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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • 47th Session of International Education Conference closes in Geneva
    13-09-2004 3:30 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 86)
    Geneva - Delegates from more than 135 countries attending the 47th Session of the International Conference on Education have identified a range of priority actions aimed at improving the quality of education for all young people and appealed for the mobilization of all partners in order to achieve this goal. “Quality education for all young people: challenges, trends and priorities” was the theme of this session of the conference, organized periodically by UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva. More
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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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  • International Conference on Education Opens
    08-09-2004 6:00 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 84)
    Geneva - Over 70 ministers of education are participating in the 47th session of UNESCO’s International Conference on Education (ICE), which opened here today amidst celebrations for International Literacy Day. More
    Spanish

  • 2004 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture awarded to Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Juan Vernet Ginés
    06-09-2004 11:30 am - (Press Release No 2004 - 83)
    The Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture for 2004 has been awarded to Tunisian researcher Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Spanish historian Juan Vernet Ginés by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, following recommendations made by an international jury that met at the Organization's headquarters on September 1 and 2. More
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  • UNESCO Director-General shocked at heavy death toll in school in Ossetia
    03-09-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 82)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, said he was deeply shocked by the heavy death toll in the hostage crisis in a school in Beslan, in the Russian Federation today, and condemned the hostage takers for sacrificing innocent lives. More
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  • Director-General stresses importance of Documentary Heritage following Fire In Weimar
    03-09-2004 5:00 pm - (Press Release No.2004-81)
    weimerV.jpgUNESCO Director General Koïchiro Matsuura today deplored the great loss caused by a fire at a UNESCO World Heritage property, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library in Weimar (Germany) where more than 30,000 exceptional books and manuscripts were destroyed. More
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  • The First Lady of Azerbaijan to be appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    03-09-2004 4:30 pm - (Press release N°2004-80)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint Mehriban Aliyeva, the First lady of Azerbaijan, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions, at a cermony to be held at the Organization’s Headquarters on September 9 (12:30). More
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  • Congo - Heritage in Danger
    03-09-2004 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 79)
    OkapiVCP.jpgUNESCO is organizing, with the United Nations Foundation (UNF) the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and several conservation organizations, the first international event to support the DRC’s heritage in danger. The event, “Congo – Heritage in Danger” aims to contribute to the long-term survival of this unique natural heritage.
    (Photo © Gilman International Conservation) More
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  • UNESCO Director-General calls for immediate release of hostages held in school siege
    02-09-2004 5:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2004-78)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has joined the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Executive Director of UNICEF in demanding the “immediate and unconditional release of all the hostages” being held at a secondary school in Beslan (Russian Federation). More
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  • Director-General urges the release of french journalists held hostage in Iraq
    31-08-2004 6:25 am - (Press release N°2004-77)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today made an urgent plea for the release of Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, the two French journalists held hostage in Iraq, and vigourously condemned the shameful targeting of journalists in that country. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of bangladeshi journalist Kamal Hossain
    31-08-2004 5:20 am - (Press release N°2004-76)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder on August 22 of investigative reporter Kamal Hossain in Bangladesh and voiced alarm at the unacceptable pressures exercised on the profession in that country. More
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  • 47th Session of the International Conference on Education to focus on quality
    31-08-2004 5:05 am - (Press release N°2004-75)
    A growing loss of confidence in education systems and structures and a general perception that students are not learning what they need to cope with today’s societies, provide the backdrop for the 47th session of the International Conference on Education (ICE), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from September 8-11* on the theme “Quality education for all young people: Challenges, Trends and Priorities”. More
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  • Director-General condemns killing of italian journalist Enzo Baldoni in Iraq
    28-08-2004 6:00 am - (Press release N°2004-74)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the assassination in Iraq of Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni and voiced outrage at the increasing targeting of media professionals in the country. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of nepalese journalist Dakendra Raj Thapa
