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Media Advisories (2002 - 2006)

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  • Indicators for Racism and Discrimination in Cities to Be Devised at Upcoming Experts’ Meeting
    30-06-2005 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-47)
    Researchers and local decision-makers from Europe, North America and the Asia-Pacific region will meet in Nagoya, Japan on July 8 to evaluate anti-discriminatory policies and to elaborate indicators for racism and discrimination in cities. A report based on a study of indicators applied to six North American and European cities should offer interesting leads for discussions. More

  • New Sites to be inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List
    30-06-2005 1:15 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-46)
    Forty-two new sites will be proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List during the 29th session of the World Heritage Committee scheduled for July 10-17 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, South Africa. Extensions will be proposed for nine already inscribed sites. More

  • MAB Bureau meeting to select new biosphere reserves and distribute awards
    27-06-2005 2:30 pm - (Avis aux médias N°2005-45)
    The Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) will meet June 27 to 29 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The Bureau will review progress and examine proposals for the future of the MAB programme, launched in 1970 to improve globally relationships between people and their environment. More

  • UNESCO and UNIDROIT - Cooperation in the Fight against Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property - Conference Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects
    23-06-2005 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-44)
    The UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects, one of the most important legal instruments in the global effort to curb illicit transfer of cultural property, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, UNESCO, which initiated the Convention’s elaboration, is organizing the conference “UNESCO and UNIDROIT - Cooperation in the Fight against Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property” on June 24 (9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at UNESCO (Room XII). More

  • New findings from Peking Man site
    20-06-2005 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-43)
    The results of the latest geological and geophysical surveys conducted at the site of the Peking Man in Zhoukoudian (China) will be presented at the Espace EDF Electra* on Tuesday July 5 (11 a.m.) during a joint UNESCO/EDF scientific conference. The symposium will bring together Yves Coppens, Professor at the Collège de France, Yves Bamberger, Research and Development Director at EDF, Jacques Roudier, Managing Director of the Central Laboratory of the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chausées, and the Director of UNESCO's World Heritage Centre, Francesco Bandarin. More

  • Indian Ocean tsunami alert system to be launched at IOC Assembly in June
    13-06-2005 11:55 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-42)
    The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System will be launched during the 23rd Session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly, to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters from June 21 to 30. More

  • Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations : International Conference in Rabat
    13-06-2005 11:45 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-41)
    The reform of school and university curricula, the role of indigenous knowledge in science and shared cultural heritage are some of the issues that will be discussed at the International Conference to be held in Rabat (Morocco) from June 14 to 16 on the theme “Fostering Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations through Concrete and Sustained Initiatives”. More
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  • The Coordinating Committee to Safeguard the Cultural Heritage of Iraq to hold second meeting
    09-06-2005 3:10 pm - (Media Advisory n°2005-40)
    hatra_100.jpgThe International Co-ordinating Committee to Safeguard the Cultural Heritage of Iraq will hold its second plenary meeting on June 22-23 at UNESCO. The session will be opened* by UNESCO Director General, Koïchiro Matsuura and by the Iraqi Minister for Culture, Nuri Farhan al-Rawi. More
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  • Arab Woman between East and West
    08-06-2005 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-39)
    “Arab Woman between East and West” is the theme of a symposium to be held on June 8 and 9 at UNESCO. Its aim is to contribute to the recognition of the role of women in the culture and development of the Arab world, and to combat stereotyping. The symposium will bring together experts and political leaders, including Asma Khedr, Jordan’s Minister of Culture. More
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  • International Advisory Committee of Memory of the World Programme to meet in Lijiang (China), June 13 to 17
    01-06-2005 10:40 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-38)
    mexico_100.jpgUNESCO and the State Archives Administration of China will host the 7th meeting of the International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in Lijiang (China) from June 13 to 17. During the meeting, the Committee will review requests by Member States of UNESCO to inscribe documentary heritage properties on the Memory of the World Register. More

  • Sakha-Yakutia Days at UNESCO
    30-05-2005 11:25 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-37)
    yak_100.jpgThe Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), part of the Russian Federation, will be showcased at UNESCO Headquarters on May 30 and 31 through a display of its handicrafts and folklore. During the Days, on May 30, Vyacheslav Shtyrov, the President of Sakha-Yakutia will hold talks with the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, to be followed by a meeting with the press (Room III, 12 noon). More

  • Panel debate on public service broadcasting in countries in transition
    20-05-2005 4:10 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-36)
    Musa Marufi, President of the Afghanistan’s newly created radio and television regulating authority, and Italy’s Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Margherita Boniver, will be among the participants in a panel debate on public service broadcasting in countries in transition. The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will open the panel, which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on May 24 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Room IX). More

