centres and institutes towards SDGs 2030. Relevance and added value of the centres and institutes to SDGs 2030 are among the key issues that the meeting is carefully looking at as there has been a great demand from all stakeholders for inter-disciplinary and inter - regional endeavours for centres and institutes to work more closely to serve SDGs 2030. New initiatives and common projects have been extensively discussed as the meeting is in the pursuit of effective mechanisms to deploy for better communication among the parties. Initiatives such as single platform of internet portal to connect much needed relevant information from all centres and institutes, and regional workshops and similarly-themed workshops are among the prominent ideas that the meeting has come up with. Best practices of 10 outstanding centres and institutes throughout the world have been also presented and broadly discoursed about.



Prof. Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, Executive Director of the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand (NARIT) attends the meeting with a significant message that the International Training Centre in Astronomy under the Auspices of UNESCO (ITCA) hosted by NARIT shall contribute immensely to the SDGs 2030 in specific areas especially STEM education and capacity building. He also shares some words with other centres and institutes about how to work within in the same and different frameworks more effectively and also seeks collaborations with new parties from variant disciplines. “It is extremely important for ITCA that we play a proactive role in attaining the SDGs 2030, and in doing that, we do need to work together as a family – together we shall prosper.” remarked Prof. Boonrucksar.