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Archives 2003

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  • Human genetic data: towards an international declaration
    25-06-2003 11:00 am - (Feature No 4 - 2003)
    Human genetic data will soon have a set of ethical guidelines - governing their collection, processing, storage and use - in the form or an international declaration developed by a Drafting Group of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee. This text will presented for adoption by the Organization’s General Conference in October 2003. Before that, it will be examined by a committee of governmental experts, who will meet at UNESCO Headquarters from June 25 to 27. More
    Spanish

  • 22nd Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly
    24-06-2003 8:05 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, opened today the 22nd Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly. More

  • Opening by the Director-General of the Experts Group meeting to consider the preparation of an International Instrument against Doping in Sport
    24-06-2003 5:05 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    At UNESCO Headquarters today, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened the meeting of the Experts Group which will consider the preparation of an International Instrument against Doping in Sport. More

  • Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of an International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq
    23-06-2003 7:30 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the First Lady of Qatar, Her Highness Sheika Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Misnad, signed, this morning, a Memorandum of Understanding concerning the establishment of an International Fund for Higher Education in Iraq. More

  • Bioethics at the heart of UNESCO’s concerns
    23-06-2003 7:15 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, presented UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme to the Permanent Delegates of the Organization, during an information meeting on Friday, 20 June 2003. More

  • Conference-debate on the TICAD process for the development of Africa
    23-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 58)
    Paris - A conference-debate on the forthcoming 3rd Toyko International Conference on African Development (TICAD III) will be held at UNESCO Headquarters (Room XII) on Thursday, June 26 (3.30 p.m. - 5.30 p.m.). It will be moderated by Ambassador Seigi Hinata, who is in charge of TICAD III, and will be held at the invitation of Noureini Tidjani-Serpos, Assistant Director-General, Africa Department, and Teiichi Sato, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO and Qatar to launch international fund for Iraqi higher education
    21-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 57)
    Paris – The First Lady of Qatar and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, Her Highness Sheikah Mozah Bint Nasser Al Misnad, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, will sign an agreement on Monday June 23 (11 a.m.), establishing an International Fund for Iraqi Higher Education. More
    Arabic

  • Experts to discuss doping in sport at UNESCO meeting
    20-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 56)
    Paris - About 20 experts in the battle against drug use in sport will meet officials of the United Nations and other international bodies at UNESCO Headquarters from June 24 to 26 to make proposals towards the development of an international instrument on the problem. More

  • New OECD/UNESCO report on educational attainment to be launched in London, July 1 2003
    19-06-2003 6:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 55)
    Paris - Which countries are doing best at teaching secondary school pupils? Literacy Skills for the World of Tomorrow, jointly produced by the OECD and UNESCO under the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), gives some answers. More
    Spanish

  • Meeting of the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq
    19-06-2003 6:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General convened a meeting of the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq on Thursday 19 June, on the eve of two important meetings organized by the United Nations on humanitarian action and the reconstruction of Iraq. More

  • Two UNESCO meetings focus on bioethics
    18-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 54)
    Paris – Two meetings on bioethics will be held at UNESCO this month. One is the third session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC), on June 23 and 24 (Room XIII, 1 rue Miollis). The other, June 25-27 (Room XI, 7 Place de Fontenoy), is a special meeting of government-appointed experts responsible for finalizing the draft of an international declaration on human genetic data, to be submitted for adoption to UNESCO’s General Conference in October. More

  • Satellites to the rescue of world heritage
    18-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 35)
    Paris – An agreement signed today between UNESCO and the European Space Agency (ESA) will encourage Earth observation satellites to be used to monitor more than 730 cultural and natural World Heritage sites, including national parks in Africa that are home to endangered mountain gorillas. More
    Spanish | Russian

  • World Conference on Higher Education + 5
    16-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 53)
    Paris – More than 400 experts and authorities from some 120 countries will attend the World Higher Education Conference +5, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters from June 23-25. Their task will be to evaluate the changes in this domain over the five years since the World Conference on Higher Education held in Paris (France). More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Le Ministre des Affaires étrangères de Côte d’Ivoire reçu par le Directeur général
    13-06-2003 6:10 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, a reçu, le vendredi 13 juin, le Ministre d’Etat, Ministre des affaires étrangères de Côte d’Ivoire, M. Mamadou Bamba. More

