The 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) brought together the delegations from 206 countries in French capital. The delegation of Russia was headed by Ms Olga Vasilyeva, the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.
On October 31, Ms Vasilieva met with her French counterpart, the Minister of National Education of France Jean-Michel Blanquer.
Within the framework of the session, Ms Vasilieva will take part in the General Policy Debate of the heads of delegations of UNESCO member states, a high-level Ministerial meeting on "Education 2030", as well as the event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Program.
The forum will appoint the Director-General of UNESCO, approve its budget and determine the main areas of work for the next biennium.
The General Conference will consider the draft resolutions proposed by Russia: Follow up of the Sixth International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VI), which was held in Kazan this summer, and Proclamation by the United Nations of 2019 as an International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements.
The UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Program was launched in 1992 to strengthen training and research through inter-university cooperation, especially in developing countries. In 2017 the program celebrates its 25th anniversary.
UNITWIN is the abbreviated name of the program of inter-university cooperation. As of December 1, 2015, 675 UNESCO Chairs and 48 UNITWIN networks in 126 countries take part in the program.
The subjects of the majority of the chairs are natural sciences (31%), social and human sciences (25%), education (20%), culture (14%), communication and information (10%).
According to recent studies, international UNESCO Chairs are distributed among the regions of the world as follows: Europe and North America account for 49%, Latin America and the Caribbean - 14%, Asia and the Pacific - 14%, Africa - 12%, Arab countries - 8%.
In Russia, the first UNESCO Chair was opened in 1992. At present, 65 university chairs function in the country.
In the fields of knowledge, the themes of the UNESCO Chairs in Russia are distributed as follows: natural sciences (21%), social and human sciences (16%), education (14%), culture (6%), communication and information (4%).
UNESCO Chairs play an increasingly important role in the exchange of experience, knowledge and information related to higher education and science development, ensure the entry of Russian universities and scientific institutions into the existing global system of multilateral inter-university and scientific cooperation.
Source: Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation