Social and Human Science

Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals

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Social and Human Science Programme

In the Social and Human Science programme, UNESCO seeks to promote peaceful coexistence among people, to foster collaboration and attain just, and inclusive and peaceful societies in which all people live together. Priority attention is given to the Management of Social Transformation(MOST) programme, promotion of the culture of peace and Non-Violence programme which also tackles issues of democracy and global citizenship, intercultural dialogue; education for peace and human rights and peace building development of sports and anti-doping in sports and health education. The following are the strategic objectives and MLAs for this programme:

Supporting inclusive  social development, fostering intercultural dialogue, for the rapprochement of cultures  and promoting ethical principles MLAs: mobilizing future-oriented research, knowledge and policy-making to support social transformations; social inclusion and intercultural dialogue; empowering member states to manage ethical, legal, environmental and societal implications of scientific and technological challenges with a view to achieving inclusive and sustainable social development; building policies through a participatory process with stake holders in both the fields youth and sports; supporting youth  development and  civic engagement.

The main role of the social and human sciences is to foster social inclusion and intercultural dialogue through social and human sciences. In order to facilitate social transformations conducive to the universal values of justice, freedom and human dignity, social and human sciences advance knowledge, standards and intellectual cooperation.

Goal: Strengthen national capacity to protect and promote Human Rights, inclusive social development and transformation, intercultural dialogue.

Strategic Objective (2018-2025)

  1. To promote Human Rights awareness, observance and human rights-based programming and policies
  2. Support capacity building in the management of Bioethics.  
  3. To Promote the Management of Social Transformation (MOST) Programme to support the universal values of peace, justice, non-discrimination, human rights and intercultural dialogue conducive to social inclusion, poverty eradication, environmental resilience and social responsibility.
  4. To Promote the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence.
  5. To Promote youth development, civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation.

  6. To promote inclusive participation in physical education and sports.


In the Social and Human Science programme the following the Strategic Objectives were pursued the strategic plan 2007-2017:


(a)Promoting Human Rights and Bioethics

(b)Strengthening the Ethics of Social and Human Science and Technology

(c)Promoting Philosophical reflection and the Human Sciences among the People in Uganda

(d)Supporting Management of Social Transformation.

The achievements realized include the following (2007-2017)

  • Supported the implementation of HRE in schools
  • Introduced Human Rights and Peace Education in Uganda Schools (2006/7).
  • Improved capacity of stakeholders on the World Program for Human Rights Education (2010/11).
  • Developed 2015/16 National Plan of Action for Human Rights Education in Uganda
  • Conducted workshop for 60 participants drawn from various sectors on Ethical and Professional Dilemmas in Uganda in the Face of Liberalized and Highly Competitive Market
  • Initiated the formation of the National Bioethics Committee.
  • Celebrated the WORLD Philosophy day annually attended by average of 100 participants drawn from various disciplines to raise awareness.
  • Promoted philosophy among Female University Students (2014/15) through workshops.
  • Conducted Human Rights and Peace Education training for Teachers in Uganda (2006/7).
  • Supported the integration of Human Rights Education into the Uganda’s Education system (2008/9).
  • Established and operationalized a Steering Committee for Human Rights Education in Uganda (2015/16-2016/17).
  • Revamped and restructured the former National Committee for MOST as a taskforce for spearheading projects (2015/16).
  • Conducted a future-oriented study on Sustainable Urbanization: Shelter, Health and Education of Internal Migrants Study in Kampala Capital City (2016/17).
  • Improved capacity in Youth Dialogue among the stakeholders (2010).
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