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  • An exhibition to feature UNESCO's work for sustainable development and climate change 16-10-2007 (Paris) 
    An exhibition to feature UNESCO's work for sustainable development and climate change
    An exhibition entitled "Planet Earth: From Space to Place", organized by the Science Sector, will be inaugurated today by Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden and Goodwill Ambassador, Claudia Cardinale . This exhibition will be on show at UNESCO Headquarters throughout the General Conference and features the work of the Organization relating to sustainable development and climate change.
  • A Workshop to develop ICT and coaching skills of Asian teacher educators 15-10-2007 (Bangkok) 
    A Workshop to develop ICT and coaching skills of Asian teacher educators
    From 15 to 19 October, UNESCO holds a workshop in Kunming, China, which brings together teacher educators from across Asia to develop their skills in integrating ICT into education.
  • New Zealand's national eDay diverts nearly 300 tonnes of computer waste from landfills 12-10-2007 (Wellington) 
    New Zealand's national eDay diverts nearly 300 tonnes of computer waste from landfills
    On 29-30 September, at the occasion of national eDay, Kiwis (a nickname for New Zealand's people) cleared their homes of nearly 300 tonnes of old computer equipment and mobile phones, diverting them from being dumped in landfills.
  • Workshops on Conflict Coverage and Peace Journalism  for Israeli Journalists 11-10-2007 (Jerusalem) 
    Workshops on Conflict Coverage and Peace Journalism for Israeli Journalists
    The Israeli Palestinian Media Forum (IPMF) completed the first of a series of three workshops for journalists on the questions and dilemmas in conflict coverage and on alternative strategies, such as Peace Journalism, on 2 September 2007 in Netanya, Israel.
  • Raising awareness on local environmental issues through TV documentaries 10-10-2007 (Paris) 
    Raising awareness on local environmental issues through TV documentaries
    Industrial pollution in Croatia, sewage spillage in Serbia, deforestation in the Balkans and ecological education are among the topics covered by short current affairs stories produced by South East European television stations members of the Eurovision News Exchange (ERNO).
  • UNESCO supports development and free distribution of world class educational materials 09-10-2007 (Paris) 
    UNESCO supports development and free distribution of world class educational materials
    Utilizing open source technology to make learning material development a less timely and costly process is the objective of a cooperation agreement established between UNESCO and the Global Educational Learning Community (CURRIKI).
  • Central African Republic recommendations to foster an environment conducive to freedom of expression 09-10-2007 (Paris) 
    Central African Republic recommendations to foster an environment conducive to freedom of expression
    Following the initiative of the Central African Government and of national media associations, the First General Assessment of Central African Republic Media took place in Bangui, capital of Central African Republic, between 22 August and 1 September 2007. The goal of this event was to discuss how to create an environment conducive to freedom of expression.
  • A New Publication on Media Legislation in Africa 05-10-2007 (Paris) 
    A New Publication on Media Legislation in Africa
    With support from UNESCO, a publication on media legislation in Africa has just been released, result of a research undertaken by a team of African scholars, coordinated by Professor Guy Berger, Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
  • IPDC supports training for a Rwandan media regulatory body 03-10-2007 (Paris) 
    IPDC supports training for a Rwandan media regulatory body
    Members and staff of the Rwandan High Council of the Press (HCP) increased their understanding of the role of a professional, independent and transparent media regulatory body during an in-house training in Kigali. Part of a wider project of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), this training was funded by the United States of America.
  • Belgium and U.S.A.-based projects to receive 2007 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize 02-10-2007 (Paris) 
    Belgium and U.S.A.-based projects to receive 2007 UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize
    The Belgium-based Claroline Project - The Claroline Consortium and Curriki: The Global Education and Learning Community, based in the U.S.A., have been named as the laureates of this year’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education. They were selected by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, on the recommendation of an international jury.
  • Director-General condemns the killing of Japanese photo journalist Kenji Nagai in Myanmar 01-10-2007 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns the killing of Japanese photo journalist Kenji Nagai in Myanmar
    The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the killing of Japanese photo journalist Kenji Nagai in Rangoon and echoed the call by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “to commit to a path of peaceful and inclusive national reconciliation.”
  • UNESCO boosts university radio in Nigeria 28-09-2007 (Abuja) 
    UNESCO boosts university radio in Nigeria
    UNESCO granted to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) equipment worth over US$9,000 for its Mass Communication Radio station.
  • Director-General condemns murder of poet and television producer Jawad al-Daami in Baghdad 27-09-2007 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns murder of poet and television producer Jawad al-Daami in Baghdad
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Jawad al-Daami, a producer for the independent Cairo-based television channel Al-Baghdadia in Baghdad on the 23rd of September.
  • Director-General condemns murder of Salvadoran journalist 27-09-2007 (Paris) 
    Director-General condemns murder of Salvadoran journalist
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Salvadoran journalist Salvador Sánchez Roque in the city of Souyapango on 20 September.
  • UNESCO Iraq Office supports media as a vehicle for dialogue and reconciliation 26-09-2007 (Amman) 
    UNESCO Iraq Office supports media as a vehicle for dialogue and reconciliation
    The UNESCO Iraq Office, in line with the new Security Council Resolution on the expanded mandate of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), is committed to supporting the national reconciliation process by building the capacity of the Iraqi media sector.
