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Media Advisories (2002 - 2006)

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  • Inter-ethnic and Inter-religious Dialogue: six heads of state gather in Tirana
    02-12-2004 10:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 85)
    Six heads of state from South-East Europe - Alfred Moisiu (Albania), Borislav Paravac (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Georgi Parvanov (Bulgaria), Stjepan Mesić (Croatia), Svetozar Marović (Serbia and Montenegro) and Branko Crvenkovski (The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), will meet in Tirana on December 9 and 10 for a summit on “The Development of Inter-ethnic and Inter-religious Dialogue - Important Factor for the Stability and Progress of South-East Europe”1, organized by the President of Albania and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More
    Russian

  • First meeting of the International Commission for Peace
    29-11-2004 6:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 84)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro will open the first meeting of the International Commission for Peace on Tuesday, November 30 (10a.m., Room VIII). During the two-day meeting the Commission, which was established within the framework of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize, will focus on how dialogue among civilizations can contribute to peace. More

  • Close of international year for the commemoration of the struggle against slavery and its abolition
    25-11-2004 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 83)
    Susana Baca, Gilberto Gil, Danny Glover, Abdias do Nascimento, Louis Sala-Molins, Aimé Césaire and Christiane Taubira are among the many personalities who will take part, from December 3 to 5 at UNESCO Headquarters, in events dedicated to the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery (December 2) and to close of the International Year for the Commemoration of the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition. More

  • Colloquium on research and higher education policy
    24-11-2004 5:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 81)
    Researchers, experts and policy-makers from all regions in the world are expected at UNESCO (Room II) from December 1 to 3 for the Colloquium on Research and Higher Education Policy. The colloquium follows a series of regional meetings that focused on trends in this domain and needed improvements. More
    Russian

  • President Svetozar Marović of Serbia and Montenegro to visit UNESCO on November 19
    18-11-2004 6:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 80)
    The President of Serbia and Montenegro, Svetozar Marović, on an official visit to UNESCO on Friday November 19 will hold talks with the Organization’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. At 11.30 in Room XI, they will address the Ambassadors and Permanent Delegates to UNESCO and at 7 p.m. at the residence of the Ambassador of Serbia and Montenegro, President Marović will present Mr Matsuura with the Vuk Karadžić Medal, First Degree, the country’s highest distinction in the realm of culture, education and the arts. More
    Russian

  • AIDS day event to celebrate the struggle of the African continent with HIV/AIDS
    16-11-2004 3:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 79)
    UNESCO and the French AIDS association SIDA Info Service are organizing a day-long celebration on November 20 to encourage the sharing of experience and know-how between Africa and the African Diaspora in the continent’s struggle with the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The event, held under the patronage of French National Commission for UNESCO, will include three roundtable debates and a concert at Organization Headquarters. More

  • Launch of Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO)
    10-11-2004 6:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 78)
    On the occasion of World Science Day for Peace and Development, a meeting for the launch of the Israeli-Palestinian Science Organization (IPSO) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on November 15 (10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., Room IV) with the participation of several Nobel laureates. More
    Arabic | Russian

  • UNESCO celebrates third Philosophy Day on November 18
    09-11-2004 3:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004-77)
    UNESCO will celebrate Philosophy Day for the third year running. A number of high-profile activities - round tables, lectures, a Café philosophique, artistic events and book fair - will take place at UNESCO Headquarters while other celebrations will be organized in more than 70 Member States around the world. More
    Arabic | Russian

  • Award Ceremony of ohe UNESCO - Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
    05-11-2004 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory. No.2004-76)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award the UNESCO Mandajeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence to the 2004 laureate, Bangladeshi writer and journalist Taslima Nasrin, in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on November 16 (Room I, 6 p.m.). More

  • Press Conference with UNESCO Director-General and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
    03-11-2004 6:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2004-75)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates will give a press conference at UNESCO Headquarters on November 17 (Room II, at 11.30 a.m.) following the signing of a Cooperation Agreement. More

  • Launch of the 2005 Education For All Global Monitoring Report: The Quality Imperative
    02-11-2004 5:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 74)
    More children are going to school than ever before, but many drop out before grade 5 of primary school or graduate without mastering even a minimum set of cognitive skills. So concludes the 2005 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which will be launched in Brasilia (Brazil) on November 8. More
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  • Launch of International Advisory Board for the Reform of the Science, Technology and Innovation System of Nigeria
    27-10-2004 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 72)
    The International Advisory Board for the Reform of the Science, Technology and Innovation System of Nigeria, established at the request of the government of Nigeria by UNESCO with the participation of several intergovernmental agencies, will be launched at UNESCO Headquarters on October 27 and 28. More
    Russian

