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  • 2003 Sharjah prize for Arab Culture to be awarded on september 23
    22-09-2003 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 75)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the 2003 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to Moroccan writer Bin Salem Himmich and Bosnian professor Esad Duraković at a ceremony to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters on September 23 (Room XI, 7p.m.) More

  • Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships
    19-09-2003 11:30 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 59)
    UNESCO has invited young post-graduate researchers in developing countries, with a Master’s degree or equivalent, to apply for fellowships, each worth a maximum of US$7,500, through the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to the development of human resources. More
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  • 167ème Session du Conseil exécutif : Ouverture du débat de politique générale
    16-09-2003 11:45 pm - (Flash Info 204)
    Le Conseil exécutif, de l’UNESCO a entamé aujourd’hui, en séance plénière, le débat de politique générale. More

  • Melina Mercouri prize for cultural landscapes to be awarded to Japan's Koga Park
    16-09-2003 12:10 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 74)
    The Park of Koga, Japan, has won this year’s $20,000 Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes (UNESCO/Greece), which will be presented on September 18 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII, at 7 p.m). More
    Spanish

  • 2003 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture awarded to Salem Himmich and Esad Durakovic
    12-09-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 58)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has awarded the 2003 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to Moroccan writer Bin Salem Himmich and Bosnian professor Esad Duraković, on the recommendation of an international jury which met at Organization headquarters on September 8 and 9. More
    Spanish

  • 4th meeting of UNESCO’s Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq
    12-09-2003 4:45 pm - (Flash Info 202)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, brought together on 11 September 2003 for the fourth time UNESCO’s Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq. More

  • Do ocean frontiers hold key to future energy resources?
    12-09-2003 3:25 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 73)
    Most of the world’s marine biodiversity, and untold reserves of energy sources, such as methane gas, are to be found at the frontier between land and deep ocean known as the ‘ocean margin.’ But, to date, we do not know the true extent of these resources, or whether they can ever be commercially exploited. To address these, and related issues, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Division of Earth Sciences have joined with the European Commission (EC) to organize a scientific conference on ‘Ocean Margin Research’, to be held in Paris from September 15-17. More
    Spanish

  • Director-General condemns assassination of journalists in the Philippines
    10-09-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-57Corr.)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the recent murder of three journalists in the Philippines: Juan “Jun” Pala on September 6, Rico Ramirez on August 20, and Noel Villarante one day earlier. More
    Spanish

  • 'Who knows?'
    The theme of UNESCO's Philosophy Forum

    09-09-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 72)
    The growth of knowledge, technology and science has changed the world. But today, everything connected with knowledge is taking on a new and crucial dimension. Not only do science and technology have visible effects on human existence, the very process of learning - and its spread through information and communication - is affected and intensified by technological innovation. More

  • UNESCO Director-General opens first UN inter-agency meeting on the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD)
    05-09-2003 4:30 pm - (Flash Info 197)
    Today, UNESCO hosted the first inter-agency meeting on the forthcoming UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). Opened by the Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the meeting was attended by representatives from 10 agencies: FAO, ILO, UNAIDS, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNU, the World Bank, and WFP. More

  • Margaret Somerville is first winner of Avicenna Ethics in Science Prize
    04-09-2003 5:45 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 56)
    Margaret A. Somerville has been chosen as the first winner of the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, on the recommendation of an international jury which met from September 1 to 3 at Organization Headquarters. More
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  • International Literacy Day: Good news in four high population countries
    04-09-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 55)
    New data released by UNESCO’s Institute for Statistics (UIS) on the occasion of International Literacy Day (September 8), show improvement over the past decade in adult literacy rates for several of the world’s high population countries, including Brazil, China, Egypt and Pakistan. More
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  • UNESCO General Conference to hold its 32nd session from September 29 to October 17
    04-09-2003 2:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 71)
    Paris, September 4 – UNESCO’s General Conference, the Organization’s supreme governing body which meets every two years, will hold its 32nd session from September 29 to October 17 at Headquarters in Paris. One of the high points of the event, on October 1, will be the return, after 19 years, of the United States of America to UNESCO as its 190th Member State. More
    Spanish

  • 21st Century Talks: Should Human Cloning Be Banned?
    04-09-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-70)
    “Should Human Cloning Be Banned?” is the theme of the next session of 21st Century Talks at UNESCO on September 10, which will bring together four prominent experts: Jean-François Mattei, Mireille Delmas-Marty, José-Maria Cantu and William B. Hurlbut. More