  • First Plenary Session of International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan's Cultural Heritage at UNESCO
    13-06-2003 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 52)
    Paris – The First Plenary Session of the International Coordination Committee (ICC) for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage, to be held at UNESCO from June 16 to 18, will bring together some 40 experts in the presence of representatives of the Member States that have contributed to these safeguarding activities. They will examine the progress of initiatives in this area and recommend measures to ensure the coordination. More

  • Afghan film director Siddiq Barmak to receive UNESCO's Fellini medal
    12-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 51)
    Paris – Afghan film director Siddiq Barmak will receive UNESCO’s Fellini Silver Medal on June 16th from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, during the preview screening of his first feature film Osama. The film, a tribute to Afghan women, will be shown on the occasion of the first plenary session of the International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage. More

  • UNESCO hosts first international emergency architecture conference
    10-06-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 50)
    Paris – The French nongovernmental organization Emergency Architects will hold its first international conference, aimed at giving its activities a national and international framework, at UNESCO on June 13. More

  • UNESCO to provide five million science and mathematics textbooks for Iraqi school children
    06-06-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 34)
    Paris - UNESCO will make five million science and mathematics textbooks available to Iraqi primary and secondary students for the forthcoming school year under a $10 million programme supported by, and undertaken in cooperation with, the US Agency for International Development (USAID). More
    Spanish | Russian

  • Venezuelan actress Patricia Velasquez named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    06-06-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 49)
    Paris – Venezuelan model and actress Patricia Velasquez will be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace on June 11 by the Organization’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The ceremony will take place at 12 noon in the Salle des Actes. More
    Spanish

  • Timor-Leste becomes 189th Member State of UNESCO
    06-06-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 33)
    Paris - The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became the 189th Member State of UNESCO Thursday, when the country’s Chargé d’Affaires to the European Union, José António Amorim Dias, signed, on behalf of the Government, the Organization’s Constitution in London. More
    Spanish

  • Presentation of Houphouët-Boigny peace prize to President Xanana Gusmão on June 10
    06-06-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 48)
    Paris The President of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, will receive the 2002 UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize on June 10, from UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • Iraq : Information meeting
    06-06-2003 12:20 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    dg-room11.gifThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, convened this morning the Ambassadors and Permanent Delegates of the Organization to inform them of UNESCO’s actions and projects in Iraq in the fields of culture and education. Please find, here attached, the bilingual speech as delivered. More

  • UNESCO sponsors youth tennis tournament
    04-06-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory No 2003 - 47)
    Paris – Some 300 12 to 14 year-old tennis players from about 50 countries will participate in the Fila Cup – Open des Jeunes – 2003 tournament, which will be held at the Stade Français in Paris under the auspices of UNESCO from July 6-13. More

  • Religious teaching on the rise?
    02-06-2003 4:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-29)
    Corrigendum: This press release replaces the text distributed on May 22 because of changes made to the reference to Pakistan.

    Paris - Religious education appears to be on the rise in public school systems around the world and has become a key issue for education policy makers in many countries, according to the latest edition of Prospects*, UNESCO’s quarterly education review. More
    Spanish

  • L’UNESCO prête à aider l’Algérie en matière d’observation et de réduction du risque sismique
    30-05-2003 11:30 am - (La Porte-parole)
    A la suite du séisme qui s’est produit en Algérie le 21 mai 2003, le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, a adressé un message au Président Bouteflika dans lequel il lui exprime, ainsi qu’au peuple algérien ses sentiments de profonde sympathie. More

  • La semaine de l’Afrique à l’UNESCO
    28-05-2003 4:00 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    Dans le cadre de la Semaine de l’Afrique, célébrée à l’UNESCO du 24 au 30 mai 2003, le Directeur général, Koïchiro Matsuura assistera, le 28 mai à 18 h00, à la projection du film Paris selon Moussa en présence du réalisateur, Cheik Doukouré. More

