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Media Advisories (2002 - 2006)

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  • Abdoulaye Wade and Koïchiro Matsuura to inaugurate “Senegalese Days” at UNESCO
    17-05-2006 9:00 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-30)
    On 18 May, the President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, and UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will inaugurate “Senegalese Days”, a tribute to the West African nation’s culture, at UNESCO Headquarters (Miro Room,5pm). The programme includes art exhibitions, an overview of Senegalese cinema, workshops on traditional crafts, reading and writing as well as round table discussions on President Wade’s work, “The Destiny of Africa”, and Senegalese literature. More

  • Building the tsunami warning system for the Northeast Atlantic and Mediterranean
    16-05-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-29)
    The Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami Early Warning and Mitigation System in the NE Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Connected Seas (ICG/NEAMTWAS-II) will meet in Nice (France) from 22-24 May to review progress on the establishment of the System. The meeting is being organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and hosted by the Government of France, with support from the Conseil Général des Alpes Maritimes. More

  • Exercise Pacific Wave 06 seeks to consolidate tsunami warning system
    15-05-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-28)
    The first-ever region-wide drill for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System will be carried out over the next two days, 16 and 17 May. Sponsored by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the exercise, known as Pacific Wave 06, has taken on even greater importance following the major earthquake in the region earlier this month that highlighted the strengths and identified several weaknesses in the system. More

  • Abdoulaye Wade to receive 2005 Felix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize
    11-05-2006 10:00 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-27)
    Abdoulaye Wade, President of the Republic of Senegal, will receive the 2005 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize on May 16 at UNESCO Headquarters (2.30 pm, Room I). Eight Heads of State are expected to attend the ceremony: Jacques Chirac (France), Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea), Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria), Mamadou Tandja (Niger), Marc Ravalomanana (Madagascar), Amadou Toumani Touré (Mali), João Bernardo Vieira (Guinea-Bissau), and Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania). More

  • 21st Century Talks: Might everything disappear?: Species, languages, cultures, values…
    05-05-2006 10:00 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-26)
    “Might everything disappear? Species, languages, cultures, values…” is the theme to be debated at the next 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO on 9 May 2006 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, (Room II). Chaired by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and moderated by Jérôme Bindé, Deputy Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences and Director of the Division of Foresight the talks will bring together four personalities of international renown. More

  • Pacific tsunami warning system put to the test
    27-04-2006 10:30 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-25)
    The first-ever region-wide test of the Pacific Tsunami Warning System will be carried out over 16 and 17 May. Sponsored by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) which established the system over 40 years ago, the exercise aims to increase preparedness, evaluate response capabilities in each country and improve coordination throughout the region. More

  • Artists4Life Exhibition at Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild - Organized by Designing Hope and UNESCO
    27-04-2006 10:00 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-24)
    Artists4Life, an exhibition organized by the “Designing Hope” association and UNESCO will be inaugurated Tuesday, 2nd May, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild – National Foundation for Graphics and the Visual Arts in Paris. An innovative example of the fight against the stigma and discrimination to which people living with HIV and AIDS are subjected, the Artists4Life project involves some 30 artists* of renown. More

  • Teacher shortages threaten Universal Primary Education goal
    19-04-2006 9:00 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-23)
    Looming teacher shortages could prevent sub-Saharan Africa and the Arab States from achieving the goal of universal primary education (UPE), according to a new UNESCO report on global teacher demand and supply up to 2015. UPE is one of the six Education for All (EFA) goals* as well as one of the Millennium Development Goals agreed at the Millennium Summit in 2000. The report also highlights shortages of specialized teachers in developed countries such as Ireland, Spain and the United States, partly resulting from changing demographic and labour conditions. More

  • UNESCO Executive Board meets from 28 March to 13 April
    31-03-2006 4:15 pm - (Media Advisory No.2005-22)
    The Executive Board of UNESCO, chaired by Zhang Xinsheng (China), began its 174th session at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris on 28 March and will continue through to 13 April. More

  • 21st Century Talks: Can the Human Species Domesticate Itself?
    22-03-2006 12:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-21)
    “Can the Human Species Domesticate Itself?” is the theme of the next session of the 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO on 30 March (6:30pm to 8:30pm, Room 2). Four personalities of renown will participate: Axel Kahn, Paula Sibilia, Peter Sloterdijk and Jacques Testart. More

  • Around the world in 600-metres at UNESCO
    17-03-2006 1:30 pm - (Media Advisory 2006-20)
    A frieze depicting planet Earth, assembled from satellite pictures on a scale of 1:1,000,000,000 will be unfurled around UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters as part of the Organization’s 60th birthday celebrations. The “Belle île en ciel” exhibition, which offers visitors a voyage around the world in 600 metres, will be officially opened on 29 March (5p.m.) by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director-General of the European Space Agency; and Jean Mallot, President of Vulcania European Park. More

