The new vision of the 34 C/4
and the 34 C/5
Hans d’Orville,
Director, Bureau of Strategic Planning
Training Seminar for Secretaries General of Caribbean
National Commissions for UNESCO
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles
3-5 July 2007
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I. Linkages between 34 C/4 and 34 C/5
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The UNESCO’s Medium-Term Strategy for 2008-2013 (34 C/4),
articulates the strategic vision and overall programmatic direction
for UNESCO’s action in all its domains at the global, regional and
country levels for the upcoming six years
The roadmap of the C/4 is translated into three consecutive
biennial programme and budget documents (C/5), beginning with
the Programme and Budget for 2008-2009 (34 C/5), ensuring a
reliable linkage and coherence between C/4 and C/5 (‘seamless
transition’)
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II. The main programmatic features of the new MediumTerm Strategy for 2008-2013 (34 C/4)
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“Programme-based approach”: Content overrides administrative
structure – all UNESCO action will be driven by and organized
around specific and complex global challenges and problems,
calling for a mobilization of all of UNESCO’s core competences
Interdisciplinarity and intersectoral engagement as integral parts of
the programming process
Structure:
– 1 single mission statement guiding UNESCO’s action across all
its areas of action
– 5 overarching objectives (OOs), expressing the unique core
competencies of UNESCO and its comparative advantage
– 14 strategic programme objectives (SPOs) translate these
overarching objectives into programme-relevant and thematic
terms, combining both sectoral and intersectoral responses to
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the global challenge identified
■Strengthening
UNESCO’s global
lead and
coordination role for
EFA and providing
support to national
leadership in favour
of EFA
■Developing policies
and tools for quality
education for all, and
lifelong education as
well as promoting
education for
sustainable
development
Mobilising
science knowledge
and policy for
sustainable
development
■Leveraging scientific
knowledge for the benefit
of the environment and
the management of
natural resources
■Fostering policies and
capacity- building in
science, technology and
innovation
■Contributing to disaster
preparedness and
mitigation
Addressing
emerging social
and
ethical
challenges
■Promoting principles,
practices and ethical
norms relevant for
scientific and
technological
development
■Enhancing researchpolicy linkages on social
transformations
■Fostering research on
critical emerging ethical
and social issues
Fostering cultural
diversity,
intercultural
dialogue and a
culture of peace
■ Strengthening the
contribution of culture to
sustainable development
Building inclusive
knowledge
societies through
information and
communication
■Enhancing universal
access to information
and knowledge
■Demonstrating the importance
■Fostering pluralistic,
of exchange and dialogue
among cultures to social
cohesion and reconciliation in
order to develop a culture of
peace
free and
independent media
and infostructures
■Sustainably protecting and
enhancing cultural heritage
■Support through UNESCO’s domains to countries in
post-conflict situations and post-disaster situations
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Overarching objectives
Attaining
quality
education
for all and
lifelong
education
Priority gender
equality
Strategic programme objectives
MISSION STATEMENT:
As a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO contributes
to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development
and intercultural dialogue through education, the sciences,
culture, communication and information
Priority Africa
III. The main programmatic features of the new MediumTerm Strategy for 2008-2013 (34 C/4) – cont’d
• Other guiding principles :
– Further programme portfolio concentration, focusing on UNESCO’s core
competencies and comparative advantages
– Orientation towards the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs) and other internationally agreed development goals relevant for
UNESCO’s domains
– Strict results orientation, with measurable expected outcomes (for the 34
C/4) and expected results, performance indicators and benchmarks (for
the C/5 documents and subsequent work plans), informed by periodic
evaluation of results, for which the Organization can be held accountable
– UNESCO be an integral and proactive part of United Nations reform,
contributing to national development goals at the country level and
ensuring coherence and effectiveness of UN–wide coordinated action, not
the least from the perspective and interests of UNESCO as a specialized
agency
– Sustaining the internal reform process of UNESCO
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IV. The main programmatic features of the new Medium-Term
Strategy for 2008-2013: Mission statement
• Medium-Term Strategy is proposed to be structured around a
single, unifying mission statement (as revised by the
Executive Board) to guide UNESCO’s strategic action across
all its areas of competence:
“As a specialized agency of the United Nations, UNESCO
contributes to the building of peace, the eradication of
poverty, sustainable development and intercultural
dialogue through education, the sciences, culture,
communication and information”
• Mission is built on the vision articulated in UNESCO’s
Constitution, “to construct the defenses of peace in the minds
of men”, which remains relevant to the Organization, while
realities and contexts in which the Constitutional mandate is
being carried out continue to evolve
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V. The main programmatic features of the new Medium-Term
Strategy for 2008-2013: Priorities and target groups
