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  • Comenius Medal awarded to nine laureates
    10-09-2004 8:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 85)
    The Comenius Medal, one of UNESCO’s most prestigious awards honouring outstanding achievements in the fields of education research and innovation, will be awarded to nine laureates here this evening during a special ceremony at the 47th Session of the International Conference on Education. More
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  • Director-General deplores death of two media personnel in Iraq and calls for improved safety
    02-02-2004 12:25 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 07)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the death of two media personnel in Iraq on Tuesday and called for measures to improve the safety of journalists working in the country. More
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  • E-9 Education Ministers reaffirm their commitment to Education For All
    26-12-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 106)
    Education ministers from the world’s nine high population countries - Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan –have reaffirmed their commitment to meet the basic learning needs of all their peoples and to work more closely together to achieve the six goals set at the World Education Forum held in Dakar (Senegal) in 2000. More
    Arabic

  • UNESCO organizes meetings between Israeli and Palestinian journalists
    19-12-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 105)
    Sixteen senior media professionals from Israel and the Palestinian territories have agreed on the need to be more sensitive in their reporting about one another’s side, and welcomed the idea of giving editorial space to each other in their respective media. At the close of a two-day meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, they further agreed to meet again, to remain in contact and to visit each other’s territories. More
    Spanish

  • Experts from UNESCO and ICOMOS meet in Munich to study preservation of Bamiyan site in Afghanistan
    17-12-2003 11:00 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 109)
    Around 20 experts will meet in Munich, Germany, from December 18 to 20 to take stock of progress in preserving the Bamiyan site in Afghanistan. It is the second meeting of experts working on the site and is organized jointly by UNESCO and the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). More
    Spanish

  • The IBC, IGBC and chairpersons of Europe's Bioethics Committees to meet in Rome
    16-12-2003 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 108)
    The Bureaux of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (IGBC) will meet with the chairpersons of the national bioethics committees of European Union nations in Rome on December 19-20 at the invitation of the Italian Government, which currently presides the European Union. More

  • Nine high population countries to review progress on education for all
    15-12-2003 11:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 107)
    Education ministers from the group of nine high population countries (E-9), Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan, will meet in Cairo (Egypt) from December 19-21 to review their progress in providing quality education for all and their collaboration towards achieving this aim. More
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  • Congress in Abuja: 'Dialogue on civilizations, religions, and cultures in West Africa'
    12-12-2003 4:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 106)
    About 50 religious leaders from West Africa will gather in Abuja (Nigeria), from December 15 to 17 for an international congress - organized by the Nigerian government with support from UNESCO - on “Dialogue of Civilizations, Religions and Cultures in West Africa”. More

  • 150 new Community Multimedia centres to be set up in Africa
    08-12-2003 10:45 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 103)
    cmc_100.jpgUNESCO and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will launch a multi-million dollar project to provide marginalized communities in Mali, Mozambique and Senegal with access to information and communication technologies, including the internet. More
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  • UNESCO advocates freedom of expression at World Summit on the information society
    05-12-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 102)
    UNESCO is advocating freedom of expression at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, Geneva, December 10-12). It will seek to ensure that this fundamental right, enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in the first Article of UNESCO’s Constitution, is included in the Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action to be adopted at the close of the summit on communication and information technologies (ICT). More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippine journalist Nelson Nadura
    05-12-2003 11:45 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 101)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Nelson Nadura, a journalist of Radio DYME in Masbate City, in the central Philippines on Wednesday. Mr Matsuura, however, welcomed a pledge by Philippine President Gloria Macagapal Arroyo to ensure that the murder of journalists in the country does not continue to go unpunished. More
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  • Emerging Humanisms', international philosophy and humanities symposium in Alexandria (Egypt)
    04-12-2003 4:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 105)
    The Biblioteca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Egypt will host an international philosophy symposium on December 9 and 10, organized by UNESCO, on the theme of “Emerging Humanisms”. More

  • Director-General condemns assassination of Honduran journalist Germán Antonio Rivas
    03-12-2003 11:15 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 100)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of television journalist Germán Antonio Rivas, killed in a town in the West of Honduras last Wednesday, and said he was confident that the authorities will do all in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice. More
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  • Director-General voices deep sadness at the death of Michel Barton
    01-12-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 99)
    michel_bartonV.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his deep sadness at the death of Michel Barton, Director of UNESCO’s Bureau of Public Information, of cardiac failure during a flight from Montreal to Washington, on his way back from mission, on Thursday, November 27. More
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  • United Nations Literacy Decade launch in Africa
    28-11-2003 3:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 104)
    The United Nations Literacy Decade (2003 - 2012) will be launched in Africa by UNESCO on December 4, in Grand Baie, Mauritius. The ceremony will also feature a roundtable discussion, an exhibition and a website about literacy in Africa. More

