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UNESCO Centers in Italy


UNESCO Centers in Italy


Venice hosts the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE). This Bureau, which is the only UNESCO Center in Europe, promotes cultural and scientific cooperation in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. Ever since 1988, its premises are located in Palazzo Zorzi, which is kindly lended to BRESCE by the City of Venice (Journal officiel of the Italian Republic, N.120/L, Article 1.2 and Convention between UNESCO, Italian Government and City of Venice, 28th November 1996).    



Trieste hosts the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), which is funded at 80% by the Italian Ministry of Education and Research (20 500,000€). It is mandated to advance scientific expertise in the developing world in the fields of theoretical physics and mathematics. Trieste also hosts the World Academy of Science(TWAS), which fosters the advancement of science in developing countries since 1985.



Perugia hosts the Secretariat of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP), the UN coordination mechanism of the 31 UN-Water members and partners dealing with the world’s fresh water resources. Its purpose it to provide tools to develop policies that enhance fresh water resources management, identify water shortages and suggest solutions. Its key effort is the World Water Development Report (WWDR), a yearly comprehensive review that gives an overall picture of the state of the world's freshwater resources.