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UNESCO has committed itself to accord priority in all its fields of
competence to
– Africa and its development, responding to the priorities articulated
by the African Union, including through its New Partnership for
Africa’s Development (NEPAD) programme
– Gender equality, reflecting the strong commitment by world leaders
at the 2005 World Summit as well as subsequent prominent
proposals in the context of the UN reform process
Specific interventions will be envisaged for
– Youth, in particular addressing youth violence and other issues
affecting the welfare of youth around the world
– The Least Developed Countries (LDCs), in line with September
2006 High-Level Meeting on Review of the Brussels Programme of
Action
– The Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) in line with the
Mauritius Declaration and the Mauritius Strategy
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VI. The main programmatic features of the new Medium-Term
Strategy for 2008-2013: Priorities and target groups (cont’d)
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UNESCO will further respond to the needs of the disadvantaged
and excluded groups as well as the most vulnerable segments of
society, including indigenous peoples
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At the regional and country level, action will be concentrated on
groups that are at most in need
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Overall, the Organization will pursue in all its fields of competence a
human-rights based approach to programming
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VII . 34 C/ 4 - further contents:
• Managing for impact
• Constituencies, partners and partnerships
• Visibility of UNESCO and public
information
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VIII. From the C/4 to the C/5
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IX. Seamless passage from C/4 to C/5
A. Translation of the strategic programme objectives of the
C/4 into a limited number of biennial sectoral priorities
and main lines of action in the C/5, with expected results,
performance indicators, benchmarks.
The proposed biennial sectoral priorities for 34 C/5 are:
• Major Programme I – Education
– Leading EFA, ensuring global coordination and providing assistance to
Member States to achieve the EFA goals and education-related MDGs
based on the Global Action Plan (GAP)
– Fostering quality education for all at all levels and in both formal and
non-formal education throughout life, with particular emphasis on
vulnerable and disadvantaged groups
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• Major Programme II – Natural Sciences
– Promoting research and capacity-building for the sound management of
natural resources
– Promoting policies and strengthening human and institutional capacities
in science, technology and innovation, with special emphasis on the
basic sciences
– Promoting knowledge networks for disaster preparedness and mitigation
and enhancing national and regional coping capacities
• Major Programme III – Social and human sciences
– Promoting principles, practices and ethical norms relevant for scientific
and technological development
– Enhancing research-policy linkages relevant to social transformations
– Contributing to the dialogue among civilizations and cultures and to a
culture of peace through philosophy, the human sciences, the promotion
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of human rigths and the fight against discrimination
• Major
Programme IV – Culture
– Promoting cultural diversity through the safeguarding of heritage in its
various dimensions and the enhancement of cultural expressions
– Promoting social cohesion, by fostering pluralism, dialogue of
cultures and the establishment of a culture of peace
• Major
Programme V – Communication and information
– Fostering free,independent and pluralistic communication and
universal access to information
– Promoting innovative applications of ICTs for sustainable
development
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X. Seamless passage from C/4 to C/5 (cont’d)
B. Strong intersectoral component – 13 major intersectoral/
interdisciplinary platforms (with strategies and expected results)
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Science education
HIV and AIDS
Education for sustainable development
Contribution to the Mauritius Programme of Action for the Sustainable
Development of Small Islands developing States (SIDS)
Fostering ICT-enhanced learning
Strengthening national research systems
Languages and multilingualism
Enhancing linkages between cultural and biological diversity as a key basis to
sustainable development
Contributing to dialogue among civilizations and cultures and a culture of peace
Support to countries in post conflict and post-disaster situations
Development of a cross-sectoral programme for capacity-building
Priority Africa: coordinating and monitoring the plan of action to benefit Africa
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XI. Acting and reacting to change – Rolling strategies
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The 34th session of the General Conference (16 October-3 November
2007) will examine the Draft 34 C/4 and 34 C/5 documents together
with the recommendations by the Executive Board thereon ( 34 C/11
and 34 C/6)
The Executive Board recommended that the 34 C/4 be conceived as a
rolling strategy, so as to reflect:
– Developments in international and regional contexts pertaining to
UNESCO’s fields of competence
– Exigencies of UN reform, especially at country level in the context
of the ‘Delivering as One’ agenda
– Results and outcomes of programme activities, also drawing on the
findings of evaluations and regular monitoring
– Other critical factors that could put at risk the attainment of the
expected outcomes
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