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Media Advisories (2002 - 2006)

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  • Seminar on pathogens causing diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome
    15-05-2003 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 41)
    Paris - As countries struggle to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), UNESCO and the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities will bring together leading scientists to debate ways of responding to this kind of disease and others at a seminar entitled, “Basic Sciences and Emerging Pathogenic Factors,” May 17 to 18, at the Science Centre of the Polish Academy in Paris*. More

  • The IBC celebrates its 10th Birthday and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA
    06-05-2003 5:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 40)
    Paris – UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is ten years old. A pioneer when founded in 1993, it is still, today, the only international consultative body in its field. The Committee will meet from May 12 to 14 at UNESCO Headquarters for its 10th session, which will focus on the provisional preliminary draft international declaration on human genetic data. More

  • Buddhist - Muslim dialogue at UNESCO
    30-04-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 38)
    Paris – About 20 religious leaders and experts on religion from a number of countries will gather at UNESCO Headquarters from May 5 to 7 to take part in a Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue on the theme “Global Ethic and Good Governance.” More

  • UNESCO hosts second conference on 'Education for tolerance: the case of resurgent antisemitism'
    30-04-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 39)
    Paris – The second international conference on “Educating for Tolerance: the Case of Resurgent Antisemitism,” organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in cooperation with UNESCO will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from May 12 to 14. More

  • UNESCO publishes Arabic version of the work of Polish educationalist Janusz Korczak
    29-04-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 37)
    Paris – UNESCO Publishing and the Lebanese publisher Dergham have just released a combined Arabic version of two books by Polish educationalist Janusz Korczak – How to Love a Child and The Child’s Right to Respect. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • The British Museum and UNESCO organize the rescue of Iraq's cultural heritage
    28-04-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 36)
    Paris – The second meeting of international experts to save Iraq’s museums and cultural property will be held in London on April 29, at the initiative of the British Museum and UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO celebrates Koi Nobori Festival
    25-04-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 35)
    Paris – As part of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, UNESCO and the French-Japanese Cultural Centre are organizing the 2003 Koï Nobori Festival in May. More

  • Education monitoring report published in French, experts to debate progress
    22-04-2003 5:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 34)
    Paris – To mark the launch of the French edition of the 2002 EFA Global Monitoring Report : Is the World on Track ?, UNESCO will hold a Round Table discussion on April 30, which will be attended by Christopher Colclough, the Director of the Report, Jean-Michel Sévérino, Director of the Agence française du dévéloppement (AFD - French development agency) and Monique Fouilhoux from the Global Campaign for Education. More

  • Antonio Skármeta and Jenny Robson to receive 2003 UNESCO Children’s Book Prize
    16-04-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2003-33)
    Antonio Skármeta (from Chile) and Jenny Robson (South Africa) will be presented on April 23 (World Book and Copyright Day) with the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance by UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura. More

  • Presentation at UNESCO of the fifth volume of the 'General History of Latin America'
    09-04-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory N° 2003-32)
    Paris, April 9 - The fifth volume of the General History of Latin America, entitled La crisis estructural de las sociedades implantadas (The Structural Crisis in the Settlement Societies), just released by UNESCO Publishing and Trotta, a Spanish publisher, will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Friday, April 11. More

  • A Week for Afghanistan at UNESCO
    09-04-2003 10:00 am - (Media Avisory No. 2003-31)
    Paris, April 7 - One Week for Afghanistan, taking place at UNESCO Headquarters from April 9 to 17, will offer a view of the country’s artistic heritage, as well as its poetry and literature. More

  • Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to visit UNESCO on Tuesday
    03-04-2003 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 30)
    Paris – The President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, will visit UNESCO on Tuesday April 8 and address the 166th session of the Organization’s Executive Board, (April 4 to 16) at the invitation of the Board’s Chairperson, Aziza Bennani (Morocco). More

  • World record attempt at the largest lesson in support of education for all
    02-04-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2003-N°29)
    Paris – Children and adults from more than 100 countries will attempt to break the world record for the Largest Simultaneous Lesson on Wednesday April 9, as part of the celebrations for this year’s Education For All Week (April 6-13) which is being held under the banner of “All for Girl’s Education”. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Five thousand participants expected for the second UNESCO race
    01-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-28)
    Paris – More than five thousand participants, including UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, are expected to take part in the second UNESCO Race, which will be held on Saturday, April 5. After offering some words of encouragement to the assembled runners, Mr Matsuura will signal the start of the race. More

  • Korean soprano Sumi Jo named UNESCO artist for peace
    01-04-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-27)
    Paris – Korean soprano Sumi Jo will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace on April 3 in recognition of her commitment to the promotion of Korean culture all over the world, in particular through her support for the Organization’s “living human treasures” initiative and for her contribution to international cooperation in the service of peace and tolerance. More

  • Conductor Valery Gergiev named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    27-03-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-26)
    Paris – World renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, Director of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, is to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace through Dialogue Between Cultures and Civilizations by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The nomination ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Days which will be celebrated at UNESCO on March 31 and April 1 in the presence of Alexander Dzasokhov, President of the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation. More

  • UNESCO will present IPDC prize to two South American community radios
    25-03-2003 10:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-25)
    Paris – Representatives of two South American community radios – the Radio Huanacache network set up by the Maestro Pablo Pizzuno School in Argentina and the Peruvian radio station Quispillaccta – will receive the IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication from Torben Krogh, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), on March 26 at UNESCO Headquarters (5 p.m.). More

  • UNESCO offers its good offices to seek solution for question of Parthenon Marbles
    24-03-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-24)
    Paris – Differences between Greece and the United Kingdom over the Parthenon Marbles kept at the British Museum and between Germany and Turkey over the Bogazkoy Sphinx currently in a museum in Berlin top the agenda of a meeting, March 25 – 28 at Headquarters, of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation. More

  • Virtual science and technology campus for mediterranean basin
    14-03-2003 12:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-23)
    Paris - An ambitious distance-learning project involving 15 countries, most of them in the Mediterranean Basin, will become operational following a kick-off meeting in UNESCO on March 17. The project, named Avicenna Virtual Campus (after the Latin name for the medieval Persian philosopher-scientist, Ibn Sina), has attracted €3.7 million in funding from the European Commission’s EUMEDIS (Euro-Mediterranean Information Society) programme and €920,000 from partners including UNESCO, which is the project’s principal co-ordinator. More

  • March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    13-03-2003 6:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-22)
    Paris - UNESCO will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21*, with a series of events for the general public, including debates, round table discussions, films and young people's workshops. More

  • UNESCO and the Russian Federation cooperate to restore Chechnya's education system
    13-03-2003 12:30 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-21)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Filipov, will sign an Aide-Memoire on Friday, March 14, reinforcing cooperation on the restoration of the education system in the Republic of Chechnya. More

  • UNESCO hosts meeting on recycling information technology equipment in developing countries
    12-03-2003 12:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-20)
    Paris – On March 14 and 15 in Paris, UNESCO is bringing together specialists from all over the world to discuss the recycling of millions of units of computer equipment that become obsolete every year due to progress in information technology, but which could be extremely useful in developing countries. More

  • Titouan Lamazou appointed UNESCO artist for peace
    10-03-2003 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 19)
    Paris – Titouan Lamazou, French sailor, artist and author of a series of portraits of women from around the world, will be appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on March 12 (6.30 pm), during celebrations for International Women’s Day 2003. More

  • The world's top experts in endangered languages meet at UNESCO
    06-03-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-18)
    Paris – As the linguistic diversity of the planet shrinks at an unprecedented rate, to the point that most of the world's languages may be replaced by a few dominant languages by the end of the 21st century, the top experts in this field, from the scientific community and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are to meet at UNESCO from March 10 to 12. More

  • Conference on Mediation and Youth
    05-03-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-17)
    Paris – How can we prevent conflict situations among young people? That is the question which participants in the conference “Mediation and Youth” will try to answer, at UNESCO Headquarters on March 7 (2 to 6 p.m., Room XI), by examining the different conflict situations that young people can experience, and the ways to intervene to avoid violent and tragic outcomes. More

  • March 8, International Women's Day
    05-03-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-16)
    Paris – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, UNESCO is organizing a series of events through the month: two art exhibitions, a discussion forum on breast cancer, and the screening of a documentary that presents portraits of women from all over the world. More

  • Press conference by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on UNESCO-NEPAD seminar
    25-02-2003 12:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-15)
    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will hold a press a conference at the Centre d’Accueil de la Presse Etrangère (CAPE) in Paris on Wednesday February 26, at 5.00 p.m. to outline the challenges of the seminar UNESCO and NEPAD: From Vision to Action and to present the first meeting of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD, which are to take place in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from March 5 to 8. More

  • UN will present most extensive report on the state of the world's water resources
    18-02-2003 12:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-14)
    Paris - The most comprehensive and up-to-date report on the state of the world’s freshwater resources will be presented to the media on March 5 on the eve of the Third World Water Forum, which will take place in Kyoto, Japan (March 16 – 23). More
    Spanish | Russian

  • UNESCO will reward Internet Websites aimed at young people in Latin America and the Caribbean
    18-02-2003 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 13)
    Paris - UNESCO is to award the newly created INFOLAC Web Prize to three websites targeting young people in Latin America and the Caribbean and promoting education and culture in the region. Entries must be submitted by March 31. More

  • Scientists to debate virtues of a European Research Council
    17-02-2003 5:15 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-12)
    Paris - Life scientists are meeting at UNESCO Headquarters on 19 February to share their views on the feasibility of establishing a European Research Council (ERC). The aim would be to encourage European scientific research to regain some of the ground it has lost in recent years, partly as a result of reduced funding. An ERC would complement the existing European Commission Framework Programme and various National Research Council programmes in support of high-quality basic research at the European level. More

  • L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science to be presented on February 27
    17-02-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 11)
    Paris - The 2003 L’OREAL-UNESCO awards and fellowships For Women in Science will be presented by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and L’OREAL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Owen-Jones during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on February 27 (7 p.m.). More

  • Faces uncovered: Photo Exhibition about Women in Kabul
    07-02-2003 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 10)
    Paris – The women of Kabul are returning to the streets, to schools and to the markets. Some have taken off their chadri and can at last see and be seen. Their number is large enough for one photographer to show their uncovered faces. More

  • Combatting child poverty and social exclusion
    30-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 09)
    Paris – The British Secretary to the Treasury and Cabinet Minister, Paul Boateng, will be the guest speaker at a seminar on child poverty and exclusion, to be held at UNESCO on January 31 (3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.). More

  • Goodwill Ambassadors meet at UNESCO
    29-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 08)
    Paris - UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors will be at Organization Headquarters on February 5 and 6 for their third yearly meeting which will be opened by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • Civilizations: How we see others, how others see us
    27-01-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory 2003-07)
    Paris - The second international conference on Civilizations: How we see others, how others see us will bring together academics and intellectuals from different continents at UNESCO Headquarters on January 30 (Room IV) to continue discussions begun at the first conference in December 2001 as part of the UN Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. More

  • New initiative for heritage and the environment
    23-01-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 06)
    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the Italian Minister for the Environment and Land Protection, Altero Matteoli, will sign, in Paris on January 27, a Memorandum of Understanding, in which Italy and UNESCO undertake to work together on the protection of the environment as well as cultural and natural heritage. More

  • 21st Century Talks: The future of Water
    23-01-2003 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003-05)
    Paris - “The Future of Water” is the theme of the next session of the 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on January 28 and featuring four well-known speakers: Mahmud Abu-Zeid, Claude Allègre, Michel Camdessus and Charles Vörösmarty. More

  • The Prince of Wales to receive UNESCO's Mozart gold medal on behalf of Purcell Music School at Royal Gala Charity
    22-01-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-04)
    Paris – His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will receive UNESCO’s Mozart Gold Medal on behalf of the Purcell School for young musical prodigies from all over the world on February 6. The presentation by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will be made at the Purcell School Royal Gala Charity at UNESCO, organized by the school, of which the Prince has been patron since 1985. More