    27-08-2004 4:30 am - (Press release N°2004-73)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of journalist Dakendra Raj Thapa by Maoist rebels in the west of Nepal on August 11. More
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  • Director-General condemns killing of Sri Lankan journalist Iyer Balanadarajah
    20-08-2004 4:35 am - (Press release N°2004-72)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Iyer Balanadarajah, better known as Sinna Baia, a reporter of the Tamil weekly Thinamurasu, and called for a full investigation of the killing, the second assassination of a journalist in Sri Lanka this year. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of journalist Roger Mariano, 3rd in Philippines this year
    06-08-2004 12:40 am - (Press Release N°2004-71)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura condemned the assassination of Philippines radio broadcaster Roger Mariano in Laoag City, in the north of the Philippines on July 31. More
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  • Finalists of first worldwide School Contest based on intercultural dialogue
    31-07-2004 4:00 am - (Press release N°2004-70)
    mondialV.jpgParis, July 30 – An international jury selected 25 finalists [*] of the “Mondialogo School Contest” - the first global contest for school students involved in intercultural dialogue - at UNESCO Headquarters today. The 25 finalists, each consisting of two teams from different countries, were chosen by the jury whose members include former President of Iceland Vigdis Finnbogadottir, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, Lebanese composer Marcel Khalife, Japanese painter Countess Setsuko Klossowska de Rola and Malian scientist Cheick Diarra. More
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  • Research shows oceans becoming more acidic
    16-07-2004 11:10 pm - (Press release N°2004 - 69)
    G_Oceanica100px.gifThe world’s oceans are absorbing an unprecedented amount of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is increasing their acidity and possibly threatening the long-term survival of many marine species, especially calcifying organisms including corals, shellfish and phytoplankton. According to research presented recently at a symposium organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the International Council for Science’s Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR), this in turn could disrupt marine food chains and alter ocean biogeochemistry in ways that are not yet understood or predictable. More
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  • Inauguration of the Mostar Bridge
    16-07-2004 6:30 am - (Press release N°2004 - 68)
    nouveauhd1_100.jpgOn July 23rd in Mostar, the reconstructed Old Bridge will be inaugurated by the chairman of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite presidency, Sulejman Tihic, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, representing the entire United Nations, in the presence of about ten heads of state and other top European political figures. Destroyed in 1993 during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Old Bridge was the symbol of the city of Mostar. Rebuilt 11 years later, this bridge becomes the symbol of reconciliation and human solidarity. More
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  • Japanese ballerina Miyako Yoshida named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    16-07-2004 12:55 am - (Press release N°2004 - 67)
    Japanese ballerina Miyako Yoshida will be appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Organization's Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, on Wednesday, July 21st "in recognition of her outstanding contribution to classical dance and for her devotion to the cause of the Organization's goals and aims, in the field of its programme for arts education". The ceremony will take place at 12.30 pm in the Japanese garden. More
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  • UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of journalist Paul Klebnikov
    15-07-2004 11:45 pm - (Press release N°2004 - 66)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today categorically condemned the murder of Paul Klebnikov, chief editor of the Russian edition of Forbes magazine, who was killed in Moscow on July 9. More
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  • Early Childhood care and education: a continuing challenge in high population countries
    13-07-2004 10:45 pm - (Press release N°2004 - 65)
    Despite enormous demand, early childhood care and education remains a privilege for young children in most of the world’s nine high population countries known as the E-9 group (Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan), according to a new report published by UNESCO. More
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  • Ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani and ruins of Songo Mnara in Tanzania inscribed on World Heritage in Danger List
    07-07-2004 4:55 am - (Press release N°2004 - 64)
    The ruins of the great sea-ports of Kilwa Kisiwani and of Songo Mnara situated off the coast of the United Republic of Tanzania were inscribed yesterday on the List of World Heritage in Danger by the 21-member World Heritage Committee, which is holding its annual meeting in Suzhou until July 7. More
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  • World Heritage Committee sounds the alarm for Cologne Cathedral
    06-07-2004 4:25 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 63)
    The Cathedral of Cologne (Germany), one of Europe’s masterpieces of Gothic architecture, was inscribed today on the List of World Heritage in Danger by the 21-member World Heritage Committee, which is holding its annual meeting in Suzhou until July 7. More
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  • Angkor among the three sites removed from UNESCO's List of World Heritage in danger
    05-07-2004 10:40 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 62)
    Cambodia’s celebrated temples and palaces at Angkor were removed from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger today, as were the Bahla Fort (Oman) and Rwenzori Mountains National Park (Uganda). More
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  • Iran’s ancient city of Bam among the 34 new sites inscribed on World Heritage List
