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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • Global disaster reduction education campaign
    15-06-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-60)
    “Investing in school safety and disaster risk education pays off”
    A global campaign for disaster reduction education was launched at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters today by Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO Director-General and Sálvano Briceño, Director of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat (ISDR). Also present at the event were several children who have lived through natural disasters, including the young English schoolgirl, Tilly Smith, whose saved many lives in Thailand in December 2004 thanks to a geography lesson about tsunamis. More

  • Amsterdam named “World Book Capital 2008”
    13-06-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-59)
    Amsterdam has been chosen as the 2008 “World Book Capital” by a selection committee, comprised of representatives of UNESCO and the three main international organizations representing the book industry, that met at UNESCO on 8 June. More

  • UNESCO to help emergency relief for Indonesia with assistance in heritage, education and communication
    07-06-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-58)
    UNESCO is to provide Indonesia with assistance in emergency heritage preservation, education and post trauma support for children, as well as communication, in the aftermath of the earthquake of 27 May that killed thousands of people on the island of Java. More

  • Director-General condemns the murder of Iraqi television journalist Ali Jaafar
    07-06-2006 9:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-57)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Iraqi television journalist Ali Jaafar in Baghdad on 31 May. More

  • Opatija declaration adopted
    02-06-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-56)
    The Declaration of Opatija was adopted yesterday by six Heads of State from South-East Europe*, during the Summit on Heritage and Communication: A New Vision for South-East Europe. The meeting was organized by the President of Croatia Stjepan Mesić and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, in collaboration with the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis. More

  • Director-General deplores killing of Pakistani cameraman Munir Ahmed Sangi
    02-06-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-55)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the killing of Pakistani cameraman Munir Ahmed Sangi who was shot dead on Monday while covering a gunfight in the Pakistani town of Larkana. Mr Matsuura called for improved safety for journalists working in areas of armed conflict. More

  • African students the most mobile in the world
    31-05-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-54)
    30209005_ramon_lepage.jpgTertiary students from sub-Saharan Africa are the most mobile in the world, with one out of every 16 – or 5.6 percent - studying abroad, according to a report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). At the other end of the scale, only one out of every 250 North American students (0.4 percent) studies overseas, making this group the least mobile. More

  • Director-General condemns killing of two CBS crew members in Baghdad calls for improved safety for journalists in Iraq
    30-05-2006 11:20 am - (Press Release N°2006-53)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of CBS cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan in Baghdad on Monday and called for improved safety for media workers in Iraq. More

  • UNESCO offers support to Indonesia in the aftermath of the Earthquake
    30-05-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-52)
    java_thumb.jpg“UNESCO stands ready to assist Indonesia in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake that killed thousands of people in Java on Saturday,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today, as he expressed his condolences to the people of Indonesia. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippines radio journalist Fernando “Dong” Batul
    29-05-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-51)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Fernando “Dong” Batul, a journalist with the Palawan-based radio DYPR in Puerto Princesa, known for his outspokenness, on 22 May. More

  • Director-General condemns the assassination of Sabah al-Jaf, Director-General of Iraq's Ministry of Education
    27-05-2006 5:15 am - (Press Release No.2006-50)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of Sabah al-Jaf, Director-General of Evaluation and Examination at the Iraqi Ministry of Education, denouncing the growing number of attacks against education officials in Iraq. More

  • Director-General of UNESCO welcomes lifting of restrictions on the media in Nepal
    27-05-2006 5:00 am - (Press Release No.2006-49)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today welcomed the lifting by Nepal’s Council of Ministers of restrictions on press freedom. Mr Matsuura also pledged UNESCO’s support to help the country rebuild an enabling environment for free and independent media. More

  • Governments urged to strengthen support for North East Atlantic and Mediterranean Tsunami Warning System
    25-05-2006 6:15 am - (Press Release No.2006-48)
    boue_credit.jpgScientific experts and delegates from 17 countries meeting here this week have urged governments to strengthen support for the establishment of a tsunami early warning system for the North East Atlantic and Mediterranean and connected seas. Progress so far, they said, had been too slow. More

  • Sri Lankan judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, laureate of UNESCO Prize for Peace Education
    24-05-2006 6:00 am - (Press Release No.2006-47)
    Sri Lanka judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry has been designated laureate of the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. The prize will be awarded on 21 September, at UNESCO Headquarters. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Indonesian journalist Herliyanto
    22-05-2006 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-46)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of freelance journalist Herliyanto in Takoran, in the east of Java (Indonesia). More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Philippine photographer Albert Orsolino
    19-05-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-45)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of photographer Albert Orsolino on 16 May in Calooncan City (Philippines), and reiterated his concern over the particularly violent conditions under which journalists work in this country. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns attack against Christian radio station in Nairobi
    18-05-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-44)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the 12 May attack against a Christian radio station in Nairobi that left one person dead and two others injured. More

  • UNESCO Director-General hails successful test of Pacific tsunami warning system
    17-05-2006 4:45 pm - (Press Release N°2006-43)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today hailed the first region-wide test of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System as a “great success”, and congratulated the 30 countries that participated in the event. More