  • The journal 'Diogenes' celebrates its 50th birthday
    17-01-2003 11:15 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-03)
    Paris – The quarterly journal Diogenes, published under the auspices of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS) with support from UNESCO, will celebrate its 50th birthday on January 21 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room IV, from 4-6 p.m.). The 200th issue of the journal, which focuses on dialogue between civilizations, will be presented, along with Chamanismes, a special publication in the Collection Quadrige series (Presses Universitaires de France-PUF), which is an updated reprint of a 10-year-old issue of Diogenes. More

  • UNESCO Publishing brings out first free-verse Arab translation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy'
    16-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-02)
    Paris - The first-ever free-verse Arabic translation of The Divine Comedy, written by Italian poet Alighieri Dante in 1321, has just been published. Until now, this literary masterpiece had only appeared in Arabic in prose. More

  • Sport and Physical Education Ministers meet at UNESCO
    07-01-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003-01)
    Ministers of sport and physical education from more than 90 countries will meet this week at UNESCO Headquarters for a round-table discussion on strengthening sport in schools, protecting young athletes and international action to stamp out the use of drugs in sport. About 200 representatives of NGOs from around the world and from UNESCO Member-States will also take part. More

  • Energy boost for Africa
    11-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-63)
    Paris - In order to help share up-to-date information and know-how on renewable energies, UNESCO, in collaboration with the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium), is holding a conference/workshop in Yaoundé (Cameroon) from December 16-20, entitled Renewable Energies and Cogeneration for Sustainable Development in Africa. More

  • High Commission on Education for Afghanistan meets at UNESCO
    09-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-62)
    Paris - The Afghan ministers of education and higher education, Mohammad Younus Qanooni and Mohammad Sharif Faiz, will attend the first meeting of the High Commission on Education for Afghanistan at UNESCO Headquarters from December 16 to 21. More

  • 50th anniversary celebration of the Holy See's presence at UNESCO
    04-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-60)
    Paris - The Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a symposium entitled "50 Years of the Holy See's Presence at UNESCO, the Church proposes Truth and Liberty". 1 More

  • Street children: films, discussions and a photo exhibition at UNESCO
    04-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-61)
    Paris - Street children are the subject of a series of documentary films, discussions and a photo exhibition during a UNESCO event entitled Meeting the Street Children, organized at UNESCO Headquarters from December 11 to 13 by the Organization's Education of Children in Difficult Circumstances Programme, with the help of ESPPER (the Working Together for Projects and Programmes in Aid of Street Children Network of about 30 organizations around the world). More

  • Meeting of UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)
    28-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-59)
    Paris - Prominent scientists, legal experts, philosophers, and legislators from all parts of the world will discuss ethical issues pertaining to the information society and to the environment during a two-day working meeting at UNESCO Headquarters on December 2 and 3 by UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). More

  • UNESCO Round Table on HIV/AIDS stigmatization and discrimination: an anthropological approach
    26-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-58)
    Paris - The stigmatization and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS prevent a great many of the 40 million people living with HIV/AIDS around the world from seeking treatment for and information about the disease. More

  • Korean filmaker Im Kwon-Taek and French producer Pierre Rissient to receive UNESCO's Fellini Medal
    19-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-57)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura will present the Organisation's Fellini Gold Medal to Korean film director Im Kwon-Taek and French producer Pierre Rissient at an evening event at UNESCO Headquarters on November 25. More

  • UNESCO organizes conference on preventing water wars
    14-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-55)
    Paris - UNESCO's International Hydrological Programme and Green Cross International, an environmental non-governmental organization, are holding an international conference on the prevention of water wars within and between countries from November 20 to 22. More

  • Street children the focus of international seminar and photo exhibit at UNESCO
    14-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2002-56)
    Paris - "A child on my street" is the theme of a forthcoming exhibit presented by UNESCO and the Air France Foundation, featuring photographs shot by Eric Dexheimer in Fortaleza (Brazil), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Casablanca (Morocco), Manila (Philippines), Bucharest (Romania), Thiès (Senegal) and Cambodia, where the photographer shared the daily life of street children for ten months. More

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