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International Literacy Day 200608 Sep 2006 International Literacy Day 2006 UNESCO Education
International Literacy Day 2006

International Literacy Day is celebrated each year on 8 September. Literacy is essential for sustainable human development in today’s society. Yet 781 million adults—two-thirds women—cannot read. More

UNESCO chooses films for <b>The Open Frame 2006</b>08 Sep 2006 UNESCO chooses films for The Open Frame 2006 Communication and Information Sector
UNESCO announces films selected for The Open Frame 2006

Innovative, creative, public-service oriented documentaries, short fiction films and television magazines have now been selected to be screened at “The Open Frame: The International Festival & Forum on Public Service Broadcasting,” to be held in New Delhi, India from 15 to 21 September 2006. More

Heritage and Education Network in Chile06 Sep 2006 Heritage and Education Network in Chile
Heritage and Education Network organized in Chile
UNESCO has formed an alliance with public and private institutions to promote educational experiences for learning about and caring for the cultural of Chile. More

UNESCO helps raise awareness on HIV/AIDS in Afghanistan05 Sep 2006 UNESCO helps raise awareness on HIV/AIDS in Afghanistan UNESCO Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN: UNESCO helps officials to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS

A two-day United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) workshop designed to help raise students' awareness of HIV/AIDS has been held in Kabul. More

UNESCO to assist Lebanese early recovery in culture and education01 Sep 2006 UNESCO to assist Lebanese early recovery in culture and education
UNESCO to assist Lebanese early recovery in culture and education

UNESCO will assist the Lebanese government by providing support for vocational education, children and youth traumatized by recent events, and helping to preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage. More

Iraqi students heal through music29 Aug 2006 Iraqi students heal through music UNESCO Iraq
Iraqi students heal through music

Eighteen talented students and two teachers from Baghdad’s Music and Ballet School studied instrument lessons, solfege theory, music appreciation and ballet at a summer music programme in Jordan from 24 July to 17 August 2006. The programme was sponsored by UNESCO, the Arab Alliance of Women in Music and several other partners.

In an interview, Mohamed Djelid, Director of UNESCO’s Iraq Office (currently in Amman Jordan), explains how music can help Iraqi youth heal from the traumas of war. More

UNESCO sends mission to Lebanon25 Aug 2006 UNESCO sends mission to Lebanon UNESCO BPI/EPP
UNESCO experts went on a five-day mission to Lebanon

A team of experts from UNESCO went to Lebanon last week to assess the damage to cultural heritage sites and evaluate the post-conflict status of the education system. “In view of the situation in the field, it is now possible for UNESCO to start assisting Lebanon in its early recovery efforts, particularly with regard to cultural heritage and education,” announced the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura. More

International Conference on Disaster Reduction25 Aug 2006 International Conference on Disaster Reduction
International Conference on Disaster Reduction

Almost one thousand representatives of civil society, governments and the business world will participate in the International Conference on Disaster Reduction in Davos (Switzerland) on 27 August to 1 September. More

Intangible Heritage of Ibero-American Countries23 Aug 2006 Intangible Heritage of Ibero-American Countries UNESCO Havana
Intangible Heritage meeting to be held in Venezuela

The VII Meeting for the Promotion and Dissemination of Intangible Heritage of the Ibero-American Countries will be held in Venezuela from 17 - 22 October 2006, sponsored by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean. The VII Meeting will be devoted to the subject of: Intangible Heritage – Management for Cultural Diversity. More

<B>Call for Candidates: </B>UNESCO/ L’ORÉAL Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences16 Aug 2006 Call for Candidates: UNESCO/ L’ORÉAL Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences
Call for Candidates: UNESCO/L’ORÉAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences

UNESCO has launched a joint programme with L’ORÉAL to promote the contribution of young women in the field of life sciences. It is designed to identify and reward fifteen deserving, committed and talented young women scientists from all over the world. More

UNESCO signs sport agreement with EAA08 Aug 2006 UNESCO signs sport agreement with EAA
EAA and UNESCO to co-operate for the benefit of young people in Europe


UNESCO and the European Athletic Association (EAA) and the concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on the eve of the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. This Memorandum will provide a framework for joint projects to serve society and strengthen European Athletics. More

<b>Call for Candidates: </b>Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture03 Aug 2006 Call for Candidates: Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture Culture Sector
Call for Candidates: Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2006

The Sharjah Prize rewards the efforts of a national of an Arab Member State and a national of any other country, each of whom have contributed through artistic, intellectual or promotional pursuits, to the development and diffusion of Arab culture in the world. More

International community of practice on local e-governance02 Aug 2006 International community of practice on local e-governance
International community of practice on local e-governance

UNESCO, through its Information for All Programme, will soon launch an international “community of practice” on local e-government, thanks to the Spanish Government funding a series of UNESCO e-government projects. More

New Kit for Young Digital Creators26 Jul 2006 New Kit for Young Digital Creators
UNESCO DigiArts launches Young Digital Creators Educator's Kit

UNESCO's Young Digital Creators Educator's Kit has just been published and is now available online. It enables young people to using ICT creatively to address global challenges of development, cultural diversity and inter-cultural dialogue. More

<b>Biking the Balkans</b> for Sustainable Development24 Jul 2006 Biking the Balkans for Sustainable Development
Bikingthebalkans

Promoting a regional network of local sustainable development experiences in South-Eastern Europe
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New UN Information Society group21 Jul 2006 New UN Information Society group UNESCO Communciation
United Nations Group on the Information Society launched


Representatives from UNESCO and twenty-one other UN agencies met in Geneva on 14 July 2006 to launch the United Nations Group on the Information Society (UNGIS). More

50+ countries party to intangible heritage convention20 Jul 2006 50+ countries party to intangible heritage convention UNESCO Culture
50+ countries party to intangible heritage convention


The number of States Parties to the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has surpassed 50. More

Eighteen sites added to World Heritage List18 Jul 2006 Eighteen sites added to World Heritage List
Eighteen sites added to World Heritage List

Eighteen new sites were added to the World Heritage List during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee, which met on 8-16 July in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius. More

Virtual visit to five new World Heritage Sites18 Jul 2006 Virtual visit to five new World Heritage Sites
Virtual visit to five new World Heritage Sites

Five sites newly inscribed into UNESCO’s World Heritage List are highlighted in the July-August issue of the UNESCO Courier. More

HIV and AIDS Virtual Information Centre for Latin America13 Jul 2006 HIV and AIDS Virtual Information Centre for Latin America
UNESCO presents the HIV/AIDS Virtual Information Centre for Latin America

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, in collaboration with the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning, has established the first Spanish language portal on HIV and AIDS in Latin America. The website is available at hivaidsclearinghouse.unesco.org More

Remote sensing of ancient Siberian tombs10 Jul 2006 Remote sensing of ancient Siberian tombs UNESCO Science Sector
Saviours from space for Siberia's frozen tombs


A UNESCO project uses satellite imagery to protect ancient frozen tombs of Siberia.
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<b>Call for Applicants:</b> Seal of Excellence in Handicrafts07 Jul 2006 Call for Applicants: Seal of Excellence in Handicrafts UNESCO Bangkok
Seal of Excellence in Handicrafts

Applications are now welcome for the 2006 Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts in Asia.

The Seal of Excellence (known as SEAL) recognizes handicrafts products that are culturally authentic and have been manufactured in a socially-responsible manner with respect for the environment. More

Non-formal Education Management Information System Handbook06 Jul 2006 Non-formal Education Management Information System Handbook
NFE-MIS Handbook: Developing a sub-national non-formal education management information system

Most countries have Educational Management Information Systems to monitor formal education, but only in rare cases such systems exist for the non-formal sector. At the same time, the need for reliable information and data on this sector has been increasingly voiced by countries. More

New World Heritage Sites to be inscribed03 Jul 2006 New World Heritage Sites to be inscribed WHC
New World Heritage Sites to be inscribed

The World Heritage Committee will consider thirty-seven new sites for inscription on the World Heritage List during its next annual meeting. The 30th session of the World Heritage Committee will take place from 8-16 July in Vilnius, Lithuania. More

Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System launched29 Jun 2006 Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System launched
Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System up and running