  • Abdoulaye Wade receives Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize
    16-05-2006 8:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-42)
    wade_prix_boigny_THUMB.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger today presented the 2005 Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to the President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, during a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters. More

  • UNESCO and the Ricky Martin Foundation working together to protect children from exploitation and abuse
    15-05-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-41)
    UNESCO and the Ricky Martin Foundation, which defends the well-being of children around the world in areas such as social justice, education and health, have joined forces on a global initiative aimed at safeguarding children against exploitation and abuse. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns the murders of seven journalists and media workers in Iraq
    12-05-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-40)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killings of several journalists in Iraq over the past few days, and reiterated his request for measures to ensure the security of media professionals in carrying out their duty to inform. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of two Tamil newspaper employees in Jaffna
    05-05-2006 2:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-39)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of two employees of the Tamil newspaper Uthyan, Bastian George Sagayathas (Suresh), and Rajaratnam Ranjith, in Jaffna on 2 May, the eve of World Press Freedom Day. More

  • World Press Freedom Day links freedom of expression and the fight against poverty
    04-05-2006 4:15 am - (Press Release No.2006-37)
    Some 300 participants attending an international conference on Media, Development and Poverty Eradication here this week, today adopted the Colombo Declaration calling for freedom of the press to be recognized as a core element in development strategies. More

  • Launch of African World Heritage Fund
    04-05-2006 4:10 am - (Press Release No.2006-38)
    WHC.jpgA fund to help the States of sub-Saharan Africa improve the preservation of their cultural and natural heritage will be launched in South Africa on 5 May. The African World Heritage Fund will also be used to help boost the number of African sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. More

  • Director-General and World Heritage Committee Chair welcome decision to alter course of pipeline near Lake Baikal
    28-04-2006 11:30 am - (Press Release N°2006-36)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, Ina Marčiulionytė, today welcomed the decision by Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, to change the course of an oil pipeline being built across Siberia to eliminate potential risk to the World Heritage site of Lake Baikal. More

  • World Press Freedom Day 2006 to focus on media, development and poverty eradication
    25-04-2006 5:10 pm - (Press Release N°2006-35)
    Media, Development and Poverty Eradication is the theme of this year’s World Press Freedom Day, 3 May, which UNESCO will observe in Colombo (Sri Lanka) with a two-day international conference on the subject and the award ceremony of the 2006 UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize to Lebanese journalist May Chidiac. More

  • Teacher shortages threaten quality Education For All
    25-04-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-34)
    10009378.jpgSub-Saharan Africa will need another 1.6 million teachers in classrooms by 2015 to provide every child with a primary education, according to a new report by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). Chronic shortages are also expected in the Arab States, which will need to expand their teaching force by 26% in less than a decade to achieve the same goal. More

  • On 20th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, Director-General reiterates UNESCO’s commitment to disaster mitigation
    24-04-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-33)
    On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster of 26 April 1986, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, reiterated UNESCO’s commitment to disaster mitigation and the Organization’s determination to continue supporting work on the effects of the worst nuclear accident in history. More

  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage enters into force
    20-04-2006 6:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-32)
    The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, adopted in October 2003 by UNESCO’s General Conference, enters into force today, three months after the 30th instrument of ratification was deposited. A total of 47 Member States have ratified the Convention to date: 16 in Europe, nine in Asia, nine in Africa, seven in Latin America and six of the Arab States. More

  • UNESCO Director-General appeals for solidarity with Iraqi academics
    14-04-2006 6:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-31)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today appealed on the international community to support Iraqi academics and intellectuals and called for measures to protect them from violence. More

  • Close of a very positive session of Executive Board
    14-04-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-30)
    The 174 session of UNESCO’s Executive Board ended yesterday - after more than two weeks of debates qualified by its Chairman, Vice Minister of Education Zhang Xinsheng (China), as particularly enriching – with the adoption of a decision urging mutual respect for cultural diversity, religious beliefs and religious symbols. More

  • Director-General expresses deep concern about press freedom in Nepal
    14-04-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-29)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today expressed deep concern over the increasing attacks against democracy and freedom of expression that have occurred in recent weeks in Nepal. “The announcements that more than fifty journalists and publishers have been attacked, beaten up and arrested by the Nepalese Army and the Armed Police Forces represent attacks on freedom of expression, which UNESCO has a mission to defend,” said Mr. Matsuura, recalling also the critical report about the conditions for press freedom in Nepal from the recent mission to the country by the International Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression Mission, in which UNESCO took active part. More

  • Respect for freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs : the Director-General of UNESCO applauds the decision of the Executive Board
    13-04-2006 5:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-28)
    On 13 April, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, expressed his “strong satisfaction” after the Executive Board of the Organization adopted a decision relating to the issue of respect for freedom of expression and respect for religious beliefs and religious symbols. While referring to international instruments that uphold freedom of expression, of thought, of belief and of religion, the Member States of UNESCO have reaffirmed their attachment both to respect for religious beliefs and religious symbols and to freedom of expression. More

