This project corresponds to UNESCO’s priorities, including the Medium Term Strategy for 2008 – 2013, and the Millennium Development Goals in the following ways:
- Attaining quality education for all and lifelong learning
By creating organisations, institutions and networks that have learning cycles built into them, in terms of how they see the future.
- Mobilizing science knowledge and policy for sustainable development
Through provision of courses designed to aid leaders in using foresight tools and methods to innovate, create partnerships and explore new models of economic, social and scientific development.
- Addressing emerging social and ethical challenges
Through the collaboration of experts, citizens and decision-makers in discussing philosophical and strategic questions as related to the future, focusing on questions of desired and alternative futures, and hidden assumptions these futures are based on.
- Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication
Through fostering an investigation into the future of learning, shifting the debate from knowledge societies to learning and healing cultures, thereby building cycles of learning into futures thinking.
- Fostering policies and capacity building in science, technology and innovation
Through working with science and technology ministries, focusing specifically on innovation, and the provision of courses and workshops towards this end.
- Contributing to Disaster preparedness and mitigation
Through dual approaches of creating opportunity whilst also focusing on avoiding worst-case scenarios in such projects as workshops and presentations for stakeholders such as CEOs. Chairpersons or Mayors, whilst maintaining a pluralistic view towards future scenarios.
- Promote gender equality and empower women
Through seeking to encourage all people, regardless of gender, to speak their visions of the future, and articulate their strategies, to ensure that all voices in the future are heard and represented.
- Ensuring environmental sustainability
Through the purposeful maintenance of a direct focus on sustainability.
- Creating global partnership for development
An initial meeting held in March 2015 to explore cultural diversity futures and peace. The meeting secured an agreement across a range of stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region. This UNESCO Chair project is envisaged to continue with the development of this network to articulate, focus and spread foresight thinking in the Asia-Pacific Region.
As the project is focused on creating bridges and linkages between futures centred activities, It is best placed as a regional development project. Working across cultural and communication divides, the project aims to increase the reciprocity (flatter, two-way) of digital communication, boost the availability of futures based educational programmes and add to the resilience of global biodiversity through future preparedness.