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Events by TJD

The jour­ney of The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion from its found­ing to the most recent activ­i­ties is not­ed here. It serves as a kind of log­book as well as a source of inspi­ra­tion for fur­ther action. 

TJD AmericaS Conference

Together for a Sustainable Future

Thurs­day, Novem­ber 9th 2023
Simul­ta­ne­ous­ly trans­lat­ed online conference

The TJD Amer­i­c­aS con­fer­ence is the first of a series of con­ti­nen­tal events. All of those con­fer­ences will call to lis­ten first to the cit­i­zens before push­ing them to engage in the glob­al quest for sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Each con­fer­ence offers a plat­form where cit­i­zens from dif­fer­ent parts of the world and of dif­fer­ent cul­tures can express their under­stand­ing of sustainability.

The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion (TJD) calls for a dou­ble shift of par­a­digm of the so far dom­i­nant sus­tain­abil­i­ty poli­cies. Endorsed by found­ing part­ners like The Club of Rome, the World Acad­e­my of Art and Sci­ence, the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil of the human Sci­ences, and many oth­ers, it is call­ing first to change pri­or­i­ty from a top-down to a bot­tom-up strat­e­gy, sup­port­ing actions from the ground. And sec­ond­ly from a nature to soci­ety kind of argu­ment towards cul­ture-nature log­ic. This change of par­a­digm implies the claim to take the cul­tur­al rich­ness and spe­cif­ic region­al con­di­tions as the main ori­en­ta­tion for roads of human­i­ty to glob­al sustainability. 

In the present TJD Amer­i­c­aS con­fer­ence of the 9th of Novem­ber voic­es from the Patag­on­ian Mapuche Cul­ture, a wom­en’s empow­er­ment move­ment in the Caribbean, par­tic­i­pants in the Colom­bian peace build­ing process, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of indige­nous reli­gion and cul­ture, an action group for clean water for all and artists for sus­tain­abil­i­ty from Broad­way in New York will explore new dimen­sions of sustainability.

Videos eng­lish

Intro­duc­tion by Prof. Ben­no Werlen
Founder, The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion; UNESCO Chair on Glob­al Under­stand­ing for Sustainability

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty and Wis­dom – Learn­ing from Mapuche Culture

Intro­duc­tion and Mod­er­a­tion: Prof. Clau­dia Ham­mer­schmidt, Chair of Romance Studies

• Anahi Mar­ilu­an – Mapuche Singer and CON­ICET Research Fel­low
• Lil­iana Ancalao – Mapuche Poet
• Adrián Moy­ano – Writer and Jour­nal­ist
• San­mar­tini­ano Paine­fil – Space for Mapuche Artic­u­la­tion and Polit­i­cal Con­struc­tion
• Jorge Spin­dola – Writer and Mem­ber of the inter­cul­tur­al Mapuche col­lec­tive Tukul­pan
• Viviana Ayilef – Poet and Mem­ber of the Inter­cul­tur­al Mapuche col­lec­tive Tukulpan

Car­los Alvarez, Vice-Pres­i­dent, The Club of Rome: A sec­ond chance on Earth

Empow­er­ing Women for a Sus­tain­able Future

Intro­duc­tion and Mod­er­a­tion: Loret­ta Green-Williams, Founder & Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Women of Con­cern Pro­fes­sion­als & Strate­gic Con­scious Net­work­ing (WOCP­SCN)

• Sian Young – Founder & CEO, Siel Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice Lim­it­ed, Trinidad & Toba­go
• Tamu Petra Brown – Cre­ator of the HER Busi­ness Mod­el, St. Kitts & Nevis
• Kevin How­ell – CEO, Anchor Group Corp, Jamaica & New York

Clean Water as key for a healthy Future

Intro­duc­tion and Mod­er­a­tion: Cheryl Per­do­mo, M.Sc., Senior Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Strategist

• Raúl González Acuña, M.Sc. – CEO & Founder Easy Clean Water

Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty: Learn­ing from tra­di­tion for the Future

Intro­duc­tion and Mod­er­a­tion: Prof. Tia­go de Oliveira Pin­to, UNESCO Chair on Tran­scul­tur­al Music Studies