  • UNESCO prize for peace education awarded to Fr. Emil Shufani (Israel)
    28-05-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 32)
    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has awarded the Organization’s 2003 Prize for Peace Education to Father Emil Shufani, the Arab-Israeli principal of the Greek-Catholic St Joseph’s College, in Nazareth, on the recommendation of the prize’s international jury. More
    Spanish

  • South Asian countries call on G-8 to deliver promised education aid
    27-05-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 31)
    Paris – Education ministers from the countries of South Asia have called on the governments of the G-8, due to meet in Evian (France) next week, to accelerate the delivery of promised financial aid to achieve the goal of Education For All (EFA) by 2015. They have also urged governments in the region to progressively increase their education spending to “a minimum of four percent of GDP”. More
    Spanish

  • Winners of UNESCO literacy prizes 2003
    27-05-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003 - 30)
    Paris – UNESCO’s international literacy prizes for 2003 pay tribute to programmes in Bangladesh, Zambia and South Africa, and to a network of 350 NGOs, the International Reflect Circle (CIRAC). These winners of the International Reading Association Prize, the Noma Prize and the two King Sejong Literacy Prizes were chosen by a jury that met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from May 20 to 23. More
    Spanish

  • Lester James Peries and Clint Eastwood to receive UNESCO's Fellini Gold Medal at Cannes Festival
    23-05-2003 4:40 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 46)
    Paris – On the occasion of the 56th Cannes International Film Festival, which this year pays homage to the great Italian director Federico Fellini, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the Organization’s Fellini Gold Medal to film directors Lester James Peries (Sri Lanka) and Clint Eastwood (United States). The ceremony will take place on May 24, at 5.30 p.m. at the Cap-Eden Roc Hotel, in Cap d’Antibes. More

  • Globalization and Higher Education:
    Implications for North-South Dialogue

    23-05-2003 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 45)
    Paris – The impact of globalization on the development of higher education in the developing countries will be the main subject of debate at the follow-up meeting of UNESCO’s Global Forum on International Quality Assurance, Accreditation and the Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, which will be held in Oslo (Norway) on May 26-27*. More

  • Opening of the Fifth meeting of the Joint UNESCO/Palestinian Authority Committee
    23-05-2003 12:50 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, chaired the opening session of the Joint UNESCO/Palestinian Authority Committee, which is meeting for the fifth time, on 22 and 23 May 2003, at the Organization’s Headquarters. More

  • Director-General award the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Medal to Dr Thomas G. Sticht
    23-05-2003 12:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General today awarded UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Medal to Dr Thomas G. Sticht of the United States of America, in recognition of twenty-five years of service on the international jury that selects the literacy prizes awarded annually by UNESCO. More

  • Implementation of Resolution 1483 on Iraq: Koïchiro Matsuura says “UNESCO stands ready to assume fully the special responsibilities assigned to it by its mandate, particularly in the fields of education and culture”
    23-05-2003 11:00 am - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today welcomed the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of Resolution 1483. More

  • Paris screening of Rithy Panh's documentary 'S21, The Khmer Rouge Death Machine'
    21-05-2003 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 44)
    Paris – Cambodian filmmaker Rithy Panh’s new film, “S21, the Khmer Rouge Death Machine” – a documentary based on accounts of victims and perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide – will be shown for the first time in Paris on May 27 at the Cinéma des Cineastes. (*) More
    Spanish

  • Message from the Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the celebration of 21 May, “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”
    20-05-2003 6:35 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    On 20 December 2002, in resolution 57/249 on “Culture and development”, the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 21 May the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development and invited all Member States, intergovernmental bodies, organizations of the United Nations system and relevant non-governmental organizations, inter alia, to raise public awareness of the wealth of cultural diversity and, in particular, to encourage, through education and the media, knowledge of the value of cultural diversity. More

  • The Director-General on official visit to Portugal (19-21 May 2003)
    20-05-2003 6:25 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, is paying an official visit to Portugal from 19 to 21 May 2003. More

