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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • Director-General condemns brutal killing of Sudanese newspaper editor Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed
    11-09-2006 8:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-112)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the kidnapping and beheading of Sudanese newspaper editor Mohammed Taha Mohammed Ahmed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. More

  • UNESCO sends experts to carry out technical assessment of the effects of the war on Lebanon’s cultural heritage
    08-09-2006 4:45 pm - (Press Release N°2006-111)
    71_liban.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today announced that the Organization will send a mission of experts, from September 10 to 16, to assess the potential damage caused to cultural sites in the recent conflict in Lebanon. More

  • International Literacy Day 2006
    06-09-2006 3:45 am - (Press Release N°2006-110)
    Literacy Sustains Development is the theme of this year’s International Literacy Day to be celebrated around the world on September 8. In his message for this day, the Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura stressed that “Literacy is widely acknowledged as one of the most powerful tools of development, which makes its relative neglect all the more frustrating.” Mr Matsuura added that literacy is also “a lever of change and an instrument for achieving further social progress.” More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Venezuelan journalist Jesús Flores Rojas
    01-09-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-109)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Venezuelan journalist Jesús Flores Rojas who was shot dead in El Tigre in eastern Venezuela on 23 August. More

  • Director-General welcomes US$2 million Japanese government donation of for Burundi
    31-08-2006 9:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-107)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has welcomed the donation by Japan of US$2.18 million for the “Inter Agency Programme on the Sustainable Rehabilitation of War Victims in Burundi,” which will be channeled through the Trust Fund For Human Security and involve a number of United Nations agencies, including UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO to assist Lebanese early recovery in culture and education
    30-08-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release No.2006-106)
    Damaged_school_Bint_Jbeil.jpgUNESCO will assist the Lebanese government by providing support for vocational education, children and youth traumatized by recent events, and helping to preserve the country’s rich cultural heritage. These areas of immediate assistance, which will be part of the government’s early recovery efforts, were identified during a UNESCO mission to Lebanon last week led by the Director of the Organization’s Beirut Office, Abdel Moneim Osman. The mission met with Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Culture Minister Tarek Mitri and Education Minister Khaled Kabbani. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Sri Lankan newspaper managing director Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah
    28-08-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-105)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah, the managing director of Namathu Eelanadu, a Tamil-language newspaper, in Jaffna, in the north of Sri Lanka, on 20 August. More

  • Director-General condemns the brutal killing of Kaieteur News employees in Georgetown, Guyana
    21-08-2006 4:15 pm - (Press Release N°2006-104)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the brutal murder of four employees of the Guyanese newspaper Kaieteur News on the night of 8 August. More

  • UNESCO sends mission to determine how it can help Lebanon’s early recovery efforts
    21-08-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-103)
    15619.jpgFour UNESCO experts today begin a five-day mission in Lebanon where they will meet Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and members of his government to determine how the Organization will help the country’s early recovery efforts. More

  • Missa Johnouchi Named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    18-08-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-102)
    Renowned Japanese conductor and composer Missa Johnouchi, will be designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura at a ceremony at the Teikoku Hotel (Imperial Hotel), in Tokyo on 21 August 2006, at 6.30 p.m., to be followed by a press conference (7.15 p.m. - 7.45 p.m.). More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Colombian journalist Milton Fabián Sánchez
    18-08-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-101)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of radio journalist Milton Fabián Sánchez in Yumbo, in southeastern Colombia on 9 August. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Mexican editor Enrique Perea Quintanilla
    17-08-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-100)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Mexican crime magazine editor Enrique Perea Quintanilla at Chihuahua in northern Mexico on 9 August. More

  • Sixty States have already ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage*
    16-08-2006 4:15 pm - (Press Release N°2006-99)
    At the request of the Algerian Government, it has been decided to postpone the session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to avoid any conflict with the end of Ramadan. The Committee will therefore meet on 18 and 19 November 2006**, and consequently, with the agreement of the President of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, it has also been decided to convene an extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention on 9 November. The General Assembly will be held at UNESCO Headquarters. It will elect six additional members to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. More

  • Director-General condemns new wave of killing of journalists in Iraq
    16-08-2006 10:30 am - (Press Release N°2006-98)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of four journalists in separate attacks in Iraq since late July and called for measures to counter the alarming campaign against freedom of the press in the country. More

  • Declaration by the Director-General of UNESCO
    11-08-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release no. 2006-97)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today issued the following declaration on the crisis in the Middle East. More

  • UNESCO Director-General launches “heritage alert” for the Middle East
    11-08-2006 1:50 pm - (Press Release No.2006-96)
    site_299_71.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today launched an alert to protect heritage in the Middle East. The full text of the declaration follows: More

  • Director-General condemns killing of Chinese reporter Xiao Guopeng
    09-08-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release No.2006-95)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the beating to death of reporter Xiao Guopeng by a police officer in the province of Guizhou on 18 July. More

  • Director-General condemns killing of Russian journalist Yevgeny Gerasimenko
    04-08-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-94)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Russian journalist Yevgeny Gerasimenko who was found dead in his apartment in Saratov, in southeastern Russia, on 26 July. More