    02-07-2004 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 61)
    The rich archaeological remains of the Iranian city of Bam, where 26,000 lost their lives in the earthquake of December 26, 2003, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, alongside 12 other new cultural sites listed today by the World Heritage Committee holding its 28th session in Suzhou. This brings to 788 the number of cultural, natural and mixed sites now on the List. More
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  • Thirteen new sites inscribed on World Heritage List
    01-07-2004 7:00 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 60)
    Suzhou (China) - The Democratic People's Republic of Korea had its first site inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List today with the addition of a complex of Koguryo tombs. Andorra also entered the List with the cultural landscape of Madriu-Claror-Perafita Valley. They were among 13 cultural sites listed in Suzhou today. More
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  • New sites on World Heritage List
    30-06-2004 6:40 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 59)
    A glacier-fjord in Greenland, the Ilulissat Icefjord, is among the five new natural sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, while the extraordinary earthen architecture of Koutammakou, the Land of the Batammariba, in Togo, is one of three new cultural sites inscribed by the World Heritage Committee in Suzhou today. More
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  • United Nations at EXPO 2005 Aichi
    29-06-2004 4:00 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 57)
    At the invitation of the Government of Japan the United Nations has announced that it will participate in the World Exposition (EXPO) 2005 to take place in Aichi, Japan, from next March 25 to September 25, 2005. More
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  • Olympic flame kindles spirit of reconciliation during passage past UNESCO
    26-06-2004 4:00 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 56)
    A 15–year old Israeli girl, Lotus Ammar, passed the Olympic flame to a 15 year old Palestinian boy, Zayd Khader Mostafa, in front of the Organization’s Paris Headquarters this evening, in a gesture charged with the spirit of peace and reconciliation that both the Olympic Games and UNESCO embody. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Mexican journalist Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco
    25-06-2004 11:25 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 55)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco, co-editor of weekly Zeta, on June 22 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippines radio broadcaster Ely Binoya
    23-06-2004 4:30 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 54)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of radio manager and broadcaster Ely Binoya in General Santos City, in the southern Philippines on June 17. More
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  • New sites to be added to World Heritage List
    23-06-2004 1:50 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 53)
    Forty-eight sites will be considered for inscription on UNESCO’s World Heritage List of outstanding cultural and natural sites during the 28th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which will meet at the Urban Planning Convention Center in Suzhou (China) from June 28 to July 7. More
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  • Congo - Heritage in Danger
    Protecting the wonders of the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Exhibition - Concert - International Conference
    Unesco Headquarters, Paris, 10-26 September 2004

    15-06-2004 10:20 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 52)
    The conflict that has ravaged the Great Lakes region has resulted in the loss of countless lives. It has also caused severe damage to the exceptional biodiversity of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The DRC’s five natural sites, the four National Parks of Virunga, of Garamba, Kahuzi-Biega and Salonga and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve, are today on the List of World Heritage in Danger. It is vital to preserve this exceptionally rich ecosystem, part of a tropical forest that is second only to the Amazonian forest. This is the goal set by UNESCO and the United Nations Foundation in organizing the first major international event in support of Congo’s World Heritage in danger. More
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  • Mauritius second State to ratify the International Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
    10-06-2004 5:10 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 51)
    Mauritius became the second Member State to ratify the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)* after completing the required procedure at the Organization on June 4. More
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  • Director-General condemns attack on BBC journalists in Saudi Arabia
    09-06-2004 4:30 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 50)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned Sunday’s shooting outside the Saudi capital Riyadh, which left BBC cameraman Simon Cumbers dead and reporter Frank Gardner injured. More
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  • Director-General condemns murder of Montenegrin journalist Dusko Jovanovic
    09-06-2004 3:05 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 49)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Dusko Jovanovic, the publisher and editor-in-chief of the Montenegrin opposition daily Dan, on May 28 and welcomed reports of an investigation into the killing. More
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  • Alpha Oumar Konaré calls for a united and indivisible Africa
    29-05-2004 8:15 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 48)
    konareV.jpgThe Chairman of the Commission of the African Union, Alpha Oumar Konaré, presented a plea in favour of a united and indivisible Africa “where no African will be made to feel a foreigner”, in an address at UNESCO which the former president of Mali visited today on the occasion of the Africa Day celebrations taking place at the Organization’s Headquarters. More
