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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • Education fees cut for needy Palestinian students
    17-02-2006 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-10)
    More than 19,000 Palestinian students will benefit from a 75% reduction in educational fees this semester, thanks to a UNESCO project to assist students in the Palestinian Territories, funded by the Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Guyanese journalist Ronald Waddell
    06-02-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-09)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of television journalist Ronald Waddell in Guyana and called for a full investigation into the crime. More

  • 3rd Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands warns progress towards international targets on oceans too slow
    30-01-2006 2:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-08)
    oceans.bmpProgress toward improving the management of oceans and coast is too slow, agreed the 400 ocean experts and leading decision-makers from 78 countries attending the “Third Global Conference on Oceans, Coasts, and Islands: Moving the Global Oceans Agenda Forward” (UNESCO, 23 – 28 January). More

  • Director-General deplores death of Iraqi television journalist Mahmoud Za’al and calls for improved safety for media workers
    30-01-2006 2:20 pm - (Press Release N°2006-07)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the death on the 23rd of January of Mahmoud Za’al, journalist for TV Baghdad who was reporting on fighting in the city of Ramadi. He further called for measures to improve the safety of media personnel in Iraq. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippines journalists Rolly Cañete and Graciano Aquino
    27-01-2006 5:40 pm - (Press Release N°2006-06)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Philippines journalists Rolly Cañete and Graciano Aquino on the on the 20th and 21st of January respectively. More

  • Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to Enter into Force on 20 April
    20-01-2006 6:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-05)
    immaterial2_71.JPGThirty States have now ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage, adopted in October 2003 by the UNESCO General Conference, allowing it to enter into force on 20 April 2006, that is three months after the 30th instrument of ratification has been deposited. The Convention has been ratified by: Algeria, Mauritius, Japan, Gabon, Panama, China, Central African Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Republic of Korea, Seychelles, Syrian Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Mali, Mongolia, Croatia, Egypt, Oman, Dominica, India, Vietnam, Peru, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nigeria, Iceland, Mexico, Senegal and Romania. More

  • Opening of Palestinian Women's Research and Documentation Centre
    18-01-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-04)
    The Palestine Women’s Research and Document Centre (PWRDC) was inaugurated today in Ramallah by Zahira Kamal, Minister of Women’s Affairs of the Palestinian Authority, and Pierre Sané, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Social and Human Sciences. More

  • China challenges dominance of USA, Europe and Japan in scientific research according to UNESCO Science Report 2005
    18-01-2006 4:50 pm - (Press Release N°2006-03)
    rapscience_en.jpgRemarkable growth in a small number of emerging Asian economies, led by China, is challenging the leadership of North America, Europe and Japan in research and development (R&D), according to the newly published UNESCO Science Report 2005*. The report, written by an international team of independent experts, analyses the development of science and technology around the world, with a wealth of data that is both quantitative and qualitative. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Indian journalist Prahlad Goala in the state of Assam
    12-01-2006 3:25 pm - (Press Release N°2006-01)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of reporter Prahlad Goala in the district of Golaghat in Assam (Northern India) on 6 January. More

  • Canada becomes the first State to ratify the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
    22-12-2005 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-154)
    Canada has become the first State to ratify the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference last October. More

  • Developing countries losing out in cultural trade
    15-12-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-153)
    uis_en.jpgThree countries - the United Kingdom, United States and China - produced 40 percent of the world’s cultural trade products in 2002, while Latin America and Africa together accounted for less than four percent according to a new report by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. More

  • President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela to receive 2005 International Prize José Martí
    14-12-2005 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-152)
    President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela will receive the 2005 International José Martí Prize in a ceremony that will take place in Havana (Cuba) on 28 January. The ceremony will coincide with the anniversary of the birth, in 1853, of José Martí the Cuban humanist, writer, translator, diplomat and teacher, who is known as the “champion” of Cuba’s independence. More

  • Director-General condemns assassination of Lebanese newspaper editor Gebran Tueni
    13-12-2005 11:30 am - (Press Release N°2005-151)
    gebrun.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the car bomb attack in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, that killed four people including Gebran Tueni, the publisher and editor of the Lebanese newspaper An Nahar, and a press freedom activist, on Monday. Mr Tueni was also a member of the Lebanese parliament. More

  • Thirteen cultural properties in Kosovo to be restored by UNESCO from 2006 to 2007
    12-12-2005 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-150)
    Seven Orthodox and six Islamic monuments in Kosovo should be the first to be restored over the next two years, recommends the Experts Committee on the Rehabilitation and Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage in Kosovo. The Committee met for the first time on 9 December at UNESCO in the presence of representatives of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and of the Council of Europe. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippines journalist George Benaojan
    06-12-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-149)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Philippines journalist George Banaojan in Talisay, on the Philippines island of Cebu, on 1 December. He also expressed his deep concern over the violence to which journalists are exposed in the country. More

  • Keeping higher education higher
    05-12-2005 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-148)
    press_releas_148.jpgGuidelines aimed at protecting students studying abroad from low-quality higher education services were launched today by UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). More

