International jury of Mondialogo Prize selects 25 finalistsThe 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.
Launched jointly by UNESCO and DaimlerChrysler in October 2003, the Mondialogo contest is held to encourage dialogue between cultures and put UNESCO's Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity into practice.
The contest brought together teams from 126 countries, 90 percent of them from UNESCO’s Associated School Project Network. Each team, consisting of two schools paired together through Mondialogo, had to, for example, invent a game, create a work of art, publish a newspaper, write a story, design a website. An exhibition of more than 30 projects, open to the press, will be inaugurated at the in the Miró Room at 1.30 p.m.
The finalists will be announced by the jury at a luncheon reception at 2 p.m. in the 7th floor restaurant. The jury’s members are: Vigdis Finnbogadottir, former president of the Republic of Iceland; Brazilian writer Paulo Coelho; Malian scientist Cheick Modibo Diarra; Lebanese signer and composer Marcel Khalife; and Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola (Japan), Honorary President of the Balthus Fondation.
Each of the 25 selected teams will be represented by one teacher and one student, who will be invited to take part in the International Mondialogo Symposium in Barcelona (Spain), from September 17 to 20. Each of the six schools of the three winning teams will receive prizes ranging from Euro 500 to Euro 1,500.
Journalists wishing to cover the event should register with the Bureau of Public Information, Press Relations Section, phone: +33 (0)1 45 68 16 94