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Our work is made possible thanks in part to our vital networks. We were pleased to forge new relationships and strengthen existing ones in 2015/16.

Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination

CCMARD is one of seven coalitions that make up the International Coalition of Cities Against Racism. Launched by UNESCO in 2004, the Coalition consists of networks of cities interested in sharing their experiences to improve policies against racism, discrimination, exclusion and intolerance. Five new municipalities joined CCMARD in 2015/16, and we look forward to our collaboration.

5 new municipalities 2015/2016

Man and the Biosphere Programme

UNESCO biosphere reserves are dedicated to harmonizing economic growth with conservation. Designated by UNESCO through the MAB Programme, these learning sites balance the health of natural systems with the needs of growing communities. They succeed thanks to the vision, character and hard work of people determined to leave the world in better shape than they found it. Two new Canadian biosphere reserves were designated in 2015/16.

2 new Canadian biosphere reserves

Photos: Paul Vescei (Tsá Tué); Parks Canada/Elk Island National Park (Beaver Hills)

UNESCO Associated Schools Networks

UNESCO Associated Schools develop sound practices that promote UNESCO values inside and outside school. The network empowers learners to act locally and globally in order to contribute to a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainable world. There are 70 such schools in Canada reaching thousands of students, and 10,000 schools worldwide reaching millions. Each student commits to the network's four pillars of learning: learning to live together, learning to be, learning to do and learning to know.

Education for the 21st century


The UNESCO Chairs Programme is an innovative model for international academic cooperation, particularly between the Global North and South. UNESCO Chairs are think-tanks that build bridges between the academic world, civil society, communities and policy-makers. Our Canadian UNESCO Chairs work in four essential areas related to Agenda 2030's Sustainable Development Goals.

UNESCO Chairs in Canada


UNESCO-UNEVOC opens pathways for lifelong learning to help individuals build more sustainable livings through productive work. It does so through a network of more than 250 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions worldwide that facilitate exchange and cooperation. The two UNESCO-UNEVOC centres in Canada were invited to lead the Greening TVET initiative: CEGEP de la Gaspésie et des Îles in Quebec, and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). The latter is the pan-Canadian UNESCO-UNEVOC centre, leading the North American cluster and playing an important role in the Americas with a training program in TVET policies.

2 Canadian centres lead the greening TVET initiative / More that 250 TVET institutions worldwide