UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

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UNESCO. (2021). UNESCO recommendation on open science. Paris, France: UNESCO. (Also available in French and Spanish.)

This report was adopted unanimously by 193 UNESCO member states in November 2021.

Open dialogue with other knowledge systems refers to the dialogue between different knowledge holders, that recognizes the richness of diverse knowledge systems and epistemologies and diversity of knowledge producers in line with the 2001 UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity. It aims to promote the inclusion of knowledge from traditionally marginalized scholars and enhance inter-relationships and complementarities between diverse epistemologies, adherence to international human rights norms and standards, respect for knowledge sovereignty and governance, and the recognition of rights of knowledge holders to receive a fair and equitable share of benefits that may arise from the utilization of their knowledge. (p. 15)

(See also the related International Science Council publication Science as a global public good, issued in 2020, which set the stage by arguing that “The social contract is shifting to one in which science is open to society: transparent and participative” (p. 20). Both publications emphasize the need for intercultural and international dialogues among knowledge workers.)

UNESCO Futures of Education Report Issued


UNESCO Futures of Education Commission. (2021). Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education. Paris, France: UNESCO.

UNESCO launched its Futures of Education Initiative in September 2019. Drawing on extensive consultations, the International Commission has just released their final report, Reimagining Our Futures Together: a new social contract for education. The brief overview of their conclusions is here. Most critically, they conclude that: “we need a new social contract for education that can repair injustices while transforming the future. This new social contract must be grounded in human rights and based on principles of non-discrimination, social justice, respect for life, human dignity and cultural diversity. It must encompass an ethic of care, reciprocity, and solidarity. It must strengthen education as a public endeavour and a common good.”

Among other comments in the report, those most directly related to CID are probably these:

The world is rich in multicultural and multi-ethnic societies and education should promote intercultural citizenship. Beyond learning about the value of diversity, education should promote the skills, values and conditions needed for horizontal, democratic dialogue with diverse groups, knowledge systems and practices. The basis for intercultural citizenship is the affirmation of one ́s cultural identities. Knowing who you are is the starting point for respecting others. (p. 53). . .Education at its best is a collective process that acknowledges the value of peer and intergenerational as well as intercultural learning. (p. 134)

[CID was one of the organizations consulted by the initiative, and is acknowledged in the report; see the CID Report for UNESCO Futures of Education for the conclusions of 3 focus groups we organized at their request.]

UNESCO Futures of Education Report Coming

“UNESCO”UNESCO Futures of Education initiative: Launch of the Report will occur 10 November 2021 1:30-2:30 CET (Webinar open to the public and broadcast in multiple languages).

UNESCO launched its Futures of Education initiative at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2019. Chaired by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, H.E. Madame Sahle- Work Zewde, an International Commission of thought-leaders from the worlds of politics, academia, the arts, science, business, and education, undertook a broad, inclusive global engagement effort involving educators, youth, researchers, governments, business and civil society. [Read basic information about the Futures of Education Initiative. CID was one of the organizations consulted; read the CID Report for UNESCO Futures of Education, sharing the results of 3 focus groups we organized at their request.]

Drawing on their extensive consultations, the International Commission has prepared a Report that will be the third in a series of UNESCO global reports on the future of education. The Commission’s Report, Reimagining Our Futures Together: a new social contract for education, will be officially launched at UNESCO’s 41st General Conference.

This launch event will present the key ideas and recommendations of the new flagship report to Member States, and initiate the mobilization of the global education community and UNESCO strategic partners to take forward the global debate and action on the Futures of Education. The event will be livestreamed to the general public in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. Please click here to join the livestream of the event.

Film Competition: African Folktales Reimagined

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Short Film competition, African Folktales, Reimagined, UNESCO and Netflix. Deadline: November 14, 2021.


Netflix and UNESCO have partnered to launch an innovative short film competition on ‘African Folktales, Reimagined’ across Sub-Saharan Africa. Winners of the competition will be trained and mentored by industry professionals and provided with a US$75,000 production budget to create short films that will premiere on Netflix in 2022 as an “Anthology of African folktales”. Specifically, each of the 6 winners will receive a production grant of US$75,000 (through a local production company) to develop, shoot and post-produce their films under the guidance of Netflix and industry mentors to ensure everyone involved in the production is fairly compensated. In addition, each of the 6 winners will also receive US$25,000.

