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York´s UNESCO Chair at a Glance

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We were the 1st in 1999!

The UNESCO Chair at York University was the first one in the world to focus on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

2 global research networks

With two global research networks with more than 70 partners each, we are active in all UN regions.

Partners in 50+ countries

We have formal partnerships with universities and colleges in more than 50+ countries.

Lectures in 70+ countries

Our Chairholder Charles Hopkins has given lectures in more than 70 countries since 1999.

1,900+ monthly readers

Our monthly newsletter reaches more than 1,900 readers every month.

1,600+ followers

Approximately 800 people follow each of our accounts on Facebook and Instagram. We are new on Threads under @unesco.chair!

5,000,000 viewers

In June 2022, our largest public lecture to date reached 5,000,000 active viewers online.

5 decades of action

Charles Hopkins stands for five decades of engagement with sustainability.