  • How to use theatre to respond to HIV/AIDS
    28-11-2003 2:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 103)
    On the occasion of World Aids Day, on December 1, UNESCO is launching a manual for theatre troupes entitled “AIDS and Theatre”. Published within the framework of the project “A Cultural Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care”, the manual was developed by UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Education in Africa in Dakar, in close collaboration with the Division for Cultural Politics and Intercultural Dialogue. More

  • Essaouira (Morocco) hosts evaluation meeting of 'urban development and freshwater resources: small historical coastal cities' project
    27-11-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 102)
    How to restore and preserve the historical heart of coastal cities, without driving away their inhabitants, while respecting traditional building criteria as well as modern norms, with the participation of local craftsmen and the support of local and governmental authorities? More
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  • Global alliance for cultural diversity presents its first results
    27-11-2003 12:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 101)
    Promoting Algeria’s book policy and strengthening its publishing sector, boosting the music industry in Jamaica, helping to market hand-woven items from Tibet abroad, making small Central American publishers more competitive and creating new musical production standards in Africa through cooperatives are some of the achievements of UNESCO’s Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity, whose first results will be presented at a conference at UNESCO Headquarters on December 2 (Room XI, 9.15 a.m.). More
    Spanish

  • Education for peace, third phase of UNESCO project in Guatemala
    26-11-2003 7:30 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 100)
    Education for Peace, the third phase of UNESCO’s Culture of Peace in Guatemala Project, which aims to promote a culture of social co-existence based on respect for human rights, conflict resolution through dialogue, tolerance and cultural diversity, will be launched in January thanks to an agreement between UNESCO and the Italian government that is to be signed tomorrow. More

  • Princess of Hanover named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the education of young girls and women
    26-11-2003 12:05 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 98)
    CarolineV.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has decided to appoint Her Royal Highness the Princess of Hanover a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador “in recognition of her personal commitment to the protection of children and the family, and of her contribution to the promotion of UNESCO’s programmes for the education of girls and women.” More
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  • Humankind's closest living relatives on the brink of extinction
    24-11-2003 12:25 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 97)
    graspV.jpgParis/Nairobi - Twenty five million dollars is urgently needed to lift the threat of imminent extinction from humankind’s closest living relatives, delegates to an international crisis meeting on the great apes announced today at UNESCO. More
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  • World AIDS Day forum at UNESCO: 'AIDS Year 24: mobilized on all fronts'
    24-11-2003 12:00 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 99)
    To mark World AIDS Day, December 1, UNESCO has organized a forum entitled: “AIDS Year 24: Mobilized on All Fronts”, to be held at Headquarters (Room I, 2.30 p.m.). UNESCO is chairing the Organizing Committee of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, this year. More

  • Emergency meeting to save the great apes
    20-11-2003 5:10 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 98)
    GorillaV.jpgA crisis meeting to rescue the great apes will be held from November 26 to 28 at UNESCO Headquarters, at which representatives of 23 African and Asian states and scientific experts will develop a strategy to save humankind’s closest living relatives from extinction. More

  • 'Human security now' report launched
    20-11-2003 4:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 97)
    The French version of the Report of the Commission on Human Security* will be launched on November 24 by UNESCO, Presses de Sciences-Po (Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the Institut du développement durable et des relations internationales (IDDRI) are organizing the launch (6.30 p.m. Room IX). More

  • Africa's marginalization must be reversed, says Thabo Mbeki on a visit to UNESCO
    19-11-2003 4:45 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 96)
    MbekiV.jpg“The African continent must have the capacity to use its resource base not to perpetuate an old relationship but to change it”, said South African President Thabo Mbeki in an address on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) before more than 800 people at UNESCO Headquarters today. More
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  • World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology meets in Rio de Janeiro
    18-11-2003 4:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 96)
    The third Session of UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) will take place from December 1_4 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, organized by UNESCO and the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology. It is the first time that a formal session of COMEST has taken place outside Europe. More

