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Archives 2004

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  • Poverty and human rights conferences and seminars at UNESCO
    06-10-2004 6:15 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 68)
    Thirty-six million people die of hunger or its consequences every year. A child dies every three seconds as a result of poverty. Contaminated water kills 10,000 people a year. The problem of poverty, a violation of human rights and dignity, needs to be re-examined. More

  • Bulgarian Prime Minister Simeon Saxe Cobourg-Gotha to visit UNESCO
    06-10-2004 10:45 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 67)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will meet the Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe Cobourg-Gotha who will carry out an official visit to the Organization on Thursday October 7. After bilateral talks, they will attend a concert of the Philip Koutev ensemble, (8 p.m. Room I). More
    Russian

  • Albanian president Alfred Moisiu to visit UNESCO October 7
    05-10-2004 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 66)
    Pdtalbanie_V.jpgThe President of Albania, Alfred Moisiu, will visit UNESCO, on Thursday October 7. On this occasion, alongside UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, he will open the exhibition “Colours and impressions of Albania: from icons to contemporary painting”. More
    Russian

  • Croatian actor Relja Basic named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    04-10-2004 5:20 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 90)
    Reljabasic_V.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will name the Croatian actor Relja Basic UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony on October 6 at Organization Headquarters (Hall Ségur, 7 p.m.). The event will be followed by the opening of an exhibition on Croatian sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. More
    Spanish | Russian

  • Calls for greater appreciation of teachers on World Teachers' Day - 5 October
    04-10-2004 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 65)
    WorldTeacherDay2.jpgThe heads of UNESCO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have issued a joint message on the occasion of World Teachers’ Day, celebrated annually on 5 October (see below). Special events will be held around the world to mark the Day, which was created by UNESCO in 1994. More
    Arabic | Russian

  • Opening of the 170th session of the Executive Board
    04-10-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 89)
    exbd_V.jpgThe plenary meetings of the 170th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board began today with opening addresses from Board Chairman, Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More
    Spanish | Arabic | Russian

  • 2004 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to be awarded on October 1
    28-09-2004 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 64)
    sharjah-V.jpgUNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will present the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to the two 2004 laureates; Tunisian researcher Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Spanish historian Juan Vernet Ginés, at a ceremony to be held at Headquarters on October 1 (7 p.m., Room II). More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • UNESCO's Executive Board to meet from September 28 to October 14
    27-09-2004 12:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 63)
    UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), will hold its 170th session in Paris from September 28 to October 14. More

  • UNESCO launches citizenship education handbook
    Defense in the service of peace

    24-09-2004 11:45 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 62)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on September 27 will launch at the Organization's headquarters (6:00 pm, Room II) a manual/handbook for citizenship education, a joint project with the French National Commission for UNESCO and several French institutions like the education and defense ministries. More
    Russian

  • Timbuktu mobile radio battles locust hordes
    24-09-2004 10:15 am - (Feature 2004 - 2)
    For the past month, the people of Timbuktu in Mali have been battling hordes of locusts that are destroying their crops, with the help of a suitcase radio donated by UNESCO in 2001. “The suitcase radio is very, very important in this struggle against the locusts,” explained radio technician Mahi Touré, “we broadcast daily crisis programmes from the suitcase, retransmitted on all four radio stations in Timbuktu, to tell people where to go and to organize the fight against the invading swarms.” More
    Spanish

  • Namibian President to visit UNESCO September 27
    23-09-2004 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2004 - 61)
    Namibie_V.jpgThe President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr.Sam Nujoma will undertake an official visit to UNESCO Headquarters on Monday, September 27, during which he will make a presentation on the theme “Namibia: from liberation struggle to a peaceful and democratic society”. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Dominican journalist, Juan Andujar
    23-09-2004 10:45 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 88)
    UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder in Azua (Dominican Republic) on September 14 of Juan Andújar, a correspondent with the Santo-Domingo-based daily Listín Diario. The journalist was gunned down just after he had completed a radio broadcast on the crime wave that has shaken the town of Azua, in the south of the country. More
    Spanish

  • Presentation of 2003 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize to Mgr Etchegaray and Mustafa Ceric, Grand Mufti of Bosnia
    17-09-2004 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 60)
    The Grand Mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric, and Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, former president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, will receive the 2003 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize at a ceremony to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on September 21 (2.30p.m. Room 1) More
    Spanish | Russian

  • DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO announce winners of Worldwide School Contest
    16-09-2004 7:00 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 87)
    EMBARGOED UNTIL 7.00 PM GMT SEPTEMBER 19, 2004
    Teams of school students from Azerbaijan and Nigeria win first prize in the Mondialogo School Contest.
    A German team with its partner school from Kuwait takes second place; third place goes to school students from Fiji and the Czech Republic.
    The Jury chaired by Paulo Coelho awards a Special Prize to teams from Ghana and Mexico. More
    Spanish

  • First meeting of government experts to discuss Cultural Diversity Convention
    16-09-2004 7:00 am - (Media advisory No 2004 - 59)
    Representatives of UNESCO's Member States will meet from September 20 to 25 at the Organization's Headquarters to examine the first outline of a preliminary draft of an international Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. More
    Arabic

  • 47th Session of International Education Conference closes in Geneva
    13-09-2004 3:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 86)
    Geneva - Delegates from more than 135 countries attending the 47th Session of the International Conference on Education have identified a range of priority actions aimed at improving the quality of education for all young people and appealed for the mobilization of all partners in order to achieve this goal. “Quality education for all young people: challenges, trends and priorities” was the theme of this session of the conference, organized periodically by UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva. More
    Spanish |Arabic | Russian

  • International Conference on Education Opens
    08-09-2004 6:00 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 84)
    Geneva - Over 70 ministers of education are participating in the 47th session of UNESCO’s International Conference on Education (ICE), which opened here today amidst celebrations for International Literacy Day. More
    Spanish

  • 2004 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture awarded to Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Juan Vernet Ginés
    06-09-2004 11:30 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 83)
    The Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture for 2004 has been awarded to Tunisian researcher Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Spanish historian Juan Vernet Ginés by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, following recommendations made by an international jury that met at the Organization's headquarters on September 1 and 2. More
    Spanish | Arabic | Russian

  • UNESCO Director-General shocked at heavy death toll in school in Ossetia
    03-09-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 82)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, said he was deeply shocked by the heavy death toll in the hostage crisis in a school in Beslan, in the Russian Federation today, and condemned the hostage takers for sacrificing innocent lives. More
    Spanish | Russian

  • Director-General stresses importance of Documentary Heritage following Fire In Weimar
    03-09-2004 5:00 pm - (Press Release No.2004-81)
    weimerV.jpgUNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the great loss caused by a fire at a UNESCO World Heritage property, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar (Germany) where more than 30,000 exceptional books and manuscripts were destroyed. More
    Spanish | Russian

  • The First Lady of Azerbaijan to be appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    03-09-2004 4:30 pm - (Press release N°2004-80)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint Mehriban Aliyeva, the First lady of Azerbaijan, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions, at a cermony to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters on September 9 (12:30). More
    Spanish | Russian

  • Congo - Heritage in Danger
    03-09-2004 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 79)
    OkapiVCP.jpgUNESCO is organizing, with the United Nations Foundation (UNF) the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and several conservation organizations, the first international event to support the DRC’s heritage in danger. The event, “Congo – Heritage in Danger” aims to contribute to the long-term survival of this unique natural heritage.
    (Photo © Gilman International Conservation) More
    Spanish

  • UNESCO Director-General calls for immediate release of hostages held in school siege
    02-09-2004 5:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2004-78)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has joined the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of UNICEF in demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of all the hostages” being held at a secondary school in Beslan (Russian Federation). More
    Spanish | Russian | Arabic

  • New ignorances, new literacies - learning to live together in a globalizing world
    UNESCO Conference at the Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona

    31-08-2004 11:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004-58)
    UNESCO will host a 3-day conference - New Ignorances, New Literacies - learning to live together in a globalizing world (September 6 to 8) - at the Universal Forum of Cultures - Barcelona 2004*. The award ceremony of the UNESCO Cities for Peace Prize will also be held during the conference. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Director-General urges the release of french journalists held hostage in Iraq
    31-08-2004 6:25 am - (Press release N°2004-77)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today made an urgent plea for the release of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, the two French journalists held hostage in Iraq, and vigourously condemned the shameful targeting of journalists in that country. More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • Director-General condemns murder of bangladeshi journalist Kamal Hossain
    31-08-2004 5:20 am - (Press release N°2004-76)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder on August 22 of investigative reporter Kamal Hossain in Bangladesh and voiced alarm at the unacceptable pressures exercised on the profession in that country. More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • UNESCO celebrates International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
    20-08-2004 5:25 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-57)
    The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, August 23, will be celebrated at UNESCO Headquarters (Room I) with a series of cultural events from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. More
    russian

