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Archives 2003

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  • UNESCO Director-General deplores killing of journalist Jean Hélène in Côte d’Ivoire
    22-10-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-87)
    Helene_100.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the killing of Radio France Internationale (RFI) reporter Jean Hélène in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire yesterday. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns assassination of Journalist in Cambodia
    22-10-2003 12:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-86)
    pressfreedom.jpgKoïchiro Matsuura, the Director–General of UNESCO, today condemned the assassination of Chuor Chetharith, a journalist of the Cambodian opposition radio station Ta Prum, in Phnom Penh on October 18 and called for action to track and prosecute those responsible for his killing. More

  • 'Study Abroad 2004-2005' guide just published
    21-10-2003 4:45 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 85)
    StudyV_100.jpgSome 2,600 higher education institutions in 147 countries are listed in the latest edition of “Study Abroad 2004-2005”*, which has just been released by UNESCO Publishing. The guide contains information for students – in English, French and Spanish – on study programmes available in different countries around the world, distance education, national educational systems, course languages, school fees, immigration requirements, scholarships and other financial aid. More
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  • Education for All – A new funding approach
    20-10-2003 6:45 pm - (Flash Info 239)
    At a ceremony this morning at UNESCO Headquarters, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, signed the “Nordic Memorandum of Understanding” between UNESCO and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in support of Education for All (EFA) activities. More

  • Prince Albert of Monaco and Koïchiro Matsuura to receive humanism in sports awards on October 23 at UNESCO
    20-10-2003 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 84)
    Hereditary Prince Albert of Monaco and UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will receive the “Distinctions mondiales de l’humanisme sportif” (humanism in sports world awards), on October 23 at UNESCO Headquarters (3.30 pm) from the President of the jury Albert Begards. They were awarded the distinctions last June in Nice during the AJS EUR’Altus event, for their commitment in favour of sports. More

  • Hans-Heinrich Wrede of Germany elected chairperson of UNESCO's Executive Board
    20-10-2003 12:10 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 84)
    WredeV.jpgHans-Heinrich Wrede, Permanent Delegate of Germany to UNESCO, was today elected Chairperson of the Organization’s Executive Board for a period of two years. More
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  • UNESCO and United Arab Emirates sign agreement on establishment of Regional Centre for Educational Planning
    17-10-2003 6:25 pm - (Flash Info 237)
    Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and Dr Ali Al-Sharhan, Minister of Education and Youth of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), today signed an agreement for the establishment of a Regional Centre for Educational Planning under the auspices of UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO adopts a convention on the safeguarding of intangible heritage and a declaration on human genetic data
    17-10-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 83)
    VoteV.jpgFive standard-setting instruments, including the International Convention on the Preservation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data, were adopted by the 32nd session of UNESCO’s General Conference that ended today, and which was marked by the return of the United States of America to the Organization and by the adoption of a real-growth budget of US$ 610 million for 2004-2005. More
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  • UNESCO adopts international convention to safeguard intangible cultural heritage
    17-10-2003 5:15 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 82)
    intangV.jpgOral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage, the performing arts, social practices, rituals and festive events, as well as knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship, now benefit from an international legal instrument to safeguard intangible heritage through cooperation. More
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  • 2003 José Martí International Prize to be presented on October 20
    16-10-2003 6:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 83)
    CasanovaV.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the 2003 José Martí International Prize to Mexican sociologist Pablo González Casanova on October 20 at UNESCO Headquarters (7 p.m., Room XI). The event is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Martí (1853-1895), the Cuban humanist, writer, translator, diplomat and teacher known as the “champion” of Cuba’s independence. More