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  • Iraqi intellectuals meeting at UNESCO outline a new cultural policy for Iraq
    29-05-2004 6:20 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 47)
    Irak_V.jpgRespect for cultural diversity, promotion of creativity and participation of all in cultural life, and the safeguarding cultural heritage form the three pillars of an Appeal adopted yesterday by participants at the First Cultural Forum for Iraq, organized by UNESCO on May 26 and 27 at Headquarters. More
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  • Manu Dibango appointed UNESCO Artist for peace
    26-05-2004 4:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2004 - 46)
    Manu_V.jpgManu Dibango (Cameroon), one of Africa’s most renowned popular musicians, will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on May 27 (6 p.m.) in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters. More
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  • International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage in Iraq: seven recommendations
    26-05-2004 7:50 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 45)
    JazairiV.jpgThe International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Iraq (ICC), established under the joint auspices of the Iraqi authorities and UNESCO, concluded its first meeting at the Organization’s Headquarters this evening. The two-day meeting was chaired by Iraq’s Minister for Culture, Moufid al Jazairi. More
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  • Film directors Ousmane Sembene and Chantal Akerman awarded UNESCO's Fellini medal
    26-05-2004 12:30 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 44)
    felliniV.jpgFilm directors Ousmane Sembene (Senegal) and Chantal Akerman (Belgium) will receive UNESCO’s Fellini medal on May 28 in Barcelona. The medal is awarded to directors and actors in recognition of their contribution to the respect and promotion of cultural diversity. More
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  • Ice hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov to be named UNESCO Champion for Sport
    22-05-2004 5:30 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 43)
    fetissovV.jpgRussian ice hockey champion Vyacheslav Fetisov, who heads the Russian Federation’s Federal Agency for Sport, Physical Education and Tourism, will be named UNESCO Champion for Sport by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on Wednesday, May 26, 6.30 p.m. More
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  • Winners of the 2004 UNESCO Literacy Prizes
    19-05-2004 3:00 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 42)
    UNESCO’s 2004 international literacy prizes have been awarded to programmes in Mauritius, Brazil and China. The laureates of the International Reading Association Literacy Award and the two King Sejong Literacy Prizes were selected by a jury that met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from May 10 to 14. More
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  • First Lady of Ukraine to be named Special Envoy for the promotion of young talent
    12-05-2004 2:50 am - (Press Release N°2004 - 41)
    The First Lady of Ukraine, Lyudmyla Kuchma, will be designated UNESCO Special Envoy for the promotion of young talent. Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint Ms Kuchma in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on Wednesday, May 12, (5 p.m., Hall Segur). More
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  • Scott Momaday appointed UNESCO Artist for Peace
    10-05-2004 11:00 pm - (Press Release N°2004 - 40)
    Celebrated US author Navarre Scott Momaday, will be designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on May 12 at 6.30 p.m. More
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  • Nantes hosts World Forum on Human Rights from May 16 to 19
    05-05-2004 12:50 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 39)
    HRForum_100.jpgThe French city of Nantes will host the World Forum on Human Rights from May 16 to 19, an event organized by the city at the initiative and with the support of UNESCO. The Forum will focus on three major themes: Human Rights and Terrorism; Globalization and the Struggle Against All Forms of Discrimination and Exclusion; Poverty as a Violation of Human Rights. More
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  • World Press Freedom Day in Belgrade
    03-05-2004 6:00 pm - (Press Release No.2004-38)
    Belgrade (Serbia and Montenegro) – UNESCO marked World Press Freedom Day on May 3, with an international conference on Media in Conflict Areas and in Countries in Transition - which ended with the adoption of the Belgrade Declaration* on support to the media in conflict and post-conflict situations, and the award ceremony of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize* won this year by Cuban journalist and poet Raul Rivero. More
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  • Closure of 169th session of UNESCO's Executive Board
    28-04-2004 5:45 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 37)
    exbdVig.jpgThe 169th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), closed today after two weeks of debate focused notably on Education for All, cultural diversity and bioethics. “Over the course of this session, we made some tangible progress,” declared the Chairman in his closing speech. More
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  • UNESCO launches Forgotten Slaves programme
    23-04-2004 6:15 pm - (Press Release No 2004 - 36)
    Forgotten Slaves is the name of a new research and information programme launched at UNESCO Headquarters today. The programme, implemented by the French Marine Archaeology Group (GRAN) with UNESCO support, was inspired by the wreck of the slave ship l’Utile off the shores of the Tromelin Island in the Indian Ocean in 1761. The programme is part of the International Year for the Commemoration of the Struggle Against Slavery and its Abolition (2004), and of UNESCO’s Slave Route Programme. More
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