  • 2003 UNESCO Prize for peace education award ceremony
    02-09-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 69)
    The laureate of this year’s UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, Father Emil Shufani, will receive his award from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony on September 8 (5 p.m, Room I). The Director-General will also present an Honourable Mention to Yolande Mukagasana (Rwanda/Belgium). More
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  • Dialogue among civilizations
    The message from OHRID

    01-09-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 54)
    The South-East European Regional Forum on the “Dialogue among Civilizations” held August 29 and 30 in Ohrid (in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) ended on Saturday with the adoption of the Message from Ohrid. More
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  • Twenty-three new inscriptions on Memory of the World Register of Documentary Collections
    01-09-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 53)
    The Declaration of the Rights of Man and documents pertaining to slavery in the Caribbean are among the 23 documentary collections from 20 countries selected for inscription on the Memory of the World Register of library and archive material during a three-day meeting of the International Advisory Committee (IAC) of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme in Gdansk, Poland, that ended Saturday. More
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  • UNESCO welcomes pledge by Royal Dutch/Shell to stay out of world Heritage sites
    27-08-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-52)
    UNESCO has welcomed the announcement by the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies (Shell) not to explore for, or develop, oil and gas resources within any of natural World Heritage sites. More
    Spanish

  • New collections proposed for inscription on the Memory of the World Register
    26-08-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2003-68)
    The International Advisory Committee of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme will examine proposals from 27 countries to inscribe 41 library and archive collections on the Memory of the World Register at a three day meeting in the Town Hall of the city of Gdansk, Poland (August 28 to 30). More

  • Fight against AIDS: Meeting of Africa’s First Ladies in Venice
    26-08-2003 7:00 am - (Media Advisory - N° 2003-67)
    A group of Africa’s First Ladies will meet on September 1 at the Palazzo Labia in Venice (Italy) to examine the topic of “AIDS in Africa and the threat of new emerging viruses” and attend a scientific information conference with Professor Luc Montagnier. More
    Spanish

  • UNESCO welcomes 'No-Go' pledge from leading mining companies
    22-08-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 51)
    UNESCO has hailed as “a major step forward” the pledge made by the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) – comprising 15 of the world’s largest mining and metal producing companies – not to explore or mine in World Heritage sites. More
    Spanish

  • Terrorist Attack on UN Headquarters in Baghdad
    21-08-2003 4:20 pm - (Flash Info 192)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has condemned yesterday’s terrorist bombing of the UN Headquarters in Baghdad as an outrage committed not only against the United Nations but also against the people of Iraq. He is deeply shocked by the tragic loss of life of UN Special Envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and at least 19 others and by the injuries suffered by a further 100 or more people. Mr Matsuura has sent a letter of condolence to UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, expressing his sorrow concerning the deaths of all the international and national UN personnel and other innocent victims of this brutal act of violence. He has also sent a letter to the President of Brazil in which he offers his condolences to the family of Mr Vieira de Mello and to the Brazilian people for their loss of someone of such outstanding abilities, accomplishments and promise. More

  • Eight Heads of State gather at Ohrid Forum for Dialogue Among Civilizations
    19-08-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-50)
    A southeast European regional Forum on Dialogue Among Civilizations will take place on August 29 and 30 in Ohrid, in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Organized by President Boris Trajkovski with UNESCO, the Forum will bring together eight heads of state: Alfred Moisiu (Albania), Dragan Čoviċ (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Georgi Parvanov (Bulgaria), Stjepan Mesic (Croatia), Ferenc Mádl (Hungary), Svetozar Marovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Janez Drnovšek (Slovenia). Political leaders, experts, religious leaders and representatives from civil society and the private sector from all over the world are expected to attend. More
    Spanish

  • International Experts Meeting In Tokyo Recommend Greater Security For Iraq’s National Museum and Heritage
    06-08-2003 4:15 am - (Press Release No.2003-49)
    Some 30 experts who met in Tokyo on August 1 and 2 at the joint initiative of UNESCO, the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (BUNKACHO) and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, issued recommendations aiming at coordinating international efforts to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage and ensure the reopening of the Iraq Museum in the best possible conditions. More
    Spanish

  • Patrimoine culturel iraquien : Troisième réunion d’experts
    04-08-2003 11:45 pm - (Flash Info 189)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, KoÏchiro Matsuura, a ouvert aujourd’hui, à Tokyo, la 3ème réunion internationale pour la sauvegarde du patrimoine culturel iraquien, organisée par l’UNESCO et l’Agence pour les Affaires culturelles du Japon. More