  • High Level Group urges acceleration of Education for All efforts
    30-11-2005 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2005-147)
    edu.jpgCurrent rates of progress in school enrollments need to quadruple in sub-Saharan Africa and double in South Asia to reach the 2015 goal of providing all children with a quality basic education, concluded participants at the fifth meeting of the High Level Group on Education for All (EFA), which closed here today. More

  • Education for All: some progress, can do better
    28-11-2005 1:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-146)
    efa_71.jpgSignificant progress has been made towards achieving Education for All, but “huge challenges” must still be overcome if the objectives set by the world’s nations in Dakar (Senegal) five years ago are to be met by 2015*, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said here today. More

  • Sweden first State to ratify Convention Against Doping in Sport
    25-11-2005 5:25 pm - (Press Release N°2005-145)
    Sweden has become the first country to ratify the International Convention Against Doping in Sport. This Convention, adopted unanimously by UNESCO’s General Conference last October, is the only legally binding universal instrument aimed at eradicating doping in sport. More

  • The Samba of Roda and the Ramlila proclaimed Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
    25-11-2005 1:20 pm - (Press Release n°2005-144)
    guatemala.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today proclaimed 43 new Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity. Traditional Indian performances of the Ramayana, the Ramlila, Japan’s Kabuki theatre, the Zambian Makishi Masquarade and the Samba of Roda (Brazil) are among the masterpieces proclaimed. More

  • Tsunami early warning system for the Mediterranean and Northeast Atlantic launched in Rome
    23-11-2005 10:30 am - (Press Release N°2005-143)
    IOC71.jpgExperts and delegations from 23 countries of the Mediterranean and Northeast Atlantic have laid the foundations for a regional tsunami early warning system at a meeting that finished in Rome yesterday. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippines journalists Ricardo "Ding" Uy and Robert Ramos
    22-11-2005 11:40 am - (Press Release N°2005-142)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder, in separate attacks, of Philippines journalists Ricardo “Ding” Uy and Robert Ramos denouncing the alarming level of violence faced by media professionals in the country. More

  • Director-General condemns assassination of Bangladeshi journalist Guatam Das
    22-11-2005 11:30 am - (Press Release N°2005-141)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Guatam Das, the Faridpur District bureau chief and correspondent of the daily “Samakal” in Bangladesh last Thursday. More

  • UNESCO emphasizes role of education for building knowledge societies
    21-11-2005 4:50 pm - (Press Release N°2005-140)
    wisis.jpgAccess to quality education for all, information for everyone, respect for cultural and linguistic diversity, and an open internet based on respect for human rights and especially freedom of expression are the four pillars on which knowledge societies must be built, concluded participants at a high-level debate organized by UNESCO within the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), that was held in Tunis from 16 to 18 November 2005. More

  • UNESCO welcomes endorsement of freedom of expression, cultural diversity and access to information at WSIS
    18-11-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-139)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today welcomed the endorsement by 176 States attending the World Summit on the Information Society (Tunis, November 16-18) of UNESCO’s vision of “knowledge societies”. This vision is based on the four principles of freedom of expression, quality education for all, universal access to information and knowledge and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. More

  • New regional centre in Tunisia to help youth participate in the knowledge economy
    17-11-2005 10:30 am - (Press Release N°2005-138)
    UNESCO and Microsoft Corp, in cooperation with the Youth Observatory of the Tunisian Ministry of Youth, today inaugurated the InfoYouth Centre, a regional community technology centre for North Africa, designed to provide youth with access to, and skills training in, the information technologies (IT). The InfoYouth Centre will provide training for IT instructors in more than 200 youth centres across Tunisia, extending its reach to as many as 50,000 young people throughout the region each year. The opening took place during the second phase of the World Summit of the Information Society (WSIS), a United Nations conference aimed at developing a global framework to address challenges posed by the information society. More

  • UNESCO at 60: more necessary than ever
    16-11-2005 5:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-137)
    “What we are celebrating today is not so much the commemoration of a past event but pride in our capacity to respond with courage, energy and commitment to the challenges of our time,” said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his welcome address to the more than 1,000 guests who attended a ceremony at Headquarters today marking UNESCO’s 60th anniversary. More

  • World Science Forum opens in Budapest
    10-11-2005 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-136)
    The World Science Forum, organized by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, UNESCO and the International Council for Science (ICSU), opened today in Budapest (Hungary). Some 400 scientists, political decision-makers, and representatives of non-governmental organizations and private enterprise are attending the event, which continues through to November 12 on the theme Knowledge, Ethics and Responsibility. More

  • Literacy: a right still denied to nearly one-fifth of the world’s adult population
    09-11-2005 1:50 pm - (Press Release N°2005-134)
    Governments and donor countries are curtailing progress towards Education for All (EFA) – and broader poverty reduction – by according only marginal attention to the 771 million adults living without basic literacy skills, says the fourth edition of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, “Literacy for life”.* More

