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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • Baku, Comoe and Kathmandu inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger
    04-07-2003 6:30 pm - (Press Release No.2003-42)
    The Walled City of Baku in Azerbaijan, Comoé National Park in Côte d’Ivoire and Kathmandu Valley in Nepal were inscribed today on the List of World Heritage in Danger by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session at Headquarters since June 30 under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Saint Lucia). More
    Russian

  • Brief description of 24 New Sites inscribed on World Heritage List
    03-07-2003 8:05 pm - (Press Release No.2003-41)
    Twenty-four sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including, for the first time, sites in Gambia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Sudan. The inscriptions were carried out by the World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session, under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Sainte-Lucie) at UNESCO Headquarters since June 30. The World Heritage List now numbers 754 sites, including 149 natural, and 582 cultural and 23 mixed sites “of outstanding universal value”. More
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  • 24 New Sites inscribed on World Heritage List
    03-07-2003 8:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-40)
    Twenty-four sites were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including, for the first time, sites in Gambia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Sudan. The inscriptions were carried out by the World Heritage Committee, which has been holding its 27th session, under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Sainte-Lucie) at UNESCO Headquarters since June 30. The World Heritage List now numbers 754 sites, including 149 natural, and 582 cultural and 23 mixed sites “of outstanding universal value”. More
    Spanish

  • Emergency Inscription of Bamiyan and Ashur on World Heritage List
    02-07-2003 7:05 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-39)
    The cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley and Ashur (Qal’at Sherqat) in Iraq were simultaneously inscribed on both World Heritage List and on List of World Heritage in Danger, during the 27th session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting since June 30 at Organization Headquarters under the chair of Vera Lacoeuilhe (Saint Lucia). More
    Russian

  • Kotor, Srebarna and Yellowstone are withdrawn from the list of World Heritage in danger
    02-07-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 38)
    Paris – UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, meeting since June 30 at Organization Headquarters under the chair of Vera Lacœuilhe of Saint Lucia, has withdrawn the following three sites from the List of World Heritage in Danger: the Srebarna Nature Reserve (Bulgaria), Yellowstone (USA) and the Natural and Culturo-Historical Region of Kotor (Serbia and Montenegro). More
    Spanish

  • OECD/UNESCO Study identifies regional disparities in student performance
    01-07-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 36)
    Paris - Students in Finland are among the world’s best in terms of reading literacy, while students in Japan, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea lead in mathematics and science, according to a newly published survey of 15-year-olds in 43 countries. By contrast, students in several Latin American countries lag seriously behind in all three areas, even after taking account of lower national income levels. More
    Spanish

  • United Nations Convention on Migrant Workers' Rights enters into force
    27-06-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 37)
    Paris – On July 1, 2003, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families* will enter into force. Its primary objective is to protect migrant workers, a particularly vulnerable population, from exploitation and the violation of their human rights. The first 22 nations to ratify the convention are essentially emigration countries, with none of the major immigration countries yet listed. More
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  • Satellites to the rescue of world heritage
    18-06-2003 1:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 35)
    Paris – An agreement signed today between UNESCO and the European Space Agency (ESA) will encourage Earth observation satellites to be used to monitor more than 730 cultural and natural World Heritage sites, including national parks in Africa that are home to endangered mountain gorillas. More
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  • UNESCO to provide five million science and mathematics textbooks for Iraqi school children
    06-06-2003 5:30 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 34)
    Paris - UNESCO will make five million science and mathematics textbooks available to Iraqi primary and secondary students for the forthcoming school year under a $10 million programme supported by, and undertaken in cooperation with, the US Agency for International Development (USAID). More
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  • Timor-Leste becomes 189th Member State of UNESCO
    06-06-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 33)
    Paris - The Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste became the 189th Member State of UNESCO Thursday, when the country’s Chargé d’Affaires to the European Union, José António Amorim Dias, signed, on behalf of the Government, the Organization’s Constitution in London. More
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  • Religious teaching on the rise?
    02-06-2003 4:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-29)
    Corrigendum: This press release replaces the text distributed on May 22 because of changes made to the reference to Pakistan.

