Launch of Global Health and Education UNESCO Chair

WHO / Malin Bring

Pressing issues around the health of children and young people across the globe are to be addressed by a newly formed United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair in Global Health and Education, focusing on health education and promotion. The Chair was launched on 10 October 2018, with more than 200 participants from over 40 countries attending at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.

The UNESCO Chair will act as a strategic resource for knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, and capacity building for policy and practice, to improve the health and well-being of children and young people worldwide. By connecting a variety of key actors, such as United Nations agencies (including UNESCO and WHO), United Nations member states, academia, educational institutes, nongovernmental organizations, companies and local communities, the UNESCO Chair will be an effective force for change. It will support community building, implementation of stimulating innovative projects, actor management and fundraising.

The Chair is located in 2 sites: one chair holder is the University of Clermont Auvergne in France and the other Osaka University in Japan. Their expected reach will be truly global, covering most countries involved with the Chairs’ respective networks.

“The UNESCO Chair is set up to be a think tank to generate ideas and spread them across borders globally together with scientific data,” stated Didier Jourdan (Chair Holder, France). “Its work focuses on close links between different sectors. No single sector can achieve the needed change alone – leveraging coherent interventions requires cooperation.”

The initiative is supported by the University of Clermont Auvergne, Osaka University, UNESCO, WHO, MGEN/Groupe VYV and the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE).