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Archives 2003

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  • UNESCO and New Zealand: Continuing Cooperation
    29-04-2003 4:10 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, met with the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Ms Helen Clark, on Monday 28 April. This was their second meeting, the first having been held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on the occasion of the World Summit for Sustainable Development on 3 September 2002. Yesterday’s discussions focused on the cooperation between UNESCO and New Zealand particularly in the areas of education and culture for the Pacific sub region. More

  • Message of the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, to the second meeting of international experts to save Iraq’s museums and cultural property
    29-04-2003 4:05 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The second meeting of international experts to save Iraq’s museums and cultural property is being held in London on April 29, at the initiative of the British Museum and UNESCO. Please find here below the message of the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, read by the Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Culture, Mounir Bouchenaki, who is co-chairing the meeting with Neil MacGregor, the Director of the British Museum. More

  • Rencontre du Directeur général avec le Ministre des Affaires étrangères du Portugal
    29-04-2003 12:45 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, s’est entretenu le lundi 28 avril 2003 avec le Ministre des Affaires étrangères du Portugal, M. Antonio Martins da Cruz. Cette rencontre, qui s’est déroulée en présence de M. Marcello Mathias, Ambassadeur, Délégué permanent auprès de l’UNESCO, a permis de procéder à un échange de vue sur la coopération entre le Portugal et l’Organisation tant au niveau bilatéral qu’en ce qui concerne des initiatives communes à destination des pays lusophones. More

  • UNESCO publishes Arabic version of the work of Polish educationalist Janusz Korczak
    29-04-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 37)
    Paris – UNESCO Publishing and the Lebanese publisher Dergham have just released a combined Arabic version of two books by Polish educationalist Janusz Korczak – How to Love a Child and The Child’s Right to Respect. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Unpunished crimes against journalists: a strategy for reducing impunity
    World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2003

    28-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-27)
    Paris – Haiti’s most popular radio commentator, Jean Leopold Dominique, was shot dead on April 3, 2000, as he arrived to work at his radio station. His killers remain free. Similarly, the murderers of Georgiy Gongadze, the editor in chief of the Ukrainian news website, pravda.com.ua, who was found decapitated on November 2, 2000, are still at large. Impunity is enjoyed by the slayers of many journalists around the world. More
    Spanish

  • The British Museum and UNESCO organize the rescue of Iraq's cultural heritage
    28-04-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 36)
    Paris – The second meeting of international experts to save Iraq’s museums and cultural property will be held in London on April 29, at the initiative of the British Museum and UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO celebrates Koi Nobori Festival
    25-04-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 35)
    Paris – As part of the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World, UNESCO and the French-Japanese Cultural Centre are organizing the 2003 Koï Nobori Festival in May. More

  • Spring Session of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (25 – 26 April 2003)
    25-04-2003 12:30 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Spring 2003 Session of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) will be held in Paris at UNESCO Headquarters on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 April 2003 at the invitation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance
    24-04-2003 4:35 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Today, on World Book and Copyright Day, the Director-General addressed the award ceremony of the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance. Mr Matsuura thanked Mr Juan de Isasa, Chairman of Grupo Editorial SM, for his company’s generous support for the prize. The Director-General said that, by creating the prize, UNESCO wanted “to draw attention to the importance of quality content in children’s books and, by rewarding the best of them, to encourage authors and publishers to produce more such works”. This year’s winners are Antonio Skármeta (Chile) in the category of books for children up to the age of 12 and Jenny Robson (South Africa) in the category of books for young people aged 13-18. More

  • Second meeting of the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq
    23-04-2003 7:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General brought together, for the second time, on Wednesday, 23 April 2003, the Intersectoral Task Force on Iraq which he established last March. More

  • Director-General opens the second session of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme
    22-04-2003 6:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today opened the second session of the Intergovernmental Council for the Information for All Programme at UNESCO Headquarters. This second meeting has special significance in the lead-up to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in Geneva next December and in Tunis in 2005. More

  • Preliminary Draft Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage: Intersessional Meeting
    22-04-2003 5:50 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, opened, on Tuesday, 22 April 2003, an informal meeting of governmental experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

  • Education monitoring report published in French, experts to debate progress
    22-04-2003 5:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 34)
    Paris – To mark the launch of the French edition of the 2002 EFA Global Monitoring Report : Is the World on Track ?, UNESCO will hold a Round Table discussion on April 30, which will be attended by Christopher Colclough, the Director of the Report, Jean-Michel Sévérino, Director of the Agence française du dévéloppement (AFD - French development agency) and Monique Fouilhoux from the Global Campaign for Education. More

