The Slovenia Times

National UNESCO Commission supports science, heritage projects


In 2016, the National UNESCO Commission, a government advisory body, will help fund projects by various organisations with a total of EUR 200,000.

The most funds typically go for programmes of the commission's national committees, which get about EUR 27,000 each.

As part of the committee in charge of international geoscience and geoparks programme, the work of Slovenian geoparks Idrija and Karavanke, members of the global network of Unesco geoparks, will be co-financed.

Also supported will be the National Biology Institute, whose Piran-based sea biological station is conducting sea and ocean research.

In hydrology, the National UNESCO Commission will help finance maintenance, development and research of river basins, including the Ljubljansko barje marshes and the Pivka catchment in the Postojnska jama cave.

As part of the national committee for the intergovernmental scientific Man and the Biosphere Programme, various organisations will receive funds for science camps, Earth Day and various other educational projects.

Some 10,000 will be allocated to the Nova Gorica School of Advanced Social Studies for a conference on the transformation of the society in the face of mass migration, a public debate on ethics in science and education, a workshop on professionalism in media and a debate on culture and sustainable development.

The projects promoting Slovenia's heritage will get EUR 15,000. Various organisations will use the money to hold Days of the Ethnographic Film, an exhibition of lace and an even presenting the traditional Slovenian folk music.

Another EUR 10,000 will allocated to projects for youth, including a summer school on the UN, a meeting of youth from European and Arab countries in Slovenia and various workshops organised by UNESCO schools. The network of primary schools promoting UNESCO goals will have a budget of over EUR 22,200 this year.

The National UNESCO Commission also supports individual projects with up to EUR 5,000, such as the international literary festival Vilenica.


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