  • New Biosphere Reserves to be listed and science prize winners to be announced
    21-10-2004 5:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 71)
    The 18th session of the International Co-ordinating Council for the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), will be held at Headquarters from October 25 to 29. During the session, the Council will consider the inclusion of twenty-four sites in 12 countries in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Announcements on those approved for inclusion will be made on 29 October. More
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  • Technical and vocational education and training a key contributor to sustainable development
    20-10-2004 12:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 70)
    Recent progress in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and the need to align this branch of education with the methods and objectives of sustainable development will be the focus of debates at an international technical experts’ meeting organized by UNESCO in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research in Bonn, Germany, from 25 to 28 October 2004. More
    Russian

  • First Forum on the theme Vision and development: changing our view
    19-10-2004 12:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 69)
    In observance of World Sight Day 2004, Essilor International and UNESCO are organizing the First Forum on the theme “Vision and development: changing our view”, to be held on October 21 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room II). It will bring together professionals from the social and medical sectors, civil society actors and artists from several countries* to discuss the role of sight in learning and socialization. More
    Russian

  • Poverty and human rights conferences and seminars at UNESCO
    06-10-2004 6:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 68)
    Thirty-six million people die of hunger or its consequences every year. A child dies every three seconds as a result of poverty. Contaminated water kills 10,000 people a year. The problem of poverty, a violation of human rights and dignity, needs to be re-examined. More

  • Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe Cobourg-Gotha to visit UNESCO
    06-10-2004 10:45 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 67)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will meet the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe Cobourg-Gotha who will carry out an official visit to the Organization on Thursday October 7. After bilateral talks, they will attend a concert of the Philip Koutev ensemble, (8 p.m. Room I). More
    Russian

  • Albanian president Alfred Moisiu to visit UNESCO October 7
    05-10-2004 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 66)
    Pdtalbanie_V.jpgThe President of Albania, Alfred Moisiu, will visit UNESCO, on Thursday October 7. On this occasion, alongside UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, he will open the exhibition “Colours and impressions of Albania: from icons to contemporary painting”. More
    Russian

  • Calls for greater appreciation of teachers on World Teachers' Day - 5 October
    04-10-2004 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 65)
    WorldTeacherDay2.jpgThe heads of UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have issued a joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October (see below). Special events will be held around the world to mark the Day, which was created by UNESCO in 1994. More
    Arabic | Russian

  • 2004 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to be awarded on October 1
    28-09-2004 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 64)
    sharjah-V.jpgUNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will present the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to the two 2004 laureates; Tunisian researcher Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Spanish historian Juan Vernet Ginés, at a ceremony to be held at Headquarters on October 1 (7 p.m., Room II). More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • UNESCO's Executive Board to meet from September 28 to October 14
    27-09-2004 12:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 63)
    UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), will hold its 170th session in Paris from September 28 to October 14. More

  • UNESCO launches citizenship education handbook
    Defense in the service of peace

    24-09-2004 11:45 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 62)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on September 27 will launch at the Organization's headquarters (6:00 pm, Room II) a manual/handbook for citizenship education, a joint project with the French National Commission for UNESCO and several French institutions like the education and defense ministries. More
    Russian

  • Namibian President to visit UNESCO September 27
    23-09-2004 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 61)
    Namibie_V.jpgThe President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr.Sam Nujoma will undertake an official visit to UNESCO Headquarters on Monday, September 27, during which he will make a presentation on the theme “Namibia: from liberation struggle to a peaceful and democratic society”. More

  • Presentation of 2003 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to Mgr Etchegaray and Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia
    17-09-2004 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 60)
    The Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric, and Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, former president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will receive the 2003 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize at a ceremony to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on September 21 (2.30p.m. Room 1) More
    Spanish | Russian

  • First meeting of government experts to discuss Cultural Diversity Convention
    16-09-2004 7:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 59)
    Representatives of UNESCO's Member States will meet from September 20 to 25 at the Organization's Headquarters to examine the first outline of a preliminary draft of an international Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. More
    Arabic

  • New ignorances, new literacies - learning to live together in a globalizing world
    UNESCO Conference at the Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona

