Preliminary proposals by the Director-General concerning the Draft Programme and Budget for 2012-2013 (36 C/5)

36 C/5 Biennial sectoral priorities (BSPs)

89. Underlines the importance of UNESCO’s continued work in the field of ethics, including environmental ethics, and the ethical implications of climate change;

90. Urges more concentration and a much clearer focus of activities undertaken under Major Programme III, giving priority to concrete action in areas where UNESCO has a clear added value and focusing on work that has the greatest impact, in particular for the proposed MLA 2;

91. Underscores the relevance of the social and human sciences to the work of the Organization, and the potential of intersectoral engagement with all major programmes, in areas such as the university teaching of social and human sciences, the adaptation and dissemination of the General and Regional Histories for national education as appropriate, the inclusion of philosophy in school curricula and the integration of the issue of the ethical implications of climate change into curricula at all levels of education;

92. Encourages the strengthening of and support to social and human science networks, including through the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme, through which UNESCO can play a catalytic role in promoting critical thinking, the dissemination of knowledge and the promotion of peace and democracy, especially through networks of mayors, parliamentarians, UNESCO Chairs, women’s associations, youth, philosophers, media professionals, athletes and artists;

93. Expresses its strong support for the MOST programme in the area of social transformations; 94. Recognizes the important role played by the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) in the areas of ethics of science and technology, and bioethics;

95. Recognizes the important role that youth plays, and emphasizes the need to pay special attention to youth empowerment and youth participation, especially young people who are victims of poverty, unemployment and discrimination, and to develop UNESCO’s activities further in the area of prevention of youth violence;

96. Encourages UNESCO to increase its engagement with youth by implementing the UNESCO Strategy of African Youth and by building on findings and best practices in this area in other regions, especially Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC);

97. Underlines the importance of philosophical reflection on current global challenges;

98. Underscores the need to engage in prospective critical thinking in the field of the social and human sciences;

99. Stresses the particular challenges relating to migration in the current global context, in countries of origin, transit and destination, and urges the development of a social cohesion approach to migration;

100. Recognizes the work of UNESCO on General and Regional Histories, and underlines the importance of historical reflection when working on reconciliation and a culture of peace;

101. Encourages further capacity-building in Member States to help them to face the challenges

raised by modern social transformations, especially in the light of globalization;

102. Requests that the conclusions of UNESCO’s 2010 World Social Science Report be taken into account inter alia in shaping UNESCO’s future action;