  • Africa Week at UNESCO
    20-05-2005 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-35)
    mask_100.jpgOn the occasion of Africa Day, celebrated on May 25 every year, UNESCO’s Africa Group will host a series of events, entitled “Africa Week”, at Organization Headquarters from May 23 to 27 which will be marked by the visit of the President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo. More

  • Festival on Cultural Diversity and Dialogue in Central Asia
    20-05-2005 9:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-34)
    A Festival on Cultural Diversity and Dialogue in Central Asia featuring, films, concerts, arts and crafts exhibitions, and a round table debate will take place at UNESCO Headquarters from May 24 through June 1. More

  • Third Session of Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions
    19-05-2005 11:50 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-33)
    The third session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions will take place at UNESCO (Room XII) from May 25 to June 4. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will open the session on May 25 at 9.30 a.m. More

  • Eight heads of state gather in Varna, Bulgaria, to discuss "Cultural Corridors in South-East Europe"
    12-05-2005 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-32)
    The presidents of Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Serbia and Montenegro, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey1 will take part in a regional summit entitled “Cultural Corridors in South-East Europe: Common Past and Shared Heritage - a Key to a Future Partnership” which will be held in Varna2, Bulgaria, on May 20-21. The forum is being organized by the President of Bulgaria, Georgi Purvanov, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis. More

  • Harnessing Information and Communication Technology for learning and skills development
    10-05-2005 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-31)
    ict_100.jpgThe potential of information and communication technology (ICT) to train and educate communities that have limited or no access to formal education channels will be the focus of an international conference to be opened by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura at UNESCO Headquarters, and broadcast live on the internet, from 11 to 13 May. More

  • First international donors’ Conference for cultural heritage in Kosovo
    09-05-2005 3:35 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-30)
    kosovo_100.jpgUNESCO is organizing the First International Conference of Donors for Cultural Heritage in Kosovo on May 13 (Room X), in collaboration with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), the Council of Europe and the European Commission. The aim of the conference is to help in the restoration, protection and preservation of the many Christian and Islamic monuments, and other sites of major historical importance, which were targets of destruction in Kosovo. More

  • 21st Century Talks : “Tsunamis: Forecasting and Prevention”
    03-05-2005 3:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-29)
    “Tsunamis: Forecasting and Prevention” is the theme of the next session of the 21st Century Talks, which will take place on May 10 (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII). Three well-known figures will take part: Claude Allègre, Emile A. Okal and Patricio Bernal. More

  • Saharan Meetings at UNESCO
    03-05-2005 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-28)
    rencontres_logo.jpgSeveral cultural events presenting different facets of the Sahara are on the programme of the “Saharan Meetings” that the A360 association and UNESCO are organizing from May 9 to 13 at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters. More
    Arabic | Russian

  • Education for All Week 2005: Send My Friend to School
    21-04-2005 9:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-27)
    Children and adult learners all over the world will converge on national parliaments next week to lobby governments to fulfil a pledge made in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000, to achieve Education for All (EFA) by 2015. They will be armed with life-size cut-out silhouettes symbolizing the world’s 104 million out-of-school children and 800 million illiterate adults. More

  • Meeting of UNESCO’s Executive Board - April 12 to 28
    14-04-2005 2:20 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2005-26)
    The Executive Board of UNESCO, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), will hold its 171st session in Paris from April 12 to 28. This will be the session to welcome the Sultanate - Brunei Darussalam, which joined UNESCO as its newest and 191st Member State on March 17, 2005. More
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  • Montreal Celebrated as “World Book Capital City 2005-2006”
    13-04-2005 4:45 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-25)
    Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, will mark the designation of Montreal as World Book Capital City 2005-2006 on April 26, 2005 at UNESCO Headquarters, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Greeted by performers from Cirque du Soleil, guests will be entertained, inspired and provoked by readings and poems evocative of Montreal. The event will bring together authors and artists, as well as public figures from the world of culture, diplomacy and international politics. More

  • Experts meet in Mauritius to finetune Indian Ocean tsunami warning system
    11-04-2005 11:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-24)
    Experts and high level government representatives from Indian Ocean nations, other members of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and international organizations, will meet at Grande Baie in Mauritius this week (April 14-16) to assess progress towards the establishment and implementation of the interim Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System. They will also further refine the draft plan for the long-term system, agreed upon at a conference held at UNESCO Headquarters in early March. More

  • Professor Vladimir Fortov awarded UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal
    11-04-2005 11:20 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-23)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will award the UNESCO Albert Einstein Gold Medal to Professor Vladimir Fortov, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, during a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on April 11 (5 p.m, 7th floor). More