Eighteen months after the tragic tsunami of December 2004, the entire Indian Ocean region has a warning system capable of receiving and distributing tsunami advisories around the clock. More

Hénin-Hardenne is UNESCO Champion for Sport28 Jun 2006 Hénin-Hardenne is UNESCO Champion for Sport
Justine Hénin-Hardenne: New UNESCO Champion for Sport

Tennis player Justine Hénin-Hardenne, of the French Community of Belgium, has been named a UNESCO Champion for Sport. More

<b>Doping in Sports</b><br>Mark Fainaru-Wada interview27 Jun 2006 Doping in Sports
Mark Fainaru-Wada interview

Doping in Sports
Interview with Mark Fainaru-Wada

Mark Fainaru-Wada, an investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, broke the story of BALCO, a California company that according to sworn testimony was providing banned drugs to famous athletes. On 26 June, he participated at a debate on "The Doping Crisis in Sport" at UNESCO Headquarters. More

<b>Oceans rising</b><br>Interview with John Church21 Jun 2006 Oceans rising
Interview with John Church
 UNESCO
Oceans rising
Interview with John Church


By 2100, tens of millions of people may be vulnerable each year to coastal flooding events associated with sea-level rise and extreme events. More

Latest Global Education Indicators19 Jun 2006 Latest Global Education Indicators UIS
Latest Global Education Indicators available

The latest internationally comparable education indicators for the 2004 academic year are now available in the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS) database. More

Educating for global disaster reduction16 Jun 2006 Educating for global disaster reduction UNESCO
Global disaster reduction education campaign launch

"Disaster Risk Reduction Begins at School" was launched on 15 June at UNESCO Headquarters. It promotes disaster reduction education curricula and improves school safety by encouraging construction standards that can withstand natural hazards. More

School Knowledge in Comparative and Historical Perspective16 Jun 2006 School Knowledge in Comparative and Historical Perspective UNESCO-IBE
Just Published: School Knowledge in Comparative and Historical Perspective: Changing Curricula in Primary and Secondary Education

In this special edited volume, scholars with diverse background and conceptual frameworks explore how economic, political, social and ideological forces impact on school curricula over time and place. These comparative and historical studies demonstrate that the dynamics of curriculum-making and curricular reform are increasingly forged within wider regional, cross-regional and global contexts. More

Easter Island restoration completed15 Jun 2006 Easter Island restoration completed UNESCO Santiago
Easter Island restoration completed
UNESCO presented the results of the project "Preservation of the Archeological Heritage of Easter Island" to the Rapa Nui community on 14 June. More

Working for UNESCO13 Jun 2006 Working for UNESCO UNESCO
Working for UNESCO
This publication describes UNESCO’s recruitment process for professional posts. More

<b>Video</b>: UNESCO rebuilding Iraqi education13 Jun 2006 Video: UNESCO rebuilding Iraqi education UNESCO
Reconstructing Iraq’s Education Sector
A new 8-minute video illustrates how UNESCO is working with the Iraqi government to restore the country’s education system and rebuild the nation. More

Amsterdam: World Book Capital City for 200812 Jun 2006 Amsterdam: World Book Capital City for 2008 UNESCO
Amsterdam: World Book Capital City 2008

An international jury of experts has just chosen Amsterdam (Netherlands) as World Book Capital City in 2008. More

UNESCO signs Anti-Doping agreement08 Jun 2006 UNESCO signs Anti-Doping agreement Montreal / Paris
Reinforced cooperation between UNESCO and WADA

UNESCO and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 7 June. More

Emergency relief for Indonesia after quake07 Jun 2006 Emergency relief for Indonesia after quake
UNESCO provides earthquake relief for Indonesia

UNESCO is offering Indonesia assistance in the aftermath of the earthquake that killed thousands of people on the island of Java on 27 May. More

Curricula at the heart of debate10 May 2006 Curricula at the heart of debate UNESCO / Santiago
Second Meeting of the PRELAC Intergovernmental Committee

From 11-13 May, fifteen vice-ministers and 25 specialists from 27 Latin American countries and from Spain will meet in Santiago (Chile) to discuss curricular design and development in education policy. More

