Introductory remarks (Alec Boksenberg)
Objectives of the workshop
- Increase the overall impact of the UNESCO International Science Programmes (IHP, MAB, IGCP, IOC and MOST) on national, regional and international level.
- Identify the areas of synergy that exist between the National Commissions and the International/Intergovernmental Scientific Programmes.
- Explore the optimal usage of human and financial resources in the National Commissions and the International/Intergovernmental Scientific Programmes.
- Provide an international forum for knowledge sharing, intellectual exchange and experience dissemination on areas of best practice (cooperation between the National Commissions and the ISPs).
- Produce guidelines for the National Commissions and ISPs on the identified areas of best practice.
Role of the National Commissions for UNESCO in the UNESCO Science Programme
- Participate in the formulation and execution of UNESCO programme activities.
- Disseminate information to government, civil society and non-governmental organisations on the development of UNESCO programmes.
- Encourage participation of government, civil society and non-governmental organisations in the formation and execution of UNESCO programme activities.
- Initiate projects and activities that fall within the scope of the UNESCO programme areas.
- Pool inter-disciplinary expertise from government, civil society and non-governmental organisations to address issues within the UNESCO programmes.
- Collaborate with other National Commissions on areas of regional priority and/or joint interest.
Role of International/Intergovernmental Scientific Programmes (ISP) and their National Committees in the UNESCO Science Programme
- Identify and mobilise national institutions and personnel concerned with pro-gramme areas.
- Distribute information and materials to government, civil society and other relevant bodies on the development of programme activities.
- Provide a permanent forum for debate, intellectual exchange and knowledge sharing in programme areas.
- Build alliances with government and inform public policy on relevant programme areas.
- Initiate projects and programmes that tie into UNESCO priorities in the science sectors.
- Establish links with the UNESCO Chairs, UNITWIN Networks and the National Committees of the other ISPs.
Cooperation between the National Commission and the ISPs
- Coordinate resources and expertise of the National Commissions and the ISPs in joint initiatives, activities and programmes to address the areas of UNESCO comparative advantage.
- Identify areas of synergy between the National Commissions and ISPs thus avoiding overlapping, duplication and the ineffective usage of resources (administrative and budgetary) and expertise.
- Define the spheres of competence and expertise for the National Commissions and the ISPs.
- Develop and nurture greater symbiosis between the individual ISPs and the National Commissions.
- Capitalise on the National Commission and ISPs comparative advantage and use existing links with institutions to set up networks and centres of excellence in areas of national and/or regional importance (build capacity).
- Harmonise resources and expertise of the National Commissions and the ISPs in accordance with national and regional priorities.
- Ensure stronger communication channels between National Commissions and the ISPs, i.e. greater information-sharing, feedback and discourse.
- Foster wider partnerships with government, civil society and the private sector on areas of joint interest.
- Capitalise on the wider knowledge-base to undertake innovative dynamic pro-gramme activities.
- Increase academic, media and public awareness of key UNESCO science programmes through systematic and coordinated publicity, promotion and information dissemination.
- Encourage coherent policies and programmes in the National Commissions and the ISPs.
- Encourage inter-disciplinary cooperation between the National Commissions and the ISPs, and multi-faceted approaches to UNESCO science programme areas.
National Commissions and ISPs sharing areas of best practice
- Facilitate the exchange of knowledge, ideas and experiences on cooperation be-tween National Commissions and the ISPs.
- Place current National Commission and ISP relations within the context of the member states political, economic and social conditions. - Provide case studies, strategies and techniques which inspire reflection, procedural change and systematic improvement. - Learn from the mistakes and errors made by other National Commissions and ISPs. - Collate the information and distil the fundamental elements of best practice. - Produce transferable guidelines which outline the areas of best practice.