    31-08-2004 11:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004-58)
    UNESCO will host a 3-day conference - New Ignorances, New Literacies - learning to live together in a globalizing world (September 6 to 8) - at the Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona 2004*. The award ceremony of the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize will also be held during the conference. More
    spanish | arabic

  • UNESCO celebrates International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
    20-08-2004 5:25 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-57)
    The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23, will be celebrated at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I) with a series of cultural events from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. More
    russian

  • International Bioethics Committee meets at UNESCO
    20-08-2004 4:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-56)
    The 11th session of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will take place August 23 and 24 at Organization Headquarters (Room II). Hearings of representatives of different religious and spiritual perspectives on the future declaration on universal norms on bioethics, held as part of consultations on the future declaration, will be a major item on the Committee’s agenda. More
    arabic | russian

  • Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships
    19-08-2004 3:50 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-55)
    UNESCO is calling on young researchers with advanced degrees (M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent) in developing countries to apply to the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme for fellowships ranging from US$ 6,000 to US$ 10,000. The amount varies according to duration and place of study. The Programme is financed by Japan through its funds in trust programme for capacity-building of human resources. More
    arabic| russian

  • Dialogue among students from around the world to explore cultural identity and heritage
    29-07-2004 12:10 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-54)
    dollsV.jpgThe surprising outcome of a contest centred on dialogue about cultural heritage and identity between teams of school children from different countries is the subject of an exhibition that will open at UNESCO Headquarters at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, July 30 (Miro Room). It showcases the visible results of the Mondialogo School Contest launched by UNESCO and DaimlerChrysler last year. More
    russian

  • Building knowledge societies: Theme of next 21st Century Dialogue, Seoul
    23-07-2004 11:50 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004-53)
    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) and the visit of the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, to the Republic of Korea, the next session of the 21st Century Dialogues will be held in Seoul (Republic of Korea) at the Shilla Hotel on Tuesday July 27 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday July 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), as a joint event co-organized by KNCU and the Division of Foresight, Philosophy and Human Sciences of UNESCO. More
    russian

  • International jury of Mondialogo Prize selects 25 finalists
    20-07-2004 4:55 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 52)
    The international jury of Mondialogo will announce its choice of 25 finalists out of 1,500 entrants - teams of 15 to 18-year-olds from all over the world who entered the Mondialogo contest - at a reception at UNESCO Headquarters on July 30, at 2 p.m. The event will be preceded by the inauguration of an exhibition at 1.30 p.m. More
    russian

  • Lebanese writer Nadia Al-Jurdi Nouaihed and Casa de las Américas receive Simón Bolívar Prize
    20-07-2004 4:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 51)
    BolivarV.jpgLebanese writer Nadia Al-Jurdi Nouaihed and the Cuban cultural institution Casa de las Américas will receive the 2002-2003 Simón Bolívar Prize, awarded by UNESCO and the government of Venezuela on Wednesday July 21 (Room II, 7 p.m.). More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • Human Development Report 2004
    Public debate at UNESCO

    12-07-2004 12:40 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 50)
    To mark the publication of the Human Development Report 2004 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a debate will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on July 16 from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm in Room II. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown will give a press conference from 12:45 pm to 1:00 pm. More

  • Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee meeting at UNESCO
    01-07-2004 11:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 49)
    UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) will meet July 7 at Paris Headquarters (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Room IV) to review progress on the elaboration of the Declaration on Universal Norms on Bioethics. More
    arabic

  • Report on the Social Dimension of Globalization to be presented at UNESCO
    28-06-2004 11:10 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 48)
    The report “A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All,” prepared by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, will be presented July 7 at UNESCO (from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Room IX) by two members of the Commission, Brazilian anthropologist Ruth Cardoso, President of Comunidade Solidária (Community Solidarity Council), and the former Minister of Culture of Mali, Aminata D. Traoré, Director of the Centre Amadou Hanyrat Ba (CAHBA). More
    russian | arabic

  • UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission meeting in Paris
    23-06-2004 12:15 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 47)
    UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) will hold an Executive Council meeting from June 23 to 29 at Paris headquarters. More
    russian | arabic

  • Global Geoparks network created, with UNESCO support
    22-06-2004 4:35 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 46)
    The First International Conference on Geoparks, held under the aegis of UNESCO and the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China, will take place from June 27 to 29 in Beijing (China). It aims to promote the development of a global network of sites, which represent exceptional examples of our planet’s geological heritage, to be called Geoparks. More
    russian | arabic

