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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • Presidents of Afghanistan and Germany celebrate human dignity at special 60th anniversary session of General Conference
    05-10-2005 6:40 pm - (Press Release N°2005-113)
    karzai_seul.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
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  • UNESCO General Conference opens its 33rd session with visit of the presidents of Ghana and Sri Lanka
    03-10-2005 6:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-112)
    Kufuor_71.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
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  • Executive Board lays the groundwork for the General Conference
    29-09-2005 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-110)
    The 172nd session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), ended today after two weeks of work focusing primarily on the preparation of the Organization’s 33rd General Conference, which opens on October 3. More
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  • United Nations Pavilion at Expo 2005 Aichi:more than 2,000,000 visitors
    28-09-2005 5:10 pm - (Press Release N°2005-109)
    pavilion_71.jpgSome 2,100,000 people visited the United Nations Pavilion at Expo Aichi 2005, which closed its doors on September 25 in Aichi, Japan. The number of visitors surpassed original estimates. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Firas Maadidi
    23-09-2005 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-108)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Iraqi journalist Firas Maadidi on September 20 in Mosul, northern Iraq. He was the bureau chief of the Iraqi As-Saffir newspaper. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of journalists Hind Ismail and Fakher Haider in Iraq
    22-09-2005 10:40 am - (Press Release N°2005-106)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of two journalists in separate incidents in Iraq: Hind Ismail, of the Mosul daily As-Saffir, on September 16, and Fakher Haider of the New York Times, on September 18. More
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  • UNESCO’s Executive Board nominates Mr Koïchiro Matsuura for another term as Director-General
    19-09-2005 5:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-105)
    candidate_100.jpgAt today’s opening plenary of the 172nd session, the Executive Board considered the nomination of the Director-General as well as the candidature for President of the 33rd General Conference of UNESCO. More
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  • UNESCO Executive Board convenes to prepare General Conference
    16-09-2005 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-104)
    The 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
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  • Saudi Arabia provides US$ 15 million to UNESCO programme for students and universities in the Palestinian Territories
    15-09-2005 4:55 pm - (Press Release N°2005-103)
    The Saudi Committee for the Relief of the Palestinian People yesterday committed US$15.2 million to a UNESCO programme to benefit Palestinian universities and students in need. The programme will be implemented immediately out of UNESCO’s office in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. More
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  • President Wade of Senegal to receive the 2005 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize
    13-09-2005 4:05 pm - (Press Release N°2005-102)
    wade_100.jpgThe President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade, was chosen today as the laureate of UNESCO’s 2005 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize by an international jury presided by former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Henry Kissinger. More
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  • Twenty-one States have ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    09-09-2005 5:40 pm - (Press Release N°2005-101)
    ratification_inde_100.jpgTwenty-one States (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) have now ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2003. More
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  • Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi television reporter Rafed Al Rubaii
    02-09-2005 2:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-100)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the shooting by unknown gunmen of Iraqi television reporter Rafed Al Rubaii as he was covering a demonstration in Diyala, east of Baghdad on August 27. The Director-General reiterated his call for measures to be taken to improve the safety of journalists in Iraq. More
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  • Czech National Library to receive UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize, awarded for the first time this year
    31-08-2005 5:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-99)
    The National Library of the Czech Republic will be awarded the first UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize in recognition of its contribution to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage on September 2. The prize giving ceremony will take place in Cheongju in the Republic of Korea. More
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  • Director-General deplores killing in Iraq of Reuters sound engineer Waleed Khaled
    31-08-2005 5:25 pm - (Press Release N°2005-98)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the killing of Reuters sound engineer Waleed Khaled, in Baghdad on August 28, and the injuries inflicted on his colleague Haider Kadhem. He called on all the forces present in the country to exercise vigilance to protect journalists in the exercise of their profession. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Sri Lankan journalist Relangi Selvarajah and her husband
    18-08-2005 12:00 pm - (Press Release No.2005 – 97)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Sri Lankan television journalist Relangi Selvarajah and her husband in the capital Colombo on August 12. More
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  • Director-General mourns the loss of Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister
    18-08-2005 10:40 am - (Press Release N° 2005-96)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has written to the President of Sri Lanka, Chandrika Kumaratunga, voicing grief at the assassination of Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar. He also called for the peace process in the country to be continued. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi TV producer Adnan Al Bayati
    10-08-2005 10:50 am - (Press Release N° 2005-95)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Iraqi television producer and interpreter Adnan Al Bayati on July 23. Mr Adnan had been working for Italian television stations Rai, Mediaset and TG3, and for the magazine Panorama. More
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  • Director-General condemns killing of U.S. reporter Steven Vincent in Basra and calls for improved safety
    08-08-2005 11:00 am - (Press Release N° 2005-94)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing in Basra, in southern Iraq, of Steven Vincent, a freelance reporter from the U.S.A., on August 2. He also urged that greater priority be given to improve the safety of journalists in the country. More
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  • Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System takes shape
    05-08-2005 5:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2005-93)