  • World Heritage Cities in Mauritania celebrated at UNESCO April 11 to 14
    07-04-2005 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-22)
    The President of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura and the World Bank’s Vice President for Europe, Jean-François Rischard, will open a conference and an exhibition at UNESCO Headquarters celebrating the cultural heritage of Mauritania and its ancient cities of Ouadane, Chinguetti, Tichitt and Oualata, on April 11 (opening at 11 a.m., Room II). More
    Arabic | Russian

  • Space technology to protect mountain gorillas
    05-04-2005 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-21)
    Congo_irunga_100.jpgAccurate and detailed maps of inaccessible zones in Central Africa that will allow authorities to monitor the habitat of the region’s threatened mountain gorillas, have been produced for the first time by the European Space Agency (ESA) and UNESCO. The results of this joint project, known as BEGo* (Build Environment for Gorillas), will be presented at a meeting on April 7 (2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.) at ESA headquarters, 8-10 rue Mario Nikis, Paris 15. More

  • President Khatami and President Bouteflika to address conference on dialogue among civilizations at UNESCO
    31-03-2005 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-20)
    Presrel.jpgMohammad Khatami President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria, will attend an international conference at UNESCO Headquarters on Tuesday April 5 to assess the advancement of the dialogue between civilizations, cultures and peoples. More
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  • Ariane Mnouchkine receives UNESCO Picasso Medal
    30-03-2005 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-18)
    mnouchkine_100.jpgRenowned French theatre director Ariane Mnouchkine and the theatre company she founded in Paris in 1964, the Théâtre du Soleil, will receive the UNESCO Picasso Medal on the occasion of World Theatre Day in a ceremony on Thursday, March 31, at 8 p.m. (UNESCO Headquarters, Room XI). Manfred Beilharz, President of the International Theatre Institute, and Gérard Mortier, Director of the Paris National Opera, will be among those taking part in the ceremony. More

  • Celebration of World Poetry Day at UNESCO
    18-03-2005 3:45 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-17)
    On the occasion of World Poetry Day, celebrated on March 21, UNESCO will pay tribute to Hungarian poet Attila Jozsef (1905-1937). The Day will also be marked by the proclamation of the laureate of the Golden Crown of the Struga Poetry Evenings1, American poet William Stanley Merwin. The name of the laureate of the Bridges of Struga prize will also be announced during the ceremony (7 p.m. Room XI). More

  • Three conferences address European and African water issues at UNESCO, March 22 to 25
    16-03-2005 5:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-16)
    Three meetings, organized at the initiative of the French Water Academy, will take place at UNESCO from March 22 to 25: A European-African conference on the relation between water and territorial management; a symposium, Water, Solidarity, Europe, organized by the Paris-area water-management syndicate’s Programme Solidarité Eau; a European-African roundtable debate on the right to water and water treatment, organized by the French Water Academy and the European Council of Environmental Law. More

  • Fourth session of COMEST in Bangkok (March 23 - 25)
    16-03-2005 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-15)
    The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will hold its fourth session in Bangkok, Thailand, from March 23 to 25. Jointly organized by UNESCO and the Government of Thailand, the session will enable UNESCO to promote ethics of science and technology within the Asia-Pacific region and to take stock of regional views on related issues. More

  • Celebration of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    14-03-2005 11:15 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-14)
    On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (March 21), UNESCO is organizing two events: the Sixth International Film Festival Against Exclusion and for Tolerance (FIFET), which will take place from March 17 to 23 (Room XI), and the Tenth Student Festival Against Racism, which will take place on March 19 and 21. More

  • Urban Policies and the Right to the City: a Public Debate at UNESCO on 18 March
    10-03-2005 11:35 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-13)
    A public debate examining Urban Policies and the Right to the City will take place at UNESCO Headquarters on March 18 (in Room IV, 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm) during the second joint working session between UN-HABITAT and UNESCO. The purpose of this debate is to identify elements and partners for a joint research project between UN-HABITAT and UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO celebrates International Women's Day 8 March
    04-03-2005 6:30 pm - (Media Advisory No.2005-12)
    Gender Equality Beyond 2005: Building a more Secure Future is the main theme of UNESCO’s events from March 7 to 25 in celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8). This is also the subject of the message* that Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura issued for this occasion. More

  • Annual meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    25-02-2005 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-11)
    Education for all, education for sustainable development and UNESCO’s response to natural disasters are the three themes on the agenda for the annual meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, which will take place on March 3 and 4 at Organization Headquarters (Room X). More

  • Sortie de la version française du Rapport mondial de suivi sur l’éducation pour tous 2005
    24-02-2005 3:25 pm - (Avis aux médias)
    A l’occasion de la parution en français du Rapport mondial de suivi de l’Education pour tous 2005 : L’exigence de qualité, une présentation-débat aura lieu à l’UNESCO le 10 mars (11-13H, Salle IV). More

