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Media Advisories (2002 - 2006)

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  • World Science Forum kicks off in Budapest
    06-11-2003 5:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 91)
    Is science a force for good, promoting social and economic development, or a negative force that is ‘unweaving rainbows’, as it is often portrayed? As science and technology have an increasing impact on everyday life, it is important that the general public have opportunities for debate and that decision-makers remain well informed. More

  • Second proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
    03-11-2003 10:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 90)
    On Friday November 7, UNESCO will make its second proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This international distinction honours the most remarkable examples of oral traditions and forms of cultural expression in all regions of the world. More

  • “Vaulting Czar” Serhiy Bubka named UNESCO Champion for Sport
    31-10-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2003-89)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will name Ukrainian athlete Serhiy Bubka UNESCO Champion for Sport at a ceremony to be held in the presence of Mykola Kostenko, Minister of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine, on November 4 at 6.15 p.m. at Organization Headquarters. More

  • Second UNESCO Philosophy Day on November 20
    28-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 88)
    For the second consecutive year, UNESCO is organizing Philosophy Day, an event for the general public, which is invited to reflect on current issues in the company of some 50 philosophers from different regions of the world. It will take place at UNESCO on November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.*. More

  • Education for All: Which Countries will meet the 2005 Gender Parity Target?
    27-10-2003 4:15 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2003-87)
    Three years ago in Dakar (Senegal), more than 160 countries attending the World Education Forum pledged to achieve gender parity in education – equal enrolments for boys and girls – by the year 2005. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2003/2004, however, many of them are unlikely to meet that target. Girls in many countries, it finds, continue to face “sharp discrimination in access to schooling.” More

  • Symposium at UNESCO on violence and its causes with the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale
    24-10-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory ‏No. 2003-‏86)
    “Violence and its causes: a stocktaking”, is the title of an international symposium organized by France's Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN) and UNESCO, which will be held on Monday, November 3, from 9:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Room XI). Intellectuals from a range of countries and disciplines will participate. More

  • Cultural events celebrate “India, Ganges and Water” at UNESCO
    23-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory N° 2003-85)
    UNESCO is hosting a series of cultural events, including exhibitions, film screenings and live performances, on the theme “India, Ganges and Water” as part of its contribution to the International Year of Freshwater (2003). The events are organized under the patronage of the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the Centre for Franco-Indian Cultural Relations (CRCFI), from October 29 to November 15 at the Organization’s Headquarters. More

  • Prince Albert of Monaco and Koïchiro Matsuura to receive humanism in sports awards on October 23 at UNESCO
    20-10-2003 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 84)
    Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco and UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will receive the “Distinctions mondiales de l’humanisme sportif” (humanism in sports world awards), on October 23 at UNESCO Headquarters (3.30 pm) from the President of the jury Albert Begards. They were awarded the distinctions last June in Nice during the AJS EUR’Altus event, for their commitment in favour of sports. More

  • 2003 José Martí International Prize to be presented on October 20
    16-10-2003 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 83)
    CasanovaV.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the 2003 José Martí International Prize to Mexican sociologist Pablo González Casanova on October 20 at UNESCO Headquarters (7 p.m., Room XI). The event is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Martí (1853-1895), the Cuban humanist, writer, translator, diplomat and teacher known as the “champion” of Cuba’s independence. More

  • UNESCO publishes latest volume in its History of Civilizations of Central Asia
    13-10-2003 3:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 82)
    BookAsiaV.jpgParis – The latest volume in the History of Civilizations of Central Asia has just been released by UNESCO Publishing. Giving valuable insights into the background to contemporary political developments in the region, Development in Contrast: From the Sixteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century is the fifth and penultimate volume of the History. It will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday October 16, at 6 pm, during UNESCO’s General Conference. More

  • Ministers will discuss 'knowledge societies' at UNESCO
    06-10-2003 11:00 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 81)
    Government ministers and deputy ministers will exchange ideas and experiences about the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to boost development when they gather at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room X) on October 9 and 10, as part of the 32nd session of the Organization’s General Conference. They will also discuss the principles that should, according to UNESCO, underpin the emergence of knowledge societies: freedom of expression, access to education, universal access to information, and cultural and linguistic diversity. More