    Paris - Religious education appears to be on the rise in public school systems around the world and has become a key issue for education policy makers in many countries, according to the latest edition of Prospects*, UNESCO’s quarterly education review. More
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  • UNESCO prize for peace education awarded to Fr. Emil Shufani (Israel)
    28-05-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release No 2003 - 32)
    Paris – UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has awarded the Organization’s 2003 Prize for Peace Education to Father Emil Shufani, the Arab-Israeli principal of the Greek-Catholic St Joseph’s College, in Nazareth, on the recommendation of the prize’s international jury. More
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  • South Asian countries call on G-8 to deliver promised education aid
    27-05-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release No 2003 - 31)
    Paris – Education ministers from the countries of South Asia have called on the governments of the G-8, due to meet in Evian (France) next week, to accelerate the delivery of promised financial aid to achieve the goal of Education For All (EFA) by 2015. They have also urged governments in the region to progressively increase their education spending to “a minimum of four percent of GDP”. More
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  • Winners of UNESCO literacy prizes 2003
    27-05-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003 - 30)
    Paris – UNESCO’s international literacy prizes for 2003 pay tribute to programmes in Bangladesh, Zambia and South Africa, and to a network of 350 NGOs, the International Reflect Circle (CIRAC). These winners of the International Reading Association Prize, the Noma Prize and the two King Sejong Literacy Prizes were chosen by a jury that met at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from May 20 to 23. More
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  • Education in the Arab States: Five million girls still denied access to school
    14-05-2003 12:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-28)
    Paris - Some eight million primary school-age children remain out-of-school in the Arab States and five million of them are girls, according to a new report published by UNESCO. However, it finds that when given the opportunity to go to school, girls tend to repeat less than boys and to complete their primary and secondary schooling more often. More
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  • Unpunished crimes against journalists: a strategy for reducing impunity
    World Press Freedom Day, May 3, 2003

    28-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-27)
    Paris – Haiti’s most popular radio commentator, Jean Leopold Dominique, was shot dead on April 3, 2000, as he arrived to work at his radio station. His killers remain free. Similarly, the murderers of Georgiy Gongadze, the editor in chief of the Ukrainian news website, pravda.com.ua, who was found decapitated on November 2, 2000, are still at large. Impunity is enjoyed by the slayers of many journalists around the world. More
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  • Experts’ meeting at UNESCO issues recommendations to safeguard Iraqi Cultural Heritage
    17-04-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-26)
    experts_100.jpgSome 30 experts* meeting at UNESCO today at the initiative of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, issued recommendations for an international effort to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage and prevent further destruction following the recent looting of the country’s museums, archives and libraries. More
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  • Iraq’s Heritage, UNESCO’s Budget, Standard-setting Instruments debated at Executive Board
    16-04-2003 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-25)
    The 166th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board closed today at Organization Headquarters after almost two weeks of debates which focussed on the programme and budget for 2004-2005 and were marked by events in Iraq. More
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  • UNESCO to make a preliminary assessment of the state of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage
    15-04-2003 12:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-24)
    In the wake of the heavy losses to Iraq’s cultural treasures, notably in Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit, some 30 leading experts will meet at UNESCO Headquarters on April 17 to attempt a preliminary evaluation of the state of the country’s heritage. The meeting will seek to determine the urgent measures required to safeguard this heritage, which dates back thousands of years. More
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  • Director-General voices grave concern about Freedom of expression in Cuba
    07-04-2003 1:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-23)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today voiced concern over freedom of expression and press freedom in Cuba following the arrest of at least 24 Cuban journalists and dozens of human rights activists whose trial began on April 3. More
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  • UNESCO creates 'Water Cooperation Facility' to mediate water disputes
    21-03-2003 11:40 am - (Press Release N° 2003-22)
    Kyoto (Japan), March 21 – A new facility to help nations prevent and resolve freshwater disputes will be created at UNESCO in Paris with the World Water Council and the Permanent Court of Arbitration, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura announced at the Third World Water Forum in Kyoto today. More
    Spanish | Arabe

  • Women very underrepresented in Southern Africa's Media
    07-03-2003 6:00 pm - (Press Release No2003-21)
    The southern African media give very little space to the views of women, and, when it comes to subjects such as politics, economy, sport or agriculture, their voice is virtually unheard. Women journalists are, however, given more exposure than men in reporting on subjects that have to do with the body, home and beauty. It is in television that they find the best professional opportunities – essentially as presenters – but they are only employed for a limited time, because in that part of the world it is uncommon to see women working beyond the age of 50 in any media. More
    Spanish