  • Artists4Life exhibition opens in Paris today
    15-03-2006 1:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2006-19)
    An exhibition of the works of more than 30 prominent international artists who have lent their support to a project aimed at combating HIV and AIDS-related stigma and discrimination opens in the French capital today. More

  • Colloque à l’UNESCO sur l’histoire de la science arabe
    14-03-2006 12:30 pm - (Avis aux médias N°2006-18)
    Le colloque international L’Histoire de la science, la technologie et l’ingénierie arabo-islamique réunira à l’UNESCO (Salle XIII, Miollis) les 16 et 17 mars des spécialistes des sciences arabo-musulmanes. Le colloque s’inscrit dans le cadre de l’exposition L’Age d’or de la science arabe, fruit d’une collaboration entre l’UNESCO et l’Institut du Monde Arabe (IMA). More

  • UNESCO launches new partnership to reinforce World Heritage site management
    10-03-2006 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-15)
    Five post-graduate students in world heritage management will be granted scholarships to continue their studies at University College Dublin in Ireland and at Brandenburg Technical University Cottbus in Germany under a new partnership to reinforce the management of World Heritage sites. The partnership, between UNESCO and the French not-for-profit organization Vocations Patrimoine, l’Héritage du futur, will be launched on March 16 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII, 6 p.m.). It is funded by two French companies: AXA and the MAZARS Group. More

  • Jane Goodall to receive UNESCO’s 60th anniversary medal
    10-01-2006 11:20 am - (Media Advisory N°2006-02)
    jane_71.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary Medal to Jane Goodall, the British-born primatologist, on Tuesday 17 January, at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris (11.15 a.m., Restaurant 7th floor). The medal is presented in recognition of Ms Goodall’s lifelong dedication to the preservation of Africa’s endangered apes. More

  • Establishment of a Tsunami warning system for the Caribbean
    05-01-2006 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-01)
    boue_credit.jpgThe first meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) for the Tsunami and Other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions will be held in Bridgetown (Barbados) from 10 to 12 January. More

  • The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System : one year after
    09-12-2005 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-80)
    tsunmaiwarning.jpgThe Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWAS) will meet in Hyderabad (India) from 14 to 16 December * to review the new system and identify what remains to be done. More

  • International conference on rebuilding Iraqi education
    05-12-2005 3:50 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-79)
    media_71.jpgIraqi Education Minister, Abdel Falah Hassan Al Sudani, as well as some 40 Iraqi education policy-makers and other experts, will attend an international conference on rebuilding Iraq’s education system to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 8 and 9 December. More

  • 21st Century Talks: Towards Knowledge Societies
    01-12-2005 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-78)
    The development of “knowledge societies” will be the theme of the next 21st Century Talks, which will bring together four personalities at UNESCO Headquarters on 6 December: Robin Mansell, Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Edgar Morin and Alain Touraine (Room XII, 6 to 8 p.m.). More

  • Exhibition of French cartoonist Plantu showcases human rights
    29-11-2005 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-77)
    An exhibition of 60 cartoons by the renowned French artist Plantu will be held at UNESCO Headquarters (Salle Miro) from 7 to 10 December ahead of Human Rights Day (10 December). More

  • New quality guidelines for cross border higher education
    29-11-2005 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-76)
    UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Coorpation and Development (OECD) will present their Guidelines for quality provision in cross-border higher education during a press conference at UNESCO Headquarters on 5 December (Room 9, 3 p.m.). More

  • World AIDS Day: More than 10 million children to participate in “Lesson for Life”
    28-11-2005 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-75)
    From Azerbaijan to Zambia, from Bangladesh, to Kosovo, Malawi, Mongolia, and Vietnam, some 60 countries are organizing a lesson on AIDS for over 10 million 13 to 18 year olds, to be held simultaneously on December 1, World AIDS Day. In Paris, 1,000 children will have their lesson at UNESCO Headquarters from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. in Room I. More

  • International Bioethics Committee to Meet in Tokyo
    28-11-2005 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-74)
    The 12th session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will be held in Tokyo (Japan) from 15 to 17 December. The session will focus on the various standard-setting instruments adopted by UNESCO in the field of bioethics and on the outlook of bioethics research and activities in Asia. More

  • Omar Sharif to receive UNESCO’s Eisenstein Medal
    24-11-2005 10:55 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-73)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will award the UNESCO Sergei Eisenstein Medal to film actor Omar Sharif in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris at 4 p.m. today (Lowendal Room). More

  • Culture Ministers of South-East Europe Meet in Venice
    23-11-2005 12:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-73)
    One year after the inauguration of the Old Bridge of Mostar, ten Culture Ministers from South East Europe will meet on the Venetian island of San Servolo on November 25 to 26 to discuss the issue of cultural heritage as an instrument for reconciliation and for economic and social development.* Branko Crvenkovski, the President of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia will also attend the conference, which is organized by the Italian government and UNESCO. More

