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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
19-05-2003 5:00 pm Paris – To celebrate this year’s Africa Day on May 25, UNESCO’s African Group is organizing an “Africa Week” from May 24 to May 30 at Organization headquarters. An introductory press conference will be held on Wednesday May 21 at 11 a.m. (Room XIII, 1 rue Miollis).
“Africa Week” events will begin on Saturday May 24 at 3 p.m. (Pas Perdus Hall) with an exhibition and sale of art objects, contemporary paintings, books and newspapers. The exhibition will close on Friday May 30, at 11 a.m. The programme will continue with a cultural and artistic evening (music, dance, fashion show, and documentary film showing) from 6 to 8 p.m. (Room I).

Tuesday May 27 will be devoted to the New Partnership for Africa's Development. “NEPAD and the question of human resources in Africa” will be the theme covered in the lecture and debate (Room II, from 3 to 5 p.m.) presented by N’diori N’diaye, Deputy-Director General of the International Organization for Migration (Geneva) and Katerina Stenou, Director of UNESCO’s Division of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue.

On Wednesday May 28, African cinema will be highlighted. Three films will be shown in Room XI: from 2 to 4 p.m., “Pièce d’identité” directed by Ngangura Mweze (Democratic Republic of the Congo); from 4 go 6 p.m., “Toussaint l’Ouverture” by Claude Moreau (France); and from 6 to 8 p.m “Paris selon Moussa” (best actor prize at FESPACO, 2003) by Cheik Doucouré (Guinea). A reception will follow at 8 p.m. (7th floor restaurant).

The press conference will take place on Wednesday May 21 at 11 a.m. (Room XIII, Bonvin) at UNESCO Headquarters (1 rue Miollis) by Antoine Ndinga Oba, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of the Congo to UNESCO and President of UNESCO’s African Group, and by Pascal Biloa Tang, Ambassador of Cameroon in France and Permanent Delegate of Cameroon to UNESCO.

Journalists wishing to attend the press conference and the Africa Week events should request accreditation from Charles Assamba of the Permanent Delegation of Cameroon to UNESCO : Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 30 33 or
the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of the Congo. Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 32 56

Source Media Advisory N°2003 - 43


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