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


First of all the Chair is a community of people involved in knowledge production and sharing at a global level. The governance is under the responsibility of a Steering Committee and involves a Scientific and Ethical Committee, an Operational Team and a Secretariat.

UNESCO Chair community

The strength of the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education lies in the skills and knowledge of its community members. They share the overall vision of the UNESCO Chair.

The UNESCO Chair operates as an open community. Organisations and people from different backgrounds, countries, cultures who have a common interest in health & education are actively involved in different activities at a global level. Community members range from individuals (academics, students, administrators, practitioners, consultants and others) to universities and organisations (cities, regions, NGO’s, unions, public and private companies and networks). Among the core partners of the UNESCO Chair there are two founding organizations: MGEN and Groupe Vyv.

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Steering Committee

The Steering Committee oversees the activities of the Chair, sets orientation within the framework of the agreement between the Chair and UNESCO, approves the workplan, the budget and the annual report. Read the Terms of Reference Steering Committee.

Scientific & Ethical Committee

The Scientific & Ethical Committee oversees all scientific and ethical issues and works according to their Terms of Reference Scientific and Ethical Committee.

Operational team

The operational team at the University that hosts the Chair, supports the work of the UNESCO Chair secretariat and plays an active role in the implementation of the activities described in the workplan. The operational team is supervised by the University that hosts the Chair.

Chair secretariat

The UNESCO Chair secretariat supports the daily management of the UNESCO Chair. It coordinates and supports all activities based on dialogue, including scientific and research support. The secretariat is hosted by la Fondation d’entreprise Mutuelle Générale de l’Education Nationale (MGEN) and the University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA) Foundation.

The secretariat consists of two co-Chair holders, the Chair manager and three project officers.

The Chair secretariat writes a yearly work plan based on the agreement with UNESCO. This workplan is approved by the Steering Committee. The Operational team, the MGEN Foundation together with the Chair secretariat are responsible for the implementation of the workplan.


Didier Jourdan
Co-Chair holder
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Nicola Gray
Co-Chair holder
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Goof Buijs
Chair manager
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Catherine Chabot
Project officer
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Valérie Ivassenko
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Silvia de Ruiter
Project officer
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The Global Health & Education UNITWIN network

At the time there are three Chairs on Global Health & Education, one is co-hosted by the University of Clermont Auvergne and the University of Huddersfield in Europe, one by Osaka University in Japan and one by Peking University in P.R. China.

In order to create a coherent dynamic, the framework and activities are the same but the workplan is tailored to the contexts and cultures. Each UNESCO Chair has its own Steering Committee (SC) which oversees the activities of the Chair. The Steering Committee Terms of Reference apply for each Chair, and there may be regional additions/adaptations. There is only one global Scientific and Ethical Committee (SEC) operating for all UNESCO Chairs Global Health & Education.

Ethical charter

The activities of the UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education are funded through partnerships between the public, private and civic sector. The Ethical charter includes our ethical code and types of funding partnerships.

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