Agreement Concerning the establishment of a UNESCO/Madanjeet Singh Chair on Promoting Tolerance and Non-Violence

News Chile and in Latin America through Education, Santiago de Chile - 4th September 2017















Concerning the establishment of a UNESCO/Madanjeet Singh Chair on Promoting Tolerance and Non-Violence in Chile and in Latin America through Education, Santiago de Chill, Chile

 The United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (hereinafter referred to as “UNESCO”), 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France, represented by its Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova,


Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Educacion (hereinafter referred to as “the University”), Casa Central: Av. Jose Pedro Alessandri 774, Nunoa, Santiago – Chile, represented by its Rector, Professor Jaime Espionsa Araya.

Considering that one of the essential factors favouring development in UNESCO’s fields of competence is the exchange of experience and knowledge between universities other higher education institutions;

Convinced that joint work by university teachers, researchers and administrators from regions all over the world will provide important benefits for the entire academic community;

Bearing in mind UNESCO’s mission and objectives as set forth in its constitution, and its role in promoting international inter-university cooperation;

Taking into account  the experience of the UNESCO/UNITWIN Chairs Programme as a stimulus for academic mobility and the rapid transfer of knowledge through twinning, networking and other linking arrangements;

Have agreed as follows:

Articles 1
The University shall, in cooperation with UNESCO, establish a  UNESCO / Madanjeet Singh Chair on Promoting Tolerance and Non-Violence in Chile and in Latin America through Education (hereinafter referred to as “the Chair”) at the Universidad Metropolitana de Ciencias de la Education.

Articles 2
The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentaion on telerance and non-violence. It will facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teachig staff of the University and of other insitutions in Chile, as well as elsewhere in Latin America and the Caribbean, and in other regions of the world.

"The specific objectives of this Chair are to”

Article 3
The University, in consultation with UNESCO, shall appoint the Chairholder, who will be selected in accordance with the procedures described in the UNESCO’s guidelines and Procedures for the UNITEWIN/UNESCO Charis  Programme:.

Article 4
The Chair shall consist of the Chairholder and the necessary teaching personnel, researches and students required to carry out the specific training, research and outreach activities of the Chair.

Article 5
The University shall sign a contract with the Chairholder for a fixed period to be determined by the University, giving the Chairholder the same rights and obligation as those of other scholars of the same category at the University. The contract also shall define the Chairholder’s salary and benefits, travel expenses, installation grant, housing and medical insurance.

Article 6
The University shall grant the Chaiholder the facilities necessary to  accomplish his/her academic research and training activities, i.e. the opportunity to organize the promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation, and toe disseminate the results of research in the field of tolerance and non-violence.

Articles 7
The University shall submit to UNESCO a mid-term progress report and a final report on the activities carried out by the Chair and on the financial resources of the Chair. The report should comply with the UNESCO template. They will be reviewed by UNESCO and will be published on the UNITWIN portal.

Articles 8
The University shall arrange for the Chair to participate in UNESCO programmes and activists with a view to strengthening International academic cooperation. Wherever possible, the University shall arrange for the Chair to engage in the exchange of professors, researchers and students with other universities within the framework of the UNITWIN Programme.

Article 9
Within that framework, the University shall endeavour to associate the Chair with the activities of other Chairs and inter-university networks in the different regions of the world.

Article 10
Subject to the terms of this Agreement, the University shall assume all expenses linked to the implementation of activities undertaken by the Chair.

Article 11
In order to demonstrate its link with UNESCO, the UNESCO Chari is invited to use the composed UNESCO/UNITWIN logo that includes the UNESCO official logo and the UNITWIN logo to the right of the former, under the following conditions:


Article 12
Neither the University nor any member of its staff employed for the implementation of the activities linked to the Chair shall be considered and agent, representative or member of UNESCO’s stall, not shall they enjoy any benefit, immunity, remuneration or reimbursement  if not clearly foreseen in this Agreement; moreover, they shall not be authorized to present themselves as being part of UNESCO, or make statements on UNESCO’s behalf, or commit UNESCO to any expense of any nature or to any other  obligation.

Article 13
The University shall be entirely responsible for taking any measures it deems necessary to insure itself against loss, injury or damage incurred during the implementation of these activities.

Article 14
The present agreement shall enter into force for a period of 4 (four) years on the date of both signatures having been      appended. It may be cancelled by either party subject to 60(sixty) days written notice to the other Party.

Article 15
The  University shall request the renewal of the present Agreement before its expiry date. Any renewal of the present Agreement shall be  effected by an exchange of letters between the Parties, on condition than the Chair meets its specific objectives as laid out in Article 2, and   provides detailed information on activities and budget secured for the period of renewal.

Article 16
UNESCO may decide to not renew the present Agreement, or to close the Chair if the latter fails to submit timely progress reports on its activities; the reports are negatively evaluated; or the Chair’s activities do not correspond to UNESCO’s strategic priorities.

Article 17
In the event of a dispute, the Parties shall make a good faith effort to settle in amicably. If an amicable settlement cannot be reached, any dispute arising out of or relating to this Agreement shall be settled by a sole arbitrator appointed by mutual agreement or, falling this, by the President of the International Court of Justice at the request of either Party.

In witness whereof, the undersigned, duly authorized to that effect, have signed two copies of the present Agreement in English language, the two copies being equallyauthoritative.


For the United Nation Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization

Irina Bokova
   Director- General
For Universidad Metropolitana de
Ciencias de la Educanion

Jaime Espinosa Araya

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