  • UNESCO adopts international declaration on human genetic data
    16-10-2003 4:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 81)
    geneV.jpg"Every effort should be made to ensure that human genetic data and human proteomic data are not used for purposes that discriminate in a way that is intended to infringe, or has the effect of infringing human rights, fundamental freedoms or human dignity of an individual or for purposes that lead to the stigmatization of an individual, a family, or a group or communities," reads one of the provisions of the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data, which has just been adopted by the UNESCO General Conference meeting in Paris for its 32nd Session. More
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  • UNESCO and the United Kingdom sign Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Heritage Conservation
    15-10-2003 7:20 pm - (Flash Info 236)
    Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, and the Rt. Hon. Lord Andrew McIntosh of Haringey, Minister for Media and Heritage for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, today signed an important Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns assassination of Russian Journalist Alexei Sidorov
    15-10-2003 11:30 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 80)
    SidorovV.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of journalist Alexei Sidorov, editor in chief of the independent newspaper Togliattinskoe Obozrenie (“Togliatti Review”), in the Volga region of central Russia on October 9. More
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  • DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO launch Mondialogo
    14-10-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 79)
    mondialogo-hands_100.jpgParis/Stuttgart - DaimlerChrysler and UNESCO have launched the “Mondialogo School Contest” and “Mondialogo Engineering Award” to promote intercultural dialogue and exchange, respect and tolerance. The contest and award are the two main pillars of a partnership between UNESCO and the German-American automobile company, known as Mondialogo. The initiative also involves the dedicated “Mondialogo Internet Portal” to promote broader participation and sharing of knowledge and experience. More
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  • President of Peru calls for extending intercultural dialogue and fight against poverty
    14-10-2003 3:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 78)
    ToledoV.jpg“Discrimination, ignorance, poverty and exclusion can undermine the very foundations of democracy,” declared the President of Peru, Alejandro Toledo, at UNESCO Headquarters today. “Intercultural dialogue and education for peace,” he added, “are the appropriate instruments for combating these scourges.” More

  • Visiting UNESCO, Jacques Chirac calls for the adoption of international conventions on Bioethics and on Cultural Diversity
    14-10-2003 1:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 77)
    ChiracV.jpgWe must now “enshrine” principles of cultural diversity “in law by means of a convention”, and similarly, “we need to set out the principles of bioethics in international public law” in a “universally applicable instrument”, declared President of France Jacques Chirac to UNESCO’s190 Member States, meeting in Paris for the 32nd session of the Organization’s General Conference, presided by Michael Abiola Omolewa of Nigeria. More
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  • Access to information essential to the establishment of knowledge societies
    14-10-2003 11:50 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 76)
    Meeting in Paris in preparation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, Geneva, December 10–12 and Tunis 2005), ministers from all over the world have agreed on a set of principles - including universal access to information and press freedom – that must guide the utilization of information and communication technology (ICT) to maximize its effectiveness for individual, community and national development. More

  • UNESCO publishes latest volume in its History of Civilizations of Central Asia
    13-10-2003 3:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 82)
    BookAsiaV.jpgParis – The latest volume in the History of Civilizations of Central Asia has just been released by UNESCO Publishing. Giving valuable insights into the background to contemporary political developments in the region, Development in Contrast: From the Sixteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century is the fifth and penultimate volume of the History. It will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters on Thursday October 16, at 6 pm, during UNESCO’s General Conference. More

  • Rebuilding Iraq's Universities
    12-10-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 75)
    Doha, Qatar - A multi-million dollar initiative to rebuild and revitalize Iraq’s once thriving universities was launched today in Doha by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, First Lady of Qatar, Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO. More
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  • Election of 29 Members to Executive Board
    10-10-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-74)
    The 190 Member States of UNESCO, assembled for the 32nd Session of the General Conference, UNESCO’s supreme ruling body, today elected 29 new representatives to the 58-member Executive Board, the other governing body of the Organization, in one round of voting. More
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  • “Democracy and culture are indissociable: without culture, there can be no democracy”, says the Iraqi Minister of Culture
    10-10-2003 12:00 pm - (Flash Info 231)
    On Thursday 9 October, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, met the Iraqi Minister of Culture, Mr Mufid al-Jazairi, who has come to Paris to take part in the 32nd session of the UNESCO General Conference. More

  • Intangible Heritage, Cultural Diversity and Preventing Intentional Destruction of Heritage: Key Cultural Issues at UNESCO’s General Conference
    09-10-2003 4:05 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-73)
    DjmaElFnaV.jpgSafeguarding the world’s intangible heritage, cultural diversity and the protection of cultural heritage from intentional destruction, are the main topics on the cultural agenda at the 32nd Session of UNESCO’s General Conference (September 29 - October 17) underway at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters. More
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  • Renforcement de la coopération entre le Burundi et l’UNESCO
    09-10-2003 4:00 pm - (Flash Info 228)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, et le Ministre de l’éducation nationale du Burundi, M. Prosper MPAWENAYO, ont signé ce mercredi 8 octobre un aide-mémoire destiné à renforcer la coopération entre le Burundi et l’UNESCO. More

  • Human Genetic Data an international declaration soon
    09-10-2003 11:30 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 72)
    GeneticV.jpgHuman genetic data should soon have its own standard-setting instrument: an international declaration setting out the ethical principles that should govern their collection, processing, storage and use. A draft declaration is being examined by UNESCO’s General Conference, which is meeting in Paris for its 32nd session until October 17. More
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  • Opening of the joint UNESCO/Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) meeting
    07-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Flash Info 224)
    UIPv.jpgOn Monday, 6 October 2003, UNESCO’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Chairperson of the Interparliamentary Union, the Chilean Senator Sergio Paez, opened the joint UNESCO/IPU meeting, which is taking place at UNESCO Headquarters during the 32nd session of the General Conference. More

