UNESCO Chair Global Health and Education Health Education, Prevention, Health Promotion, Children and Young People

Global launch of the 2nd mandate of the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education

Informations en français

On 19 October 2023 the launch of the 2nd mandate of the UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Center on Global Health & Education took place at UNESCO House in Paris and online.

In 2022, the Chair’s application for renewal was approved by both UNESCO and WHO. The commitment of the Chair remains the same for the next mandate until 2026: knowledge production and sharing, in order to support institutions and professionals committed to promoting health for all and reducing inequalities.

This event was an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the UNESCO Chair and WHO Collaborating Centre to the two UN agencies and to thank them for their confidence in renewing its mandate for a period of four years.

Representatives of UNESCO and WHO, the two Universities hosting the Chair and MGEN and Group Vyv reviewed the positive results of the first mandate, the specific contribution of their respective organisations to this dynamic and the priorities for the next four years.

A news item on the re-designation of the WHO Collaborating Center on Research in Education and Health was published on the WHO website.

Programme global launch event

View the full programme of the global launch event.

Speakers during the global launch event were:

  • François Aubert, president Steering Committee UNESCO Chair GHE, Université Clermont Auvergne, France
  • Sobhi Tawil, UNESCO Director of Division for Future of Learning and Innovation
  • Suzy Halimi, Responsable du Réseau des Chaires UNESCO et des Villes apprenantes françaises
  • Chris Brown, Head WHO European Office for Investment for Health and Development
  • Rudiger Krech, Director, Department of Health Promotion, Healthier Populations Division, WHO
  • François Paquis, Directeur Général des Services, Université Clermont Auvergne, France
  • Bob Cryan, Vice-Chancellor, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Cyrille Isaac-Sibille, Député du Rhône
  • Matthias Savignac, Président du groupe MGEN
  • Somto Chike-Obuekwe, PhD Student, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Nanne de Vries, Head of Scientific Affairs UNESCO Chair GHE, Professor of Health Promotion, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • Didier Jourdan, co-chair holder UNESCO Chair GHE, Université Clermont Auvergne, France
  • Nicola Gray, co-chair holder UNESCO Chair GHE, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Joëlle Mignot, Chaire UNESCO Santé sexuelle & Droits humains
  • Goof Buijs, manager UNESCO Chair GHE

Recording of the launch event

Watch the recording of the global launch event in English.

A gallery featuring portraits of participants and partners is also available.

Contributions of young professionals

For the occasion of the launch of the 2nd mandate some of the young professionals the Chair has worked with, shared their highlight of the first mandate of the Chair in a short video statement.

Diana Medina – Ecuador

Clinical Psychologist, Master in Public Health, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), Ecuador

Chloé Vérité – France

Chargée de mission en prévention et promotion de la santé, Service de santé des étudiants, Université de Rennes, France

Helena Franceschini – France

Master student of European and international studies – ENS de Lyon, France

Vasilis Tsolos – Greece

University Student Greece

Kennedy O. Sigodo – United Kingdom

Lecturer in Public Health, GCU- London United Kingdom

Contributions of UNESCO Chair National Representatives

For the occasion of the launch of the 2nd mandate several National Representatives shared their highlight of the first mandate of the Chair in a short video statement.

Marco Akerman – Brazil

Full Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Pierre Fonkoua – Cameroon

Professeur titulaire
Chef de Département des Sciences de l’Education, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Yaoundé Coordonnateur de la Chaire UNESCO des Sciences de l’Education pour l’Afrique Centrale, Antenne du Cameroun (Université de Yaoundé I, Université du Congo)
Coordonnateur de la Chaire UNESCO des Droits de l’Homme et Culture de la Paix (Université de Bangui, Université de Kinshasa)
Coordonnateur du Réseau Ouest et Central Africain de Recherche en Education (ROCARE)
Coordonnateur de l’Unité de Recherche et de Formation Doctorale (URFD) Sciences de l’éducation et Ingénierie Educative de l’Université de Yaoundé I – Cameroun

Daniel Tobón Garcia – Columbia

Medical doctor, Master in Public Health and Policy, Founder and CEO of Welbin, Columbia

Tenia Prokalamou – Greece

Biomedical Scientist, 1st Health Authority, MSc Applied Dietetics and Nutrition, Research Associate at Harokopio University, PhD Cand. in Healthy ageing, Greece

Graça S. Carvalho – Portugal

Full Professor, Research Centre on Child Studies, Institute of Education, University of Minho, Portugal

George Arrey – South Africa

CEO Health Promotions South Africa Trust South Africa

Bill Datema, DrPH, MS, MCHES United States

CEO, Society for Public Health Education, United States

Photo galerie

Photos from the global launch event on 19 October 2023 can be seen in this photo galerie.

Photos from the launch event for the french speaking community on 20 October 2023 can be seen in this photo galerie.

Portraits can be found in this photo galerie.