  • 21st Century Talks: can we control AIDS?
    10-06-2004 3:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 45)
    The next session of the 21st Century Talks, to be held on June 14 at UNESCO (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, Room II) and devoted to the theme “Can we control the AIDS Pandemic? Foresight, education, prevention,” will bring together, three distinguished personalities: Jim Yong Kim, Luc Montagnier, Cristina Owen-Jones. More
    russian

  • Promoting UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in West and Central Africa
    09-06-2004 5:20 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 44)
    A two-day regional seminar to promote UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage opens today in Dakar(1) (Senegal). The meeting, which covers West and Central Africa, is the first of eight regional meetings. The other seven will be held in different parts of the world by the end of 2005(2). Their purpose is to encourage States to ratify the Convention, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2003. More

  • Eurasia in the 21st Century - Dialogue of Cultures or Conflict of Civilizations?"
    08-06-2004 11:55 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 43)
    A high-level conference on the Dialogue among Civilizations will take place on June 10 and 11 in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, under the joint auspices of the President of Kyrgyzstan, Askar Akayev, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More
    russian

  • Improving Science and Technology Education
    04-06-2004 3:20 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 42)
    leoncharpakV.jpgLeading science and technology educators from North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, including Nobel laureats Leon Lederman and Georges Charpak, will meet at UNESCO Headquarters from June 7-9 to examine ways of reversing the worldwide decline in the numbers of students studying science, technology and mathematics. More
    russian

  • Women in the Service of Peace
    02-06-2004 3:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 41)
    SuziV.jpgUNESCO and The Suzanne Mubarak International Women’s Movement for Peace, an international NGO, will hold an colloquium, Women in the Service of Peace, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on June 8 (11 a.m., room X). More
    arabic

  • UNESCO and The Stade Français join forces for "Junior Roland Garros"
    25-05-2004 2:15 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 40)
    GarrosV.jpgMore than 300 young tennis players (aged 12 to 14 years) from more than 60 countries will participate in the BNP Paribas Cup – Stade Français – Paris, to be held from July 1 to 10 at the Stade Français, in Paris, under the auspices of UNESCO. A press conference to launch the event will take place on May 31 at 9.30 a.m. in the BNP Paribas reception rooms at the Stade Roland Garros. More
    Russian

  • Africa Days at UNESCO May 25 to 28
    21-05-2004 10:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 39)
    Alpha Oumar Konaré, former president of Mali and current head of the African Union Commission, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will take the floor on May 28 at 3 p.m. (Room 1) on the occasion of Africa Day celebrations (May 25-28) at UNESCO Headquarters. The Organization’s Africa Group is organizing a whole series of events starting on Africa Day itself, May 25, at Organization Headquarters. More

  • The Hague Convention: 50 Years of Protecting Cultural Property During Armed Conflict
    13-05-2004 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2004 - 38)
    A commemorative symposium on the Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on Friday, May 14 (9.30 a.m.– 6.45 p.m., Room X). More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • UNESCO and Minister of Science of Brazil launch virtual library of Portuguese language books
    13-05-2004 6:15 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 37)
    More than 20,000 Portuguese-language book titles will be made available in Portuguese-speaking countries, thanks to an initiative announced by Brazil’s Science and Technology Minister, Eduardo Campos. It was announced at UNESCO on May 11 in the presence of UNESCO Deputy Director-General Marcio Barbosa and the permanent delegates of the countries concerned. More

  • UNESCO sponsors the 25th anniversary of The Prince of Asturias Foundation
    08-05-2004 4:25 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 36)
    The Prince of Asturias Foundation (Spain) will hold a press conference on May 14 at UNESCO Headquarters (12.30 p.m., Room V) to present the programme of celebrations planned to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its creation. The celebrations will take place during 2005 under the auspices of UNESCO. More
    spanish

  • Second intergovernmental meeting on draft international convention against doping in sport
    08-05-2004 3:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 35)
    Representatives of UNESCO’s Member States will examine the preliminary draft of an international convention against doping in sport during a second intergovernmental meeting* at UNESCO May 10 to 14. Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, will open the meeting on May 10 at 10 a.m. (Room XII). More than 100 legal experts and sports specialists, particularly on the subject of anti-doping, are expected. More
    russian

  • Extraordinary session of world commission on the ethics of scientific knowledge and technology
    04-05-2004 6:10 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 34)
    UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will meet May 14 and 15 at Organization Headquarters (Room III) for an extraordinary session focused on its new work methods and schedule of activities for 2004 and 2005. More
    russian


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