The exhibition anticipates International Year of Planet Earth in 2008 and aims to showcase how UNESCO’s work contributes to the sustainable development of the planet. It reflects an intersectoral approach, including the scientific underpinning, the cultural dimension, and the transmission of knowledge and values for sustainable development through education, communication and information.
The exhibition focuses on five themes: The Earth System, The Dynamic Earth, The Diverse Earth, The Changing Earth and Respecting the Earth.
UNESCO’s activities are explained through panels, photographs, multimedia with particular emphasis on: the role of remote sensing in monitoring from space those changes on the Earth relating to heritage and water resources; the concept of ‘terroir’ (or "the land") as a model for sustainable development; and challenges resulting from faced by indigenous peoples.
The exhibition is inaugurated by the Director-General of UNESCO at the opening of the General Conference and is expected to receive more than 3,000 visitors, including a dozen Heads of State, Delegations of Member States; Ministers of Education, Science and Communication, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and foundations.
The exhibition is organized by the Natural Sciences Sector in collaboration with the Education, Communication and Culture Sectors.
Venue: UNESCO Headquarters, Hall Ségur.