  • International concert to celebrate the anniversary of Saint Petersburg
    02-10-2003 4:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 80)
    PetersV.jpgMore than 220 renowned musicians are to give an exceptional concert at UNESCO called "Dialogue of Cultures – 300 years of the city of Saint Petersburg" on Saturday October 4 (in Room I, 7.30 p.m.). More

  • Ministers to debate quality of education
    30-09-2003 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 79)
    Are school children and students being taught the skills they will need to lead productive, healthy lives and to contribute to the development of their countries? What should education ministries be doing to improve their education systems and provide students with every opportunity to learn what they need to lead active and dignified lives in a fast-changing world? More

  • Valdas Adamkus to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Knowledge Societies
    26-09-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 78)
    AdamkusV.jpgValdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania from 1998 to January 2003, will be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Construction of Knowledge Societies at a ceremony to be held in the presence of the Chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), Arturas Paulauskas, at UNESCO Headquarters on September 29 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will take place as an exhibition, “Building Knowledge Societes”, opens at UNESCO. More

  • 32nd session of UNESCO's General conference: Calendar of Events
    26-09-2003 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 77)
    Journalists are reminded that accreditation – with an identity photograph – is required to cover the work of the session and must be requested from the Press Service (tel: 01 45 68 17 48). Badges will be issued at the 125, avenue de Suffren entrance. More

  • Third UNESCO Youth Forum will precede the General Conference
    23-09-2003 5:35 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 76)
    The third Youth Forum* will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from September 26 to 28, with about 150 under-30 delegates from some 100 countries and 30 Non Governmental Organizations expected to participate. More

  • 2003 Sharjah prize for Arab Culture to be awarded on september 23
    22-09-2003 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 75)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the 2003 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to Moroccan writer Bin Salem Himmich and Bosnian professor Esad Duraković at a ceremony to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters on September 23 (Room XI, 7p.m.) More

  • Melina Mercouri prize for cultural landscapes to be awarded to Japan's Koga Park
    16-09-2003 12:10 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 74)
    The Park of Koga, Japan, has won this year’s $20,000 Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes (UNESCO/Greece), which will be presented on September 18 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII, at 7 p.m). More

  • Do ocean frontiers hold key to future energy resources?
    12-09-2003 3:25 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 73)
    Most of the world’s marine biodiversity, and untold reserves of energy sources, such as methane gas, are to be found at the frontier between land and deep ocean known as the ‘ocean margin.’ But, to date, we do not know the true extent of these resources, or whether they can ever be commercially exploited. To address these, and related issues, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Division of Earth Sciences have joined with the European Commission (EC) to organize a scientific conference on ‘Ocean Margin Research’, to be held in Paris from September 15-17. More

  • 'Who knows?'
    The theme of UNESCO's Philosophy Forum

    09-09-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 72)
    The growth of knowledge, technology and science has changed the world. But today, everything connected with knowledge is taking on a new and crucial dimension. Not only do science and technology have visible effects on human existence, the very process of learning - and its spread through information and communication - is affected and intensified by technological innovation. More

  • UNESCO General Conference to hold its 32nd session from September 29 to October 17
    04-09-2003 2:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 71)
    Paris, September 4 – UNESCO’s General Conference, the Organization’s supreme governing body which meets every two years, will hold its 32nd session from September 29 to October 17 at Headquarters in Paris. One of the high points of the event, on October 1, will be the return, after 19 years, of the United States of America to UNESCO as its 190th Member State. More

  • 21st Century Talks: Should Human Cloning Be Banned?
    04-09-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-70)
    “Should Human Cloning Be Banned?” is the theme of the next session of 21st Century Talks at UNESCO on September 10, which will bring together four prominent experts: Jean-François Mattei, Mireille Delmas-Marty, José-Maria Cantu and William B. Hurlbut. More

  • 2003 UNESCO Prize for peace education award ceremony
    02-09-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 69)
    The laureate of this year’s UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, Father Emil Shufani, will receive his award from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony on September 8 (5 p.m, Room I). The Director-General will also present an Honourable Mention to Yolande Mukagasana (Rwanda/Belgium). More