  • UNESCO supports development of emergency knowledgebase in Philippines 25-09-2007 (Manila) 
    UNESCO supports development of emergency knowledgebase in Philippines
    A Training Workshop on Content Development for a Disaster and Health Emergency Knowledgebase was recently conducted in the Eastern Visayas region of the Philippines. The workshop that trained health emergency managers in knowledgebase content development was one of the activities funded by the US$50,000 UNESCO Emergency Assistance Programme. In March 2007, a Community e-Disaster Center was also set up under the same grant.
  • UNESCO prepares guides on computer recycling 24-09-2007 (Paris) 
    UNESCO prepares guides on computer recycling
    UNESCO gathered a group of partners to produce two guides to encourage the development of sustainable computer recycling plants.
  • An updated release of WEBLIS now available 21-09-2007 (Paris) 
    An updated release of WEBLIS now available
    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) financially supported a new release of WEBLIS, a free-of-charge Web based Library Integrated System based on CDS/ISIS.
  • Better ICT connectivity would unleash Africa's economic potential, UN officials say 20-09-2007 (Geneva) 
    Better ICT connectivity would unleash Africa's economic potential, UN officials say
    Better information and communication technology (ICT) links would help Africa to unleash its economic potential, United Nations and business leaders said today at a press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York.
  • Television training on HIV and AIDS by UNESCO and ERNO 20-09-2007 (Sarajevo) 
    Television training on HIV and AIDS by UNESCO and ERNO
    Fifteen TV producers from South East Europe participated in a script writing and production workshop on HIV and AIDS on 13-16 September, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • UNEP launches a Toolkit on Sustainability Communications in partnership with UNESCO 18-09-2007 (Paris) 
    UNEP launches a Toolkit on Sustainability Communications in partnership with UNESCO
    UNEP, in partnership with UNESCO, the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and the International Association of Universities and with financial support from the Ministry of Environment of Sweden, has just launched a CD-ROM on "Sustainability Communications".
  • Increasing sustainability of Ethiopian CMCs 12-09-2007 (Addis Ababa) 
    Increasing sustainability of Ethiopian CMCs
    UNESCO's Addis Ababa Office in concert with SCC Ltd, a communications firm, will be organizing a 1-week multimedia training workshop in Addis Ababa for rural Community multimedia centers (CMCs) in Ethiopia.
  • 2007 Jikji Prize awarded to Austria's Phonogrammarchiv 11-09-2007 (Paris) 
    2007 Jikji Prize awarded to Austria's Phonogrammarchiv
    In an impressive ceremony held on 4 September 2007 in Cheongju City, in the Republic of Korea, the Phonogrammarchiv of the Austrian Academy of Sciences formally received the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of World Prize certificate and cheque.
  • Ethical dimensions of the information society on agenda of a European meeting 10-09-2007 (Paris) 
    Ethical dimensions of the information society on agenda of a European meeting
    The French Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with UNESCO and the Council of Europe, is organizing a meeting on Ethics and human rights in the information society. It will take place in Strasbourg, France, on 13-14 September 2007.
  • IFAP launches an online database of projects 07-09-2007 (Paris) 
    IFAP launches an online database of projects
    Over five hundreds projects submitted to the Information for All Programme (IFAP) for funding are now made available for consultation on IFAP website.
  • Pan-African Course on Communication for Development concluded in Israel 06-09-2007 (Haifa) 
    Pan-African Course on Communication for Development concluded in Israel
    A Pan-African Training of Trainers course on Communication for Development was concluded today. Eleven men and women, teachers of journalism and producers from eight African states (Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia) have come together to hone their writing and reporting skills in an intensive training course on Communication for Development at the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC), in Haifa, Israel, in cooperation with UNESCO.
  • Just published: A Reader on ICT Planning for Development 06-09-2007 (Manila) 
    Just published: A Reader on ICT Planning for Development
    The second edition of the Reader on Information and Communication Technology Planning for Development has been published by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) and the National Commission of the Philippines for UNESCO with support from Intel and Microsoft.
  • New Director of UNESCO's Information Society Division 04-09-2007 (Paris) 
    New Director of UNESCO's Information Society Division
    Miriam Nisbet, an information law expert from the USA, has just taken office as Director of UNESCO's Information Society Division. Ms Nisbet succeeds Elizabeth Longworth, of New-Zealand, who now heads the Office of UNESCO’s Director-General.
  • Open Education Search: initiative supported by UNESCO 03-09-2007 (Paris) 
    Open Education Search: initiative supported by UNESCO
    The Hewlett Foundation, ccLearn (Creative Commons' educational division) and Google are working together to build an open education web-scale search, part of a larger effort to offer web users simple, overarching mechanisms for discovering open educational resources (OERs).
  • Call for entries: Innovative Practices Awards 31-08-2007 (Bangkok) 
    Call for entries: Innovative Practices Awards
    Do you use ICT in your teaching or in your education work? Are you using it in an innovative way? If so, you might be eligible for an award from UNESCO Bangkok! Entries are now being accepted for consideration for the Innovative Practices Awards. The closing date for entries is 31 October 2007.
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