  • Director-General condemns killing of Brazilian journalist Ajuricaba Monassa de Paula
    03-08-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-93)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the beating to death of freelance journalist Ajuricaba Monassa de Paula in Guapirimim, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on 24 July. More

  • Director-General condemns killing of TV cameraman Abdul Qodus in Afghanistan
    02-08-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-92)
    The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the suicide bomb attack in Kandahar on 22 July that claimed the lives of television cameraman Abdul Qodus and several other civilians, including a television company driver. More

  • Local knowledge and planning the key to a successful tsunami warning system
    02-08-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-91)
    Coastal populations in vulnerable Indian Ocean States must be “tsunami-savvy” to save lives when a tsunami strikes concluded participants at the 3rd meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, which ended here today. More

  • Worldwide photography project launched in support of World Heritage
    02-08-2006 4:20 am - (Press Release No. 2006-90)
    A new partnership to promote UNESCO World Heritage sites has been launched with the signing on 19 July of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and the New Zealand-based company GSP Our Place-World Heritage (GSP OP-WH Ltd). More

  • National tsunami preparations an absolute priority for Indian Ocean tsunami warning system
    31-07-2006 7:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-89)
    tsunami.bmpCountries in the Indian Ocean must give priority to helping coastal communities to protect themselves in case of a tsunami warning, delegates were told at the 3rd meeting of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, which opened here today. More

  • Director-General deplores death of two media workers in Lebanon and urges improved safety
    28-07-2006 3:45 pm - (Press Release N°2006-88)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today deplored the death of two media workers in Lebanon, and urged both Israel and Hezbollah to respect the civilian status of journalists and media organizations. More

  • Hakuho designated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    27-07-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-87)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will designate Davaajargal Munkhbat of Mongolian nationality, better known as Hakuho, as UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony to be held in Ulaanbaatar on 27 July, in the framework of the UNESCO Children’s Performing Arts Festival of East Asia. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Philippine journalist Armando Pace
    24-07-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-86)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of radio broadcaster Armando Pace, who hosted programmes on Radyo Ukay dxDS in Digos on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao. More

  • First real test of Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System highlights strengths and gaps
    20-07-2006 3:45 am - (Press release no. 2006-85)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has extended his condolences to the victims of yesterday’s tsunami in Indonesia and urged Indian Ocean nations to maintain the momentum in establishing their national warning systems to “make the final mile to the people on the coast.” More

  • Over fifty UNESCO Member States already parties to Convention for safeguarding intangible heritage
    18-07-2006 11:55 pm - (Press Release No. 2006-84)
    An extraordinary session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the International Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage* will be held on 17 October at UNESCO Headquarters. It will elect an additional six members of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage to take into account that the number of States Parties has now passed the 50-mark. More

  • UNESCO Director-General speaks of education’s financial gap at G8 summit in St Petersburg
    18-07-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2006-83)
    g8.jpgParis, 17 July - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura made an appeal today at the G8 Summit in St Petersburg (Russian Federation) for more support from the international community to fill the financial gap so that developing countries, particularly in Africa, can achieve key basic education goals. More

  • UNESCO Director General condemns murder of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba
    17-07-2006 11:00 pm - (Press Release No. 2006-82)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Congolese journalist Bapuwa Mwamba, who was killed in Kinshasa (DRC) on 8 July. The Director-General has asked the Congolese authorities to do everything they can to make sure this crime does not go unpunished. More

  • UNESCO Director-General to participate in G8 summit in St Petersburg
    14-07-2006 9:00 am - (Press Release No. 2006-81)
    g8pic.jpgUNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will participate in the G8 Summit in St. Petersburg (Russian Federation) on Monday 17 July. Mr Matsuura has been invited to take part in discussions on building education systems relevant to the needs of a global, knowledge-based economy. More

  • World Heritage Committee puts Medieval Monuments in Kosovo on Danger List and extends site in Andorra, ending this year’s inscriptions
    14-07-2006 7:50 am - (Press Release 2006-80)
    The World Heritage Committee Thursday decided to extend the site inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2004 as Dečani Monastery (Serbia) and place it on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee also extended Andorra‘s site of Madriu-Perafita-Claror Valley (Andorra), adding a buffer zone to the property that was listed in 2004. These inscriptions end additions and changes to the World Heritage List* which now numbers 830 sites. More

  • Ancient irrigation system (Oman) and Palaces of Genoa (Italy) among ten new sites on World Heritage List
    14-07-2006 2:50 am - (Press Release No. 2006-79)
    The World Heritage Committee Thursday inscribed ten new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. A number of outstanding proposals for inscription are to be discussed in the afternoon. More

  • Giant Panda Sanctuaries and Tequila-producing area of Mexico among the eight new sites added to World Heritage List
    13-07-2006 9:20 am - (Press Release nº78 -2006)
    Vilnius (Lithuania), 12 July – The World Heritage Committee Wednesday added eight new sites and one extension to UNESCO’s World Heritage List and removed the archaeological site of Tipasa (Algeria) from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee will continue discussing new sites for inscription on the World Heritage List tomorrow. More

