The UNESCO Chair

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

Why a UNESCO Chair Global Health & Education?

Health and education are inalienable rights for children. Improving their health and well-being 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 promote intersectoral policies and practices.

The Chair encourages 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.

What is the UNESCO Chair?

To tackle the new challenges of health promotion, prevention and health education, all sectors and stakeholders need to work together. Therefore, co-creation and active participation are key components of the Chair’s actions.

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 health promotion, prevention and health education.

  • Sharing knowledge

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

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Video presentation of the Chair for the launch at UNESCO, 10 October 2018.

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