Programme for Central and Eastern European Development (PROCEED)

Programme pour le développement de l'Europe centrale et orientale

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1992, as an intersectoral programme within the framework of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Dismantled during overall restructuring of UNESCO.


Coordinate UNESCO's activities in Central and Eastern Europe and in the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union; cover all UNESCO's main fields of competence, focusing on the processes of transition to democracy.

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Main areas for PROCEED under UNESCO's Regular Programme: 'Education': expanding access to basic education (education of minorities, renovation of teaching and training process, revision of curricula, textbooks and training materials); Learning without Frontiers, non-formal education and lifelong education; revision of teachings methods and curricula at the secondary level, vocational education, distance teaching and learning; reform of higher education, UNESCO Chairs and Interuniversity network; cooperation with NGOs and with: UNESCO - European Centre for Higher Education (UNESCO-CEPES); International Bureau of Education (IBE); International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP); UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). 'Natural Sciences and Social Sciences': networks for cooperation in research and training in natural sciences, cooperation with UNISPAR, Molecular and Cell Biology Network (MCBN), and regional networks on renewable energy sources; cooperation with IGOs and NGOs, including International Council for Science (ICSU) and UNESCO Office in Venice - UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (BRESCE); science policy advice; development of social science curricula and materials, collection and dissemination of information in the social sciences; earth sciences and natural hazards, development of EUROPROBE; environmental programmes, projects and research - cooperation with EuroMAB. 'Culture': preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including training, conservation and standard-setting activities; promotion of cultural tourism and development of handicrafts; development of local cultural production, teaching, training and information activities.

'Communication and Information': media pluralism and new applications in communication and information technology, development of regional information policies and systems, collection of data on the region; development of information infrastructures, improvement of library services and preservation of archives. 'Towards a Culture of Peace': education for peace, human rights, democracy, international understanding and tolerance (issues of multilinguism, revision of textbooks); academic freedom and rights of minorities, consolidation of democratic processes, equality between men and women; cultural pluralism and intercultural dialogue; post conflict and peace-building initiatives. PROCEED also plans and implements, in cooperation with UNESCO's programme sectors, operational projects financed from extra-budgetary resources. Among these a number of flagship or priority projects are featured (e g renovation and redesign work for the Bolshoi Theatre and the State Hermitage Museum in the Russian Federation).


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Subjects *

  • Metapolitics
    • Democracy
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Development
  • Innovative change
    • Change

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



Last News Received

1. Jun 2001
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** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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