• Father Pai Pote & Artist Group from San­to Amaro, Bahía, Brazil

Gar­ry Jacobs, Pres­i­dent, World Acad­e­my of Art and Sci­ence: Human Secu­ri­ty for All

Colom­bian Peace Process and Social Sustainability

Intro­duc­tion and Mod­er­a­tion: Prof. Mar­tin Lein­er, Chair on Sys­tem­at­ic The­ol­o­gy and Ethics & Dr. Luis Pena, Social Geographer

• Prof. Dr. Ale­jan­dro Pimien­ta Betan­cour – Insti­tu­to de Estu­dios Regionales, Uni­ver­si­dad Antio­quia, Medel­lín, Colom­bia
• Prof. Dr. Jose Fer­nan­do Ser­ra­no – Fac­ul­tad de Cien­cias Sociales, Uni­ver­si­dad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colom­bia
• Dr. Natalia Ouiñones – Co-Founder & Research Direc­tor Cor­po­ración Dun­na, Bogotá

Prof. Hart­mut Rosa, Social Sci­en­tist: Res­o­nance and Sustainability

Sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Music and The­ater – Lessons from Broadway

Intro­duc­tion and Mod­er­a­tion: Howard Blu­men­thal, Founder, Kids on Earth

• Andrea Green – Music Com­pos­er and Per­form­ing Arts Edu­ca­tor
• Hen­ry Nevi­son – Movie Direc­tor, Edi­tor, Pro­duc­er
• Ani­ka Larsen – Broad­way Music Com­pos­er and Per­form­ing Arts Edu­ca­tor, Mem­ber, Broad­way Green Alliance
• Prof. Andrea Var­ga – Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of The­atre Design, Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Fac­ul­ty Fel­low, State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York (SUNY)

Clos­ing remarks: Prof. Ben­no Werlen

vídeos en español

Intro­duc­ción: Prof. Ben­no Werlen
Fun­dador, La Declaración de Jena; Cát­e­dra UNESCO de Entendimien­to Glob­al de la Sostenibilidad

Sosteni­bil­i­dad y Sabiduría – Apren­di­en­do de la Cul­tura Mapuche

Intro­duc­ción y mod­eración: Prof. Clau­dia Ham­mer­schmidt, Cát­e­dra de Estu­dios Románicos

• Anahi Mar­ilu­an – Can­to­ra mapuche e inves­ti­gado­ra becaria CON­ICET
• Lil­iana Ancalao — Poeta mapuche
• Adrián Moy­ano – Escritor y peri­odista
• San­mar­tini­ano Paine­fil – Espa­cio de Artic­u­lación y Con­struc­ción políti­ca mapuche
• Jorge Spin­dola – Escritor y miem­bro del colec­ti­vo inter­cul­tur­al mapuche Tukul­pan
• Viviana Ayilef – Poeta y miem­bro del colec­ti­vo inter­cul­tur­al mapuche Tukulpan

Car­los Alvarez, Vice-Pres­i­dente, Club de Roma: Una segun­da opor­tu­nidad sobre la Tierra

Capac­i­tar a las mujeres para un futuro sostenible

Intro­duc­ción y mod­eración: Loret­ta Green-Williams, Fun­dado­ra y Direc­to­ra Ejec­u­ti­va de Women of Con­cern Pro­fes­sion­als & Strate­gic Con­scious
Net­work­ing (WOCP­SCN)

• Sian Young – Fun­dado­ra & CEO, Siel Envi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice Lim­it­ed, Trinidad y Toba­go)
• Tamu Petra Brown – Creado­ra del Mod­e­lo Empre­sar­i­al HER, San Cristóbal y Nieves
• Kevin How­ell – CEO, Anchor Group Corp, Jamaica y Nue­va York

Agua limpia como clave para un futuro saludable

Intro­duc­ción y mod­eración: Cheryl Per­do­mo, M.Sc., Estrate­ga supe­ri­or de sostenibilidad

• Raúl González Acuña, M.Sc. – CEO y Fun­dador de Easy Clean Water
• Fun­dación Potabilis

