Objectives of the Program

Historical overview

The UNESCO Chairs Program was launched in 1992 in accordance with a resolution adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 26th session (1991). The Program covers training, research and international exchanges of academics and offers a platform for information sharing in all major fields within the mandate of UNESCO.

Objectives of the UNESCO Chairs Program

  • Serve as a prime means of capacity building through the exchange of knowledge and information sharing in a spirit of international solidarity in the field of UNESCO. 
  • Promote North-South and South-South cooperation as a strategy to enrich institutions, such as universities and research institutions, in partnership with higher education NGOs, foundations, and public and private sector organizations. 
  • Provide opportunities for networking and collaboration on issues of interest to Canada and UNESCO in higher education. 
  • Mobilize the higher education community to join forces with UNESCO to achieve the objectives of the global agenda, such as the Millennium Development Goals. 
  • Contribute to identifying solutions to critical problems in the field of higher education by harnessing the experience and knowledge of experts in the field. 
  • Establish new teaching programs, generate new ideas through research and reflection and facilitate the enrichment of existing university programs through the integration of cultural diversity and international cooperation. 
  • Build a strong, effective and exemplary network of UNESCO Chairs in Canada.