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Archives 2004

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  • Director-General condemns attack on BBC journalists in Saudi Arabia
    09-06-2004 4:30 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 50)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned Sunday’s shooting outside the Saudi capital Riyadh, which left BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers dead and reporter Frank Gardner injured. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Director-General condemns murder of Montenegrin journalist Dusko Jovanovic
    09-06-2004 3:05 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 49)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Dusko Jovanovic, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Montenegrin opposition daily Dan, on May 28 and welcomed reports of an investigation into the killing. More
    spanish

  • 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

  • Alpha Oumar Konaré calls for a united and indivisible Africa
    29-05-2004 8:15 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 48)
    konareV.jpgThe Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konaré, presented a plea in favour of a united and indivisible Africa “where no African will be made to feel a foreigner”, in an address at UNESCO which the former president of Mali visited today on the occasion of the Africa Day celebrations taking place at the Organization’s Headquarters. More
    Spanish

  • Iraqi intellectuals meeting at UNESCO outline a new cultural policy for Iraq
    29-05-2004 6:20 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 47)
    Irak_V.jpgRespect for cultural diversity, promotion of creativity and participation of all in cultural life, and the safeguarding cultural heritage form the three pillars of an Appeal adopted yesterday by participants at the First Cultural Forum for Iraq, organized by UNESCO on May 26 and 27 at Headquarters. More
    Spanish | russian

  • Manu Dibango appointed UNESCO Artist for peace
    26-05-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2004 - 46)
    Manu_V.jpgManu Dibango (Cameroon), one of Africa’s most renowned popular musicians, will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on May 27 (6 p.m.) in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters. More
    Spanish

  • International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage in Iraq: seven recommendations
    26-05-2004 7:50 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 45)
    JazairiV.jpgThe International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Iraq (ICC), established under the joint auspices of the Iraqi authorities and UNESCO, concluded its first meeting at the Organization’s Headquarters this evening. The two-day meeting was chaired by Iraq’s Minister for Culture, Moufid al Jazairi. More
    Spanish | Arabic | Russian

  • 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

  • Winners of the 2004 UNESCO Literacy Prizes
    19-05-2004 3:00 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 42)
    UNESCO’s 2004 international literacy prizes have been awarded to programmes in Mauritius, Brazil and China. The laureates of the International Reading Association Literacy Award and the two King Sejong Literacy Prizes were selected by a jury that met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from May 10 to 14. More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • 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

  • First Lady of Ukraine to be named Special Envoy for the promotion of young talent
    12-05-2004 2:50 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 41)
    The First Lady of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Kuchma, will be designated UNESCO Special Envoy for the promotion of young talent. Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint Ms Kuchma in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on Wednesday, May 12, (5 p.m., Hall Segur). More
    spanish | russian

  • Scott Momaday appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace
    10-05-2004 11:00 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 40)
    Celebrated US author Navarre Scott Momaday, will be designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on May 12 at 6.30 p.m. More
    spanish | russian | arabic

  • 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

  • Nantes hosts World Forum on Human Rights from May 16 to 19
    05-05-2004 12:50 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 39)
    HRForum_100.jpgThe French city of Nantes will host the World Forum on Human Rights from May 16 to 19, an event organized by the city at the initiative and with the support of UNESCO. The Forum will focus on three major themes: Human Rights and Terrorism; Globalization and the Struggle Against All Forms of Discrimination and Exclusion; Poverty as a Violation of Human Rights. More
    spanish | arabic | 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

  • International symposium: Cultural Diversity and Globalization. The Arab-Japanese experience: a Cross-Regional Dialogue
    04-05-2004 12:20 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 33)
    An international symposium entitled “Cultural Diversity and Globalization. The Arab-Japanese Experience: a Cross-Regional Dialogue” will be held at UNESCO (Room XII) in Paris, May 6 and 7, 2004. The event will provide an occasion for the Arab world and Japan to exchange views and enrich debate on promoting cultural diversity in a globalized world. More
    arabic

  • Joaquim Chissano, President of Mozambique, to visit UNESCO May 7
    04-05-2004 12:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 32)
    The President of the Republic of Mozambique and of the African Union, Joaquim Chissano, will make an official visit to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Friday, May 7. More

  • World Press Freedom Day in Belgrade
    03-05-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No.2004-38)
    Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro) – UNESCO marked World Press Freedom Day on May 3, with an international conference on Media in Conflict Areas and in Countries in Transition - which ended with the adoption of the Belgrade Declaration* on support to the media in conflict and post-conflict situations, and the award ceremony of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize* won this year by Cuban journalist and poet Raul Rivero. More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • Closure of 169th session of UNESCO's Executive Board
    28-04-2004 5:45 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 37)
    exbdVig.jpgThe 169th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), closed today after two weeks of debate focused notably on Education for All, cultural diversity and bioethics. “Over the course of this session, we made some tangible progress,” declared the Chairman in his closing speech. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Father Pedro and Abbé Pierre présent aid project in Madagascar at Press Conference
    26-04-2004 5:40 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 31)
    France’s most renowned social activist, Abbé Pierre, and Father Pedro, a leader in the fight against poverty in Madagascar, will hold a press conference with the participation of the French singer Daniel Facérias, and Serguei Lazarev of UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, at UNESCO Headquarters on Wednesday April 28 (11 a.m. in Room IV). They will present a concert tour and a book of conversations between Father Pedro and Abbé Pierre, Pour un monde de justice et de paix (for a world of justice and peace, published by the Presses de la Renaissance, France). More