  • Meeting of the Caucus of Ministers of Education of African Countries
    07-10-2003 4:50 pm - (Flash Info 225)
    On the occassion of the 32nd session of the General Conference, the Caucus of Ministers of Education of African Countries met at UNESCO Headquarters on 6 October 2003. More

  • Ratification by Bulgaria of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Heritage
    07-10-2003 4:35 pm - (Flash Info 226)
    BulgariaV.jpgBulgaria has communicated to the Director-General of UNESCO the instrument of its ratification of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Heritage adopted, in November 2001, by the General Conference of the Organization at its 31st session. More

  • The President of Kyrgyzstan emphasizes education and new information and communication technology in an address to UNESCO's General conference
    06-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 71)
    PresidentAkaev_100.jpg“Issues of science, modern technologies and real cultural development are organically connected to education […] The modern age requires heads of state, academics and educators to make a careful choice of priorities in education development,” declared Askar Akayev, the President of Kyrgyzstan, during an address today before the 190 Member States of UNESCO gathered in Paris for the Organization's 32nd Session of the General Conference, presided over by Michael Abiola Omolewa of Nigeria. More
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  • Ministers will discuss 'knowledge societies' at UNESCO
    06-10-2003 11:00 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 81)
    Government ministers and deputy ministers will exchange ideas and experiences about the potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) to boost development when they gather at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room X) on October 9 and 10, as part of the 32nd session of the Organization’s General Conference. They will also discuss the principles that should, according to UNESCO, underpin the emergence of knowledge societies: freedom of expression, access to education, universal access to information, and cultural and linguistic diversity. More

  • Afghan Minister presents UNESCO with Report of the Afghan Independent High Commission on Education
    03-10-2003 5:35 pm - (Flash Info 221)
    AfghanV.jpgThe Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Abdullah Abdullah, today presented the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, with the synopsis report and recommendations of his Government’s Independent High Commission on Education. More

  • Network of cooperation between UNESCO and the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to be launched
    03-10-2003 2:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 70)
    A network of cooperation between the 145 Parliaments that make up the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU*) and UNESCO will be launched on Monday, October, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room IV, 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.), where the Organization's 32nd General Conference is in session. More
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  • Director-General’s Meeting with the Iraqi Minister of Education
    02-10-2003 7:10 pm - (Flash Info 218)
    IrakV.jpgIn the context of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, met, on Tuesday 2 October 2003, with the Minister of Education of Iraq, Mr Ala Al-Alwan. More

  • International concert to celebrate the anniversary of Saint Petersburg
    02-10-2003 4:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 80)
    PetersV.jpgMore than 220 renowned musicians are to give an exceptional concert at UNESCO called "Dialogue of Cultures – 300 years of the city of Saint Petersburg" on Saturday October 4 (in Room I, 7.30 p.m.). More

  • UNESCO promotes 'knowledge societies' to maximize the impact of communication technology
    02-10-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 69)
    Two standard-setting instruments concerning information and communication technology are to be submitted to UNESCO’s Member States for adoption during the 32nd session of the Organization’s General Conference (September 29 to October 17): one on multilingualism in cyberspace and access to the internet and the other on the preservation of digital heritage. More
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  • Ministers to debate quality of education
    30-09-2003 3:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 79)
    Are school children and students being taught the skills they will need to lead productive, healthy lives and to contribute to the development of their countries? What should education ministries be doing to improve their education systems and provide students with every opportunity to learn what they need to lead active and dignified lives in a fast-changing world? More

  • UNESCO's General Conference to debate preparation of an international convention against doping in sport
    30-09-2003 2:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 68)
    The proposal to prepare an international convention against doping in sport is on the agenda of UNESCO’s General Conference. If the proposition is adopted, this standard-setting instrument - the first of its kind to be intergovernmental, universal and legally binding - should be finalized before the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turin (Italy). More

