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Archives 2003

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  • Press conference by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on UNESCO-NEPAD seminar
    25-02-2003 12:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-15)
    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will hold a press a conference at the Centre d’Accueil de la Presse Etrangère (CAPE) in Paris on Wednesday February 26, at 5.00 p.m. to outline the challenges of the seminar UNESCO and NEPAD: From Vision to Action and to present the first meeting of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD, which are to take place in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from March 5 to 8. More

  • Towards a Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
    21-02-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release N° 2003-15)
    Paris – Whether on land, underwater, cultural or natural, mobile or immobile, humanity’s tangible heritage is safeguarded, in times of peace as in times of war, by four international conventions adopted by UNESCO’s Member States in 1954, 1970, 1972 and 2001. However, in just about every part of the world another very important element of peoples’ cultural legacy, their intangible heritage - for example, oral traditions, customs, music, dance, rituals, festivities and traditional medicine – runs a risk of disappearing unless appropriate safeguard measures are taken. More
    Spanish

  • Message from the Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of International Mother Language Day (21 February 2003)
    20-02-2003 11:00 am - (Office of the Spokesperson)
    This year we are celebrating International Mother Language Day for the fourth time. Our aim in celebrating this Day is to encourage all forms of promotion, development and teaching of the mother language. More

  • Promoting immigrant minority languages
    19-02-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-14)
    Paris - As regional minority languages gain increasing recognition and better treatment in Europe, what is the condition of the languages spoken by immigrant communities in the continent? Is their use encouraged, or are these languages seen as obstacles to the integration of these newcomers? Can they, should they, be taught in school to the children of these immigrant families? More
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  • UN will present most extensive report on the state of the world's water resources
    18-02-2003 12:30 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-14)
    Paris - The most comprehensive and up-to-date report on the state of the world’s freshwater resources will be presented to the media on March 5 on the eve of the Third World Water Forum, which will take place in Kyoto, Japan (March 16 – 23). More
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  • Investing in Education pays rich dividends confirms UNESCO/OECD study
    18-02-2003 12:20 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-11)
    Paris – Investing in secondary and tertiary education – and not just primary education - pays rich dividends. A study by UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)* on 16 emerging economies finds that investments in human capital over the past two decades may have accounted for about a half a percentage point in the annual growth rates of those countries**. More
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  • UNESCO will reward Internet Websites aimed at young people in Latin America and the Caribbean
    18-02-2003 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 13)
    Paris - UNESCO is to award the newly created INFOLAC Web Prize to three websites targeting young people in Latin America and the Caribbean and promoting education and culture in the region. Entries must be submitted by March 31. More
    Spanish

  • Scientists to debate virtues of a European Research Council
    17-02-2003 5:15 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-12)
    Paris - Life scientists are meeting at UNESCO Headquarters on 19 February to share their views on the feasibility of establishing a European Research Council (ERC). The aim would be to encourage European scientific research to regain some of the ground it has lost in recent years, partly as a result of reduced funding. An ERC would complement the existing European Commission Framework Programme and various National Research Council programmes in support of high-quality basic research at the European level. More

  • Public hearings to involve new parties in drawing up the declaration of genetic data
    17-02-2003 5:00 pm - (Communiqué de presse N° 2003-13)
    Paris – A day of public hearings on human genetic data is being organised by UNESCO in Monaco on 28 February as part of its project to draw up an international declaration on such data. Ten civil society groups and institutions – representing indigenous people, people with disabilities and doctors, but also the private sector and especially insurance companies – are expected to take part. More
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  • L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science to be presented on February 27
    17-02-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 11)
    Paris - The 2003 L’OREAL-UNESCO awards and fellowships For Women in Science will be presented by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and L’OREAL Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lindsay Owen-Jones during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on February 27 (7 p.m.). More

  • UNESCO Director-General welcomes Israel Supreme Court decision to save historical houses in Old City of Hebron
    14-02-2003 6:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-12)
    Paris - Twenty-two Mameluke and Ottoman houses in the Old City of Hebron, some of them dating back to the 15th century, have had a reprieve from demolition yesterday when the Israel Supreme Court ruled against a decree of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) ordering their destruction. More
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  • United Nations Literacy Decade to be launched in New York
    12-02-2003 1:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-10)
    Paris – “Literacy as Freedom” is the theme of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), which will be launched at United Nations Headquarters in New York tomorrow (February 13) by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Natsagiin Bagabandi, the President of Mongolia. More
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  • Discovery, UNESCO and the UN Works Programme mark International Mother Language Day with a celebration of cultural diversity
    11-02-2003 6:25 pm - (Press Release)
    Paris - In celebration of International Mother Language Day – February – Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI), in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the UN Works Programme, will highlight some of the world’s endangered languages with a broadcast to over 100 million viewers internationally on the Discovery Channel. More
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  • Faces uncovered: Photo Exhibition about Women in Kabul
    07-02-2003 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 10)
    Paris – The women of Kabul are returning to the streets, to schools and to the markets. Some have taken off their chadri and can at last see and be seen. Their number is large enough for one photographer to show their uncovered faces. More

