My Chair in 3 Minutes: UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability

My Chair in 3 Minutes: UNESCO Chair in Island Studies and Sustainability


Canadian Commission for UNESCO presents My Chair in 3 minutes UNESCO Chair in island studies and sustainability, University of Prince Edward Island and University of Malta the UNESCO chair in Island studies and
sustainability is a wonderful partnership between the University of
Prince Edward Island in Canada and University of Malta in Malta so we’re
looking at on one hand a sub-national island jurisdiction a province of Canada
collaborating with a small island state in Europe one that is proud of its
sovereignty and proud of its University one of the world’s oldest universities
it’s a university that like the University of Prince Edward Island also
has an institute dedicated to the study of islands and small States Islands have a voice. Islands are more visible than we sometimes think that they are there are
over 600 million islanders out there and they definitely require and and deserve
a focus we’re trying to promote that we’re trying to push this understanding
of the world as a world of islands and doing that with a whole gamut of
partners that we have developed over the years around the world I along with my
co-chair dr. Godfrey Baldacchino of the the great fortune to be co-chair holders
for the UNESCO chair and Island studies and sustainability. The overall objective
of that chair is really to build capacity to build capacity amongst
islands and Islanders throughout the world This is capacity in terms of education programs in terms of research capacity
but it’s also capacity in terms of public engagement and how people get
involved in Islands in order to make sure that we can improve the quality of
life of Islanders. UNESCO is one of the world’s most visible and most respected organizations To us it’s a huge privilege to be able to associate
ourselves with that mandate to be recognized as members of a global
community of UNESCO chairs to be recognized also as members of an
organization that encourages twinning and collaboration also what we typically
call as south-south cooperation so it’s not just the developed world but also
the developing world marshaling resources marshalling people together in
order to promote change for the better One of the
projects that were especially proud of is we partnered with the climate research lab here on UPEI in order to host a symposium on climate change
adaptation and small islands especially and the purpose of this was not
necessarily just to talk with the challenges they face but rather to talk
about the various solutions and strategies in order to try to address
climate change we learn from them and they learn from us and the audience
really consisted of government staff and NGO representatives it was a perfect
example of capacity building another example is a conference in Hainan China
we’re partnering with the Chinese government the Hainan government to
bring international experts on Island economic change development and the
Chinese are bringing national experts as well
and we’ll have a sharing of information on what’s taking place now and in the
future on island economic change

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