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UNESCO General Conference - 33rd Session

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21-10-2005 - Close of intense and productive General Conference at UNESCO - (Press Release No. 2005–130)
Paris, October 21 – The adoption of three standard-setting texts and the re-election of Koïchiro Matsuura as Director-General of UNESCO marked the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference, which closed today. The texts adopted are: the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions; the International Convention Against Doping in Sport; and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. A day of reflection about human dignity, as well as two Ministerial Round Tables – one on Education for All (EFA), another on the basic sciences – and an exhibition about EFA, were also organized during the 33rd session. More
21-10-2005 - Science ministers stress importance of basic sciences and science education - (Press Release N°2005-129)
science_round_75.jpgThe round table on “The Basic Sciences: The Science Lever for Development”, held during the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference, gathered some 50 ministers responsible for science policy from about 50 countries. More
20-10-2005 - General Conference adopts Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions - (Press Release No. 2005-128)
culture_75.jpgThe General Conference of UNESCO, meeting in Paris from October 3 to October 21, today approved (148 votes for, two against, four abstentions) the Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions, an international normative instrument that will enter into force three months after its ratification by 30 States. More
20-10-2005 - Extraordinary Session of the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme
most_75.gifThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened on 19 October, in the presence of numerous permanent delegates and of the South African Minister of Social Development, Dr. Zola S. Skwejija, an extraordinary session of the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme at UNESCO Headquarters. More
19-10-2005 - UNESCO’s General Conference adopts Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights - (Press Release No. 2005–127)
bioethics_75.jpgUNESCO’s General Conference, gathered in Paris for its 33rd session, adopted on 19 October 2005 the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights. The text, adopted by acclamation, “addresses ethical issues related to medicine, life sciences and associated technologies as applied to human beings, taking into account their social, legal and environmental dimensions.” More
19-10-2005 - UNESCO General Conference adopts International Convention Against Doping in Sport - (Press Release No. 2005-125)
sport_75.jpgThe International Convention Against Doping in Sport was adopted unanimously by the UNESCO General Conference meeting in Paris for its 33rd session. This is the first time a legal instrument aimed at eradicating doping is both binding and universal. More
14-10-2005 - Election of 29 members to UNESCO’s Executive Board - (Press Release No.2005-123)
exb_75.jpgThe 191 Member States of UNESCO, assembled for the 33rd 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
13-10-2005 - Ministerial Round Table on the basic sciences - (Media Advisory No. 2005-60)
science_round_75.jpgSome 50 science ministers and high-ranking officials in charge of science policy will participate on October 13 and 14 in a debate about the challenges facing the basic sciences. The goal of the Round Table, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters during the Organization’s General Conference, is to review action to ensure that the sciences are able to play their part fully as the “lever for development.” More
12-10-2005 - Koïchiro Matsuura appointed to a second term as Director-General of UNESCO - (Press Release No.2005-119)
dg1_75.jpgKoïchiro Matsuura (Japan) was re-elected today as Director-General of UNESCO by the Organization’s General Conference. He was first elected in 1999 to a six-year term. This time he will serve for four years, following a reform instituted by the 29th session of the General Conference. More
12-10-2005 - General Conference Hosts a Parliamentary Round Table - (Flash Info n°177-2005)
parlamentary_round_75.jpgIn the margins of the 33ed session of the General Conference, UNESCO hosted a Parliamentary Round Table, on October 12. Opened by the Director-General, the meeting had two of the Organization’s priority issues on the agenda: Education for All and the ratification of international conventions on cultural heritage. More
11-10-2005 - At UNESCO, the President of Portugal and the Prime Minister of Thailand plead for quality education - (Press Release No. 2005-118)
portugal_thailand_75.jpgThe Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, and the President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, today addressed UNESCO’s General Conference pleading in favour of quality education. More
11-10-2005 - UNESCO Director-General presents his condolences to Pakistan, India and Afghanistan and proposes assistance - (Press Release No. 2005-117)