  • Experts’ meeting at UNESCO issues recommendations to safeguard Iraqi Cultural Heritage
    17-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-26)
    experts_100.jpgSome 30 experts* meeting at UNESCO today at the initiative of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, issued recommendations for an international effort to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage and prevent further destruction following the recent looting of the country’s museums, archives and libraries. More
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  • Koïchiro Matsuura: The fate of Iraqi heritage lies in the hands of the international community as a whole
    17-04-2003 12:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Matsuura_Iraq_Experts_meeting_100.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, in his address to the international experts meeting on 17 April 2003 convened at his initiative in UNESCO Headquarters, stated: “Despite all your expertise and good will, the fate of Iraqi heritage does not lie in your hands. It lies in the hands of the international community as a whole, and the only way that we will be able to safeguard these treasures and give them back to humanity is if we can count on the cohesion, coordination and determination of all concerned, at every level”. He renewed his appeal to “all States to adopt the emergency legal and administrative measures required to prevent the importation into their territory of any cultural, archaeological or bibliographical object having recently left Iraq” and again called upon “all museums, art dealers and private collectors to exclude these objects from any commercial transactions”. More

  • Iraq’s Heritage, UNESCO’s Budget, Standard-setting Instruments debated at Executive Board
    16-04-2003 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-25)
    The 166th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board closed today at Organization Headquarters after almost two weeks of debates which focussed on the programme and budget for 2004-2005 and were marked by events in Iraq. More
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  • Antonio Skármeta and Jenny Robson to receive 2003 UNESCO Children’s Book Prize
    16-04-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2003-33)
    Antonio Skármeta (from Chile) and Jenny Robson (South Africa) will be presented on April 23 (World Book and Copyright Day) with the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance by UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura. More

  • UNESCO to make a preliminary assessment of the state of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage
    15-04-2003 12:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-24)
    In the wake of the heavy losses to Iraq’s cultural treasures, notably in Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit, some 30 leading experts will meet at UNESCO Headquarters on April 17 to attempt a preliminary evaluation of the state of the country’s heritage. The meeting will seek to determine the urgent measures required to safeguard this heritage, which dates back thousands of years. More
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  • Koïchiro Matsuura: Libraries and Archives must be protected as essential parts of the rich heritage of Iraq
    15-04-2003 11:30 am - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    As the evidence of the destruction of many parts of the cultural heritage in Iraq is increasing, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today warned of the devastation and looting of libraries and archives in the country, which may have irreversible consequences for maintaining and strengthening the country's cultural identity. "I reiterate my urgent call to take immediate measures of protection and surveillance of Iraqi cultural institutions to which libraries and archives belong", declared Mr Matsuura. More

  • The Director-General of UNESCO calls for all measures to be taken to ensure the protection and surveillance of Iraqi cultural heritage and effectively fight against illicit trafficking
    12-04-2003 1:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Following the acts of looting committed yesterday in the National Archaeological Museum of Baghdad, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has contacted the American and British authorities and asked them to take immediate measures of protection and surveillance of Iraqi archaeological sites and cultural institutions. More

  • Thirty-fifth anniversary of the founding of Auroville
    11-04-2003 4:35 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    Yesterday, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, participated in celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters marking the thirty-fifth anniversary of the founding of Auroville, a unique ‘model city’ near Pondicherry, India. Opening an exhibition on Auroville, Mr Matsuura said that “as an intellectual and ethical organization, UNESCO cannot fail to be fascinated by this experience”. Inspired by the great Indian spiritual master Sri Aurobindo, Auroville has developed into a full-fledged city of over 1500 inhabitants and enjoys close links with surrounding communities. More

  • UNESCO must be ready without delay to help restore hope for the future in the Iraqi people, says Koïchiro Matsuura
    10-04-2003 2:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura has welcomed the support shown by the Members of the UNESCO Executive Board for a full role for the Organization in Iraq. Speaking before the Executive Board on 9 April 2003, he stated “UNESCO’s experience in similar situations over recent years has shown that education and culture can play a key role in consolidating the peace process and restoring national unity”, he said. “We must be ready without delay, he added, to help restore hope for the future in the Iraqi people”. More

  • Presentation at UNESCO of the fifth volume of the 'General History of Latin America'
    09-04-2003 11:00 am - (Media Advisory N° 2003-32)
    Paris, April 9 - The fifth volume of the General History of Latin America, entitled La crisis estructural de las sociedades implantadas (The Structural Crisis in the Settlement Societies), just released by UNESCO Publishing and Trotta, a Spanish publisher, will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Friday, April 11. More

  • A Week for Afghanistan at UNESCO
    09-04-2003 10:00 am - (Media Avisory No. 2003-31)
    Paris, April 7 - One Week for Afghanistan, taking place at UNESCO Headquarters from April 9 to 17, will offer a view of the country’s artistic heritage, as well as its poetry and literature. More