  • Literacy at top of high-level meeting agenda in Beijing
    23-11-2005 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-72)
    Education ministers from 22 countries along with representatives from the main donor nations, multilateral agencies and civil society will meet next week in Beijing, China (28-30 November) to discuss ways of accelerating progress towards the six Education for All (EFA) goals set by over 160 countries at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000*. More

  • Romanian president visits UNESCO Mariana Nicolesco nominated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    18-11-2005 4:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-71)
    Romanian President Traian Basescu will visit UNESCO on November 21. During his visit, Romanian soprano Mariana Nicolesco will receive the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The ceremony will take place at UNESCO Headquarters at 4 p.m. (6th floor) after a meeting between President Basescu and Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • Third Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
    18-11-2005 12:15 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-70)
    The third Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage will take place at UNESCO on November 25. This international distinction rewards popular and traditional forms of heritage such as oral expressions, music, rituals, social practices, traditional craftsmanship or knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe. More

  • A tsunami warning system for Europe and the Mediterranean region
    18-11-2005 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-69)
    The first steps towards a tsunami warning system for the North-Eastern Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and connected seas, will be taken next week at a meeting to be held in Rome (November 21-22)*. More

  • UNESCO promotes knowledge societies at WSIS
    15-11-2005 11:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-68)
    wsis_stand.jpgUNESCO will host a series of events to promote the use of information and communication technology to build inclusive and empowering “knowledge societies” during the World Summit on the Information Society* (WSIS II, Tunis, November 16-18). UNESCO’s vision of knowledge societies is based on four principles: freedom of expression; quality education for all; universal access to information and knowledge; and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. More

  • Design 21 prizes awarded
    10-11-2005 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-67)
    Seven young designers will be awarded the international DESIGN 21 prizes during a ceremony at Headquarters on November 14 (Segur Hall, 6.30 pm). UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Kazuhiko Yazaki, President of the Felissimo Group, will present the awards for the fifth edition of this international contest. More

  • Celebration of UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary
    10-11-2005 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-66)
    Claude Levi-Strauss, one of the founders of contemporary anthropology, Federico Mayor and Amadou-Mahtar M’Bow, former Director-Generals of UNESCO, several Heads of State and Government and numerous other personalities will participate in a ceremony on November 16 (9.30 – 12.30, Room I) marking the 60th anniversary of the adoption of the Organization’s Constitution. The ceremony will be followed by an international symposium which will bring together some 60 historians, anthropologists and philosophers. More

  • Cultural diversity and East-West dialogue the focus of UNESCO International Symposium
    04-11-2005 2:15 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-65)
    symosium.jpgAn International Symposium on “Cultural Diversity and Transversal Values: East-West Dialogue on Spiritual-Secular Dynamics” at UNESCO from November 7 to 9 (Room IV) will bring together scholars, intellectuals and philosophers of different cultures to reflect and debate on the themes of cultural diversity and the East-West dialogue. More

  • Events at UNESCO to celebrate "Khartoum, Arab Cultural Capital 2005"
    28-10-2005 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-64)
    khartoum_71.jpgA conference entitled Meroe and Nubia: Archaeology and Civilization, a concert of Sudanese music and an exhibition of Nubian heritage in Sudan will take place at UNESCO on November 7. More

  • Launch of the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2006 : “Literacy for Life”
    26-10-2005 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-63)
    Literacy suffers severe neglect in national and international policy, keeping hundreds of millions of adults on the sidelines of society and limiting progress towards the six Education for All goals and overall poverty reduction, says the new edition of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, to be launched in London on November 9. More

  • First UNESCO World Report : “Towards Knowledge Societies”
    20-10-2005 7:10 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-62)
    rapp_eng.jpgThe rise of “knowledge societies” is the subject of the UNESCO World Report to be launched by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura at a press conference at Organization Headquarters on November 3 in the presence of Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and former Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. The work is the first in a new series of UNESCO reports, to be published every two years, focusing on subjects at the heart of the Organization’s mission such as cultural diversity and sustainable development. More

  • Press conference: UNESCO launching an anti-arsenic water filter
    10-10-2005 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-61)
    A cheap and easy to use, filter to remove arsenic from water has been developed by a research team from the UNESCO-IHE Institute* for Water Education (Delft, The Netherlands). If mass-produced, the filter could save tens of millions of lives all over the world, from Hungary and Chile to Bangladesh and the United States. More
    Russian

