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Archives 2004

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  • World Poetry Day: UNESCO pays tribute to Pablo Neruda
    15-03-2004 4:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 17)
    To mark this year’s World Poetry Day, UNESCO will pay tribute to Chilean poet and Nobel Literature Prize winner, Pablo Neruda (1904-1973), the centenary of whose birth is also being celebrated. The tribute will take place on Thursday, March 18, three days before World Poetry Day (March 21). More
    Spanish

  • 21st Century Talks: Should globalization de democratized?
    10-03-2004 10:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 16)
    “Should Globalization be Made More Democratic?” is the theme of the up-coming session of the 21st Century Talks at UNESCO (Room II), on March 22 at 6 p.m., which will bring together four distinguished participants, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Arjun Appadurai, Daniel Cohen and Edgar Morin. More

  • Director-General voices concern over safety of journalists in Haiti
    09-03-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 22)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the killing of Spanish Antena 3 television reporter Ricardo Ortega in Haiti on March 7, and expressed the wish that journalists be enabled to carry out their work in conditions of safety. More
    Spanish

  • A new international instrument to enhance the protection of cultural property in times of war
    09-03-2004 11:30 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 21)
    The Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in Event of Armed Conflict, reinforcing the protection of cultural heritage in times of war, enters into force today. This follows the accession of Costa Rica to this new legal instrument, which now has the required number of 20 States Parties to take effect.* More
    Spanish

  • L'Oréal and UNESCO making a real difference for women scientists worldwide
    2004 For women in science awards and fellowships announced

    08-03-2004 9:30 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 20)
    Five outstanding world-class women scientists named L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Laureates in recognition of their contribution to scientific research.
    Fifteen promising young researchers around the world, the future scientific leaders of tomorrow, receive Fellowships to carry out promising international research projects. More
    Spanish

  • An AIDS-free generation in less than a generation
    UNESCO proposes a new UNAIDS initiative in Livingstone, Zambia

    05-03-2004 1:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 19)
    Livingstone – UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura yesterday proposed a new HIV prevention education initiative at the 23rd meeting of the Committee of the Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO) of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS currently chaired by UNESCO. More
    Spanish

  • Director-General condemns assassination of Palestinian journalist Khalil Al-Zaben
    05-03-2004 1:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 18)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination in Gaza, on the night of March 1 to 2, of journalist Khalil al-Zaben, publisher of a magazine - An-Nashra - funded by the Palestinian Authority, and an advisor to Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat. More
    Spanish

  • Democracy in Afghanistan, Iraq and DROC:
    International meeting in Beirut March 7 to 9 2004

    04-03-2004 5:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 15)
    Democracy in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the theme of the joint meeting of the Scientific Committee of the International Centre for Human Sciences at Byblos and the International Panel on Democracy and Development (IPDD), organized by UNESCO from March 7 to 9 in Beirut (Lebanon), with the support of the Lebanese Ministry of Culture.* More
    Arabic

  • UNESCO celebrates International Women's Day
    02-03-2004 12:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 13)
    To celebrate International Women's Day, on March 8, UNESCO is organizing a series of events including a conference-debate on the theme Africa's cultural responses to AIDS: women and their struggle. AIDS and women are also the focus of the message* issued by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, for International Women's Day 2004. More
    Russian

  • Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    24-02-2004 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2004 - 12)
    This year’s meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors, scheduled for February 26 and 27 at Paris Headquarters, will focus on three themes: Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, HIV/AIDS preventive education, and the International Year to Commemorate the Struggle against Slavery and its Abolition More

  • Japanese Intangible Heritage Honoured at UNESCO
    23-02-2004 12:00 pm - (Avis aux médias No 2004 - 11)
    Traditional Japanese puppet theatre, ningyo johruri bunraku, a masterpiece of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity, will be honoured on February 26 (Room I, 7:00 pm) during a performance organized by UNESCO, the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan (Bunka-cho), and the Permanent Delegation of Japan at UNESCO with the cooperation of the Japan Arts Council and the Bunraku Association. More
    Spanish

  • Shirin Ebadi to attend International Conference on Religions and Democracy at UNESCO
    20-02-2004 4:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 10)
    The winner of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize, Shirin Ebadi (Iran), will attend an International Conference on Religions and Democracy to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on February 24 and 25. More

  • International Mother Language Day 2004
    19-02-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 12)
    imldV.jpg“Mother tongue languages should be favoured in education systems from the earliest age,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his message for International Mother Language Day 2004*. “It is widely acknowledged nowadays,” he added, “that teaching in both the mother tongue and the official national language helps children to obtain better results and stimulates their cognitive development and capacity to learn.” More
    Spanish | Arabic | Russian

  • First World Forum on Human Rights in Nantes (France) May 16 to 19
    17-02-2004 4:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 09)
    The first World Forum on Human Rights, organized by the French city of Nantes at the initiative and with the support of UNESCO, will be held from May 16 to 19 at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes. It will cover three themes: Human rights and terrorism; Human rights and the fight against all forms of discrimination and exclusion; Poverty as a violation of human rights. More
    Arabic

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns assassination of broadcasters in Nicaragua and the Philippines
    13-02-2004 11:15 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 11)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of two radio broadcasters: Ruel Endrinal in Legaspi City in the Philippines on February 11, and Carlos Guadamuz in Managua, Nicaragua, on February 10. More
    Spanish

