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Social and Human Sciences Sector


Social and Human Sciences Sector
Being connected is not enough. We must share solutions, experiences and dreams in a large community built upon human rights and fundamental freedoms”. Irina Bokova, UNESCO’s Director-General at the National Commissions International Conference held in Vienna, on May 31 2012.

As a response to the ongoing progressive diversification among societies, UNESCO strives to support Member States in their efforts towards mutual understanding and cooperation with the aim of creating a lasting peace. Learning to live together is paramount in order to face the growing global threats and challenges, like inequalities, exclusion, violence, and sectarianism – all phenomena that are worsened by local tensions and conflicts that are putting mankind’s cohesion in danger.

Each day UNESCO stands by its Member States and partners in order to identify the challenges that derive from the interaction among different societies. This work is carried out through intergovernmental programmes such as the Management of Social Transformations Programme (MOST) and the Culture of Peace and Non-violence Programme, which carries out initiatives for promoting democracy and intercultural dialogue, education for peace and human rights, among others. 
Furthermore, UNESCO strives to promote sports programmes as a vehicle for social integration.