La UNESCO y el PARLATINO organizan en Panamá conferencia sobre Comunicación, Pobreza y Desarrollo04 May 2006 La UNESCO y el PARLATINO organizan en Panamá conferencia sobre Comunicación, Pobreza y Desarrollo UNESCO / San José
La UNESCO, el Parlamento Latinoamericano (PARLATINO) y la Asamblea Nacional de Panamá llevarán a cabo los días 3 y 4 de mayo en Ciudad de Panamá la “Iª Conferencia Interparlamentaria Latinoamericana sobre el Derecho a la Comunicación, Erradicación de la Pobreza”, informó Alejandro Alfonzo, Consejero de Comunicación e Información de la UNESCO para América Latina, sede en San José. More

La UNESCO analiza los desafíos de la formación docente en América Latina y el Caribe30 Mar 2006 La UNESCO analiza los desafíos de la formación docente en América Latina y el Caribe
Expertos internacionales se reúnen en Quito para preparar el próximo encuentro de KIPUS, la Red Docente de Latinoamérica y el Caribe coordinada por la UNESCO, programado para septiembre en Venezuela. More

Interactive Forum on Science Education for Girls and Women09 Mar 2006 Interactive Forum on Science Education for Girls and Women
The first in a series of four online forums has been launched on 8 March 2006, International Women’s Day. The Agora forum aims to create dialogue among specialists on science education for girls and women. More

18% of primary school-age children still out of school01 Mar 2006 18% of primary school-age children still out of school
A joint UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)/UNICEF report presents new estimates on children out of school based on an improved methodology. According to the report, one hundred and fifteen million primary school-age children are out of school. More

Creation of a Center to fight HIV/AIDS in Cameroon10 Feb 2006 Creation of a Center to fight HIV/AIDS in Cameroon Bureau of Public Information
A pilot center for the prevention of HIV/AIDS will open its doors in Yaonde, Cameroon on 23 February. Financed by UNESCO extrabudgetary funds, it will focus on combating transmission from mother to child. More

La UNESCO auspicia en Chile un centro regional de la UNESCO del agua en zonas áridas y semiáridas02 Feb 2006 La UNESCO auspicia en Chile un centro regional de la UNESCO del agua en zonas áridas y semiáridas
El Centro del Agua para Zonas Áridas y Semiáridas de América Latina y el Caribe (CAZALAC), con sede en La Serena (Chile), contará en adelante con los auspicios de la UNESCO, gracias a un acuerdo firmado en la Sede de la Organización por el Director General, Koichiro Matsuura, y el Embajador de Chile, Hernán Sandoval. More

Interview with Jane Goodall18 Jan 2006 Interview with Jane Goodall
"We are in a position to kill them, or save them"

British-born primatologist Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to the preservation of Great Apes in Africa, especially chimpanzees. On her visit to UNESCO to receive the 60th Anniversary Medal, she discussed the future of these animals in danger of extinction.
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Launch of UNESCO’s Literacy Portal04 Jan 2006 Launch of UNESCO’s Literacy Portal
As of December 2005, those involved in promoting literacy have a new online portal developed by UNESCO. This site is a source for information and a forum for dialogue and aims to better coordinate initiatives launched within the framework of the UN Literacy Decade (2003-2012).
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UNESCO’s Mondialogo portal wins “Best Global Website Award”29 Sep 2005 UNESCO’s Mondialogo portal wins “Best Global Website Award”
Mondialogo receives, yet again, another highly recognised communications award. The Mondialogo website has just been honoured with this year’s “Best Global Website Award” given annually by the Localisation Research Centre at the University of Limerick, Ireland after winning the 2005 International Visual Communications Association Clarion Award for “Strategic Communications”. More

26 Sep 2005 23/09/2005 - Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Firas Maadidi
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22 Sep 2005 19/09/2005 - Mr Koïchiro Matsuura nominated for another term as Director-General
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15 Sep 2005 15/09/2005 - World misses target to provide equal access to education for girls and boys
Early data from the forthcoming 2006 Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report shows target has been missed to get as many girls as boys into school by 2005. A joint statement by UNESCO, the Global Campaign for Education and the Global Movement for Children, highlights data which shows that 94 countries have missed the gender parity target rather than 71 countries predicted in the last report released in 2004. More

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