About Us

 

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability (UNESCO-SOST) is an international centre of excellence for resilience and sustainability science applied for transformation at local and regional scales.

The UNESCO Chair on Sustainability (UNESCO-SOST) established at the Polytechnical University of Catalonia in 1996, is an organization dedicated to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on water science, engineering and technologies resources for sustainability. The Chair articulates and facilitates a multi-networking collaboration between different institutions in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, focused on knowledge and best practices transfer in sustainable human development, from local scale to the global level.

The work carried out over the last 20 years has contributed to turn UNESCO-SOST into a model and a pole of innovation and excellence in matters related to the sustainable human development, especially in sustainable water resources management, in innovative technologies to meet social, environmental and economic needs, and in the design and articulation of transformation participative projects oriented to SDG.

Most efforts will be directed during next years to improve the knowledge generation and transfer related to circular economy, adaptation and mitigation to climate change and ecosystem services and their relation with intangible heritage, in a holistic approach to global change focused on four main areas of work: water, energy, land and biodiversity.

A REFERENCE INSTITUTION IN ACTION FOR TRANSFORMATION

 

Our Mission

The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of Research, training, information and documentation on engineering and technologies resources for sustainability and for water science. It will facilitate collaboration between researchers and teaching staff with other public and private institutions elsewhere in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean.

 

Our Vision

We believe in the importance of applied science connected to participative transforming actions. Development can no longer be done without an increased understanding of nature’s role for our own survival and well-being.

UNESCOSOST is:

International

Presence in 10 offices from 5 countries, working locally, regionally and globally, with international multidisciplinary staff.

Integrated

We work at a local, regional and global level, with multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary schemes, adopting a holistic approach to global change, focusing on four main areas of work: water, energy, territory and biodiversity.

Multidisciplinary

Multidisciplinary team with more than 30 people with skills that cover a wide range of domains at a technical and social level.