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Congress on Innovation and Projects for Sustainable Development

FLACAM and the FLACAM UNITWIN network / UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Development proposes this Pre-Congress and Virtual Congress and invites other UNESCO Chairs, taking advantage of the 30th anniversary of the UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Program in 2022, to participate as co-organizers of the same, with a view to also creating a Network of UNESCO Chairs for sustainability and the SDGs, for the days of December 6 to 8, 2020.


The Pre-Congress aims to stimulate the presentation of innovative ideas / projects in the field of sustainable development. Interested parties may submit their ideas / projects in any of the following Thematic Areas, associated with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Created in 1989 and designated UNESCO Chair FLACAM and Unitwin Network for Sustainable Development in 1995, FLACAM has been developing its activities uninterruptedly for 30 years. With more than 20 Member Institutions, including Members and Adherents (among them the UNESCO Chair on Sustainability of the UPC), in almost all of Latin America and Spain, it focuses its activities on the training of human resources at the postgraduate level and on the formulation and management of projects aimed at sustainable development. His Master's Degree in Sustainable Development, developed for more than 20 years, and focused on the formulation of a specific project by the student and his more than 600 graduates throughout Latin America, are a sign of his commitment to education and training in pursuit of sustainability, as well as with the concrete implementation of the SDGs.


In 2017, it has also incorporated, to its already recognized Master's Degree in Sustainable Development, an intense offer of virtual short courses in areas such as sustainable tourism, landscape, environmental architecture, social housing and urban inclusion, environmental planning, sustainable city, and policies. sustainability, among others; training each year, between both activities, more than 600 professionals / students from the most diverse disciplines and from more than 15 countries. With many of them, in key roles in NGOs, teaching and research in Public and / or Private Universities or in governmental areas throughout Latin America, their reach and impact at the local, national and regional Latin American level grows and consolidates year after year.


The UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Program and its 30th anniversary in 2022.

Launched in 1992, the UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Program involves more than 850 institutions in 117 countries, and promotes international interuniversity cooperation and networking to improve institutional capacities through knowledge exchange and collaborative work.

The program supports the establishment of key priority areas related to UNESCO's areas of competence, namely in education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication. Through this network, higher education and research institutions around the world pool their resources, both human and material, to address urgent challenges and contribute to the development of their societies. In many cases, networks and chairs serve as think tanks and bridge builders between academia, civil society, local communities, research, and policy-making. They have proven useful in informing policy decisions, establishing new teaching initiatives, generating innovation through research, and contributing to the enrichment of existing university programs while promoting cultural diversity. In areas that lack experience, chairs and networks have become poles of excellence and innovation at the regional or subregional level. They also help to strengthen North-South-South cooperation.


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