  • Physicists Commit to Sustainable Development
    07-11-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-135)
    The World Conference on Physics and Sustainable Development, a landmark event organized to celebrate the International Year of Physics, was held in Durban, South Africa, from October 31 to November 2. Hundreds of physicists from around the world formulated a plan aimed at resolving the challenges posed by sustainable development. More

  • Knowledge versus information societies : UNESCO report takes stock of the difference
    03-11-2005 2:40 pm - (Press Release N°2005-133)
    A UNESCO report launched today urges governments to expand quality education for all, increase community access to information and communication technology, and improve cross-border scientific knowledge-sharing, in an effort to narrow the digital and “knowledge” divides between the North and South and move towards a “smart” form of sustainable human development. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi newspaper editor Mohammad Harun Hassan
    25-10-2005 12:05 pm - (Press Release N°2005-132)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Mohammad Harun Hassan, editor-in-chief of the Nabdh Al Shabeb newspaper and Executive Secretary of the Iraqi Journalists Syndicate, in Baghdad on October 20. More

  • Zhang Xinsheng (China) elected Chairman of UNESCO’s Executive Board
    24-10-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-131)
    Xinsheng_71.jpgZhang Xinsheng, Vice Minister of Education of China and the country’s representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board, was today elected Chairman of the Organization’s Executive Board for a period of two years. More

  • Close of intense and productive General Conference at UNESCO
    21-10-2005 6:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-130)
    fin_conference_71.jpgThe 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

  • Science ministers stress importance of basic sciences and science education
    21-10-2005 2:05 pm - (Press Release N°2005-129)
    The 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

  • General Conference adopts Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions
    20-10-2005 7:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-128)
    tissage_71.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

  • UNESCO General Conference adopts International Convention Against Doping in Sport
    20-10-2005 11:20 am - (Press Release N°2005-125)
    sport_71.jpgThe International Convention Against Doping in Sport was adopted unanimously by the UNESCO General Conference meeting in Paris for its 33 d session. This is the first time a legal instrument aimed at eradicating doping is both binding and universal. More

  • UNESCO’s General Conference adopts Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights
    19-10-2005 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-127)
    adn_71.jpgUNESCO’s General Conference, gathered in Paris for its 33rd session, today adopted 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

  • UNESCO and Italy take first step towards creation of environmental institute
    19-10-2005 11:25 am - (Press Release N°2005-126)
    italy_71.jpgUNESCO and Italy have taken the first step towards establishing an institute for environmental development. The proposed institute would be located in Trieste (Italy) and offer an international programme for education, training and capacity building in environmental development. More

  • UNESCO Director-General deplores new restrictions on press freedom in Nepal
    17-10-2005 6:20 pm - (Press Release N°2005-124)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the severe restrictions on press freedom and freedom of expression represented by the new government ordinance issued in Nepal on October 9. More

  • Election of 29 members to UNESCO’s Executive Board
    14-10-2005 6:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-123)
    The 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
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  • UNESCO’s Director-General offers UNESCO’s support to countries ravaged by hurricane Stan
    14-10-2005 11:05 am - (Press Release N°2005-122)
    As El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico continue efforts to assist victims of the massive flooding and mudslides that devastated communities in the wake of Hurricane Stan last week, UNESCO’s Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has addressed his condolences to the four countries and offered the Organization’s help and expertise. More
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  • Arsenic removal water filter could help save millions of lives : UNESCO-IHE calls for donors
    13-10-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-121)
    arsenic_71.jpgA filter that removes arsenic from water and that could save tens of millions of lives was launched today at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Simple and ecologically sound, the filter uses an absorbent recycled by-product available at no cost almost everywhere in the world. It was developed by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education*. More
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  • Tertiary education soars in middle-income countries
    13-10-2005 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-120)
    ed_trends_71.jpgMore students than ever are seeking higher education in middle-income countries, where tertiary enrolment has jumped by 77 percent over the past decade. This compares to an increase of 43 percent in rich countries, according to a new study* by UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). More
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  • Koïchiro Matsuura appointed to a second term as Director-General of UNESCO
    12-10-2005 3:30 am - (Press Release N°2005-119)
    DG_71.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
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  • At UNESCO, the President of Portugal and the Prime Minister of Thailand plead for quality education
    12-10-2005 2:20 am - (Press Release No. 2005-118)
    portugal_71.jpgThe Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, Thaksin Shinawatra, and the Président Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, today addressed UNESCO’s General Conference pleading in favour of quality education. More
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  • UNESCO Director-General presents his condolences to Pakistan, India and Afghanistan and proposes assistance
    11-10-2005 8:00 am - (Press Release N°2005-117)
    The 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
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  • Education ministers reaffirm their commitment to Education for All goals
    10-10-2005 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-116)
    efa_71.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
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  • Heads of State of Tajikistan and Bosnia and Herzegovina advocate dialogue and cultural diversity at UNESCO’s General Conference
    10-10-2005 3:25 pm - (Press Release N° 2005-115)
    Tajikistan_71.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
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  • LIFE 2005-2015: UNESCO’s new initiative for literacy
    06-10-2005 12:10 pm - (Press Release N°2005-114)
    Life_71.jpgUNESCO’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
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