By Philippe Aussourd, Président de l’UATI – UATI Acting Chairman
UATI is an international NGO with a technical-scientific vocation created by UNESCO in 1952, a year after the creation of the latter, to multiply technical actions that the organization could not carry out itself. Its activities have constantly evolved according to UNESCO’s concerns based on global contexts and resulting challenges. UATI was one of the first NGOs at UNESCO. It was classified as a category A organization, the highest status, known as a consultative and association relationship. A decree from the French Ministry of the Interior, dated November 25, 1952, formalized the legal existence of the UATI. It maintains a formal association-organization relationship with UNESCO.
The UATI action program is based on the organization of events (seminars, conferences, thematic days) and the conduct of studies. The UATI is a relay with the organizations dependent on the United Nations and, as such, it strives to promote and publicize the action of its members, to mobilize these organizations on technical projects defined jointly with UNESCO, identify available expertise capacities and support initiatives to which it can make a useful contribution. It is made up of collective members with scientific and technical skills and international activities and individual members selected for their skills and their involvement in international level activities.
Today, 71 years later, needs have evolved. As can be seen in the evolution of missions, we observe the preponderance of knowledge transfers from developed countries to developing countries. UATI signed, in September 2018, a framework agreement with UNESCO which governs their cooperation for eight years, a general framework within which UATI is responsible for carrying out, on behalf of UNESCO, certain planned tasks. in the program of the latter. The Executive Council confirmed UATI in 2021 as a partner with Association status. In fact, it has become a partner with obligations to fulfil. It places the experience acquired in the field and the skills of its experts at the disposal of UNESCO to intervene in the execution of its programs.
In the near future, UNESCO’s first two priorities are highlited
- Education, Science and Technology for Development in Africa,
- Women and Development.
Today the UATI pushes for the transfer of thought and analysis to new areas and of course continues to support any concrete project for which its interlocutors ask for its help. For example, in relation to the UNESCO/UATI framework agreement of 2018 valid until 2026, the UATI is developing:
- the evolution required to improve the position of women in a constantly developing world
- previously less frequently seen areas, such as digital
- but also, the most classic: the fields of water, food supply, or construction works.
Actions must be based on:
- the development of areas
- the relationship with the UATI audiences
- the dissemination of cross-views on each area
A general principle guides its actions: only engage in operations with clearly defined objectives, avoiding one-off interventions in the short term.
Président de l’UATI
UATI Acting Chairman