  • 19 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors issue statement on Iraq
    06-02-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-09)
    Paris – Nineteen UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors meeting in Paris have issued the following statement about Iraq:
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  • High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO reinforce cooperation
    05-02-2003 7:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-08)
    Paris – The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura signed a memorandum of understanding reinforcing cooperation between the two organizations in Paris today. More
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  • UNESCO alarmed about situation in Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo
    04-02-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-07)
    Paris - UNESCO has expressed great concern at damage to Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on the UN Mission in the country to help remove the serious threat to the Reserve, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1996 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger the following year. More
    Spanish

  • Combatting child poverty and social exclusion
    30-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 09)
    Paris – The British Secretary to the Treasury and Cabinet Minister, Paul Boateng, will be the guest speaker at a seminar on child poverty and exclusion, to be held at UNESCO on January 31 (3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.). More

  • Goodwill Ambassadors meet at UNESCO
    29-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 08)
    Paris - UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors will be at Organization Headquarters on February 5 and 6 for their third yearly meeting which will be opened by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • UNESCO and the government of Afghanistan launch nationwide literacy project
    28-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-06)
    Paris – UNESCO and the Government of Afghanistan today launched a major project to boost literacy throughout Afghanistan, which suffers one of the world’s lowest literacy rates. UNESCO estimates that only 51.9 percent of Afghan men over the age of 15 and a mere 21.9 percent of women in the same age group can read and write. More
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  • Civilizations: How we see others, how others see us
    27-01-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory 2003-07)
    Paris - The second international conference on Civilizations: How we see others, how others see us will bring together academics and intellectuals from different continents at UNESCO Headquarters on January 30 (Room IV) to continue discussions begun at the first conference in December 2001 as part of the UN Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations. More

  • New initiative for heritage and the environment
    23-01-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003 - 06)
    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and the Italian Minister for the Environment and Land Protection, Altero Matteoli, will sign, in Paris on January 27, a Memorandum of Understanding, in which Italy and UNESCO undertake to work together on the protection of the environment as well as cultural and natural heritage. More

  • 21st Century Talks: The future of Water
    23-01-2003 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2003-05)
    Paris - “The Future of Water” is the theme of the next session of the 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on January 28 and featuring four well-known speakers: Mahmud Abu-Zeid, Claude Allègre, Michel Camdessus and Charles Vörösmarty. More
    Spanish

  • The Prince of Wales to receive UNESCO's Mozart gold medal on behalf of Purcell Music School at Royal Gala Charity
    22-01-2003 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-04)
    Paris – His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will receive UNESCO’s Mozart Gold Medal on behalf of the Purcell School for young musical prodigies from all over the world on February 6. The presentation by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will be made at the Purcell School Royal Gala Charity at UNESCO, organized by the school, of which the Prince has been patron since 1985. More

  • The journal 'Diogenes' celebrates its 50th birthday
    17-01-2003 11:15 am - (Media Advisory No. 2003-03)
    Paris – The quarterly journal Diogenes, published under the auspices of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS) with support from UNESCO, will celebrate its 50th birthday on January 21 at UNESCO Headquarters (Room IV, from 4-6 p.m.). The 200th issue of the journal, which focuses on dialogue between civilizations, will be presented, along with Chamanismes, a special publication in the Collection Quadrige series (Presses Universitaires de France-PUF), which is an updated reprint of a 10-year-old issue of Diogenes. More

  • UNESCO Publishing brings out first free-verse Arab translation of Dante's 'Divine Comedy'
    16-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2003-02)
    Paris - The first-ever free-verse Arabic translation of The Divine Comedy, written by Italian poet Alighieri Dante in 1321, has just been published. Until now, this literary masterpiece had only appeared in Arabic in prose. More
    Arabic

  • UNESCO prize for landscape architecture presented in Beijing
    15-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-05)
    Paris - The 2002 UNESCO Prize for Landscape Architecture will be presented in Beijing on January 15 to four students of the Beijing Forestry University (China) - Zhang Lu, Han Pingyue, Li Zhengping and Liu Yanzhuo. The UNESCO Bureau in Beijing and the University organized the ceremony. More
    Spanish

  • Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships sponsored by Japan
    14-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-04)
    Paris - UNESCO has invited young post-graduate researchers in developing countries to apply for 20 fellowships, each worth US$7,500, through the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to capacity building of human resources. More
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  • Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Abdullah Al-Misnad today appointed UNESCO special envoy
    13-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-03)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has appointed Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Abdullah Al-Misnad, Consort of the Emir of the State of Qatar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education. More
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  • 103 countries ask UNESCO to prepare an international convention against doping in sport
    10-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-02)
    Paris - The ministers and senior officials of physical education and sport from 103 countries today asked UNESCO to elaborate, with the United Nations and other competent agencies, an International Convention against doping in sport. More
    Spanish

  • Timor-Leste to become a member of UNESCO
    09-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-01)
    Paris - The President of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, has announced his country's intention to become a member of UNESCO in a letter to the Organization's Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura. More
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  • Sport and Physical Education Ministers meet at UNESCO
    07-01-2003 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2003-01)
    Ministers of sport and physical education from more than 90 countries will meet this week at UNESCO Headquarters for a round-table discussion on strengthening sport in schools, protecting young athletes and international action to stamp out the use of drugs in sport. About 200 representatives of NGOs from around the world and from UNESCO Member-States will also take part. More


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