    Perth (Western Australia) - Progress on the implementation of a Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System was reviewed by Indian Ocean nations at a three-day meeting of the System’s Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) which ended here today. More
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  • Young researchers invited to apply for UNESCO/Suzanne Mubarak/Japan-Egypt Friendship Research Fellowships
    04-08-2005 12:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2005-92)
    UNESCO is inviting young post-graduate women researchers in developing countries with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or equivalent) to apply for the UNESCO/Suzanne Mubarak/Japan-Egypt Friendship Research Fellowships for the Empowerment of Women in Peace and Gender Studies (2006 Cycle)*. The fellowships are proposed by Egypt and financed by Japan. More
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  • Director-General condemns fatal assault on Sierra Leonean newspaper editor Harry Yansaneh
    02-08-2005 3:20 pm - (Press Release N° 2005-91)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura has condemned the killing of Harry Yansaneh, editor of For Di People newspaper, who died on July 28, apparently following an assault on May 10. The Director-General also condemned acts of vandalism against the newspaper. More
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  • Director-General invites Young Researchers to Apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Fellowships
    22-07-2005 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-90)
    UNESCO has invited young post-graduate researchers in developing countries with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) to apply for fellowships, each worth a maximum of US$6,000 to US$10,000, through the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to the development of human resources. More
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  • Director-General Condemns Killing of Journalist Jacques Roche
    18-07-2005 4:20 pm - (Press Release No.2005-89)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Haitian journalist Jacques Roche, whose body was found July 14 in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Mr Roche, cultural editor with the daily Le Matin, was reported kidnapped on July 10. More
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  • Director-General Condemns Killing of Journalist José Cândido Amorim Pinto
    18-07-2005 3:30 pm - (Press Release No.2005-88)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Cândido Amorim Pinto, a radio show host on Rádio Comunitária Alterniva FM in Carpina, town in Pernambuco (Brazil) where he was shot to death on July 1. More
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  • Mostar, Macao and Biblical vestiges in Israel are among the 17 cultural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    15-07-2005 10:45 pm - (Press Release No.2005-87)
    The World Heritage Committee, chaired by Themba Wakashe, South Africa’s Deputy Director-General for Heritage and National Archives, today inscribed 17 cultural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

    The World Heritage List now numbers 812 sites in total, which includes: 628 cultural; 160 natural and 24 mixed sites in 137 States Parties. With today’s inscriptions. Bahrain, the Republic of Moldova and Bosnia and Herzegovina enter the List for the first time. The sites inscribed during the current session of the World Heritage Committee include three transboundary sites and extensions to seven sites that were already on the List. One of the sites inscribed today, Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works in Chile, was also inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. More
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  • Norwegian Fjords and Japan’s Shiretoko peninsula are among the seven natural sites added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    14-07-2005 7:30 pm - (Press Release No.2005-86)
    The World Heritage Committee chaired by Themba Wakashe, South Africa’s Deputy Director-General for Heritage and National Archives, today inscribed seven natural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The Committee also decided to extend two natural sites already on the List. The one is extended in size while the extension of the other makes it both a natural and cultural site. More
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  • Three sites withdrawn from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger
    13-07-2005 6:50 pm - (Press Release No.2005-85)
    Improvements in the preservation of three threatened World Heritage sites have led to their withdrawal from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The World Heritage Committee decided to remove the sites of Sangay (Ecuador), Timbuktu (Mali) and Butrint (Albania) during its 29th session currently taking place in Durban, South Africa (July 10 to 17). The Committee is chaired by Themba Wakashe, South Africa’s Deputy Director-General for Heritage and National Archives.
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  • Nelson Mandela joins the ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    12-07-2005 10:55 am - (Press Release No. 2005-84)
    Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa, has been designated UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, in a ceremony today at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa. More
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  • Director-General expresses indignation at London transport attacks
    07-07-2005 6:20 pm - (Press Release N°2005-83)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today expressed indignation at the announcement of deadly bomb attacks on London’s public transportation this morning. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi
    06-07-2005 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-82)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination on July 1 of Khaled Sabih Al Attar, a satirical programme producer on Iraq’s Al-Irakiya television, and called for urgent measures to increase the safety of journalists in the country. More
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  • Director-General condemns assassination of Philippines radio journalist Rolando Morales
    06-07-2005 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-81)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination of radio journalist Rolando Morales in General Santos City, in the southwest of the Philippines on July 3. More
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  • Australian Marine Park Authority and Mexican Ecologist Receive 2005 Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Protection
    05-07-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-80)
    Koïchiro Matsuura , Director-General of UNESCO, has attributed this year’s Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Protection jointly to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (Australia) and to Dr Ernesto C. Enkerlin-Hoeflich (Mexico). The Bureau of the International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme chose them at its meeting on June 29, during which it also selected ten young researchers to receive the 2006 MAB Young Scientist Awards. More
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  • Sculptor Gerard Voisin to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    05-07-2005 11:45 am - (Press Release N°2005-79)
    French sculptor and poet Gérard Voisin will receive the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on July 7 during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters (Ségur Hall, 6 p.m.). The inauguration of a retrospective exhibition of his work, to be held at UNESCO from July 7 to August 19, follows the ceremony. More