  • Teachers’ Photo Contest Winners Announced
    04-08-2003 11:05 pm - (Press Release No.2003-48)
    Auckland (New Zealand)– Schools in Kyrgyzstan, Brazil, Lebanon, Burkina Faso and Slovenia have won the top prizes in an International Photo Contest for Teachers, organized by UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). The winners were announced here Sunday at the Navigators for Peace Congress celebrating ASPnet’s 50th anniversary. More
    Spanish

  • Globalization with a Human Face – Benefiting All
    01-08-2003 12:15 pm - (Flash Info 188)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, with Mr Hans van Ginkel, Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) together, opened today in Tokyo, Japan, the UNESCO/UNU International Conference on “Globalization with a Human Face – Benefiting All” being held on 30 and 31 July 2003. More

  • UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
    31-07-2003 12:30 am - (Press release N°2003-47)
    Auckland - What does a teacher training institution in Morocco have in common with a secondary school in the South Pacific island state of Kiribati? What links a technical school in the Russian Federation with a primary school in Togo, or a kindergarten in New Zealand with a secondary school in Ecuador? More
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  • Japan hosts UNESCO Meeting of Experts on Iraqi Cultural Heritage
    29-07-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-66)
    The third UNESCO meeting of international experts* on the safeguarding of Iraqi cultural heritage will be held in Tokyo on August 1, organized jointly by UNESCO and the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan. More

  • Associated Schools Project Network celebrates its 50th birthday
    29-07-2003 5:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-65)
    Auckland, July 28 - More than 180 delegates from over 80 countries will attend the “Navigators for Peace” International Congress to be held in Auckland from August 3 to 8, marking the 50th anniversary of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). More

  • “Globalization With a Human Face - Benefitting All” International Conference in Tokyo
    29-07-2003 2:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003-64)
    Paris- “Globalization With a Human Face – Benefitting All” is the subject of a 2-day conference organized by UNESCO and the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan, on July 30 and 31 with the participation of former heads of state, ministers and academics from all parts of the world. More

  • Patrimoine culturel iraquien : Première réunion de coordination de l’aide internationale
    16-07-2003 7:00 pm - (Flash Info 185)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, a ouvert le 16 juillet la première réunion de coordination de l’aide internationale en faveur du patrimoine culturel iraquien, en présence de M. Muayyad Said Al Damarji, conseiller de l’Ambassadeur Piero Cordone désigné administrateur civil pour le patrimoine par les autorités américaines. More

  • UNESCO calls for radical reform of water education programmes
    16-07-2003 11:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 46)
    Paris – In the face of looming water shortages, which threaten to affect billions of the earth’s inhabitants by mid-century, UNESCO is calling for a radical review and reform of water education programmes and for a speedy doubling in the number of water professionals around the world. More
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  • UNESCO to host intersessional meeting of the world summit on the information society
    11-07-2003 10:05 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-63)
    Paris – UNESCO is to host the Intersessional Meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society at Organization Headquarters on July 15-18. More than 800 participants - government representatives and observers from intergovernmental organizations, civil society and the private sector - will attend the meeting, convened by the President of the Preparatory Committee of the Summit, Adama Sammassékou of Mali. More
    Spanish

  • UNESCO adds 15 new sites to world network of biosphere reserves
    10-07-2003 4:00 pm - (Press release N°2003-45)
    Paris – Fifteen new sites in 10 countries have been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including the first members of the network in Slovenia and Yemen. Three extensions to existing biosphere reserves have also been approved, reflecting on-going efforts to improve existing sites, illustrating the vitality of the network. The World Network of Biosphere Reserves now consists of 440 sites in 97 countries. More
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  • Ara Abramian to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on July 15
    10-07-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2003-62)
    Paris - Ara Abramian, founder and president of the Union of Armenians of Russia and a distinguished representative of Russian civil society, will be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by the Organization’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony at UNESCO on Tuesday, July 15, at 6.30 p.m. More