Espir­i­tu­al­i­dad y sosteni­bil­i­dad: Apren­der de la tradi­ción para el futuro

Intro­duc­ción y mod­eración: Prof. Tia­go de Oliveira Pin­to, Cát­e­dra UNESCO de Estu­dios Musi­cales Transculturales

• Padre Pai Pote y Grupo de artis­tas de San­to Amaro, Bahía, Brasil

Gar­ry Jacobs, Pres­i­dente de la Acad­e­mia Mundi­al de Arte y Cien­ci: Seguri­dad humana para todos

Pro­ce­so de paz en Colom­bia y sosteni­bil­i­dad social

Intro­duc­ción y mod­eración: Prof. Mar­tin Lein­er, Cát­e­dra de Teología Sis­temáti­ca y Éti­ca & Dr. Luis Pena, Geó­grafo Social

• Prof. Dr. Ale­jan­dro Pimien­ta Betan­cour, – Insti­tu­to de Estu­dios Regionales, Uni­ver­si­dad Antio­quia, Medel­lín, Colom­bia
• Prof. Dr. José Fer­nan­do Ser­ra­no, – Fac­ul­tad de Cien­cias Sociales, Uni­ver­si­dad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colom­bia
• Dra. Natalia Ouiñones — Cofun­dado­ra y Direc­to­ra de Inves­ti­gación Cor­po­ración Dun­na, Bogotá

Prof. Hart­mut Rosa, Cien­tí­fi­co Social: Res­o­nan­cia y sostenibilidad

Sosteni­bil­i­dad, músi­ca y teatro – Lec­ciones de Broadway

Intro­duc­ción y mod­eración: Howard Blu­men­thal, Fun­dado­ra, Kids on Earth

• Andrea Green – Com­pos­i­to­ra Musi­cal y Edu­cador de Artes Escéni­cas
• Hen­ry Nevi­son – Direc­tor de Cine, Edi­tor, Pro­duc­tor
• Ani­ka Larsen – Com­pos­i­to­ra Musi­cal de Broad­way y Edu­cado­ra en Artes Escéni­cas, Miem­bro de Broad­way Green Alliance
• Prof. Andrea Var­ga – Dis­eñado­ra de ves­tu­ario, Pro­fe­so­ra Aso­ci­a­da de Dis­eño Teatral, Becaria de la Fac­ul­tad de Sosteni­bil­i­dad de State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York (SUNY)


Conference "Education for Human Security!"

The Jena Declaration at the 6th International Conference on Future Education

Edu­ca­tion on Tech­nol­o­gy for Human Security

How can tech­nol­o­gy edu­ca­tion meet human secu­ri­ty needs while impart­ing the knowl­edge need­ed to min­i­mize the side effects of technologicaldeployment?

To the session

Trans­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives for Human 

Explor­ing how edu­ca­tion can sup­port human secu­ri­ty for all through trans­dis­ci­pli­nary, holis­tic, human-cen­tered perspectives.

To the session

Edu­ca­tion in the Arts for Human Security

Lib­er­al arts edu­ca­tion as a pow­er­ful medi­um for pro­mot­ing social aware­ness, under­stand­ing, val­ues and com­mit­ment to human secu­ri­ty for all.

To the session

The Human­is­tic Approach 

Explor­ing changes in con­tent and ped­a­gogy that can make the full spec­trum of human­i­ties edu­ca­tion a more effec­tive and con­scious tool to pro­mote Human Secu­ri­ty for All.

To the session

Cadmus Journal

New Paper published

Human Secu­ri­ty and Glob­al Under­stand­ing: Towards New World Rela­tions
Ben­no Werlen 

Wide­spread aware­ness of how every­day actions are exposed to glob­al and local secu­ri­ty threats is nec­es­sary. This includes the abil­i­ty to under­stand con­nec­tions between actions that may seem dis­con­nect­ed across time and space. 