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  • Director-General condemns killing of journalist Magomedzarid Varisov
    04-07-2005 1:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-78)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of journalist Magomedzarid Varisov, who died of gunshot wounds on June 28 on a street in Makhachkala, Dagestan (Russian Federation). More
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  • Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System formally established - Work begins on systems for the Caribbean and the Mediterranean
    30-06-2005 12:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-77)
    The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System formally came into existence today with the establishment of an Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) to govern it. More
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  • Twenty-three New Biosphere Reserves Added to UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Network
    29-06-2005 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-76)
    Twenty-two new sites in 17 countries as well as one transboundary site between Senegal and Mauritania have been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme. An extension to an existing Biosphere Reserve was also approved. The Network now consists of 482 sites in 102 countries. More
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  • Underwater heritage convention ratified by five States
    29-06-2005 11:45 am - (Press Release N°2005-75)
    Five States (Panama, Bulgaria, Croatia, Spain, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya) have now ratified the Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in october 2001. More
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  • Traditional medicine of the Chinese Miao community selected for Harmony List
    28-06-2005 9:45 am - (Press Release N°2005-74)
    The traditional medicine of the Miao community (Guizhou Province, China) has been selected by the Harmony List Jury as the 2005 best cultural practice contributing to sustainable development. More

  • 2005 UNESCO Literacy Prize winners announced - United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012)
    24-06-2005 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2005-73)
    Literacy projects in Mozambique, Spain and Sudan are the winners of the 2005 UNESCO Literacy prizes, announced today by the Organization’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura. More
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  • Twenty-nine new documentary collections inscribed on the Memory of the World Register
    21-06-2005 11:10 am - (Press Release N°2005-72)
    Twenty-nine documentary collections in 24 countries have been inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. These additions bring to 120 the total number of inscriptions on the Register to date. They include, for the first time, collections from Albania, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Lebanon, Namibia, Portugal, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom and United States of America. More
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  • Director-General welcomes release of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi assistant Hussein Hanoun
    14-06-2005 10:35 am - (Press Release N°2005-71)
    The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today welcomed the release from captivity in Iraq of French journalist Florence Aubenas and her Iraqi assistant Hussein Hanoun after five months in captivity in Iraq. More
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  • Education for All in Africa: Paving the Way for Action
    13-06-2005 1:50 pm - (Press Release N°2005-70)
    Thirteen African countries have, or should have attained Universal Primary Education (UPE) by the target date of 2015, according to a report entitled Education for All: Paving the Way for Action released today in Dakar (Senegal). However, the report finds that another 31 African countries will not have reached the goal unless they change their education policies. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Somali journalist Duniya Muhiyadin Nur
    09-06-2005 2:30 pm - (Press Release No.2005-69)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Somali radio journalist Duniya Muhiyadin Nur, and called on improved safety for journalists working in Somalia. More
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  • Director-General condemns assassination of Libyan journalist Daif Al Ghazal
    09-06-2005 11:45 am - (Press Release No.2005-68)
    AlGhazal.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the brutal torture and murder of Libyan writer and journalist Daif Al Ghazal whose body was found on June 2. More
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  • Director-General condemns assassination of Bangladeshi journalist Golam Mahfuz
    08-06-2005 10:15 am - (Press Release N°2005-67)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination on May 31 of Golam Mahfuz, the editor of the daily newspaper Comilla Muktakantha, in Bangladesh and voiced concern over an increase in attacks on media professionals in the country. More
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  • Marcel Khalifé named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    03-06-2005 11:50 am - (Press Release N°2005-66)
    paix_100.jpgMarcel Khalifé, the Lebanese musician and writer, will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace on June 7 by UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters (7th floor restaurant 6.30 p.m.). More
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  • Director-General condemns the killing of Lebanese journalist Samir Kassir
    03-06-2005 11:45 am - (Press Release N°2005-65)
    samir.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the killing in a car-bomb attack in Beirut this week of Samir Kassir, a prominent Lebanese journalist , symbol of press freedom and freedom of expression in his country. More
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  • Indian physicist and Brazilian biologist announced winners of the first Trieste Science Prizes
    30-05-2005 2:30 pm - (Press Release N°2005-64)
    sergio_100.jpgAn Indian physicist and a Brazilian biologist are the first winners of the Trieste Science Prize, awarded by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS, a UNESCO administered non governmental organization) and leading Italian coffee producer, illycaffé. More
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  • President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria celebrates Africa Day at UNESCO
    25-05-2005 6:50 pm - (Press Release N°2005-63)
    obasanjo_100.jpgPresident Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, who is also serving as the Chairman of the African Union (AU), outlined Africa’s achievements, development plans and expectations during a visit to UNESCO on the occasion of Africa Day celebrations. During the visit, President Obsanjo and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, signed a Joint Communiqué paving the way for reinforced cooperation. More
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  • Prince Twins Seven-Seven Named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    24-05-2005 10:50 am - (Press Release N°2005-62)
    Prince Twins Seven-Seven, the Nigerian artist, will be designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on May 25 (Room I at 2.30 p.m.) in the presence of Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria and of the African Union. The ceremony takes place on Africa Day. More
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