earthquake_75.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura voiced his distress over the death of tens of thousands of people in the earthquake that hit Pakistan, India and Afghanistan on Saturday. More
10-10-2005 - Education ministers reaffirm their commitment to Education for All goals - (Press Release No. 2005-116)
efa_75.jpgMore than 90 ministers of education reaffirmed their commitment to provide quality education for all (EFA), at a Ministerial Round Table held at UNESCO Headquarters during the 33rd session of the Organization’s General Conference. More
10-10-2005 - Heads of State of Tajikistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina advocate dialogue and cultural diversity at UNESCO’s General Conference - (Press Release No. 2005-115)
bosnia_tajikistan_75.jpgIvo Miro Jović, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Emomali Rakhmonov, President of Tajikistan, today addressed the General Conference of UNESCO, focusing on cultural diversity, dialogue between cultures and religions, and the education of future generations. More
08-10-2005 - Brunei Darussalam Joins UNESCO
brunei_75.jpgBrunei Darussalam joined UNESCO on March 17, 2005 as the 191st Member State of the Organization. On May 27, Mr. Dato Paduka Zainidi Sidup, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Brunei Darussalam to France, presented his credentials as Permanent Delegate to UNESCO to the Director-General. More
06-10-2005 - LIFE 2005-2015: UNESCO’s new initiative for literacy - (Press Release N°2005-114)
literacy_75.gifUNESCO’s new Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) was launched today during the 33rd session of the Organization’s General Conference. Its objective: to help reduce by half the rate of adult illiteracy in the world by 2015. More
06-10-2005 - Presidents of Afghanistan and Germany celebrate human dignity at special 60th anniversary session of General Conference - (Press Release No.2005-113)
infocus_afgh_ger_75.jpgPresident Hamid Karzai, of Afghanistan and President Horst Köhler of Germany today addressed UNESCO’s General Conference, during a special session to mark the 60th anniversary of the Organization, which was dedicated to human dignity. More
05-10-2005 - Ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of UNESCO
orchestra_75.jpgTo mark the 60th anniversary of UNESCO, the Plenary of the General Conference will hold an exceptional Session at 3:15 p.m. in Room I. The ceremony will be honored by the official visit of His Excellency Mr Hamid Karzai, the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and His Excellency Mr Horst Köhler, President of the Federal Republic of Germany who will both address the delegates. More
04-10-2005 - Ministerial Round Table on Education for All - (Media advisory No.2005-59)
efa_round_75.gifMore than 50 education ministers and high-ranking officials responsible for education will meet to take stock of the main challenges of Education for All at UNESCO Headquarters on October 7 and 8, during the Organization’s General Conference The debates at this round table will focus on successful experiences in various regions of the world. More
03-10-2005 - UNESCO General Conference opens its 33rd session with visit of the presidents of Ghana and Sri Lanka - (Press Release No.2005-112)
news_gc.jpgThe 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference, which opened today, was marked by the visit of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga of Sri Lanka and President John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana. More
03-10-2005 - Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan of Oman elected to preside over the 33rd session of UNESCO’s General Conference - (Press Release No.2005-111)
president_75.jpgUNESCO’s General Conference elected Ambassador Musa Bin Jaafar Bin Hassan, Permanent Delegate of the Sultanate of Oman to UNESCO, as President of its 33rd session, which opened in Paris today. More
23-09-2005 - Fourth edition of Youth Forum at UNESCO’s General Conference - (UNESCO Media Advisory No. 2005-57)
youth_forum_75.jpgThe fourth edition of the UNESCO’s Youth Forum will be held at Organization Headquarters from September 30 to October 2, just ahead of the 33rd session of the General Conference, which will bring together representatives from UNESCO’s 191 State Members as of October 3. More
16-09-2005 - UNESCO Executive Board convenes to prepare General Conference - (UNESCO Press Release No. 2005-104)
news_exb.jpgThe Executive Board of UNESCO, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), began its 172nd session at Headquarters. This is the last session of the Board before UNESCO’s General Conference (October 3 to 21). The General Conference sets the Organization’s priorities and budget for the 2006-2007 biennium and also appoints the Director-General. More
15-09-2005 - Cultural diversity, doping in sport and bioethics on the agenda of UNESCO’s General Conference - (UNESCO Media Advisory N° 2005-56)
news_unesco_60_75.jpgUNESCO’s supreme decision-making body, the General Conference, which meets every two years, will hold its 33rd session from October 3 to 21 at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris. The session coincides with UNESCO’s 60th Anniversary celebrations and a special ceremony will take place on October 5. More