The concept of sustainability, namely the ability of human populations to achieve or maintain a satisfactory lifestyle over time without degrading the environment, is at the center of the activities of the UNESCO Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability. Society needs critical information to manage the interconnected environmental and societal risks emerging from the current global environmental changes. It is therefore imperative to develop a reciprocal interaction between science and society in order to deliver the knowledge needed for action from the local to global scales.
In this context the UNESCO Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability aims to advance sustainability science in the face of global environmental change and foster social dialogues on sustainability issues. The Chair builds on the strong links existing between McGill University and Panama, and proposes to advance sustainability education, research and social dialogues in Panama and in Canada.