  • Ministerial Round Table on the basic sciences
    07-10-2005 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-60)
    table_ronde_71.jpgSome 50 science ministers and high-ranking officials in charge of science policy will participate on October 13 and 14 in a debate about the challenges facing the basic sciences. The goal of the Round Table, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters during the Organization’s General Conference, is to review action to ensure that the sciences are able to play their part fully as the “lever for development.” More
    Russian

  • Ministerial Round Table on Education for All
    04-10-2005 9:15 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-59)
    More than 50 education ministers and high-ranking officials responsible for education will meet to take stock of the main challenges of Education for All at UNESCO Headquarters on October 7 and 8, during the Organization’s General Conference The debates at this round table will focus on successful experiences in various regions of the world. More
    Russian

  • Cultural diversity, doping and bioethics on the agenda of UNESCO’s General Conference
    30-09-2005 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-58)
    flags-cg-100.jpgThe General Conference, which takes place every two years, will hold its 33rd session from October 3 to 21 at Organization Headquarters in Paris. The session coincides with UNESCO's 60th anniversary, which will be marked by a special ceremony will be held on 5 October. More
    Arabic

  • Fourth edition of Youth Forum at UNESCO’s General Conference
    23-09-2005 10:20 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-57)
    The fourth edition of the UNESCO’s Youth Forum will be held at Organization Headquarters from September 30 to October 2, just ahead of the 33rd session of the General Conference, which will bring together representatives from UNESCO’s 191 State Members as of October 3. More

  • Cultural diversity, doping in sport and bioethics on the agenda of UNESCO’s General Conference
    15-09-2005 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-56)
    UNESCO’s supreme decision-making body, the General Conference, which meets every two years, will hold its 33rd session from October 3 to 21 at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris. The session coincides with UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary celebrations and a special ceremony will take place on October 5. More
    Arabic

  • UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity
    08-09-2005 5:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-55)
    In recent years cultural and creative industries have become one of the fastest growing sectors but many developing countries are failing to reap the benefits they offer because they lack the resources and capacity needed to support their development. More
    Russian

  • Knowledge and Public Action, a conference at UNESCO
    06-09-2005 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-54)
    UNESCO is hosting and co-organizing an international conference, Knowledge and Public Action: Education, Responsibility, Collective Agency, Equity, at Headquarters from September 11 to 14. The event will bring together some 250 economists, philosophers, legal experts, social and political scientists, development experts and practitioners, concerned by with human development and the capability approach. More
    Russian

  • Melina Mercouri Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes goes to the Iranian village of Maymand
    05-09-2005 3:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2005-53)
    The historical village of Maymand in southern Iran will be awarded the Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes (UNESCO Greece) in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on September 7. More
    Russian

  • Fortieth International Literacy Day
    05-09-2005 11:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-52)
    On September 8, International Literacy Day, celebrated this year for the 40th time, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will launch a “call upon governments, international organizations, civil society and the private sector to give renewed attention and support to literacy as a vital instrument for achieving sustainable development”. More
    Arabic | Russian

  • Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System to meet in Perth, Australia, August 3 to 5
    19-07-2005 11:15 am - (Media Advisory No. 2005-51)
    The technical and scientific requirements for the newly established Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS) are high on the agenda for the first meeting of the System’s governing body, which will be held in Perth, Western Australia, from August 3 to 5*. More
    Russian

  • World Conference for 3600 UNESCO Clubs in the world to meet in Paris
    15-07-2005 5:10 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2005-50)
    UNESCO is organizing a World Conference for the UNESCO Club movement at Paris Headquarters from July 18 to 20 (Room IV). The Conference will bring together 350 representatives of the approximately 3600 clubs around the world, whose volunteer members share a commitment to UNESCO’s work and ideals. In conjunction with the Conference, the World Congress of the World Federation for UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA) will hold an extraordinary session. It will mark the renewal of the international NGO to federate this civil society movement, “the peoples’ UNESCO”. More
    Russian

  • President Lula da Silva to inaugurate “UNESCO and Brazil” exhibition
    11-07-2005 1:35 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2005-49)
    An exhibition presenting the work accomplished by UNESCO in Brazil over several decades will be displayed from July 13 to August 11 in Miró Hall. The President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will inaugurate the exhibition on July 13 at 3:30 p.m., in the presence of several ministers, members of parliament and other prominent Brazilians. More
    Russian

  • Scientific community gathering at UNESCO for “Albert Einstein Century” International Conference
    05-07-2005 11:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2005-48)
    Alain Connes (Fields Medal, 1983), Marc Henneaux (Francqui Prize, 2000), Gerard t’Hooft (Nobel Prize, 1999), Vitaly Melnikov (VNIIMS*) and Hubert Reeves (CNRS**) are among the eminent international scientists who will meet at UNESCO Headquarters to participate in the “Albert Einstein Century” conference, comprising a colloquium for the general public from June 11 to 15 (in French) and a scientific colloquium from July 18 to 22 (in English). More
    Russian


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