UNESCO Office in Venice - UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE)

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Established 1971, as Regional Bureau for European Scientific Cooperation, by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and located at UNESCO Headquarters. Transferred to Venice (Italy) and name changed, 1988, to UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology for Europe (ROSTE) -- Bureau régional de science et de technologie pour de l'UNESCO pour l'Europe. Name changed, 1999, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in Europe (ROSTE). Previously also referred to as UNESCO Venice Office - Regional Office for Science and Technology for Europe (UVO-ROSTE). Present name adopted in 2006.


Enhance UNESCO's role in scientific and cultural cooperation within the South East European region; foster East-West cooperation in Europe; increase scientific and cultural exchanges among countries of the Mediterranean.

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Administers all UNESCO activities and liaison functions in Venice (Italy). Collaborates with national and international academies, universities and other scientific and cultural institutions by: promoting research; organizing training activities; improving information exchange through new means of communication, promoting mobility of experts and researchers and sponsoring their participation at scientific meetings and workshops; organizing high-level colloquia and stimulating debates; disseminating information. Fields of competence: basic sciences; engineering and applied research; environment; transformation of scientific communities in Europe; cultural initiatives. Major programmes include: The sciences in the service of development; Cultural development - heritage and creativity. Instrumental in setting up: International Radioecology Laboratory (IRL); European Network Man Against Virus; International Centre for a Water Civilization (CICA); UNESCO-Hebrew University of Jerusalem International School for Molecular Biology and Microbiology and Science for Peace (UNESCO-HUJ ISMBM); UNESCO International School of Science for Peace.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 45 countries
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Subjects *

  • Science
    • Science
  • Culture
    • Culture
    • UNESCO Bodies

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender Equality



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