  • Le Président du Sénégal, Abdoulaye Wade, en visite officielle à l’UNESCO
    08-04-2003 7:00 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    A l’invitation du Directeur général, le Président du Sénégal, Abdoulaye Wade, s’est rendu à l’UNESCO, le mardi 8 avril 2003. A l’occasion de cette visite officielle, le Président sénégalais, a eu des entretiens bilatéraux avec le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, puis s’est exprimé devant les membres du Conseil exécutif de l’UNESCO réunis pour sa 166e session. More

  • The Director-General of UNESCO deplores high toll among journalists in Iraq
    08-04-2003 6:45 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the heavy toll paid by the press in Iraq and reminded the belligerents of their obligation to treat journalists as civilians. More

  • In a ceremony today at UNESCO Headquarters, the Director-General conferred the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace on the world-famous soprano, Ms Sumi Jo (Republic of Korea)
    07-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Office of the Spokeswoman)
    In a ceremony today at UNESCO Headquarters, the Director-General conferred the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace on the world-famous soprano, Ms Sumi Jo (Republic of Korea). He characterized Ms Jo as “one of the outstanding operatic artists of our time, a tireless cultural ambassador for her country, and a champion of peace and humanitarian causes”. More

  • Signature d’un accord de coopération entre l’UNESCO et la Fondation mondiale Recherche et Prévention Sida
    07-04-2003 5:55 pm - (La Porte-parole)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, et le Président de la Fondation Mondiale Recherche et Prévention Sida, le Professeur Luc Montagnier, ont signé, le 3 avril 2003 un nouvel accord renouvelant, pour une durée de 6 ans, la coopération établie entre l’Organisation et la Fondation depuis 1993. More

  • Director-General voices grave concern about Freedom of expression in Cuba
    07-04-2003 1:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-23)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today voiced concern over freedom of expression and press freedom in Cuba following the arrest of at least 24 Cuban journalists and dozens of human rights activists whose trial began on April 3. More
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  • Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade to visit UNESCO on Tuesday
    03-04-2003 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 30)
    Paris – The President of Senegal Abdoulaye Wade, will visit UNESCO on Tuesday April 8 and address the 166th session of the Organization’s Executive Board, (April 4 to 16) at the invitation of the Board’s Chairperson, Aziza Bennani (Morocco). More

  • World record attempt at the largest lesson in support of education for all
    02-04-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2003-N°29)
    Paris – Children and adults from more than 100 countries will attempt to break the world record for the Largest Simultaneous Lesson on Wednesday April 9, as part of the celebrations for this year’s Education For All Week (April 6-13) which is being held under the banner of “All for Girl’s Education”. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • Five thousand participants expected for the second UNESCO race
    01-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-28)
    Paris – More than five thousand participants, including UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, are expected to take part in the second UNESCO Race, which will be held on Saturday, April 5. After offering some words of encouragement to the assembled runners, Mr Matsuura will signal the start of the race. More

  • Conductor Valery Gergiev named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    27-03-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-26)
    Paris – World renowned conductor Valery Gergiev, Director of St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, is to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace through Dialogue Between Cultures and Civilizations by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. The nomination ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania Days which will be celebrated at UNESCO on March 31 and April 1 in the presence of Alexander Dzasokhov, President of the Caucasian republic, which is part of the Russian Federation. More

  • UNESCO will present IPDC prize to two South American community radios
    25-03-2003 10:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-25)
    Paris – Representatives of two South American community radios – the Radio Huanacache network set up by the Maestro Pablo Pizzuno School in Argentina and the Peruvian radio station Quispillaccta – will receive the IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication from Torben Krogh, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), on March 26 at UNESCO Headquarters (5 p.m.). More
    Spanish

  • UNESCO offers its good offices to seek solution for question of Parthenon Marbles
    24-03-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-24)
    Paris – Differences between Greece and the United Kingdom over the Parthenon Marbles kept at the British Museum and between Germany and Turkey over the Bogazkoy Sphinx currently in a museum in Berlin top the agenda of a meeting, March 25 – 28 at Headquarters, of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in Case of Illicit Appropriation. More
    Arabic

  • Virtual science and technology campus for mediterranean basin
    14-03-2003 12:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-23)
    Paris - An ambitious distance-learning project involving 15 countries, most of them in the Mediterranean Basin, will become operational following a kick-off meeting in UNESCO on March 17. The project, named Avicenna Virtual Campus (after the Latin name for the medieval Persian philosopher-scientist, Ibn Sina), has attracted €3.7 million in funding from the European Commission’s EUMEDIS (Euro-Mediterranean Information Society) programme and €920,000 from partners including UNESCO, which is the project’s principal co-ordinator. More
    Arabic

  • March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
    13-03-2003 6:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-22)
    Paris - UNESCO will celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, March 21*, with a series of events for the general public, including debates, round table discussions, films and young people's workshops. More