  • Iraqi Cultural Heritage: first UNESCO mission to Baghdad from 15 to 20 May 2003
    19-05-2003 7:25 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    On the initiative of the Director-General of UNESCO, and following recommendations of an international experts meeting held on 17 April, at the Organization’s Headquarters and another held on 29 April, at the British Museum in London, an expert mission visited Baghdad, from 15 to 20 May 2003, to elaborate a first report on the state of Iraqi cultural heritage. More

  • Africa Week at UNESCO
    19-05-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 43)
    Paris – To celebrate this year’s Africa Day on May 25, UNESCO’s African Group is organizing an “Africa Week” from May 24 to May 30 at Organization headquarters. An introductory press conference will be held on Wednesday May 21 at 11 a.m. (Room XIII, 1 rue Miollis). More

  • Fifth meeting of the Joint UNESCO/Palestinian Authority Committee
    19-05-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 42)
    Paris – The Fifth Meeting of the Joint UNESCO/Palestinian Authority Committee will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on May 22-23 to take stock of the situation in the Palestinian Territories and to prepare a preliminary strategy and Plan of Action based on careful examination of the current needs of the Palestinian people. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Le Directeur général en visite officielle au Luxembourg (15 – 17mai 2003)
    16-05-2003 3:45 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, effectue une visite officielle au Luxembourg du 15 au 17 mai 2003. More

  • Seminar on pathogens causing diseases like severe acute respiratory syndrome
    15-05-2003 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 41)
    Paris - As countries struggle to prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), UNESCO and the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities will bring together leading scientists to debate ways of responding to this kind of disease and others at a seminar entitled, “Basic Sciences and Emerging Pathogenic Factors,” May 17 to 18, at the Science Centre of the Polish Academy in Paris*. More

  • Educating for tolerance, a response to anti-Semitism
    14-05-2003 6:05 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura opened on Monday, 12 May the second international conference “Educating for Tolerance: The Case of Resurgent Anti-Semitism”, organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in cooperation with UNESCO, from 12 to 14 May at the Organization’s Headquarters. More

  • Education in the Arab States: Five million girls still denied access to school
    14-05-2003 12:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-28)
    Paris - Some eight million primary school-age children remain out-of-school in the Arab States and five million of them are girls, according to a new report published by UNESCO. However, it finds that when given the opportunity to go to school, girls tend to repeat less than boys and to complete their primary and secondary schooling more often. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • The International Bioethics Committee
    Ten Years of Activity

    12-05-2003 11:30 am - (Feature No.2003-03)
    Paris – The discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in 1953 by Francis Crick and James Watson, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This fundamental breakthrough – which provided the basis of genetic engineering and biotechnology – is featured on the programme for a meeting of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee, taking place in Paris from May 12 to 14. The committee itself will be celebrating ten years of activity. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • The IBC celebrates its 10th Birthday and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA
    06-05-2003 5:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 40)
    Paris – UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) is ten years old. A pioneer when founded in 1993, it is still, today, the only international consultative body in its field. The Committee will meet from May 12 to 14 at UNESCO Headquarters for its 10th session, which will focus on the provisional preliminary draft international declaration on human genetic data. More

  • The Director-General of UNESCO on official visit to Jamaica, the Republic of Guyana and Suriname (1 to 8 May 2003)
    02-05-2003 3:15 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will undertake a series of official visits to Jamaica (& to 4 May), to the Republic of Guyana (4-5 May), and to Suriname (5 to 8 May). More

  • UNESCO Director-General meets with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at UN Headquarters
    01-05-2003 11:25 am - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    On 30 April the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, called on United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan at UN Headquarters. More

  • Buddhist - Muslim dialogue at UNESCO
    30-04-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 38)
    Paris – About 20 religious leaders and experts on religion from a number of countries will gather at UNESCO Headquarters from May 5 to 7 to take part in a Buddhist-Muslim Dialogue on the theme “Global Ethic and Good Governance.” More
    Arabic

  • UNESCO hosts second conference on 'Education for tolerance: the case of resurgent antisemitism'
    30-04-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 39)
    Paris – The second international conference on “Educating for Tolerance: the Case of Resurgent Antisemitism,” organized by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in cooperation with UNESCO will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from May 12 to 14. More


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