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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • World Heritage has pride of place at un headquarters in New York
    05-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-100)
    Paris - The travelling photo exhibition of UNESCO's world heritage sites - Our Past, Our Future - organized jointly by UNESCO and the Chinese Permanent Delegation to the United Nations, was inaugurated on December 4 at UN Headquarters in New York, where it will be on show until January 31. More
    Spanish

  • Survey shows that Seychelles, Mauritius and Kenya top regional maths and reading scores
    03-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-98)
    Dar-es-Salaam - Sixth grade students in the Kenya, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Tanzania are outperforming their peers throughout southern, eastern and central Africa, according to a sweeping new survey of educational quality carried in some 15 countries of those regions. More
    Spanish

  • African parliamentarians join forces to strengthen education
    02-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-96)
    Dar-es-Salaam - African parliamentarians from 45 countries have joined forces to strengthen education across the continent, in the quest to achieve education for all by 2015, the goal set at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal (April, 2000). More
    Spanish

  • Education is part of the solution, UNESCO Director-general tells African education ministers
    02-12-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-97)
    Dar-es-Salaam - What must Africa do to achieve education for all of its peoples by 2015, the deadline set at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal (April, 2000)? This question will be at the heart of the Eighth Conference of African Education Ministers (MINEDAF VIII, December 2-6), which was inaugurated here today by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, Benjamin William Mkapa. More
    Spanish

  • Education in Africa: ministers meet to assess progress
    28-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-95)
    Paris - African education ministers from across the continent will meet in Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) from December 2 to 6 to assess progress in the quest to bring quality education to all. More
    Spanish | Arabic

  • 2002 UNESCO Prize for Architecture to be presented in Venice
    27-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-94)
    Paris - Three young graduate architects of Italy's Genoa University - Erika Bisio, Giulia Carpeneto and Irene Carpeneto - will be presented with this year's UNESCO Prize for Architecture at a ceremony on December 2 at UNESCO's Venice Office (7 p.m. at the Palazzo Zorzi). More

  • Ethical guidelines urgently needed for collecting, processing, using and storing human genetic data
    24-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-93)
    Paris/Montreal - Human genetic data is everywhere. Its presence in biological samples (of blood, tissue, saliva and sperm etc.) provides answers to questions from police and courts of law about paternity or the identity of sex offenders. More

  • High Level Group urges countries to make Education for All a top priority
    19-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-92)
    Abuja - The High Level Group on Education For All, meeting here for the past two days, has expressed its alarm that only 83 countries, on present trends, have achieved or have a high chance of achieving by 2015 the goals of universal primary education, gender parity in education and the halving their illiteracy rates. More

  • UNESCO celebrates 30th anniversary of World Heritage Convention in Venice
    13-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-90)
    Venice - Some 500 heritage experts, prominent representatives of politics and business are gathered in Venice for the next three days (November 14-16) to participate in an international congress entitled "World Heritage 2002: Shared Legacy, Common Responsibility." More

  • Defending freedom of expression on the internet
    13-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-91)
    Paris - Though the internet is enabling more individuals and communities than ever before to express their opinions and creativity, it is increasingly being subjected to restrictions ranging from financial, technical and language barriers to outright censorship. More

  • Education goals remain elusive in more than 70 countries (Embargoed until 13:00 GMT, November 13, 2002)
    12-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-86)
    London - Some 83 countries are on track to achieve Education For All (EFA) by the deadline of 2015 set at the World Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal) two and a half years ago. More

  • World Forum of UNESCO Chairs: transfering knowledge to developing countries
    11-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-88)
    Paris - The aim of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs programme launched in 1992 is to boost cooperation and solidarity between universities around the world in order to encourage a major transfer of knowledge to developing countries. More

  • Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos wins 2002 UNESCO Human Rights Education Prize
    11-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-89)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura has announced the Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos (AMDH) as winner of the 2002 UNESCO Human Rights Education Prize. More

  • UNESCO adds 18 new sites to World Network of Biosphere Reserves
    07-11-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-87)
    Paris - Eighteen new sites in 12 countries have been added to UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves while five existing biosphere reserves have been extended. More

  • UNESCO launches new Aral Sea Basin initiative
    30-10-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-85)
    Dushanbe, Tajikistan - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will announce tomorrow a new initiative to study the Aral Sea Basin under the auspices of the World Water Assessment Programme, which brings together 23 United Nations agencies through a secretariat hosted by UNESCO. More