  • UNESCO and the Russian Federation cooperate to restore Chechnya's education system
    13-03-2003 12:30 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-21)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Filipov, will sign an Aide-Memoire on Friday, March 14, reinforcing cooperation on the restoration of the education system in the Republic of Chechnya. More

  • UNESCO hosts meeting on recycling information technology equipment in developing countries
    12-03-2003 12:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-20)
    Paris – On March 14 and 15 in Paris, UNESCO is bringing together specialists from all over the world to discuss the recycling of millions of units of computer equipment that become obsolete every year due to progress in information technology, but which could be extremely useful in developing countries. More
    Arabic

  • Capturing Carbon?
    12-03-2003 12:00 am - (Feature No.02 February 2003)
    The amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has been rising steadily since the beginning of the industrial age. As one of the most important ‘greenhouses gases’, atmospheric CO2 is a major contributor to global warming. Recent initiatives to slow the rate of warming, such as the Kyoto protocol, focus on reducing emissions (eg. from factories and automobiles). More

  • Titouan Lamazou appointed UNESCO artist for peace
    10-03-2003 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 19)
    Paris – Titouan Lamazou, French sailor, artist and author of a series of portraits of women from around the world, will be appointed a UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on March 12 (6.30 pm), during celebrations for International Women’s Day 2003. More

  • Women very underrepresented in Southern Africa's Media
    07-03-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release No2003-21)
    The southern African media give very little space to the views of women, and, when it comes to subjects such as politics, economy, sport or agriculture, their voice is virtually unheard. Women journalists are, however, given more exposure than men in reporting on subjects that have to do with the body, home and beauty. It is in television that they find the best professional opportunities – essentially as presenters – but they are only employed for a limited time, because in that part of the world it is uncommon to see women working beyond the age of 50 in any media. More
    Spanish

  • International women's day- march 8
    07-03-2003 12:30 pm - (Press Release N°2003-20)
    Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)– “To change the attitudes, values and types of behaviour which perpetuate inequality, affecting both men and women – this is the long-term challenge facing the twenty-first century,” says UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his message for International Women’s Day on March 8, which he will deliver tomorrow in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. More
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  • Israeli Journalist Amira Hass Awarded World Press Freedom Prize 2003
    06-03-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-19)
    Israeli journalist Amira Hass who has spent the last decade living in and reporting on the Palestinian Territories for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz, was today awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for 2003 by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, on the recommendation of an international jury. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • The world's top experts in endangered languages meet at UNESCO
    06-03-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-18)
    Paris – As the linguistic diversity of the planet shrinks at an unprecedented rate, to the point that most of the world's languages may be replaced by a few dominant languages by the end of the 21st century, the top experts in this field, from the scientific community and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are to meet at UNESCO from March 10 to 12. More

  • Conference on Mediation and Youth
    05-03-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-17)
    Paris – How can we prevent conflict situations among young people? That is the question which participants in the conference “Mediation and Youth” will try to answer, at UNESCO Headquarters on March 7 (2 to 6 p.m., Room XI), by examining the different conflict situations that young people can experience, and the ways to intervene to avoid violent and tragic outcomes. More

  • March 8, International Women's Day
    05-03-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-16)
    Paris – On the occasion of International Women’s Day, celebrated March 8, UNESCO is organizing a series of events through the month: two art exhibitions, a discussion forum on breast cancer, and the screening of a documentary that presents portraits of women from all over the world. More

  • Political inertia exacerbates water crisis, says World Water Development Report First UN system-wide evaluation of global water resources
    05-03-2003 4:00 am - (Press Release N° 2003-16)

    First UN system-wide evaluation of global water resources
    Paris - Faced with “inertia at the leadership level”, the global water crisis will reach unprecedented levels in the years ahead with “growing per capita scarcity of water in many parts of the developing world”, according to a United Nations report made public today. Water resources will steadily decline because of population growth, pollution and expected climate change. More
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  • UNESCO organizes seminar: UNESCO and NEPAD, from vision to action
    28-02-2003 1:00 am - (Press Release N° 2003-17)
    Paris – Some 200 policy-makers, representatives of regional, sub-regional and non-governmental organisations, donors, members of parliament and experts will meet in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from March 5 to 8, to examine the issues of education, water, biodiversity, cultural diversity and access to information and knowledge in Africa. These topics will form the core of debate at the seminar UNESCO and NEPAD: from Vision to Action, which will be followed by the first meeting of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD. More
    Spanish

  • Prize-Giving Ceremony for 2003 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO 'Women in science' Awards
    27-02-2003 6:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003 - 18)
    The 2003 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards were given today to five outstanding women scientists during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. At the ceremony, which marked the fifth anniversary of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO “For Women in Science” programme, 15 young scientific researchers received the annual UNESCO - L’ORÉAL fellowships. More
    Spanish


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