Harnessing Sciences to Sustainable Development
As a specialized organization under the UN system, UNESCO has worked since its inauguration to strengthen the capacity of Member States in the fields of basic and engineering sciences. By establishing natural sciences programmes, UNESCO has contributed to international efforts in environmental conservation, resource management, and sustainable development. Recently, UNESCO has also undertook missions to solve global water problems and improve prevention of natural hazards, such as tsunamis, in partnership with other UN organizations.
||KNCU has encouraged Korean scientists and stakeholders to participate in UNESCO’s basic and engineering science networks, in order to promote international exchanges and improve national capacities in these fields. The Commission strongly advocates the importance of science and technology for achieving peace and development in our social and ecological environments. Also, with Korea’s development, KNCU focuses on contributing to enhancing the science and technology capacities and cooperation especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
KNCU closely collaborates with national committees of the UNESCO International/governmental Sciences Programme, such as the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Intergovernmental Hydrological Programme (IHP), Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), etc. and encourages them to actively participates in these programmes.
To contribute to achieving a peaceful and sustainable development in Asia where its rapid development affects the environment and overall peace, KNCU strives to promote a balance between conservation and development, in line with UNESCO’s MAB programme. The Commission also supports and participates in the East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (EABRN) activities to strengthen regional cooperation in this field.
Furthermore, KNCU has been working in the field of biodiversity conservation and awareness building especially with its implementation of the national campaign commemorating the International Year of Biodiversity 2010.