  • International Bioethics Committee meets at UNESCO
    20-08-2004 4:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-56)
    The 11th session of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will take place August 23 and 24 at Organization Headquarters (Room II). Hearings of representatives of different religious and spiritual perspectives on the future declaration on universal norms on bioethics, held as part of consultations on the future declaration, will be a major item on the Committee’s agenda. More
    arabic | russian

  • Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships
    19-08-2004 3:50 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-55)
    UNESCO is calling on young researchers with advanced degrees (M.A., M.Sc. or equivalent) in developing countries to apply to the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme for fellowships ranging from US$ 6,000 to US$ 10,000. The amount varies according to duration and place of study. The Programme is financed by Japan through its funds in trust programme for capacity-building of human resources. More
    arabic| russian

  • Dialogue among students from around the world to explore cultural identity and heritage
    29-07-2004 12:10 am - (Media Advisory N°2004-54)
    dollsV.jpgThe surprising outcome of a contest centred on dialogue about cultural heritage and identity between teams of school children from different countries is the subject of an exhibition that will open at UNESCO Headquarters at 1.30 p.m. on Friday, July 30 (Miro Room). It showcases the visible results of the Mondialogo School Contest launched by UNESCO and DaimlerChrysler last year. More
    russian

  • Building knowledge societies: Theme of next 21st Century Dialogue, Seoul
    23-07-2004 11:50 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004-53)
    On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU) and the visit of the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, to the Republic of Korea, the next session of the 21st Century Dialogues will be held in Seoul (Republic of Korea) at the Shilla Hotel on Tuesday July 27 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday July 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.), as a joint event co-organized by KNCU and the Division of Foresight, Philosophy and Human Sciences of UNESCO. More
    russian

  • International jury of Mondialogo Prize selects 25 finalists
    20-07-2004 4:55 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 52)
    The 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. More
    russian

  • Lebanese writer Nadia Al-Jurdi Nouaihed and Casa de las Américas receive Simón Bolívar Prize
    20-07-2004 4:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 51)
    BolivarV.jpgLebanese writer Nadia Al-Jurdi Nouaihed and the Cuban cultural institution Casa de las Américas will receive the 2002-2003 Simón Bolívar Prize, awarded by UNESCO and the government of Venezuela on Wednesday July 21 (Room II, 7 p.m.). More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • Research shows oceans becoming more acidic
    16-07-2004 11:10 pm - (Press release N°2004 - 69)
    G_Oceanica100px.gifThe world’s oceans are absorbing an unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is increasing their acidity and possibly threatening the long-term survival of many marine species, especially calcifying organisms including corals, shellfish and phytoplankton. According to research presented recently at a symposium organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the International Council for Science’s Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), this in turn could disrupt marine food chains and alter ocean biogeochemistry in ways that are not yet understood or predictable. More
    spanish | russian

  • Inauguration of the Mostar Bridge
    16-07-2004 6:30 am - (Press release N°2004 - 68)
    nouveauhd1_100.jpgOn July 23rd in Mostar, the reconstructed Old Bridge will be inaugurated by the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite presidency, Sulejman Tihic, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, representing the entire United Nations, in the presence of about ten heads of state and other top European political figures. Destroyed in 1993 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Old Bridge was the symbol of the city of Mostar. Rebuilt 11 years later, this bridge becomes the symbol of reconciliation and human solidarity. More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • Japanese ballerina Miyako Yoshida named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    16-07-2004 12:55 am - (Press release N°2004 - 67)
    Japanese ballerina Miyako Yoshida will be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Organization's Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Wednesday, July 21st "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to classical dance and for her devotion to the cause of the Organization's goals and aims, in the field of its programme for arts education". The ceremony will take place at 12.30 pm in the Japanese garden. More
    spanish | russian

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov
    15-07-2004 11:45 pm - (Press release N°2004 - 66)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today categorically condemned the murder of Paul Klebnikov, chief editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, who was killed in Moscow on July 9. More
    spanish | russian

  • Early Childhood care and education: a continuing challenge in high population countries
    13-07-2004 10:45 pm - (Press release N°2004 - 65)
    Despite enormous demand, early childhood care and education remains a privilege for young children in most of the world’s nine high population countries known as the E-9 group (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan), according to a new report published by UNESCO. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Human Development Report 2004
    Public debate at UNESCO