  • The First Lady of the United States of America marks the U.S. Return to Unesco with an Address to the General Conference
    29-09-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-67)
    LauraV.jpg“We raise our flag to join the flags of 189 UNESCO Member States in seeking the very best of our human hopes for liberty, dignity and peace,” said Mrs Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States of America, as the flag of her country was raised this afternoon on the grounds of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris. More
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  • Michael Abiola Omolewa to Preside over General Conference
    29-09-2003 3:30 pm - (Press Release No.2003-66)
    AbiolaV.jpgUNESCO’s General Conference, currently holding its 32nd session, has elected Michael Abiola Omolewa, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to UNESCO, as its President for the next two years. He replaces Ahmad Jalali of Iran. More

  • Carlo Azeglio Ciampi “The Destiny of every Nation is bound to the Destiny of all Others”
    29-09-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2003- 65)
    CiampiV.jpg“In today’s world, in which we have weapons of mass destruction of hitherto unimaginable power that have never existed before in history, the destiny of every nation is bound to the destiny of all others,” declared today Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, President of the Republic of Italy, in his speech at the opening of the 32nd session of UNESCO’s General Conference. More

  • President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo addresses UNESCO conference
    29-09-2003 12:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 64)
    ArroyoV.jpgEmpowering individuals holds the key to winning the battle against poverty, said Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, in an address thismorning to the representatives of the 190 Member States of UNESCO. And “education, culture and the sciences,” she underlined, “are indispensable tools for empowerment.” More

  • UNESCO web takes on a new dimension
    28-09-2003 6:40 pm - (Flash Info 209)
    The Director-General is pleased to announce the launch of the new UNESCO website (www.unesco.org) which “has undergone a major transformation and is now in better shape than ever to fulfil its task of providing global information. » More

  • Réunion de l’équipe spéciale intersectorielle sur l’Afghanistan
    28-09-2003 6:25 pm - (Flash Info 208)
    Le Directeur général a réuni, le jeudi 25 septembre, l’équipe spéciale intersectorielle sur l’Afghanistan. More

  • Valdas Adamkus to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Knowledge Societies
    26-09-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 78)
    AdamkusV.jpgValdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania from 1998 to January 2003, will be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Construction of Knowledge Societies at a ceremony to be held in the presence of the Chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), Arturas Paulauskas, at UNESCO Headquarters on September 29 at 6 p.m. The ceremony will take place as an exhibition, “Building Knowledge Societes”, opens at UNESCO. More

  • 32nd session of UNESCO's General conference: Calendar of Events
    26-09-2003 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 77)
    Journalists are reminded that accreditation – with an identity photograph – is required to cover the work of the session and must be requested from the Press Service (tel: 01 45 68 17 48). Badges will be issued at the 125, avenue de Suffren entrance. More

  • Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble appointed UNESCO Artists for Peace
    26-09-2003 12:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 63)
    Earthsavers DREAMS Ensemble, a renowned Philippine theatre company made up of people who are disabled, from disadvantaged backgrounds or indigenous communities will be officially appointed UNESCO Artists for Peace by UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters on September 29. More

  • Inauguration of first independent newspaper printing press in Serbia and Montenegro
    25-09-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 62)
    A new printing press owned and operated by and for private newspapers in Serbia and Montenegro was inaugurated in Belgrade today. The Association of Private Media (APM) printing plant, which started operating this week was set up with the help of UNESCO to bolster media independence in the country. More

  • Hundreds of Ministers and five Heads of State expected at UNESCO's General Conference
    25-09-2003 11:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 61)
    Safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage, cultural diversity, multilingualism on the internet and human genetic data are among the major themes that will be addressed during the 32nd session of the General Conference – UNESCO’s supreme governing body – which takes place from September 29 to October 17 in Paris. It will be attended by more than 3,000 participants, including five Heads of State and more than 300 ministers. More
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  • Third UNESCO Youth Forum will precede the General Conference
    23-09-2003 5:35 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 76)
    The third Youth Forum* will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from September 26 to 28, with about 150 under-30 delegates from some 100 countries and 30 Non Governmental Organizations expected to participate. More

  • UNESCO appeals for release of political prisoners Latsami Khamphoui (Laos) and Khin Zaw Win (Myanmar)
    23-09-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 60)
    UNESCO today issued a public appeal for the release of two political prisoners, Latsami Khamphoui, a former Deputy Minister for Economics and Planning, in jail in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic since 1990, and Khin Zaw Win, a dentist and researcher, imprisoned in Myanmar since 1994. More
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  • Signature d’un accord entre l’UNESCO et la Fondation Mohamed Bin Issa (MBI)
    22-09-2003 6:25 pm - (Flash Info 205)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, et le Président de la Fondation MBI, Sheikh Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber, ont signé aujourd’hui un accord de coopération entre l’Organisation et la Fondation dans les domaines de l’éducation et de la culture. More

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