  • World Heritage Committee threatens to remove Dresden Elbe Valley (Germany) from World Heritage List
    12-07-2006 6:40 am - (Press Release 2006-77)
    dresden_71.jpgThe World Heritage Committee decided Tuesday to place the cultural landscape of Dresden Elbe Valley on the List of World Heritage in Danger with a view to avert plans by the municipality of Dresden to build a bridge over the Elbe on the site. More

  • World Heritage Committee adopts strategy on heritage and climate change
    12-07-2006 5:00 am - (Press Release 2006-76)
    clouds_71.JPGThe World Heritage Committee on Monday adopted the recommendations on ways to respond to the threat of climate change to many World Heritage sites such as Mount Everest (Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal), Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Venice (Italy). More

  • Cologne Cathedral (Germany), Djoudj Bird Sanctuary (Senegal), Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia), and Hampi (India) removed from List of World Heritage in Danger
    11-07-2006 6:40 am - (Press Release No. 2006-75)
    Improved conservation allowed the World Heritage Committee to remove Cologne Cathedral (Germany), Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (Senegal), the Group of Monuments at Hampi (India) and Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia), from the List of World Heritage in Danger on Monday. The debate on the List of World Heritage in Danger will continue tomorrow. More

  • 30th session of World Heritage Committee opens in Vilnius
    10-07-2006 12:20 am - (Press Release No. 2006-74)
    The 30th session of the World Heritage Committee, chaired by Ina Marčiulionytė, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Lithuania to UNESCO, started its work Sunday with an address by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, who highlighted the need for synergy between UNESCO’s conventions on tangible heritage, intangible heritage, and diversity of cultural expressions. More

  • Winners of Russian Holocaust Foundation prize visit UNESCO
    08-07-2006 5:15 am - (Press release N°2006-73)
    Five students from the Russian Federation who won an essay contest run by the Russian Holocaust Foundation were received today at UNESCO by Marcio Barbosa, UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi journalist Alaa Hassan
    08-07-2006 3:00 am - (Press Release No. 2006-72)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Iraqi journalist Alaa Hassan and stressed once again the need to improve journalists’ security in the country. More

  • Director-General of UNESCO condemns murder of Sri Lankan journalist Sampath Lakmal de Silva
    08-07-2006 2:30 am - (Press Release No. 2006-71)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Sri Lankan journalist Sampath Lakmal de Silva and once again called for respect of freedom of expression. More

  • Benin President Boni Yayi visits UNESCO on 29 June
    30-06-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-70)
    Boni Yayi, President of Benin, delivered an address on 29 June at UNESCO on “Democracy and Development”. UNESCO is the first international organization he has visited since his election in April 2006. More

  • Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System up and running
    28-06-2006 4:40 pm - (Press Release N°2006-69)
    The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System is up and running as scheduled, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said today. Eighteen months after the tragic tsunami of December 2004, the entire Indian Ocean region has a warning system capable of receiving and distributing tsunami advisories around the clock. More

  • Director-General condemns the murder of journalist and photographer Martin Adler in Mogadishu
    28-06-2006 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-68)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of Martin Adler, a Swedish journalist working for British television broadcaster Channel 4 and for the Swedish daily Aftonbladet, in the Somali capital, Mogadishu on 23 June. More

  • Justine Hénin-Hardenne appointed UNESCO Champion for Sport
    27-06-2006 6:00 am - (Press Release No.2006-67)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today appointed tennis player Justine Hénin-Hardenne, of the French Community of Belgium, a UNESCO Champion for Sport, entrusting her with a special mission to promote the fight against doping in sport. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan
    22-06-2006 12:40 am - (Press Release No.2006-65)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Pakistani journalist Hayatullah Khan and urged the authorities to pursue their efforts to bring his murderers to justice. More

  • 2006 UNESCO Literacy Prize winners announced
    20-06-2006 5:00 am - (Press Release No. 2006-64)
    reading.JPGLiteracy projects in Cuba, Morocco, Pakistan, Rajastan (India) and Turkey are the winners of the five UNESCO Literacy prizes* this year. The laureates were proclaimed by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, on the recommendation of an international jury. A project in China was also awarded an Honourable Mention. More

  • “Habbanae” loans of north Niger selected for Harmony List
    20-06-2006 1:30 am - (Press Release No. 2006-63)
    fipc.gifThe Jury of the Harmony List has chosen “Habbanae,” (bond in Peul, pronounced: ha-ba-na-i), a tradition of the Wodaabe people of Niger, as an emblematic cultural practice for sustainable development for 2006. The Harmony List recognizes best cultural practices that significantly and sustainably contribute to improving quality of life, and integrate the culture into social, environmental and economic development. More

  • Director-General concerned over security for records of Timor-Leste's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
    16-06-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-62)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced concern over the security of the records of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste amidst reports of looting and breaches of the safety measures at the site where the records are kept in the capital, Dili. More

  • Director-General condemns the murder of Indian journalist Aran Narayan Dekate
    16-06-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-61)
    The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the murder early this month of Indian journalist Aran Narayan Dekate near Nagpur, in the state of Maharashtra, in central India. More


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