Read more: PDF, 281 KB

Lecture series of the UNESCO Chairs

Prof. Dr. Benno Werlen

Infor­ma­tion about the lec­ture series can be found at the fol­low­ing link: 

Lec­ture series

Future Knowledge Mobilization for Deep Societal Transformations

New Publication Available for Download

Guide­lines for Knowl­edge Mobilization

The thought lead­er­ship paper Future Knowl­edge Mobi­liza­tion for Deep Soci­etal Trans­for­ma­tions”, authored by Ben­no Werlen, Joanne Kauff­man, and Karsten Gae­bler is avail­able for down­load now. The paper was pub­lished as part of a series on Knowl­edge Mobi­liza­tion, issued by the Cana­di­an Com­mis­sion for UNESCO and the Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties Research Coun­cil of Cana­da (SSHRC), who spon­sored the project. The series of sev­en thought lead­er­ship papers deliv­ered by UNESCO Chairs from Cana­da and world­wide address­es top­ics such as open edu­ca­tion, geo­graph­i­cal­ly embed­ded knowl­edge, or inter­cul­tur­al and inter­na­tion­al research with Indige­nous and rur­al peoples.

Guide­lines for Knowl­edge Mobi­liza­tion in a time of pro­found soci­etal change are addressed in the paper deliv­ered by the UNESCO-Chair on Glob­al Under­stand­ing for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty. Based upon a series of inter­views with experts in the field of trans­dis­ci­pli­nary sus­tain­abil­i­ty sci­ence and sci­ence pol­i­cy, the authors first describe over­ar­ch­ing trends that shape the envi­ron­ment of cur­rent Knowl­edge Mobi­liza­tion, such as the dig­i­tal rev­o­lu­tion, de-/glob­al­iza­tion, or shift­ing rela­tion­ships between sci­ence and soci­ety. In the sec­ond part of the paper, they sug­gest dif­fer­ent strate­gies to make Knowl­edge Mobi­liza­tion more effec­tive, e.g., col­lab­o­ra­tion with local com­mu­ni­ties based upon a more par­tic­i­pa­to­ry cul­ture and epis­temic diver­si­ty, build­ing insti­tu­tion­al frame­works that reward bound­ary-cross­ing research, or the pro­mo­tion of real life” learn­ing approach­es in edu­ca­tion­al contexts.

The full brochure is avail­able here:
Eng­lish ver­sion PDF, 12 MB
French ver­sion PDF, 12 MB.

World Capital Institute

Dimensions of Global Sustainability

On the occa­sion of the Gen­er­al Assem­bly on Sep­tem­ber 6, 2022, Prof. Ben­no Werlen has been appoint­ed as a mem­ber of the World Cap­i­tal Insti­tute Exec­u­tive Committee. 

The World Cap­i­tal Insti­tute (WCI) World Cap­i­tal Insti­tute is an inde­pen­dent inter­na­tion­al think tank whose pur­pose is to fur­ther the under­stand­ing and appli­ca­tion of knowl­edge as the most pow­er­ful lever­age of devel­op­ment. Its head­quar­ters are in Queré­taro, Mex­i­co and it has sev­er­al offices around the world.

WCI focus­es on five the­mat­ic pro­grams: Knowl­edge-Based Devel­op­ment, Knowl­edge Cities, Alter­na­tive Economies, Knowl­edge for the Anthro­pocene, and City Pre­pared­ness for the Cli­mate Cri­sis. WCI pro­motes this through four main ser­vices and path­ways. In addi­tion to pub­lish­ing the Jour­nal of Knowl­edge-Based Devel­op­ment, the­mat­i­cal­ly rel­e­vant edit­ed vol­umes, one of the main activ­i­ties has been offer­ing and main­tain­ing the glob­al recog­ni­tion plat­form for cities and region­al knowl­edge clus­ters for the Most Admired Knowl­edge Cities (MAK­Ci) Award MAK­Ci. Also promi­nent is the Knowl­edge Cities World Sum­mit, the annu­al WCI con­fer­ence, that just cel­e­brat­ed its 15th con­sec­u­tive edi­tion under the theme Action­able Knowl­edge for the Anthro­pocene”: Wel­come to KCWS 2022.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion and con­tact details can be found at the WCI web­page: World Cap­i­tal Institute.

