Welcome to the UNESCO Chair

UNESCO’s UNITWIN and Chairs programme promotes international cooperation and networking to mobilise collaboration around the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and in key priority areas related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication. 

The UNESCO Chair supports learning from contexts which have long-term refugee and migratory experiences and where resilience has been developed, often in the face of overwhelming linguistic and cultural destruction.  Working with our cross-sectorial partners, we engage in research and advocacy for creative and artistic approaches to integration, which sustain linguistic and cultural diversity, foster creativity and intercultural capabilities and promote peace.  

Fàilte don Chathair UNESCO

Cathraiche UNESCO ann an Amalachas Fhògarrach tro Chànain is na h-Ealainean

Bidh prògram UNITWIN agus Cathraichean UNESCO a’ brosnachadh co-obrachadh agus lìonrachadh eadar-nàiseanta gus com-pàirteachas a bhrosnachadh timcheall air Clàr-gnothaich Leasachadh Seasmhach 2030 agus prìomhachasan co-cheangailte ri raointean comais UNESCO - foghlam, saidheansan nàdarrach is sòisealta, cultar agus conaltradh.

Bidh Cathraiche UNESCO a’ toirt taic do ionnsachadh bho cho-theacsan aig a bheil eòlas fad-ùine air fògarraich agus imrich agus far an deach tapachd a leasachadh, gu tric an aghaidh sgrios mòr cànanach is cultarach. Ag obair le ar com-pàirtichean tar-roinneil, bidh sinn a’ dol an sàs ann an rannsachadh agus tagrachd airson dòighean-obrach cruthachail agus ealanta a thaobh amalachas, a chumas suas iomadachd cànanach is cultarach, a bhrosnaicheas cruthachalachd agus comasan eadar-chultarach agus a bhrosnaicheas sìth.

A note about COP26 - Glasgow - November 2021

Research has shown, with a constancy, that when resources are scarce it is the most vulnerable people and most marginalised people who will suffer first. In conflict over resources – land and water – it’s very hard to draw a causal line between forced migration and climate chaos, but what we do know from past environmental degradation is that it has produced forced displacement.

In preparing for COP26 and thinking about the effects to come for those who may be displaced and those who will hold the grief for the land lost that accompanies the search for a refuge, a human ecological approach to culture and sanctuary is an important element.

"UNESCO ensures that the role of culture is recognized through a majority of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those focusing on quality education, sustainable cities, the environment, economic growth, sustainable consumption and production patterns, peaceful and inclusive societies, gender equality and food security.

From cultural heritage to cultural and creative industries, Culture is both an enabler and a driver of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.”


UNESCO RILA is proud to engage with cultural work towards the sustainable development goals, and to learning from past conflict about the possible effects of the climate conflicts and conflicts over resources to come.