    12-07-2004 12:40 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 50)
    To mark the publication of the Human Development Report 2004 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a debate will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on July 16 from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm in Room II. UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown will give a press conference from 12:45 pm to 1:00 pm. More

  • Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and ruins of Songo Mnara in Tanzania inscribed on World Heritage in Danger List
    07-07-2004 4:55 am - (Press release N°2004 - 64)
    The ruins of the great sea-ports of Kilwa Kisiwani and of Songo Mnara situated off the coast of the United Republic of Tanzania were inscribed yesterday on the List of World Heritage in Danger by the 21-member World Heritage Committee, which is holding its annual meeting in Suzhou until July 7. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee meeting at UNESCO
    01-07-2004 11:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 49)
    UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) will meet July 7 at Paris Headquarters (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Room IV) to review progress on the elaboration of the Declaration on Universal Norms on Bioethics. More
    arabic

  • New sites on World Heritage List
    30-06-2004 6:40 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 59)
    A glacier-fjord in Greenland, the Ilulissat Icefjord, is among the five new natural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, while the extraordinary earthen architecture of Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba, in Togo, is one of three new cultural sites inscribed by the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou today. More
    spanish | russian

  • Report on the Social Dimension of Globalization to be presented at UNESCO
    28-06-2004 11:10 pm - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 48)
    The report “A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities for All,” prepared by the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, will be presented July 7 at UNESCO (from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., Room IX) by two members of the Commission, Brazilian anthropologist Ruth Cardoso, President of Comunidade Solidária (Community Solidarity Council), and the former Minister of Culture of Mali, Aminata D. Traoré, Director of the Centre Amadou Hanyrat Ba (CAHBA). More
    russian | arabic

  • New sites to be added to World Heritage List
    23-06-2004 1:50 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 53)
    Forty-eight sites will be considered for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List of outstanding cultural and natural sites during the 28th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which will meet at the Urban Planning Convention Center in Suzhou (China) from June 28 to July 7. More
    spanish | russian | arabic

  • UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission meeting in Paris
    23-06-2004 12:15 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 47)
    UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) will hold an Executive Council meeting from June 23 to 29 at Paris headquarters. More
    russian | arabic

  • Global Geoparks network created, with UNESCO support
    22-06-2004 4:35 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 46)
    The First International Conference on Geoparks, held under the aegis of UNESCO and the Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China, will take place from June 27 to 29 in Beijing (China). It aims to promote the development of a global network of sites, which represent exceptional examples of our planet’s geological heritage, to be called Geoparks. More
    russian | arabic

  • Congo - Heritage in Danger
    Protecting the wonders of the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Exhibition - Concert - International Conference
    Unesco Headquarters, Paris, 10-26 September 2004

    15-06-2004 10:20 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 52)
    The conflict that has ravaged the Great Lakes region has resulted in the loss of countless lives. It has also caused severe damage to the exceptional biodiversity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC’s five natural sites, the four National Parks of Virunga, of Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega and Salonga and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, are today on the List of World Heritage in Danger. It is vital to preserve this exceptionally rich ecosystem, part of a tropical forest that is second only to the Amazonian forest. This is the goal set by UNESCO and the United Nations Foundation in organizing the first major international event in support of Congo’s World Heritage in danger. More
    spanish | arabic

  • Mauritius second State to ratify the International Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
    10-06-2004 5:10 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 51)
    Mauritius became the second 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 June 4. More
    spanish | arabic | russian

  • 21st Century Talks: can we control AIDS?
    10-06-2004 3:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 45)
    The next session of the 21st Century Talks, to be held on June 14 at UNESCO (6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, Room II) and devoted to the theme “Can we control the AIDS Pandemic? Foresight, education, prevention,” will bring together, three distinguished personalities: Jim Yong Kim, Luc Montagnier, Cristina Owen-Jones. More
    russian

  • Promoting UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in West and Central Africa
    09-06-2004 5:20 am - (Media Advisory N°2004 - 44)
    A two-day regional seminar to promote UNESCO’s Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage opens today in Dakar(1) (Senegal). The meeting, which covers West and Central Africa, is the first of eight regional meetings. The other seven will be held in different parts of the world by the end of 2005(2). Their purpose is to encourage States to ratify the Convention, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2003. More


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