  • UNESCO and INTERPOL reinforce cooperation in fight against traffic in iraqi cultural goods
    10-07-2003 4:30 am - (Press release N°2003-44)
    UNESCO and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) yesterday reinforced their cooperation in the fight against the illicit traffic in Iraqi cultural properties by signing an amendment to their Cooperation Agreement of 1999. More
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  • Venezuelan Research Centre and Norwegian Scientist share UNESCO Prize while Young Scientists get awards
    09-07-2003 4:00 pm - (Press release N°2003-43)
    This year’s Sultan Qaboos Prize has been jointly awarded to a pioneering Venezuelan centre for tropical ecology and a leading Norwegian biodiversity specialist. At yesterday’s meeting of the Bureau of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which acts as the jury of these prizes, the winners of MAB Young Scientists Awards, representing nine countries, were also decided. More
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  • Baku, Comoe and Kathmandu inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger
    04-07-2003 6:30 pm - (Press Release No.2003-42)
    The Walled City of Baku in Azerbaijan, Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire and Kathmandu Valley in Nepal were inscribed today on the List of World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session at Headquarters since June 30 under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Saint Lucia). More
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  • Conference in New Delhi on Dialogue among Civilizations
    04-07-2003 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003-61)
    Paris - The Indian government, in cooperation with UNESCO, is organizing an International Ministerial Conference on the Dialogue among Civilizations - The Quest for New Perspectives which will be held in New Delhi (Vigyan Bhawan) on July 9 and 10. More

  • UNESCO to announce New Biosphere Reserves and Science Prize winners
    04-07-2003 9:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003-60)
    Paris - UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves - pilot areas where the need to conserve biodiversity is reconciled with the sometimes conflicting needs of development - will get a boost next week, with the addition of new sites. More

  • Brief description of 24 New Sites inscribed on World Heritage List
    03-07-2003 8:05 pm - (Press Release No.2003-41)
    Twenty-four sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including, for the first time, sites in Gambia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Sudan. The inscriptions were carried out by the World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session, under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Sainte-Lucie) at UNESCO Headquarters since June 30. The World Heritage List now numbers 754 sites, including 149 natural, and 582 cultural and 23 mixed sites “of outstanding universal value”. More
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  • 24 New Sites inscribed on World Heritage List
    03-07-2003 8:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-40)
    Twenty-four sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including, for the first time, sites in Gambia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Sudan. The inscriptions were carried out by the World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session, under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Sainte-Lucie) at UNESCO Headquarters since June 30. The World Heritage List now numbers 754 sites, including 149 natural, and 582 cultural and 23 mixed sites “of outstanding universal value”. More
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  • Emergency Inscription of Bamiyan and Ashur on World Heritage List
    02-07-2003 7:05 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-39)
    The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley and Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) in Iraq were simultaneously inscribed on both World Heritage List and on List of World Heritage in Danger, during the 27th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting since June 30 at Organization Headquarters under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Saint Lucia). More
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  • Kotor, Srebarna and Yellowstone are withdrawn from the list of World Heritage in danger
    02-07-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 38)
    Paris – UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting since June 30 at Organization Headquarters under the chair of Vera Lacœuilhe of Saint Lucia, has withdrawn the following three sites from the List of World Heritage in Danger: the Srebarna Nature Reserve (Bulgaria), Yellowstone (USA) and the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (Serbia and Montenegro). More
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  • OECD/UNESCO Study identifies regional disparities in student performance
    01-07-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 36)
    Paris - Students in Finland are among the world’s best in terms of reading literacy, while students in Japan, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea lead in mathematics and science, according to a newly published survey of 15-year-olds in 43 countries. By contrast, students in several Latin American countries lag seriously behind in all three areas, even after taking account of lower national income levels. More
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  • Iraqi Cultural Heritage: second UNESCO mission
    27-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, announced this morning, at an information meeting for the staff of the Organization that a second UNESCO expert mission would be leaving for Iraq on 28 June 2003, to take stock of the situation of Iraqi heritage. More

  • 14th Meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board of UNAIDS
    27-06-2003 3:50 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, today attended, in Geneva, the 14th meeting of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of UNAIDS. More

  • United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights enters into force
    27-06-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 37)
    Paris – On July 1, 2003, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families* will enter into force. Its primary objective is to protect migrant workers, a particularly vulnerable population, from exploitation and the violation of their human rights. The first 22 nations to ratify the convention are essentially emigration countries, with none of the major immigration countries yet listed. More
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  • New Sites to be added to World Heritage List
    27-06-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 59)
    Amendments have been made to the following text due to the withdrawal of two proposals (one for an inscription and one for an extension):
    Paris – Some 30 sites are to be added to the World Heritage List next week. These treasures of humanity’s cultural and natural heritage will be inscribed during the 27th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, taking place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from June 30 to July 5. More
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