The Cultural Dimensions of Sustainability

A 20 Weeks Conversation with D. Paul Schafer – Every Saturday through October 8th, 2022

Cul­tur­al and region­al diver­si­ty should be the start­ing point for any and all sus­tain­abil­i­ty strategies.”

The project involves 20 Prac­ti­cal Steps towards a Cul­tur­al Age. Here is the link to the project and Ben­no Wer­lens contribution:

Cul­ture as a Reality

The Jena Declaration - Implementing the findings of basic research into practice

Moonshot Munich May 11 - 14, 2022 / Project Lumobag

Project Lumobag

Sup­port­ed by the Bavar­i­an Min­istry of Eco­nom­ic Affairs, Region­al Devel­op­ment and Energy

ZIB Mag­a­zine did a fan­tas­tic report on the Sci­ence Moon­shot 2022.

ZIB Mag­a­zine — Lumobag

LUMOBAG”, the win­ning project by physi­cist Rad­ko Pavlovec and com­mu­ni­ca­tion expert Andrea Pavlovec-Meixn­er was devel­oped from an idea based on ele­men­tary physics to mar­ketabil­i­ty in all sci­en­tif­ic, tech­ni­cal, eco­nom­ic, and eco-social details dur­ing the 72 Moon­shot hours.

Cultures for Sustainable Futures

International UNESCO Chairs Conference Jena, Mai 11–13, 2022

What can our lives and our liv­ing togeth­er look like in the future that is per­me­at­ed by sus­tain­abil­i­ty? What can a cul­ture of sus­tain­abil­i­ty look like? These ques­tions are debat­ed at the UNESCO Chairs Con­fer­ence « Cul­tures for Sus­tain­able Futures » at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of UNESCO Chairs, artists, com­mit­ted cit­i­zens as well as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of inter­na­tion­al organizations.

The videos of the con­fer­ence on youtube

What Constitutes Societal Transformation?


The press­ing glob­al crises today are soci­etal rather than pure­ly envi­ron­men­tal issues.
Read the arti­cle What Con­sti­tutes Soci­etal Trans­for­ma­tion?” by Ben­no Werlen. 

Learn more

Bringing the World to home - Travelling without moving?

UNESCO Chair on Global Understanding for Sustainability as an expert guest in the 5th World Leisure Expo and Forum speaking about

The 5th Leisure Expo and Forum
Octo­ber 1517, 2021, Hangzhou, China

The 5th World Leisure Expo and Forum was host­ed by the World Leisure Orga­ni­za­tion (WLO) and the Hangzhou Munic­i­pal Peo­ple’s Gov­ern­ment on Dig­i­tal Smart Future. Liv­able Par­adise”. Estab­lished in 1952, the WLO is a world­wide asso­ci­a­tion, non-gov­ern­men­tal and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion, that pro­motes leisure as an inte­gral part of social, cul­tur­al, eco­nom­ic, and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. The UNESCO Chair hold­er was invit­ed as the Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Year of Glob­al Under­stand­ing and Chair of the IGU Research Group Glob­al Understanding’, 

The deliv­ered online pre­sen­ta­tion you find here: 

5th World Leisure Organization

Kick-off Event

Jena, Streamed live on Sep 9, 2021

The online kick-off event will fea­tures con­tri­bu­tions from promi­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the JD action lines, (arts, learn­ing and civ­il soci­ety). They include, among oth­ers, Mam­phela Ram­phele, Co-Pres­i­dent, The Club of Rome; Mir­wais Sidi­ki, Musi­col­o­gist, Afghanistan; youth activists such as Luisa Neubauer, Ger­many; and per­for­mances by artists includ­ing Andy Innes and his group, Musi­cian, South Africa.

All videos of the event on salve​.tv

The Jena Declaration on Sustainability

International network calls for strategy change to achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals / Invitation to online launch event on 9 September at 3:00 p.m.