  • New collections proposed for inscription on the Memory of the World Register
    26-08-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2003-68)
    The International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme will examine proposals from 27 countries to inscribe 41 library and archive collections on the Memory of the World Register at a three day meeting in the Town Hall of the city of Gdansk, Poland (August 28 to 30). More

  • Fight against AIDS: Meeting of Africa’s First Ladies in Venice
    26-08-2003 7:00 am - (Media Advisory - N° 2003-67)
    A group of Africa’s First Ladies will meet on September 1 at the Palazzo Labia in Venice (Italy) to examine the topic of “AIDS in Africa and the threat of new emerging viruses” and attend a scientific information conference with Professor Luc Montagnier. More

  • Japan hosts UNESCO Meeting of Experts on Iraqi Cultural Heritage
    29-07-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-66)
    The third UNESCO meeting of international experts* on the safeguarding of Iraqi cultural heritage will be held in Tokyo on August 1, organized jointly by UNESCO and the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. More

  • Associated Schools Project Network celebrates its 50th birthday
    29-07-2003 5:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-65)
    Auckland, July 28 - More than 180 delegates from over 80 countries will attend the “Navigators for Peace” International Congress to be held in Auckland from August 3 to 8, marking the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). More

  • “Globalization With a Human Face - Benefitting All” International Conference in Tokyo
    29-07-2003 2:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003-64)
    Paris- “Globalization With a Human Face – Benefitting All” is the subject of a 2-day conference organized by UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, on July 30 and 31 with the participation of former heads of state, ministers and academics from all parts of the world. More

  • UNESCO to host intersessional meeting of the world summit on the information society
    11-07-2003 10:05 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-63)
    Paris – UNESCO is to host the Intersessional Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society at Organization Headquarters on July 15-18. More than 800 participants - government representatives and observers from intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector - will attend the meeting, convened by the President of the Preparatory Committee of the Summit, Adama Sammassékou of Mali. More

  • Ara Abramian to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on July 15
    10-07-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2003-62)
    Paris - Ara Abramian, founder and president of the Union of Armenians of Russia and a distinguished representative of Russian civil society, will be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by the Organization’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony at UNESCO on Tuesday, July 15, at 6.30 p.m. More

  • Conference in New Delhi on Dialogue among Civilizations
    04-07-2003 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003-61)
    Paris - The Indian government, in cooperation with UNESCO, is organizing an International Ministerial Conference on the Dialogue among Civilizations - The Quest for New Perspectives which will be held in New Delhi (Vigyan Bhawan) on July 9 and 10. More

  • UNESCO to announce New Biosphere Reserves and Science Prize winners
    04-07-2003 9:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003-60)
    Paris - UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves - pilot areas where the need to conserve biodiversity is reconciled with the sometimes conflicting needs of development - will get a boost next week, with the addition of new sites. More

  • New Sites to be added to World Heritage List
    27-06-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 59)
    Amendments have been made to the following text due to the withdrawal of two proposals (one for an inscription and one for an extension):
    Paris – Some 30 sites are to be added to the World Heritage List next week. These treasures of humanity’s cultural and natural heritage will be inscribed during the 27th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, taking place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from June 30 to July 5. More

  • Conference-debate on the TICAD process for the development of Africa
    23-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 58)
    Paris - A conference-debate on the forthcoming 3rd Toyko International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII) on Thursday, June 26 (3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.). It will be moderated by Ambassador Seigi Hinata, who is in charge of TICAD III, and will be held at the invitation of Noureini Tidjani-Serpos, Assistant Director-General, Africa Department, and Teiichi Sato, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO and Qatar to launch international fund for Iraqi higher education
    21-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 57)
    Paris – The First Lady of Qatar and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, Her Highness Sheikah Mozah Bint Nasser Al Misnad, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, will sign an agreement on Monday June 23 (11 a.m.), establishing an International Fund for Iraqi Higher Education. More

  • Experts to discuss doping in sport at UNESCO meeting
    20-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 56)
    Paris - About 20 experts in the battle against drug use in sport will meet officials of the United Nations and other international bodies at UNESCO Headquarters from June 24 to 26 to make proposals towards the development of an international instrument on the problem. More

