UNESCO in Northern Ireland

The UK National Commission for UNESCO, the UK’s central coordinating body for UNESCO related-matters in the UK, Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster, cordially invite you to an evening reception to celebrate UNESCO in Northern Ireland on 31 January 2018.

From the dramatic coastline of Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site, UNESCO’s Chairs in Belfast and Ulster fostering intercultural dialogue and education globally, to the first cross-border UNESCO Global Geopark in the world at Marble Arch Caves, UNESCO helps to encourage a wealthier, fairer, smarter, healthier, safer, stronger, and greener Northern Ireland.

The UK National Commission for UNESCO will co-host the Reception with the UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy at the Ulster University, Professor Alan Smith, and UNESCO Chair in Globalising a shared education model for improving relations in divided societies, at Queen’s University Belfast, Professor Joanne Hughes.

The Reception will celebrate the crucial work of both the UNESCO Chairs at Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, as well as the broader UNESCO family in Northern Ireland. The Reception will screen the launch of a new video and campaign showcasing the important work of UNESCO at the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.

The Reception will also open the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s 5th UK UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Network Colloquium which is taking place in Belfast on 1 February 2018. The Colloquium will see UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks from across UK Universities gather to exchange best practice, and also learn from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University about their outstanding work and research at UNESCO.

Where: The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast

When: 31 January 2018


1830: Arrivals

1900: Speeches

  • Welcome from Dr Beth Taylor, Chair, UK National Commission for UNESCO
  • Welcome from Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast
  • Welcome from UNESCO (Speaker TBC)
  • Introduction to UKNC video from Dr Kirstin Lemon, Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark.

1930- 2030: Drinks reception