The UNESCO Chair

Our vision is to create the conditions for children and young people to take charge of their lives: as individuals, as members of their community and as global citizens for all matters related to health.

Health and education are inalienable rights for children. Improving their health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities are a joint responsibility. Education has a key role, since people’s health depends for 80% on environmental factors and lifestyle. Now is the time to create new synergies in order to improve children and young people’s health. The UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Centre “Global Health & Education” aim to contribute to shape the future field of prevention.

The Chair promotes a strategy of social change by introducing an innovative way of practicing health promotion, prevention and health education. It combines the knowledge of health determinants with social-cultural practices. This leads to a balanced approach between environmental changes and capacity building.

The objectives of the UNESCO Chair are framed within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s):

  • Building a global community

The Chair is building a global community, connecting universities, public and private organisations and individuals.

  • Producing knowledge

The Chair connects, shares and produces action-oriented knowledge to support changes in practices and policies.

  • Training

The UNESCO Chair helps to develop competencies of all stakeholders to professionalise and strengthen prevention.

  • Sharing knowledge

The UNESCO Chair offers a platform for communication and knowledge-sharing.