IHP strategy for UNESCO's category 2 water-related centres (revised version, August 2012)

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Department International Hydrological Programme
Published Date 2012
Author International Hydrological Programme
Publisher International Hydrological Programme
Pages 18
Language English



1. This strategy for UNESCO’s water-related institutes and centres has progressively evolved since 2006 in accordance with the relevant decision of the IHP Intergovernmental Council, and in light of the General Conference resolution (35 C/Resolution 103), by which the General Conference adopted a new “Integrated Comprehensive Strategy for Category 2 Institutes and Centres” (35 C/22 and Corr.)”. In terms of its content, the strategy is composed of two parts: the strategy for individual centres, and the joint strategy for the network of centres.

Strategy for individual centres

2. Concerning the process of creating water-related centres under the auspices of UNESCO, the strategy makes it clear that:

  • once the Director-General receives a written proposal from a Member State(s) for designation of a category 2 water-related institute or centre she shall invite the IHP Bureau to review it and to submit its comments for consideration by the IHP Intergovernmental Council.
  • The Council shall then review the proposal in order to determine if it fits within IHP’s relevant strategic medium-term plan and with its IHP category 2 network strategy and provide a recommendation to the Director-General as to whether a feasibility study should be conducted.
  • should the Director-General, in consultation with the Assistant Director-General of Natural Sciences, decide that a feasibility study shall be undertaken, the concerned Member State(s) shall be invited to consider covering all related costs to prepare such a feasibility study, or to identify other extrabudgetary sources to cover these costs, in light of the Organization’s constrained resources.
  • the feasibility study should set out, inter alia, why such a centre is needed as a category 2 centre, how the proposed programme of the centre contributes to UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives, and sources of funding for the centre.

3. The strategy outlines that UNESCO’s water-related centres should function in the following manner:

  • address its thematic and geographic priorities within their capabilities;
  • work together to contribute to implementation of UNESCO’s strategic objectives in general and to the IHP’s strategic plans in particular; and
  • develop their workplans in a coordinated fashion with UNESCO’s biennial programme.
4. Concerning review of category 2 centres, the strategy gives guidelines, which:
  • are directed towards a programmatic assessment to ensure that the focus and coverage of the activities of centres are in line with the strategic objectives of UNESCO Annex-1);
  • provide a valuable element (Annex-2) for deciding whether the agreement between UNESCO and the host government should be renewed in line with the document 35C/22 and Corr.;

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