  • Angkor: time for development
    17-11-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 95)
    Ten years after the start of the campaign to safeguard Angkor (Cambodia), most of serious problems affecting the site that is so emblematic of Khmer culture have been solved, thanks to the efforts of the international community, which has invested more than US$50 million, the commitment of the kingdom’s authorities and UNESCO-led coordination. More
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  • South African President Thabo Mbeki visits UNESCO
    13-11-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 95)
    South African President Thabo Mbeki will pay a visit to UNESCO Headquarters on November 19 at the invitation of the Organization’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura. More

  • WE MUST DO BETTER, concludes High Level Group on Education for All
    12-11-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 94)
    New Delhi - Progress towards gender parity in education needs to be drastically accelerated, concluded the participants at the Third Meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All, which ended here today. More
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  • Education rights of indigenous peoples to be discussed at UNESCO
    12-11-2003 4:45 pm - (Avis aux médias No 2003 - 94)
    "The right to education for indigenous peoples" is the topic of a discussion to be organized by UNESCO at its Headquarters on November 17 (Room XI, 2.30 p.m.) as part of the 1995-2004 International Decade of the World's Indigenous People, who number 350 million in more than 70 countries. More

  • Fifth meeting of the intersectoral Task Force on Reconstruction and Reconciliation in the Middle East
    12-11-2003 10:25 am - (Flash Info 254)
    Following the unanimous adoption by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 32nd session of two resolutions, on the safeguarding of the cultural heritage of the Old City of Jerusalem and on educational and cultural institutions in the occupied Arab territories, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, convened a meeting of the intersectoral Task Force on Reconstruction and Reconciliation in the Middle East on Friday, 7 November. More

  • Safeguarding and Development of Angkor: Stock taking and new Plan of Action
    10-11-2003 4:00 pm - (Avis aux médias N°2003- 93)
    The Second Intergovernmental Conference for the Safeguarding and Sustainable Development of Angkor and its Region will be held in Paris (at the Kléber International Conference Centre) on November 14 and 15. Organized jointly by France and Japan with UNESCO, it will mark the 10th anniversary of the Tokyo Declaration, which launched a decade of international activity to preserve this exceptional site, and also discuss and adopt a broad action strategy for the decade ahead. More

  • UNESCO awards Science Prizes on World Science Day
    10-11-2003 2:00 pm - (Press release No. 2003-93)
    poster_wsd_100.jpgThis year’s six UNESCO science prizes will be awarded in Budapest (Hungary) today, at the closing of the three-day World Science Forum. The event coincides with UNESCO’s celebration of World Science Day. The prizes will be awarded by Walter Erdelen, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, on behalf of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. On the same day, at a special ceremony in Caracas (Venezuela), the 2002 Kalinga Prize will be given posthumously to the late Marisela Salvatierra, who was prevented by poor health from receiving it when she was still alive. More
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  • Twenty-eight masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity proclaimed
    07-11-2003 3:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 92)
    CARv.jpgA thousand year old Chinese musical idiom that is mastered by a mere 50 people, the know-how of itinerant doctors in South America who are familiar with the properties of almost 1,000 plant species, a communication system among different language communities in Vanuatu using finger drawings in sand, these are but three of the 28 cultural expressions proclaimed by UNESCO today as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. More
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  • UNESCO conference on oceans, coasts and islands
    07-11-2003 1:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 92)
    Life on Earth is so closely linked to the oceans that the two are almost indissociable. Covering 72% of the surface of the planet, the oceans play an essential role in controlling climate, while acting as a buffer against global warming. And the wealth of ocean resources, from fish to mineral and fossil energy deposits, is at its greatest on or near the coasts. Yet with increasing population pressure, the state of these resources is seriously threatened. Some 3 billion people, or 50% of global population, now lives on or near the coast, and, by the year 2020, this proportion is expected to rise to 75%. More

  • World Science Forum kicks off in Budapest
    06-11-2003 5:45 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 91)
    Is science a force for good, promoting social and economic development, or a negative force that is ‘unweaving rainbows’, as it is often portrayed? As science and technology have an increasing impact on everyday life, it is important that the general public have opportunities for debate and that decision-makers remain well informed. More

  • Girls continue to face sharp discrimination in access to school
    05-11-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 91)
    GMReV.jpgParis/New Delhi - Despite slow but significant progress achieved in the 1990s, girls continue to face “sharp discrimination in access to schooling” in a majority of developing countries, according to a global report released today in New Delhi. More
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  • Signing of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    04-11-2003 7:55 pm - (Flash Info 246)
    dgintangiblesigning.gifThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the President of the General Conference, Michael Omolewa, signed on 3 November 2003, the text of the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, adopted by the General Conference at its 32nd session. More