  • International Bioethics Committee holds extraordinary session, April 27-29
    26-04-2004 11:20 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 30)
    UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will hold an extraordinary session, entitled “Towards a Declaration on Universal Norms on Bioethics” from April 27 to 29 at Organization Headquarters (Room II), marking a significant step in the consultation process to prepare the future declaration. More
    russian

  • UNESCO launches Forgotten Slaves programme
    23-04-2004 6:15 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 36)
    Forgotten Slaves is the name of a new research and information programme launched at UNESCO Headquarters today. The programme, implemented by the French Marine Archaeology Group (GRAN) with UNESCO support, was inspired by the wreck of the slave ship l’Utile off the shores of the Tromelin Island in the Indian Ocean in 1761. The programme is part of the International Year for the Commemoration of the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition (2004), and of UNESCO’s Slave Route Programme. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Le Directeur général présente le sixième volume de l'Histoire Générale de l'Amérique Latine
    23-04-2004 3:30 pm - (Avis aux médias No 2004 - 29)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, présentera le 26 avril (13h00, devant la Salle X) le sixième volume de l”Historia General de América Latina”, intitulé La construcción de las naciones latinoamericanas, 1820-1870 (La Construction des nations latino-américaines, 1820-1870) récemment publié par les Editions UNESCO et la maison d’édition espagnole Trotta. More
    espagnol

  • 21st Century Talks: The future of Values
    23-04-2004 11:25 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 28)
    The next session of 21st Century Talks and Dialogues will address the question “The Future of Values”, on the occasion of the publication in France of a work by the same title (Où sont les valeurs, Albin Michel / UNESCO Publishing). The four co-authors of the book, Hélé Béji, Axel Kahn, Paul Ricoeur and Gianni Vattimo will take part in the session, which will take place at UNESCO (Room XII) on April 28, 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. More

  • Margaret Somerville to receive Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science on April 26
    22-04-2004 11:45 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 27)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science on April 26 (Room II, 6.30 pm) to its first laureate, Margaret A. Somerville, in the presence of Jafar Towfighi, the Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology. More
    arabic

  • Latest Global Education Indicators released
    22-04-2004 12:00 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 35)
    Children everywhere are spending more time in school than ever before, but there remain substantial differences between countries and regions, according to UNESCO’s Global Education Digest 2004*. According to the Digest, a child in Finland, New Zealand or Norway can expect to receive over 17 years of education, almost twice as much as in Bangladesh or Myanmar and four times as much in Niger or Burkina Faso. More
    arabic | russian

  • World Press Freedom Day focuses on media in conflict and countries in transition
    21-04-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 34)
    Media in conflict areas and in countries in transition is the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, May 3, which UNESCO is observing in Belgrade.* The award ceremony of the 2004 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize will also take place in the capital of Serbia and Montenegro on that day. More
    Spanish | Arabic | Russian

  • At what age are school children employed, married and taken to court?
    20-04-2004 11:00 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 33)
    atwhatageV.jpgChildren’s right to education is being seriously undermined in dozens of countries by contradictory laws that allow them to work, be married or held criminally responsible at an age when they are legally bound to be in school, concludes a report launched in Geneva (Switzerland) today by the Right to Education Project*, and UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education**. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • 169th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board opened today
    19-04-2004 1:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2004-32)
    169EXB_100.jpgThe 169th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board opened today with speeches from its Chairman, Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), and the Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura. Both stressed the progress made by the Organization and their will to respond to the challenges posed in a difficult international context. More
    Spanish

  • Press Conference: Forgotten Slaves – L’Utile Shipwreck, 1761
    16-04-2004 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 26)
    The wreck of the slave ship L’Utile near the island of Tromelin in the Indian Ocean in 1761 has inspired a new research and information programme, “Forgotten Slaves”, which will be presented at UNESCO on April 23, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Room IX). More

  • Children Worldwide to Lobby Leaders during Education for All Week
    16-04-2004 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2004-25)
    Children in over 100 countries will lobby their local, regional and national leaders next week, to encourage them to do more to enrol all children in school. The “Big Lobby” is organized by the Global Campaign for Education with UNESCO and is one of the highlights of Education for All (EFA) week (April 19-25). More
    Arabic

  • Exhibition: Works by Safet Zec at UNESCO
    14-04-2004 11:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 23)
    Safet Zec, considered one of the greatest painters and engravers of Bosnia-Herzegovina, is showing 70 of his works at UNESCO Headquarters (Miró Hall) from April 15 to May 19. More