  • International women's day- march 8
    07-03-2003 12:30 pm - (Press Release N°2003-20)
    Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)– “To change the attitudes, values and types of behaviour which perpetuate inequality, affecting both men and women – this is the long-term challenge facing the twenty-first century,” says UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura in his message for International Women’s Day on March 8, which he will deliver tomorrow in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. More
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  • Israeli Journalist Amira Hass Awarded World Press Freedom Prize 2003
    06-03-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release No.2003-19)
    Israeli journalist Amira Hass who has spent the last decade living in and reporting on the Palestinian Territories for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz, was today awarded the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize for 2003 by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, on the recommendation of an international jury. More
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  • Political inertia exacerbates water crisis, says World Water Development Report First UN system-wide evaluation of global water resources
    05-03-2003 4:00 am - (Press Release N° 2003-16)

    First UN system-wide evaluation of global water resources
    Paris - Faced with “inertia at the leadership level”, the global water crisis will reach unprecedented levels in the years ahead with “growing per capita scarcity of water in many parts of the developing world”, according to a United Nations report made public today. Water resources will steadily decline because of population growth, pollution and expected climate change. More
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  • UNESCO organizes seminar: UNESCO and NEPAD, from vision to action
    28-02-2003 1:00 am - (Press Release N° 2003-17)
    Paris – Some 200 policy-makers, representatives of regional, sub-regional and non-governmental organisations, donors, members of parliament and experts will meet in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) from March 5 to 8, to examine the issues of education, water, biodiversity, cultural diversity and access to information and knowledge in Africa. These topics will form the core of debate at the seminar UNESCO and NEPAD: from Vision to Action, which will be followed by the first meeting of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD. More
    Spanish

  • Prize-Giving Ceremony for 2003 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO 'Women in science' Awards
    27-02-2003 6:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003 - 18)
    The 2003 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Awards were given today to five outstanding women scientists during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. At the ceremony, which marked the fifth anniversary of the L’ORÉAL-UNESCO “For Women in Science” programme, 15 young scientific researchers received the annual UNESCO - L’ORÉAL fellowships. More
    Spanish

  • Towards a Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage
    21-02-2003 10:00 am - (Press Release N° 2003-15)
    Paris – Whether on land, underwater, cultural or natural, mobile or immobile, humanity’s tangible heritage is safeguarded, in times of peace as in times of war, by four international conventions adopted by UNESCO’s Member States in 1954, 1970, 1972 and 2001. However, in just about every part of the world another very important element of peoples’ cultural legacy, their intangible heritage - for example, oral traditions, customs, music, dance, rituals, festivities and traditional medicine – runs a risk of disappearing unless appropriate safeguard measures are taken. More
    Spanish

  • Promoting immigrant minority languages
    19-02-2003 3:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-14)
    Paris - As regional minority languages gain increasing recognition and better treatment in Europe, what is the condition of the languages spoken by immigrant communities in the continent? Is their use encouraged, or are these languages seen as obstacles to the integration of these newcomers? Can they, should they, be taught in school to the children of these immigrant families? More
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  • Investing in Education pays rich dividends confirms UNESCO/OECD study
    18-02-2003 12:20 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-11)
    Paris – Investing in secondary and tertiary education – and not just primary education - pays rich dividends. A study by UNESCO and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)* on 16 emerging economies finds that investments in human capital over the past two decades may have accounted for about a half a percentage point in the annual growth rates of those countries**. More
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  • Public hearings to involve new parties in drawing up the declaration of genetic data
    17-02-2003 5:00 pm - (Communiqué de presse N° 2003-13)
    Paris – A day of public hearings on human genetic data is being organised by UNESCO in Monaco on 28 February as part of its project to draw up an international declaration on such data. Ten civil society groups and institutions – representing indigenous people, people with disabilities and doctors, but also the private sector and especially insurance companies – are expected to take part. More
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  • UNESCO Director-General welcomes Israel Supreme Court decision to save historical houses in Old City of Hebron
    14-02-2003 6:30 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-12)
    Paris - Twenty-two Mameluke and Ottoman houses in the Old City of Hebron, some of them dating back to the 15th century, have had a reprieve from demolition yesterday when the Israel Supreme Court ruled against a decree of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) ordering their destruction. More
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  • United Nations Literacy Decade to be launched in New York
    12-02-2003 1:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-10)
    Paris – “Literacy as Freedom” is the theme of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012), which will be launched at United Nations Headquarters in New York tomorrow (February 13) by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Natsagiin Bagabandi, the President of Mongolia. More
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  • Discovery, UNESCO and the UN Works Programme mark International Mother Language Day with a celebration of cultural diversity
    11-02-2003 6:25 pm - (Press Release)
    Paris - In celebration of International Mother Language Day – February – Discovery Communications, Inc. (DCI), in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the UN Works Programme, will highlight some of the world’s endangered languages with a broadcast to over 100 million viewers internationally on the Discovery Channel. More
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  • 19 UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors issue statement on Iraq
    06-02-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-09)
    Paris – Nineteen UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors meeting in Paris have issued the following statement about Iraq:
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  • High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO reinforce cooperation
    05-02-2003 7:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-08)
    Paris – The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, and UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura signed a memorandum of understanding reinforcing cooperation between the two organizations in Paris today. More
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  • UNESCO alarmed about situation in Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Democratic Republic of Congo
    04-02-2003 5:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-07)
    Paris - UNESCO has expressed great concern at damage to Okapi Wildlife Reserve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and called on the UN Mission in the country to help remove the serious threat to the Reserve, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1996 and on the List of World Heritage in Danger the following year. More
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  • UNESCO and the government of Afghanistan launch nationwide literacy project
    28-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-06)
    Paris – UNESCO and the Government of Afghanistan today launched a major project to boost literacy throughout Afghanistan, which suffers one of the world’s lowest literacy rates. UNESCO estimates that only 51.9 percent of Afghan men over the age of 15 and a mere 21.9 percent of women in the same age group can read and write. More
    Spanish | Russian

