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UNESCO backs TERRE-India project

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced its full support to India-based TERRE Policy Centre's  Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) in its 2018 Programme. UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Programme will now work closely with SCCN to empower and enable the youth in the  universities and colleges for  21st century leadership to realize United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Jan 4, 2018
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced its full support to India-based TERRE Policy Centre's  Smart Campus Cloud Network (SCCN) in its 2018 Programme. UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Programme will now work closely with SCCN to empower and enable the youth in the  universities and colleges for  21st century leadership to realize United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
 
Expressing his delight on this partnership with TERRE Policy Centre’s flagship initiative, Dr. Boyan Radoykov, Acting Director of Communication and Information of Knowledge Societies Division stated, “The time has come for re-examining intrinsic linkages between the digital innovations, technology penetration and increasing societal inclination for a digitized world. Undoubtedly, TERRE Policy Centre’s efforts to link educational campuses using cloud networking would provide a meaningful way forward in this direction.”
 
The Knowledge Societies Division of UNESCO strives to enhance the quality of and access to education by  promoting open access to technological and scientific information and empower local communities, including youth in educational campuses. Sharing same vision, TERRE and UNESCO have collaborated to drive youth engagement to contribute to SDGs by deploying SCCN and Knowledge Societies initiatives using latest Information and Communication Technologies including Internet of Things, Cloud Networking, Artifical Intelligence and Data Analytics. 
 
‘UNESCO hopes that its collaboration with TERRE would pave the way for sowing seeds to transform the campus communities through better access to information and understanding of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’, Dr.Radoykov added.
 
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted unanimously by the 193 UN member countries in September 2015, set out ambitious and quantitative goals for 2030 in relation to access to energy for all, action on climate change, preventing land degradation, eradicate  extreme poverty and hunger, promote economic prosperity, enhance social inclusion, and ensure environmental sustainability on the basis of peace, justice, and strong institutions.
 
UNESCO is the single most important specialized agency of United Nations that steadfastly pursues its objectives of promoting international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public for quality education, scientific research and inter-cultural dialogue that is fundamentally needed for achieving SDGs. UNESCO's messages are of increasing importance today, as 2018 unfolds in the increasingly globalized but often divided world, where interconnections and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women.
 
SCCN is one of the flagship projects of TERRE, which digitally connects the university and college campuses and allows online information sharing on real time basis on the sustainable activities within the campus. The students and faculty through IoT (Internet of Things) and Cloud Network share the results of their activities with other campuses to trigger knowledge sharing, healthy competition and innovation. The projects are enlisted as enabler for digital innovation to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
 
SCCN has so far onboarded 23 universities on its platform with the commencement of Cloud Network and digital sharing of information. The University Grants Commission (UGC) of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India has also extended support to this initiative. 
 
“UNESCO’s association with SCCN, announced at the start of 2018, is not only a major milestone, it is a huge boost to the very foundation and objective of SCCN,” said Rajendra Shende, Chairman of TERRE Policy Centre and former Director of UNEP. “Getting recognition from UNESCO for SCCN would add speed and scale for students’ efforts towards sustainability’’, asserted Mr. Shende. 
 
“UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies programme and TERRE’s SCCN provide new context and the tool-kit to move forward to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO will closely guide TERRE to maximize the benefits and explore the possibility of scaling up the initiative at global knowledge platform,” stated Dr. Bhanu Neupane, Knowledge Societies Programme Specialist of UNESCO. 
 
TERRE Policy Centre is not-for-profit organization and think-tank engaged in energy and food security. It is known for out-of-box thinking and innovative projects like urban forestry and social entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development. 
 
Contact: dinah.gengmei@asia.com, www.sccnhub.com, terrepolicycentre@gmail.com

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