  • Mountain Summit opens in Kyrgyzstan - Climate change the focus of UNESCO initiative
    28-10-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-84)
    Bishkek - UNESCO's Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today announced a new UNESCO initiative to use its unique network of biosphere reserves to monitor global climate change. More

  • UNESCO launches Global Change Monitoring Programme
    27-10-2002 11:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-83)
    Bishkek - UNESCO's unique network of Biosphere Reserves is set to have a new role - monitoring global climate change. More

  • UNESCO Executive Board creates committee for the safeguard of Afghanistan's cultural heritage (this press realease replaces n° 2002-79, issued on october 17)
    24-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-79 - CORR N°1)
    Paris - UNESCO’s Executive Board, meeting at the Organization’s Paris Headquarters from October 7 to 17 - has approved the creation of an International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage. More

  • Director-general condemns murder of journalists in India and Pakistan
    23-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-82)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today urged Pakistan and India to bring the assassins of two journalists to justice. More

  • Director-general recalls importance of freedom of expression after banning of journalist from Beirut Summit
    22-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-81)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today recalled the paramount importance of freedom of expression in response to reports concerning journalist Gideon Kouts who was prevented from exercising his professional activity during an international Summit in Lebanon late last week, despite his accreditation to the meeting as a reporter for French publication L'Arche. More

  • In turning the tide against HIV/AIDS, education is key
    17-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Joint World Bank, UNESCO, UNAIDS Press release 2002)
    WASHINGTON - With more than 40 million people worldwide now estimated to be infected with the HIV/AIDS virus, UN and World Bank officials warned today that education plans to get 115 million boys and girls into primary school by 2015 needed to be intensified if the world was to have any hope of blunting the spread of the epidemic. More

  • Close of the 165th session of UNESCO's Executive Board
    16-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-80)
    Paris - The 165th session of UNESCO's Executive Board, chaired by Aziza Bennani (Morocco), ended today after ten days of debate about the execution of the Organization's programme and its future orientations. More

  • The social and economic impact of drug trafficking
    13-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-78)
    Paris - The Mexican drug cartels, as major suppliers of the North American market, rake in annual profits of between 10 and 30 billion dollars. More

  • Media and Culture Centre opens in Kabul to boost freedom of expression in Afghanistan
    09-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-76)
    Paris/Kabul - Efforts to promote freedom of expression in Afghanistan took a big step forward today with the official opening of the Afghan Media and Culture Centre in Kabul. More

  • For UNESCO, space technologies should be harnessed for sustainable development
    09-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-77)
    Paris - For a better understanding of life on Earth we must look to space, through an expanding constellation of satellites, to monitor such critical factors as pollution levels, urban sprawl and the risks of natural disasters. More

  • Inauguration of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina: from papyrus to difitalization
    08-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-74)
    Paris - The Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the largest library in the Middle East and Africa, will be officially inaugurated next October 16, marking the rebirth of the institution founded over 2,000 years ago by Ptolemy I in northern Egypt. More

  • Timor-Leste president Xanana Gusmão to receive UNESCO's 2002 Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize
    08-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-75)
    Paris - Xanana Gusmão, President of Timor-Leste, was today chosen as the laureate of the 2002 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize by an international jury presided by former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Henry Kissinger. More

  • New technologies helping to save world heritage
    07-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-72)
    Paris - As UNESCO prepares to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention, adopted on November 16, 1972, preservationists campaigning to save sites, landscapes and monuments of "exceptional universal value" still face serious threats, even though most of the 730 world heritage sites are well managed. More

  • Director-general expresses concern at murder of Brazilian journalist
    07-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-73)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today expressed grave concern about news of the murder of yet another journalist, Domingos Savio Brandão Lima Junior, owner, publisher and columnist of the daily Folha do Estado, in Cuiaba, Brazil. More

  • More children, fewer teachers: new UNESCO-ilo study sees global teacher shortage causing decline in quality education
    04-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-67)
    Paris/Geneva - Relentless population growth and declining working conditions are creating a severe shortage of teachers in the world's classrooms that may lead to a slide in education standards, according to a new global study by UNESCO and the Geneva-based International Labour Office. More

  • Aung San Suu Kyi winner of the 2002 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for tolerance and non-violence
    03-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-71)
    Paris - Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar was named laureate of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today on the unanimous recommendation of an international jury. More

  • New text books and curriculum for Afghan children
    01-10-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-70)
    Paris - An agreement establishing a funds-in-trust to finance the upgrading of textbooks and renewal of the education curriculum for some three million school children in Afghanistan was signed today by UNESCO and the Government of Germany. More