  • UNESCO prize for landscape architecture presented in Beijing
    15-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-05)
    Paris - The 2002 UNESCO Prize for Landscape Architecture will be presented in Beijing on January 15 to four students of the Beijing Forestry University (China) - Zhang Lu, Han Pingyue, Li Zhengping and Liu Yanzhuo. The UNESCO Bureau in Beijing and the University organized the ceremony. More
    Spanish

  • Director-General invites young researchers to apply for UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi fellowships sponsored by Japan
    14-01-2003 4:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-04)
    Paris - UNESCO has invited young post-graduate researchers in developing countries to apply for 20 fellowships, each worth US$7,500, through the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to capacity building of human resources. More
    Spanish

  • Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Abdullah Al-Misnad today appointed UNESCO special envoy
    13-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-03)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura has appointed Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Abdullah Al-Misnad, Consort of the Emir of the State of Qatar, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education. More
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  • 103 countries ask UNESCO to prepare an international convention against doping in sport
    10-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-02)
    Paris - The ministers and senior officials of physical education and sport from 103 countries today asked UNESCO to elaborate, with the United Nations and other competent agencies, an International Convention against doping in sport. More
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  • Timor-Leste to become a member of UNESCO
    09-01-2003 2:00 pm - (Press Release N° 2003-01)
    Paris - The President of Timor-Leste, Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão, has announced his country's intention to become a member of UNESCO in a letter to the Organization's Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura. More
    Spanish

  • Revitalizing education, the key to Afghanistan's future
    23-12-2002 10:00 am - (Press Release N° 2002-106)
    According to education authorities in Afghanistan, some one and a half million school-age children cannot attend classes because there are not enough schools or teachers for them. This situation poses a direct threat to the country's fragile peace process and reconstruction, warned members of the Afghan High Commission on Education at the close of their week-long inaugural meeting at UNESCO's Paris Headquarters on Saturday (Dec. 21). More
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  • Antonio Skármeta (Chile) and Jenny Robson (South Africa) win 2003 UNESCO Children's Book Prize
    16-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-105)
    Paris - Antonio Skármeta from Chile and Jenny Robson from South Africa were today named winners of the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance by UNESCO Director-General Koichïro Matsuura. More
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  • UNESCO designates Saudi Prince Talal as Special Envoy for Water
    12-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-104)
    Paris - On the eve of the International Year of Freshwater, (2003), the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, is appointing HRH Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, of Saudi Arabia, as the Organization's Special Envoy for Water. More
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  • World's coral reefs are recovering but for how much longer?
    10-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-103)
    Paris - A report on the health of the world's coral reefs just published shows that some of the areas worst hit by massive bleaching in 1997-98 have begun to recover. More
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  • Russian pianist Sergei Markarov to be named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    09-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-101)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will appoint the distinguished Russian pianist Sergei Markarov a UNESCO Artist for Peace on December 12 in recognition of his "support for UNESCO programmes and activities promoting peace and tolerance and for his contribution to dialogue between cultures through classical music." More
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  • International Year of Freshwater launched
    09-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-102)
    Paris - The International Year of Freshwater, 2003, will receive its official launch at a ceremony at the United Nations in New York on December 12. More
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  • African education ministers call for solidarity and action
    05-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-99)
    Dar-es-Salaam - The Eighth Conference of Ministers of Education of African Member States (MINEDAF VIII) has appealed to both the international community and African governments themselves to make education one of the pillars of development in Africa. More
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