The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion on Sustainability

The Unit­ed Nations’ Agen­da 2030 came into force on Jan­u­ary 1, 2016. In this Agen­da, the mem­ber states com­mit­ted them­selves to doing every­thing pos­si­ble over the fol­low­ing 15 years to achieve 17 goals for sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in the world. These goals include end­ing pover­ty; edu­ca­tion and a healthy life for all; and achiev­ing sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion and con­sump­tion. Increas­ing­ly, experts are now point­ing out that despite immense polit­i­cal, legal and finan­cial efforts, the glob­al com­mu­ni­ty is about to miss its last chance to achieve these UN Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals in time. Mere­ly increas­ing exist­ing resources does not appear to be suf­fi­cient to imple­ment Agen­da 2030.

A net­work of renowned inter­na­tion­al insti­tu­tions, such as the Club of Rome, the World Acad­e­my of Art and Sci­ence, the Acad­e­mia Europaea, and the Ger­man and Cana­di­an UNESCO Com­mis­sions, is there­fore now call­ing for a clear change of strat­e­gy through a new cul­tur­al approach. On the ini­tia­tive of Prof. Ben­no Werlen of the UNESCO Chair on Glob­al Under­stand­ing for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty at Friedrich Schiller Uni­ver­si­ty Jena, more than 30 insti­tu­tions have already adopt­ed The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion”, in which they define a new cul­tur­al approach through which the Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Goals can still be achieved.

Speak­ers at the launch event at 3:00 p.m. on 9 Sep­tem­ber 2021 will include the Co-Pres­i­dent of the Club of Rome, Mam­phela Ram­phele, the Pres­i­dent of the World Acad­e­my of Art and Sci­ence, Gar­ry Jacobs, as well as impor­tant co-sig­na­to­ries to the Dec­la­ra­tion such as Prof. Hart­mut Rosa, Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al of the Ger­man UNESCO Com­mis­sion, Dr Roman Luckscheit­er, the Pres­i­dent of the Leib­niz Asso­ci­a­tion, Prof. Matthias Klein­er, but also, the Ger­man cli­mate activist Luisa Neubauer and artists from Afghanistan, Iran and South Africa, among others.

It will take a broad-based glob­al social move­ment to change think­ing and action“

Top-down mea­sures to tack­le glob­al chal­lenges, which have dom­i­nat­ed so far, can­not take suf­fi­cient account of the diver­si­ty of cul­tur­al and region­al dif­fer­ences. For exam­ple, many glob­al pro­grammes are poor­ly adapt­ed to actu­al local liv­ing con­di­tions and there­fore find lit­tle accep­tance. It will take a broad-based glob­al social move­ment to change think­ing and action for the tran­si­tion towards sus­tain­able pros­per­i­ty. This requires fine tun­ing to local needs and con­di­tions,” empha­sis­es Gar­ry Jacobs, Pres­i­dent of the World Acad­e­my of Art and Sci­ence and one of the first sig­na­to­ries to the Dec­la­ra­tion. The pri­ma­ry aim is to get such a move­ment up and running. 

In order to accel­er­ate and deep­en the nec­es­sary soci­etal change, the Unit­ed Nations and polit­i­cal deci­sion-mak­ers must approach more direct­ly the most impor­tant actors of change: indi­vid­u­als with their every­day rou­tines and habits. The aim of The Jena Dec­la­ra­tion” is to draw greater atten­tion to the way in which human activ­i­ties are embed­ded cul­tur­al­ly, region­al­ly and his­tor­i­cal­ly. Build­ing on this, the net­work is call­ing on every­one to devel­op inclu­sive solu­tions tai­lored to local con­di­tions. This requires first of all a respect­ful appre­ci­a­tion of, and regard for, cul­tur­al diver­si­ty. The fact that young peo­ple world­wide are assigned a cen­tral role in the real­i­sa­tion of the pro­gramme of the Jena Dec­la­ra­tion on Sus­tain­abil­i­ty is par­tic­u­lar­ly note­wor­thy and, in my view, absolute­ly nec­es­sary. With­out the ideas, the demands and the com­mit­ment of the gen­er­a­tion of tomor­row, it will not be pos­si­ble to over­come the great social chal­lenges. Today’s gen­er­a­tion is obvi­ous­ly find­ing it very dif­fi­cult to do so. There­fore, young and old, hand in hand for sus­tain­able improve­ment, that can be the key,” empha­sis­es Prof. Uwe Cant­ner, Vice-Pres­i­dent for Young Researchers and Diver­si­ty Man­age­ment for of Friedrich Schiller University.