One key aim of this competition is to discover new voices and to give emerging filmmakers in Sub-Saharan Africa visibility on a global scale. Organizers want to find the bravest, wittiest, and most surprising retellings of some of Africa’s most-loved folktales and share them with entertainment fans around the world in over 190 countries. For the first round, applicants will be required to submit a synopsis of their concept (no more than 500 words) as well as links to a recent CV and a portfolio/evidence of any past audiovisual work they have produced.

Additional press coverage by The Guardian, and Variety.

World Teachers’ Day Oct 5 2021

EventsWorld Teachers’ Day: Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery, October 5, 2021. Sponsored by UNESCO, UNICEF, International Labour Organization, and Education International.

World Teachers' Day 2021

We honor all the teachers who follow the Center for Intercultural Dialogue. This has been a difficult year and a half for so many. Take a moment to pause, and appreciate all that has been accomplished despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic.

For those who have the time, World Teachers’ Day celebrations will take place from 4 to 8 October 2021.

UNESCO: Reporting on Migrants and Refugees (Handbook)

“UNESCO”UNESCO. (2021). Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators. Paris, France: UNESCO.

This handbook enables journalism educators worldwide to address one of the challenges of the 21st century – migration and refugee matters. In a set of thirteen modules, journal-ism educators are provided with a comprehensive curriculum. It covers all aspects needed to train analysis, research, presentation, marketing, and ethics of migration coverage.

The handbook is unique as it comprises results of communication studies as well as political and social sciences. It has been developed by an international and cross-cultural group of media researchers, media educators and media practitioners. (p. iii)

Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators is published as part of the UNESCO Series on Journalism Education, and is available in Open Access.

UNESCO: Communications Consultant in Gender and Education (France)


Communications Consultant (Gender and Education), UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 15 September, 2021.

Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division for Education 2030 and the Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, and the direct supervision of the Communication Officer on one part and the Liaison Officer for the Joint Program on the other part, the Contractor will support the digital and audio-visual communication efforts of the Section and the visibility efforts of the Joint Program (from 1 September to 30 December 2021). Among other duties, the successful candidate will help to implement the digital communication plan and update/improve it as needed based on upcoming landmarks and events, including a working list of outputs and timeline. Required qualifications include, but are not limited to, advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communications, media/journalism, political science, social science or a related field. No less than two years of experience developing, producing, disseminating and monitoring creative communication and digital content, of which preferably one year at international level. Excellent knowledge of both English and French.

UNESCO: Program Specialist in Culture (France)


Program Specialist (Culture). UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 6 September, 2021.


Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Director of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), and the direct supervision of the Head of the Arab States Unit of the World Heritage Centre (WHC/ARB), the incumbent shall exercise the function of Program Specialist contributing to the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Arab States Region for cultural and natural heritage, working within the Global Strategy adopted by the World Heritage Committee, using Periodic Reporting and Monitoring Reporting as an efficient conservation tool, implementing the strategic objectives and decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee, cooperating with UN agencies on all related activities, and acting as Focal Point for a defined number of States Parties in the Unit within the World Heritage Centre. Required qualifications include, but are not limited to, an advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Cultural and/or Natural Heritage, Humanities, Law or Natural Sciences with specialization in natural or cultural heritage, Culture, Archaeology, Architecture, International Relations, or related area.

UNESCO: Director for Communication and Information Strategy & Policy (France)


Director for Communication and Information Strategy & Policy. UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 13 September, 2021 (extended).

Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the incumbent is responsible for providing intellectual and strategic leadership and vision to support UNESCO’s global mandate in the various fields of communication and information, including freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, universal access to information, media development and media and information literacy, innovation and digital transformations, and documentary heritage. In collaboration with UNESCO’s worldwide network of field offices, the incumbent will inform the development of UNESCO’s activities and initiatives, including by providing policy analysis and advice, to better meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This role does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Department of Public Information.

UNESCO: Chief of Inclusion, Rights & Dialogue (France)


Chief of Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section, Social and Human Sciences Sector,  UNESCO,  Paris, France. Deadline: 25 July 2021.

The Inclusion, Rights, and Dialogue Section of UNESCO supports Member States to promote inclusive policies and actions, by countering racism and discrimination, advancing intercultural dialogue and pursuing gender equality.

Under the supervision of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences Sector (ADG/SHS), the incumbent will be responsible for a number of flagship programs and projects, such as: UNESCO’s Roadmap on Anti-racism and non-discrimination; intercultural dialogue and competencies; arts for human rights and social justice; the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender stereotypes; the international coalition of inclusive and sustainable cities; the Slave Route Project; the right to science and scientific freedom. The successful candidate will lead the design, coordination, execution and evaluation of the program and projects for the Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section.

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