  • Director-General condemns murder of Colombian journalist Oscar Alberto Polanco Herrera
    10-02-2004 12:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 10)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of the journalist Oscar Alberto Polanco Herrera in the city of Cartago, in Valle del Cauca, in Colombia. More

  • Forty-six million children out-of-school in South and East Asia
    09-02-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 09)

    More children are attending school than ever before in the countries of South and East Asia, but vast numbers of them drop out before the end of the primary cycle and the region still accounts for the world’s largest share of out-of-school children, according to a new report published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics*. More
    Spanish

  • International symposium in Sana'a on the dialogue among cultures and civilizations
    06-02-2004 12:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 08)
    An International Symposium on the Dialogue Among Cultures and Civilizations, organized by the Center for Yemeni Studies and Research in cooperation with UNESCO, will be held on February 10 and 11 at the Sheraton Hotel in Sana’a (Yemen). More

  • UNESCO honors BBC and France Televisions for their promotion of cultural programmes
    06-02-2004 10:30 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 07)
    PompeiV.jpgOn February 11 at 7 pm, at an advance screening of two documentaries about the archaeological site of Pompeii (southern Italy), UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the Picasso Medal to Marc Tessier, President of France Télévisions, and to Tim Muff, Director of BBC Worldwide France, in recognition of these channels’ cultural policies and their action “in support of the production and broadcasting of educational programmes and documentaries for young people and the general public.” More
    Spanish

  • Director-General condemns murder of reporter in Pakistan, welcoming efforts to punish the crime
    02-02-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 08)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Sajid Tanoli of the Urdu language daily Shumaal in Mansehra, in northwestern Pakistan on January 29. More
    Spanish

  • West African environment ministers want NEPAD to use biosphere reserves as laboratories for sustainable development
    26-01-2004 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 06)
    West Africa’s environment ministers called on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) to use UNESCO biosphere reserves as laboratories for sustainable development in the region, during a round table held at the Organization’s Headquarters today. More
    Spanish

  • Pacific Education Ministers to meet in Samoa during visit of UNESCO Director-General to the region
    23-01-2004 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2004-06)
    Paris, January 23 – Ministers of Education from the island states of the Pacific will meet in Apia (Samoa) on January 28 and 29 to assess progress towards providing quality Education For All (EFA) and to look at ways of overcoming the many hurdles specific to the region to achieve this goal. More

  • West African environmental ministers to meet at UNESCO to launch new regional project
    22-01-2004 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004-05)
    Paris, January 22 – West African environmental ministers will meet at a UNESCO roundtable on January 26 to launch a new project, with a budget of more than US$6 million, that will include the first comprehensive study of biodiversity in the region’s biosphere reserves. More

  • Spotlight on small island developing states
    21-01-2004 3:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2004-05)
    Paris, January 21 – Small island developing states (SIDS) are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, as well as to the negative impacts of global change, whether these are environmental, cultural, social or economic. As part of an international strategy to address these issues, defined during the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development and in which UNESCO is actively involved, a meeting of some 300 stakeholders from island states in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, South China Seas, and the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans is being held in Nassau (Bahamas) from January 26 –30, in preparation for a major ministerial meeting on small islands in Mauritius later this year. More
    Spanish

  • H.R.H. Prince Talal donates one million dollars to UNESCO solidarity fund for safe water at close of International Year of Freshwater
    20-01-2004 5:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2004-04)
    UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Water, H.R.H. Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, announced the donation of one million dollars to the Solidarity Fund for Safe Water for All as UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura formally closed the International Year of Freshwater (2003) at Headquarters. More
    Spanish

  • Director-General condemns murder of journalist Manik Shaha in Bangladesh
    20-01-2004 9:00 am - (Press Release No.2004-03)
    Paris, January 20 – UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the brutal murder of journalist Manik Shaha in Khulna, south western Bangladesh, and welcomed a pledge by the country’s prime minister to find and punish his killers. More
    Spanish

  • Arab Ministers of Education meet to further Education for All quest
    19-01-2004 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2004-04)
    Paris, January 16 –Ministers of Education along with education authorities and experts from throughout the Arab States will meet in Beirut (Lebanon) from January 20-23 to decide on future steps to be taken at national and regional levels to achieve quality Education for All (EFA)*. More

  • First intergovernmental meeting on preliminary draft of the international convention against doping
    16-01-2004 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2004-03)
    Paris, January 15 – Representatives of UNESCO’s 190 Member States will be consulted on the Preliminary Draft of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport at a first intergovernmental meeting* from January 19 to 23 at UNESCO Headquarters. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will open the meeting at 10.00 am on January 19 in Room IV. About 300 experts in law and sport, particularly those specializing in the fight against doping, are expected to attend. More

  • ECOWAS Education ministers to meet in Accra
    07-01-2004 3:15 pm - (Media Advisory No.2004 - 02)
    Accra, January 7 - Education ministers from the 15 Member States of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will meet in Accra January 9 and 10 (at the Hotel M Plaza), to discuss “Education and Sub-regional integration: our commitments and perspectives”. More

  • Jury to decide winner of Felix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize
    07-01-2004 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 01)
    Paris, January 7 - The international jury of the Felix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize will meet on January 8 (3 p.m.) at UNESCO Headquarters to select the winners for 2003. The decision should be announced at about 5 p.m. More


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