World Sec­re­tari­at in Jena

The Declaration’s pro­gramme accord­ing­ly aims to reach peo­ple of all ages – espe­cial­ly younger gen­er­a­tions – and of diverse cul­tur­al, social and region­al back­grounds, and to make it eas­i­er for them to act local­ly in the spir­it of glob­al sustainability.

The nec­es­sary change extends into all areas of life, as Mam­phela Ram­phele, Co-Pres­i­dent of the Club of Rome, points out, using edu­ca­tion as an exam­ple: Human­i­ty has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn from the mul­ti­plic­i­ty of inter­con­nect­ed plan­e­tary emer­gen­cies upon us. To learn the les­son we have to embrace nature’s wis­dom reflect­ed in indige­nous knowl­edge. At the same time we need to break down the knowl­edge silos in our out­dat­ed edu­ca­tion systems.”

Imple­men­ta­tion of the dec­la­ra­tion will take place along the three pro­gramme lines Art”, Edu­ca­tion” and Civ­il Soci­ety”. These will be coor­di­nat­ed by a World Sec­re­tari­at estab­lished at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena in coop­er­a­tion with the Max Weber Cen­tre for Advanced Cul­tur­al and Social Stud­ies (Max-Weber-Kol­leg) of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Erfurt and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar. It is a spe­cial oppor­tu­ni­ty for Thuringia and Ger­many to be able active­ly to shape future sus­tain­abil­i­ty pol­i­cy togeth­er with such influ­en­tial part­ners and a broad social move­ment,” says Prof. Ben­no Werlen, head of the coor­di­na­tion office.

The livestream of the event and fur­ther infor­ma­tion can be found at: 


European Humanities Conference

Addressing societal problems

The Euro­pean Human­i­ties Con­fer­ence will take place from May 5 – 7, 2021 in Lis­bon and as an online event. The con­fer­ence that will be held under the Por­tuguese Pres­i­den­cy of the Coun­cil of the Euro­pean Union will address top­ics such as Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Dynam­ics as Edu­ca­tion and R&D strate­gies for mean­ing­ful prob­lem solv­ing“, Her­itage, mobil­i­ty and iden­ti­ties“, Influ­ence and impact of the Human­i­ties in soci­ety“, and The Human­i­ties in the 21st Cen­tu­ry“. Ben­no Werlen serves as a mem­ber of the con­fer­ence’s sci­en­tif­ic com­mit­tee and as one of the ambas­sadors of the EHC (see here).

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Constituting Conference

Humanities & Social Sciences for Sustainability Cultural and regional dimensions of global sustainability

Vir­tu­al Con­fer­ence
Octo­ber 21 – 22, 2020

The online con­fer­ence Human­i­ties and Social Sci­ences for Sus­tain­abil­i­ty”, orga­nized by the UNESCO Chair at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena (Ger­many), was held from Octo­ber 21 – 22, 2020 at the vir­tu­al Dorn­burg Palaces. Under the aus­pices of the Cana­di­an Com­mis­sion for UNESCO, 24 speak­ers and dis­cus­sants from all parts of the world debat­ed new strate­gies to strength­en human­i­ties and social sci­ences per­spec­tives in sus­tain­abil­i­ty research and policies.

Enter the vir­tu­al conference

Humanistic Futures of Learning

New Open Access Publication


UNESCO ini­tia­tive on the Futures of edu­ca­tion” launch­es edit­ed volume

As part of a glob­al UNESCO ini­tia­tive on the Futures of Edu­ca­tion, launched in 2019, a new book was released in Jan­u­ary 2020. The vol­ume Human­is­tic futures of learn­ing. Per­spec­tives from UNESCO chairs and UNITWIN net­works” address­es how knowl­edge and learn­ing can con­tribute to deal­ing with a world of increas­ing com­plex­i­ty, uncer­tain­ty, and pre­car­i­ous­ness. UNESCO chair hold­ers from all over the world present their exper­tise on top­ics such as com­mu­ni­ties of knowl­edge, par­tic­i­pa­to­ry learn­ing, the democ­ra­ti­za­tion of knowl­edge, or dis­rup­tive inno­va­tion in uni­ver­si­ties. Ben­no Werlen and Howard Blu­men­thal, mem­ber of the chair’s advi­so­ry board, con­tributed a piece on Glob­al under­stand­ing, edu­ca­tion and sustainability.” 