  • The Executive Board of UNESCO meets from 14 to 29 April 2004
    13-04-2004 5:25 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 22)
    The Executive Board of UNESCO, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), will meet in Paris from April 14 to 29 for its 169th session. More

  • Fritz Lang´s Metropolis gets new lease on life
    09-04-2004 8:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 21)
    A new, digitally re-mastered version of Fritz Lang’s futuristic film Metropolis will be screened at UNESCO Headquarters on Tuesday, April 13 (8.30 p.m.), on the eve of its re-release by French film company MK2 in France. More

  • UNESCO commemorates the tenth anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda
    07-04-2004 12:45 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 31)
    The United Nations has designated April 7, 2004, International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. In joining in the commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the genocide, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today called for the duty of remembrance to be observed by inviting the Permanent Delegates and staff of the Organization to hold a minute of silence, alongside the entire United Nations system. More
    Russian

  • UNESCO programme grants funding to 62 new media projects in developing countries
    02-04-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 30)
    UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) granted more than US$1.5 million to 62 media projects in developing countries and countries in transition at its meeting at Headquarters, (March 29 – April 2). It also awarded the 2003 IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication to Radio Toco, the first and only community-based radio station in Trinidad and Tobago. More

  • International Programme for the Development of Communication reviews support for 86 new media projects in developing countries
    30-03-2004 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 20)
    UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of the Communication (IPDC) is reviewing 86 media projects from developing countries and countries in transition during its current meeting at Headquarters, March 29 – April 2. Financing decisions will be reported Wednesday to the Intergovernmental Council. The Programme provides financial assistance for the development of electronic, print and broadcast media. More

  • UNESCO tribute to King Rama V, reformer of Thailand
    29-03-2004 4:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 19)
    In collaboration with UNESCO, Thailand will honour King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth. An exhibition and debate about his life and work will be held on April 2 at UNESCO in Paris (Hall Ségur). More

  • Monsignor Etchegaray and the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mustafa Ceric to receive UNESCO's 2003 Félix Houphouët-Boigny peace prize
    24-03-2004 6:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 29)
    The Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mustafa Ceric, member of the European Council of Religious Leaders, and the Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, former President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, were chosen today as laureates of the 2003 UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize by an international jury presided by former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Henry Kissinger. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Director-General expresses deep concern for safety of journalists in Iraq
    22-03-2004 4:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 28 - Corrigendum - This text replaces Press Release No.2004-28 issued on March 22 regarding two incidents that led to the deaths of members of two television crews in Iraq on March 18.)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today voiced deep concern about the safety of journalists in Iraq following two separate incidents on March 18 which led to the death of members of television crews from coalition-backed local broadcaster Diyala TV, and Dubai-based Al-Arabiya. More
    Spanish

  • Kosovo: Beyond monuments and heritage, it is memory and cultural identity that are being destroyed declares Director-General of UNESCO
    22-03-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 27)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his great concern over the events of the past few days in Kosovo and the surrounding region, which have provoked the loss of numerous human lives and damaged cultural and religious heritage. More
    Spanish | Russian

  • World Water Day, March 22
    Water and Governance: some examples of good practice

    19-03-2004 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 26)
    With the publication of “Water and Governance : Some Examples of Best Practice”*, the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), chaired by Jens Erik Fenstad of Norway, intends to contribute to the spreading of new attitudes about water that will encourage well-being and help the environment. Five cases studies are presented from Ecuador, Japan, the Philippines, the Nile River Basin and South Africa. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Algeria first state to ratify the international convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage
    19-03-2004 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 25)
    Algeria became the first Member State to ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) after completing the required procedure at the Organization on March 15. The Convention will enter into force three months after 30 States have ratified it. More
    Spanish | Arabic | Russian

  • Struga poetry evenings: Laureates of Golden Crown and Bridges of Struga proclaimed at UNESCO
    19-03-2004 11:45 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 24)
    Philippine poet Angelo V. Suárez, 19, is the first laureate of “Bridges of Struga”, a new international poetry prize created by the international festival Struga Poetry Evening in cooperation with UNESCO to reward young poets from all over the world. The proclamation, took place Thursday evening at Organization Headquarters, during a ceremony organized for World Poetry Day (21st March). More
    Russian

  • Cristina Owen-Jones named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for HIV/AIDS prevention education
    18-03-2004 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 23)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will designate Cristina Owen-Jones as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador “in recognition of her personal commitment to UNESCO’s programmes for HIV/AIDS prevention education and for her dedication to the ideals and objectives of the Organization.” More

  • UNESCO celebrates International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    17-03-2004 4:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 18)
    In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21, several hundred young people will gather at UNESCO Headquarters on Saturday, March 20, to reflect on the link between racial prejudice and the heritage of slavery. The theme of racism will also bring together more than a dozen well-known athletes and artists who will announce their plan to create a club against racial discrimination. More


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