  • New OECD/UNESCO report on educational attainment to be launched in London, July 1 2003
    19-06-2003 6:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 55)
    Paris - Which countries are doing best at teaching secondary school pupils? Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow, jointly produced by the OECD and UNESCO under the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), gives some answers. More

  • Two UNESCO meetings focus on bioethics
    18-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 54)
    Paris – Two meetings on bioethics will be held at UNESCO this month. One is the third session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), on June 23 and 24 (Room XIII, 1 rue Miollis). The other, June 25-27 (Room XI, 7 Place de Fontenoy), is a special meeting of government-appointed experts responsible for finalizing the draft of an international declaration on human genetic data, to be submitted for adoption to UNESCO’s General Conference in October. More

  • World Conference on Higher Education + 5
    16-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 53)
    Paris – More than 400 experts and authorities from some 120 countries will attend the World Higher Education Conference +5, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters from June 23-25. Their task will be to evaluate the changes in this domain over the five years since the World Conference on Higher Education held in Paris (France). More
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  • First Plenary Session of International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage at UNESCO
    13-06-2003 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 52)
    Paris – The First Plenary Session of the International Coordination Committee (ICC) for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage, to be held at UNESCO from June 16 to 18, will bring together some 40 experts in the presence of representatives of the Member States that have contributed to these safeguarding activities. They will examine the progress of initiatives in this area and recommend measures to ensure the coordination. More

  • Afghan film director Siddiq Barmak to receive UNESCO's Fellini medal
    12-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 51)
    Paris – Afghan film director Siddiq Barmak will receive UNESCO’s Fellini Silver Medal on June 16th from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, during the preview screening of his first feature film Osama. The film, a tribute to Afghan women, will be shown on the occasion of the first plenary session of the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage. More

  • UNESCO hosts first international emergency architecture conference
    10-06-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 50)
    Paris – The French nongovernmental organization Emergency Architects will hold its first international conference, aimed at giving its activities a national and international framework, at UNESCO on June 13. More

  • Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    06-06-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 49)
    Paris – Venezuelan model and actress Patricia Velasquez will be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace on June 11 by the Organization’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon in the Salle des Actes. More

  • Presentation of Houphouët-Boigny peace prize to President Xanana Gusmão on June 10
    06-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 48)
    Paris The President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, will receive the 2002 UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize on June 10, from UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • UNESCO sponsors youth tennis tournament
    04-06-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 47)
    Paris – Some 300 12 to 14 year-old tennis players from about 50 countries will participate in the Fila Cup – Open des Jeunes – 2003 tournament, which will be held at the Stade Français in Paris under the auspices of UNESCO from July 6-13. More

  • Lester James Peries and Clint Eastwood to receive UNESCO's Fellini Gold Medal at Cannes Festival
    23-05-2003 4:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 46)
    Paris – On the occasion of the 56th Cannes International Film Festival, which this year pays homage to the great Italian director Federico Fellini, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the Organization’s Fellini Gold Medal to film directors Lester James Peries (Sri Lanka) and Clint Eastwood (United States). The ceremony will take place on May 24, at 5.30 p.m. at the Cap-Eden Roc Hotel, in Cap d’Antibes. More

  • Globalization and Higher Education:
    Implications for North-South Dialogue

    23-05-2003 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 45)
    Paris – The impact of globalization on the development of higher education in the developing countries will be the main subject of debate at the follow-up meeting of UNESCO’s Global Forum on International Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, which will be held in Oslo (Norway) on May 26-27*. More

  • Paris screening of Rithy Panh's documentary 'S21, The Khmer Rouge Death Machine'
    21-05-2003 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 44)
    Paris – Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s new film, “S21, the Khmer Rouge Death Machine” – a documentary based on accounts of victims and perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide – will be shown for the first time in Paris on May 27 at the Cinéma des Cineastes. (*) More

  • Africa Week at UNESCO
    19-05-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 43)
    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). More

  • Fifth meeting of the Joint UNESCO/Palestinian Authority Committee
    19-05-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 42)
    Paris – The Fifth Meeting of the Joint UNESCO/Palestinian Authority Committee will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on May 22-23 to take stock of the situation in the Palestinian Territories and to prepare a preliminary strategy and Plan of Action based on careful examination of the current needs of the Palestinian people. More
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