  • Launch in New York of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014)
    24-02-2005 2:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-10)
    UNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura will launch the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) at UN headquarters in New York on March 1 (5.30 p.m.). The main goal of the Decade is to encourage the governments of Member State to integrate the concept of sustainable development into their education policies and into all aspects of learning to bring about behavioural changes that will usher in a more viable and just society. More
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  • Minimum standards for education in emergencies
    21-02-2005 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-09)
    UNESCO is launching a handbook of Minimum Standards for Education in Emergencies, Chronic Crises and Early Reconstruction, as part of the effort to meet the targets of Education for All. The Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) prepared the publication and will present it on Friday, February 25, 4 - 5.30 p.m., UNESCO Headquarters, Room VII. More

  • Timetable for a Global Tsunami Early Warning System
    21-02-2005 9:55 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-08)
    Technical experts from the Member States of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and especially those from the Indian Ocean region, will meet in Paris from March 3 to 8 to produce a draft work plan and timetable for the establishment of the Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asia region. More
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  • Revitalizing Higher Education in Iraq
    15-02-2005 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-07)
    Assessing the needs and priorities of higher education in Iraq and preparing a blueprint for its revitalization are the main objectives of a round table to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on February 22 and 23. More

  • Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation Holding 13th Session
    04-02-2005 11:55 am - (Media Advisory No 2005-06)
    The 13th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation will be held at UNESCO (Room XI) from February 7 to 10. Key items on the agenda are the launching of a database on Member States’ cultural heritage laws, and the presentation of the export certificate for cultural objects. The certificate is a model elaborated by the World Customs Organization and UNESCO to reinforce the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property. More

  • Challenges and opportunities for freedom of expression on the internet: thematic conference at UNESCO, February 3-4
    01-02-2005 12:10 pm - (Media Advisory No 2005-05)
    0ne hundred and fifty media professionals, academics, legal experts, freedom of expression campaigners, and policy-makers from all over the world, will look at ways to ensure respect for freedom of expression on the internet during a conference at UNESCO Headquarters, Freedom in Cyberspace, February 3-4. More

  • Second session of Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on the preliminary draft convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions
    27-01-2005 2:05 pm - (Media Advisory No 2005-04)
    The second session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts on the preliminary draft convention on the protection of cultural contents and artistic expressions will be held at UNESCO from January 31 to February 12 (Room II). More

  • Three meetings at UNESCO to move towards universal norms on bioethics
    17-01-2005 3:40 pm - (Media Advisory No 2005-03)
    Another step towards a declaration on universal norms on bioethics will be taken when UNESCO's Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) meets in Paris, January 24 and 25, and UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IBC) holds an extraordinary session, on January 28. A joint session of the IGBC and IBC will be held between these two meetings, on January 26 and 27. More

  • Special session on tsunami early warning system to be held at UN World Disaster Reduction Conference
    17-01-2005 10:30 am - (Media Advisory 2005-02)
    The establishment of a tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean will be the subject of a special session organized by UNESCO and the Japanese Meteorological Agency at the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), which opens in Kobe (Japan) Tuesday, January 18. More
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  • Hanoi conference on dialogue among cultures and civilizations
    17-12-2004 3:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 89)
    The Vietnamese government is organizing, in cooperation with UNESCO, an Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Dialogue among Cultures and Civilizations for Peace and Sustainable Development1, that will take place in Hanoi December 20 and 21. More

  • Report of the health of the world's coral reefs presented at UNESCO
    07-12-2004 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 88)
    The 2004 edition of the Status of the Coral Reefs of the World, prepared by 240 experts from 96 countries, will be presented on December 9 at UNESCO Headquarters (restaurant, 7th floor, 6p.m.-7p.m.), in the presence of Patricio Bernal, Executive Secretary of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), Clive Wilkinson, editor of the report, Corinne Etaix from the French ministry of ecology and sustainable development, and other partners. More

  • Fashion show at UNESCO for the benefit of women living with HIV/AIDS
    07-12-2004 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 87)
    Brought together by the same passion for style, the association La Main Fine and the Centre supérieur des techniques de l’art MODE’ESTAH will present a fashion show entitled “L’Afrique: un autre regard” (“Africa: Another Vision”) on December 13 (6.30 p.m.) at UNESCO. Organized for the benefit of women living with HIV/AIDS, and with the support of UNESCO’s Section for Women and Gender Equality, the show is one of the World AIDS Day (December 1) activities. More

  • NGOs meet in Beirut to discuss Education for All
    06-12-2004 4:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 86)
    The 2005 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched by UNESCO in November, 2004, will provide the basis for discussions at the Collective Consultation of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) at its annual meeting in Beirut, Lebanon, from December 9-11. More

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