In­ter­ac­tion be­tween UN­ESCO and the Cen­ter Ij­ti­moiy Fikr

Re­cently, par­tic­i­pants of a sem­i­nar at the Tashkent In­sti­tute of Ir­ri­gation and Mech­a­niza­tion of Agri­cul­ture dis­cussed sup­port­ing young re­searchers in the field of wa­ter man­age­ment within the frame­work of the UN­ESCO pro­gram for the man­age­ment of so­cial tr

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - IN THE MIRROR OF PUBLIC OPINION -

We of­fer our read­ers the speech de­liv­ered by Rano Ubaidul­laeva, Di­rec­tor of the Ij­ti­moiy Fikr Cen­ter for the Study of Pub­lic Opin­ion, Chair­woman of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for the UN­ESCO MOST Pro­gram, Aca­demi­cian of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbek­istan:

“The Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev vis­ited ear­lier the UN­ESCO head­quar­ters in the frame­work of his of­fi­cial visit to France. This is the first visit of our head of state to UN­ESCO over the past 22 years, which opened a new chap­ter in the re­la­tions be­tween Uzbek­istan and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion. Dur­ing the visit, an agree­ment was reached be­tween the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try and the UN­ESCO Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Ms. Au­drey Azoulay on ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing young sci­en­tists in the spirit of peace and tol­er­ance, as well as in science and, es­pe­cially, in wa­ter man­age­ment.

The new in­te­grated strat­egy for the MOST pro­gram en­vis­ages the cre­ation of an in­di­vid­ual mech­a­nism to sup­port young pro­fes­sion­als, grad­u­ate stu­dents and young re­searchers through the UN­ESCO MOST school, which is co­or­di­nated by the UN­ESCO of­fice in Uzbek­istan and the Tashkent In­sti­tute of Ir­ri­gation and Agri­cul­tural Mech­a­niza­tion Engi­neers.

In this re­gard, it should be noted that a great deal of work is be­ing done in this area by the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the UN­ESCO MOST Pro­gram. From 2019, the cre­ation of schools of pro­fes­sion­als with the in­volve­ment of young re­searchers will be prac­ticed. Thus, on the ba­sis of a signed me­moran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion with the All-Rus­sian Cen­ter for the Study of Pub­lic Opin­ion (VTSIOM), a visit of lead­ing sci­en­tists of so­ci­ol­o­gists is planned for the com­ing year.

The Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan for the UN­ESCO MOST Pro­gram has been op­er­at­ing in Uzbek­istan since 1999 on the ba­sis of the Ij­ti­moiy Fikr Cen­ter for the Study of Pub­lic Opin­ion.

Its mem­ber­ship (21 mem­bers) in­cludes rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Academy of Sciences, higher ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, sci­en­tific in­sti­tu­tions, NGOs and a num­ber of lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in the coun­try. Meet­ings of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee are held reg­u­larly – per quar­ter – within the frame­work of the per­ma­nent sci­en­tific-prac­ti­cal sem­i­nar “Press­ing is­sues of study­ing pub­lic opin­ion meth­ods, the­ory, prac­tice”.

The re­search ar­eas of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee for the UN­ESCO MOST Pro­gram are: pro­grams of mul­ti­cul­tural and multi-eth­nic so­ci­eties; on ur­ban­iza­tion (area); study of man­age­ment schemes; ed­u­ca­tional sys­tems; na­ture con­ser­va­tion and oth­ers.

Co­op­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists in ad­di­tion to joint mono­graphs and sci­en­tific col­lec­tions is car­ried out through pub­li­ca­tions in the jour­nal “Pub­lic Opin­ion. Hu­man Rights”, which op­er­ates on the ba­sis of the Ij­ti­moiy Fikr Cen­ter and the Na­tional Cen­ter for Hu­man Rights of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan.

From the day of its in­cep­tion, the Na­tional Com­mit­tee on the UN­ESCO MOST Pro­gram is work­ing to es­tab­lish bi­lat­eral re­la­tions on the ba­sis of co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments with so­cial and so­ci­o­log­i­cal cen­ters of for­eign coun­tries. In par­tic­u­lar, with the UN Sec­tor for So­cial and Hu­man Sciences on Ed­u­ca­tion, Science and Cul­ture, the UN In­ter­na­tional Con­sul­ta­tion for So­cial Sciences (UN-HABI­TAT) (France); the re­gional di­vi­sion of so­cial and hu­man sciences in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion (Tab­land, Bangkok); Har­vard Uni­ver­sity (USA) and many oth­ers.

In ac­cor­dance with the UN­ESCO pro­posal to cre­ate the In­ter­na­tional Net­work of Women Philoso­phers, we pre­sented ma­te­ri­als on 64 fe­male philoso­phers in Uzbek­istan, which were in­cluded in the database of the In­ter­na­tional Net­work of Women Philoso­phers, cre­ated un­der the aus­pices of UN­ESCO.

In the frame­work of the UN­ESCO MOST Pro­gram, so­ci­o­log­i­cal stud­ies were con­ducted on the “Val­ues and Life­styles of Young Peo­ple in Cen­tral Asia”, “Re­la­tion­ship be­tween So­ci­o­log­i­cal Stud­ies and Ed­u­ca­tion Re­form Poli­cies in Uzbek­istan”, “Cit­i­zens and Mi­gra­tion” and oth­ers.

The work of the Na­tional Com­mit­tee of the UN­ESCO MOST and the Ij­ti­moiy Fikr Cen­ter for the Study of Pub­lic Opin­ion thus al­lows to main­tain and es­tab­lish new con­tacts with sci­en­tists and spe­cial­ists work­ing in these ar­eas, to bring the re­sults of sci­en­tific re­search to state au­thor­i­ties, min­istries and de­part­ments, places of var­i­ous pub­lic or­ga­ni­za­tions to work closely with the me­dia.

The main promis­ing ar­eas of ac­tiv­ity for the up­com­ing pe­riod are:- the role of preschool ed­u­ca­tion in the up­bring­ing of a har­mo­niously de­vel­oped, healthy gen­er­a­tion;

- ed­u­ca­tion, as a means of com­bat­ing ex­trem­ism and vi­o­lence;

- co­op­er­a­tion in the field of science and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion;

- pro­fes­sional train­ing of young sci­en­tists in the spirit of peace and tol­er­ance.

The MOST or­ga­nized schools seek to unite a group of sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers, politi­cians and so­cial ac­tivists at the na­tional or re­gional lev­els to dis­cuss is­sues of so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian science. Mem­bers of the UN­ESCO MOST Com­mit­tee take an ac­tive part in the work of in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ences. Dur­ing this pe­riod, 25 sem­i­nars were held in our coun­try.

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