UNU-IIST Explores Collaboration with UNESCO

On 9 May 2012, UNU Office in Paris, in conjunction with the French National Commission for UNESCO, organized an event, “Presenting the United Nations University to the French-speaking Academic Community”, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The event introduced the history, concept and impact of UNU, followed by in-depth introductions of four UNU Institutes and a roundtable discussion.  Some 70 attendees from UNESCO, national delegations to UNESCO, and from the French-speaking academic community attended the event.

Konrad Osterwalder, the UNU Rector, together with Luk Van Langenhove, Director of the UNU office in Paris (UNU-OP) and UNU-CRIS, Jean Audouze, President of the French National Commission for UNESCO and David Atchoarena, Director of the UNESCO Division for Teacher Development and Higher Education, gave the opening remarks.  UNU-IIST Director Peter Haddawy, along with the Directors of UNU-MERIT, UNU-EHS and UNU-INRA, presented their Institutes respectively.  Attendees showed strong interest in the programmes of UNU-IIST and Professor Haddawy engaged in follow-up discussions the next day to explore specific areas of collaboration with the UNESCO Division for Planning and Development of Education Systems as well as with the Columbus Association.