  • Director-General condemns attack on Buratha Mosque in Iraq
    12-04-2006 11:30 am - (Press Release N°2006-27)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed grave concern over escalating violence in Iraq, especially the mounting loss of innocent lives, and condemned attacks on places of worship. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns campaign of violence against Iraqi academics
    05-04-2006 10:55 am - (Press Release N°2006-26)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the campaign of violence waged against Iraqi academics and intellectuals and called for international solidarity and mobilization in favour of education and educators in the country. More

  • UNESCO Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize 2006 awarded to Lebanese journalist May Chidiac
    29-03-2006 10:55 am - (Press Release No. 2006 - 25)
    cano.bmpOn the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura designated Lebanese journalist May Chidiac, winner of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2006. More

  • Director-General deplores the death of Colombian journalist Gustavo Rojas Gabalo
    28-03-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2006-24)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today expressed his dismay over the announcement of the death of Gustavo Rojas Gabalo on 19 March at a clinic in Medellin (Colombia). More

  • Indian daily newspaper Malayala Manorama awarded 2005 IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication
    21-03-2006 4:15 pm - (Press Release No. 2006-23)
    The Indian daily newspaper Malayala Manorama, published in Kerala, today received the 2005 IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication. The prize was awarded during a meeting of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). More

  • Director-General requests liberation of U Win Tin, winner of the 2001 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
    20-03-2006 4:30 pm - (Press Release No.2006-22)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today renewed his request for the liberation of U Win Tin, winner of the 2001 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. More

  • Director-General condemns the murder of Iraqi journalist Muhsin Khudhair
    16-03-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2006-21)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Muhsin Khudhair, editor-in-chief of the magazine Alef Ba, who was killed in Baghdad on 13 March. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Mexican photographer Jaime Arturo Overa Bravo
    14-03-2006 3:50 pm - (Press Release No.2006-20)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Jaime Arturo Olvera Bravo, a freelance press photographer who was shot on Thursday, 9 March, in La Piedad, in the state of Michoacán, in Mexico. More

  • Ad-hoc Independent High Commission of Information and Communication for Afghanistan meets at UNESCO
    14-03-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-19)
    Afghanistan’s Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Sayed Makhdom Raheen, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today opened the meeting of an Ad Hoc Independent High Commission of Communication and Information for Afghanistan. Over the next six days, the Commission’s members, 15 Afghan media professionals will take stock of the problems they face so as to assist the government of Afghanistan’s preparation of a medium-term development plan of the Afghan communication and information sector. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi TV presenter Munsuf Abdallah al-Khaldi
    13-03-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-18)
    The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Munsuf Abdallah al-Khaldi, a presenter for Baghdad TV, and of a passenger travelling with him in his car on 9 March on the way from Baghdad to Mosul in northern Iraq. More

  • Water: a crisis of governance says second UN World Water Development Report
    09-03-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-14)
    wwdr2bis.jpgAlthough unevenly distributed, the world has plenty of freshwater. However, mismanagement, limited resources and environmental changes mean that almost one-fifth of the planet’s population still lacks access to safe drinking water and 40 per cent lack access to basic sanitation says the United Nations World Water Development Report 2. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of Russian jounalist Ilya Zimin
    08-03-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-17)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Ilya Zimin, a reporter for NTV television, in Moscow on February 26. More

  • Five remarkable women scientists receive the 2006 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Award
    02-03-2006 11:30 am - (Press Release N°2006-16)
    loreal.jpgThe L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Tribute for UNESCO’s 60th anniversary is awarded to Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, 1995 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
    Five L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards For Women in Science have been presented for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America. More

  • The 2006 UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellowships For Women in Science awarded to 15 young women researchers from around the world
    01-03-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-15)
    Each year, UNESCO and L’OREAL grant 15 international fellowships to young women researchers in the life sciences, allowing them to pursue their research projects as guest scientists in laboratories outside their home countries. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of TV crew members Atwar Bahjat, Adnan Khairallah and Khaled Mohsen in Iraq
    28-02-2006 11:55 pm - (Press Release N°2006-13)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of a 3-person television crew of Al Arabiya television in Samarra on 22 February. More

  • Director-General of UNESCO condemns the destruction inflicted on the Ali al-Hadi shrine in Samarra (Iraq)
    23-02-2006 7:25 pm - (Press Release N°2006-12)
    Samara_thumbnail.JPGThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, voiced shock and concern at the destruction of the golden dome of the Imam Ali al-Hadi shrine in the northern Iraqi city of Samarra and at the heavy loss of lives in the violence. Mr Matsuura also condemned the destruction of dozens of Sunni mosques and Christian churches in the country as “unacceptable.” He welcomed the appeal for calm by Iraq’s highest religious leaders and national authorities and called for respect for all religious sites in the country. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Ecuadorian journalists, José Luis León Desiderio and Saúl Suárez Sandoval
    21-02-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-11)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of radio journalist José Luis León Desiderio and freelance photographer Saúl Suárez Sandoval, both shot dead in the city of Guayaquil in southwestern Ecuador on 13 and 14 February respectively. More


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