The UNESCO ini­tia­tive is par­tic­u­lar­ly geared to pro­mote per­spec­tives from the human­i­ties and the social sci­ences. As Audrey Azoulay, Direc­tor-Gen­er­al of UNESCO, stat­ed, Our deeply human­ist DNA can­not let us reduce edu­ca­tion to a tech­ni­cal or tech­no­log­i­cal issue, nor even to an eco­nom­ic one.” To coun­ter­act recent trends of a mar­ke­ti­za­tion or instru­men­tal­iza­tion of learn­ing and shape human­is­tic futures of edu­ca­tion, UNESCO has set up an inde­pen­dent Inter­na­tion­al Com­mis­sion under the lead­er­ship of H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, Pres­i­dent of the Fed­er­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic Repub­lic of Ethiopia. The com­mis­sion is com­posed of lead­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty, pol­i­tics, and pub­lic life. For exam­ple, it includes influ­en­tial pub­lic intel­lec­tu­als such as Arjun Appadu­rai or Evge­ny Moro­zov, lead­ing researchers from the edu­ca­tion­al sci­ences such as António Nóvoa, or Vaira Vike-Freiber­ga, for­mer Pres­i­dent of Latvia and cur­rent head of the World Lead­er­ship Alliance/​Club de Madrid. The recent­ly pub­lished vol­ume and the com­mis­sion’s 2020 report will serve to stim­u­late pub­lic debate on the futures of edu­ca­tion and help to shape respec­tive policies.

UNESCO offers var­i­ous ways to get involved in this ini­tia­tive. On an online plat­form, con­tri­bu­tions can be made as text, par­tic­i­pa­tion in a sur­vey, or artis­tic work.

For fur­ther ideas please also con­tact futuresofeducation@​unesco.​org.

World-Binding, Resonance, Music, and Sustainability

Benno Werlen in conversation with Hartmut Rosa and Tiago de Oliveira Pinto

On July 22, Ben­no Werlen debat­ed togeth­er with Hart­mut Rosa (Uni­ver­si­ty of Jena/​Erfurt), Tia­go de Oliveira Pin­to (Uni­ver­si­ty of Music Weimar), and jour­nal­ist Michael Hel­bing about world-bind­ing, res­o­nance, music, and sus­tain­abil­i­ty. The con­ver­sa­tion took place at Salve TV’s Kul­tur Talk”.

You can watch the full talk here

New Magazine Launched

"Humanities, Arts & Society" online as from June 16, 2020

Social trans­for­ma­tions through human­i­ties, social sci­ences, and arts

The first issue of the new inter­dis­ci­pli­nary mag­a­zine Human­i­ties, Arts & Soci­ety” (HAS) will be launched on June 16, 2020. The mag­a­zine cov­ers crit­i­cal top­ics in con­tem­po­rary soci­ety from the per­spec­tive of the human­i­ties, social sci­ences and the arts. It offers a plat­form to pro­mote social trans­for­ma­tions through both aca­d­e­m­ic and artis­tic approach­es. Con­tri­bu­tions include ana­lyt­i­cal texts, doc­u­men­tary projects, and cre­ative propo­si­tions. The HAS project was ini­ti­at­ed by UNESCO’s Man­age­ment of Social Tran­si­tions pro­gram (MOST), the Inter­na­tion­al Coun­cil for Phi­los­o­phy and Human Sci­ences (CIPSH), the Glob­al Chi­nese Arts and Cul­ture Soci­ety (GCACS), and Mémoire de l’Avenir. Both CIPSH and Mémoire de l’Avenir were long-term part­ners of the 2016 Inter­na­tion­al Year of Glob­al Under­stand­ing. The mag­a­zine will be pub­lished in Eng­lish, French and Chi­nese and is freely available.

The mag­a­zine can be found here.