  • Formation aux droits humains, à la citoyenneté et à la démocratie locale au Sénégal, au Burkina Faso et au Mali : Signature d’un Mémorandum d’entente avec le Grand Duché du Luxembourg
    04-11-2003 7:50 pm - (Flash Info 248)
    Le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, et le Délégué permanent du Grand Duché du Luxembourg auprès de l’UNESCO, M. Hubert Würth, ont signé, le mardi 4 novembre, un mémorandum d’entente concernant un projet de coopération intitulé « Formation aux droits humains, à la citoyenneté et à la démocratie locale au Sénégal, au Burkina Faso et au Mali ». More

  • UNDG: Director-General assesses status of Universal Primary Education
    04-11-2003 7:45 pm - (Flash Info 247)
    On 30 October 2003, Director-General Koichiro Matsuura presented to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) in New York a UNESCO status report on achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of achieving Universal Primary Education (UPE) by 2015. More

  • Second proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
    03-11-2003 10:30 am - (Media advisory No 2003 - 90)
    On Friday November 7, UNESCO will make its second proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This international distinction honours the most remarkable examples of oral traditions and forms of cultural expression in all regions of the world. More
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  • “Vaulting Czar” Serhiy Bubka named UNESCO Champion for Sport
    31-10-2003 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2003-89)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will name Ukrainian athlete Serhiy Bubka UNESCO Champion for Sport at a ceremony to be held in the presence of Mykola Kostenko, Minister of Physical Education and Sport of Ukraine, on November 4 at 6.15 p.m. at Organization Headquarters. More

  • UNESCO Director-General deplores situation of Zimbabwe's Daily news
    30-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2003-90)
    dn_paper.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today expressed his concern over the situation of Zimbabwe's Daily News, and deplored the arrest of its directors. More

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  • Second UNESCO Philosophy Day on November 20
    28-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory No 2003 - 88)
    For the second consecutive year, UNESCO is organizing Philosophy Day, an event for the general public, which is invited to reflect on current issues in the company of some 50 philosophers from different regions of the world. It will take place at UNESCO on November 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.*. More

  • Education for All: Which Countries will meet the 2005 Gender Parity Target?
    27-10-2003 4:15 pm - (Media Advisory N° 2003-87)
    Three years ago in Dakar (Senegal), more than 160 countries attending the World Education Forum pledged to achieve gender parity in education – equal enrolments for boys and girls – by the year 2005. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2003/2004, however, many of them are unlikely to meet that target. Girls in many countries, it finds, continue to face “sharp discrimination in access to schooling.” More
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  • UNESCO publishes first Global Education Digest
    24-10-2003 3:25 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-89)
    GED-Cover-Front-EN_100.jpgHow to gain an accurate picture of the performance of education systems around the world? Which data can provide a perspective of students’ participation, progression and completion? The Global Education Digest*, just published by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), seeks to answer these questions, providing the latest key education indicators for all countries of the world. More
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  • Symposium at UNESCO on violence and its causes with the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale
    24-10-2003 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory ‏No. 2003-‏86)
    “Violence and its causes: a stocktaking”, is the title of an international symposium organized by France's Institut des hautes études de défense nationale (IHEDN) and UNESCO, which will be held on Monday, November 3, from 9:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Room XI). Intellectuals from a range of countries and disciplines will participate. More

  • Cultural events celebrate “India, Ganges and Water” at UNESCO
    23-10-2003 5:00 pm - (Media advisory N° 2003-85)
    UNESCO is hosting a series of cultural events, including exhibitions, film screenings and live performances, on the theme “India, Ganges and Water” as part of its contribution to the International Year of Freshwater (2003). The events are organized under the patronage of the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the Centre for Franco-Indian Cultural Relations (CRCFI), from October 29 to November 15 at the Organization’s Headquarters. More

  • World Cities join to protect their biological and cultural diversity
    23-10-2003 10:00 am - (Press release N° 2003-88)
    nyc_100.jpgThe image of cities as hotbeds of pollution, stress, poverty and crime needs an update. They are also havens of natural and cultural diversity – and may hold the keys to sustainable development in the twenty-first century. While some 3 billion people worldwide are now estimated to live in towns or cities, with a growing number of poor, cities are by no means incompatible with rich biodiversity. More
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