  • UNESCO to receive the 2002 SIBI Award for its work in the field of bioethics
    26-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-69)
    Paris - On October 4, UNESCO will receive the SIBI award in Gijón, Spain, which the Sociedad Internacional de Bioética (SIBI) bestows every two years upon an individual, a group or an entity whose research, publications or teaching has made significant contributions to the field of bioethics. More

  • Internet in the service of democracy: a UNESCO survey of e-governance in 15 countries
    25-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-68)
    Paris - The introduction of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in government processes is fostering a closer relationship between citizens and states, pushing official bodies towards more transparency and accountability. More

  • Minimizing disarter risk for world heritage cities in mountain areas
    23-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-66)
    Paris - Some of the world's most precious monuments - and the thousands of people living in or near them - are in mountainous areas prone to natural disasters. More

  • International mobilization in favour of intangible heritage and cultural diversity
    17-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-65)
    Istanbul (Turkey) - Representatives of 110 countries, among them 72 culture ministers, decided to develop "policies which aim at the identification, safeguarding, promotion and transmission of the intangible cultural heritage, particularly through information and education." More

  • Ministers to discuss intangible heritage as a mirror of cultural diversity
    11-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-63)
    Paris - Languages, religious and social customs, songs, plays, dances, celebrations and craft skills distinguish cultures from one another and deserve to be preserved "for the good of humanity" and future generations just as much as the Egyptian pyramids or historic buildings in the centre of Quito. More

  • UNESCO welcomes return of the United States of America
    11-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-64)
    Paris - Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today warmly welcomed President Bush's announcement of the return of the United States to UNESCO, following an 18-year absence. More

  • UNESCO outlines strategy to combat digital divide
    10-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-62)
    Paris - The free flow of information, made possible by the advent of new technologies such as the internet, holds enormous promise of cultural dialogue and mutual understanding, of quality education available throughout our lifetimes and of more vigorous and participative democratic processes. More

  • Literacy: governments must assume their responsibilities says UNESCO director-general
    09-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-61)
    Paris - The goal established at the World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal, 2000) to halve adult illiteracy by 2015 will not be met unless a massive effort is made in the coming years. More

  • UNESCO calls for universal ratification of the 1970 convention, following the example set by Key Art Market countries
    08-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-60)
    Paris - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today congratulated Japan for its ratification of the 1970 Convention on the Prevention of the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. More

  • Yugoslavia promises to punish attacks against cultural property in wartime
    05-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-58)
    Paris - The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia has pledged to set up legal procedures to punish attacks on cultural property in wartime by signing of the Second Protocol of the Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, otherwise known as the Hague Convention. More

  • UNESCO welcomes Kabul Declaration on free media in Afghanistan
    05-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-59)
    Paris - A formal recommendation to enshrine the principles of free speech and free media in the new Afghan constitution has been warmly welcomed by UNESCO. More

  • UNESCO voices strong suppot for press freedom at Kabul Media Seminar
    02-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-56)
    Paris - Declaring that democracy cannot be established without a "wide range of impartial and editorially independent information sources", UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today urged the Afghan Government to fulfill its pledge to diversify media outlets and "remove itself" from the media it controls. More

  • No sustainable development without education
    02-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-57)
    Johannesburg - A new vision of education for sustainable development was outlined yesterday by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, President Gustavo Noboa of Ecuador, President Natsagiin Bagabandi of Mongolia and Education Minister Kader Asmal of South Africa, at a major symposium during the World Summit on Sustainable Development. More

  • Statistics show slow progress towards universal literacy, and more literate women than ever before
    01-09-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-55)
    Paris - Almost 80 percent of the world's population aged 15 years and over is now literate, including more women than ever before, according to new figures from UNESCO released to mark this year's International Literacy Day (September 8). More

  • UNESCO lauches the world's largest encyclopedia on sustainable development
    28-08-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-54)
    Johannesburg/Paris - UNESCO will launch the largest and most comprehensive encyclopedia ever published on sustainable development on September 3, at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. More

  • What's the use of ocean science?
    22-08-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-53)
    Paris - Although they hit the headlines, flood, drought and famine are often the results of natural, regular and probably predictable cycles lasting a decade or so. More

  • UNESCO promotes cultural diversity and education at World Summit on sustainable development
    21-08-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-51)
    Paris - New trade and environmental agreements alone won't alleviate poverty and unbridled consumption, which are wreaking ecological havoc and deepening economic inequalities the world over. More

  • Innovative measures required to protect indigenous knowledge
    21-08-2002 10:00 pm - (Press Release No.2002-52)
    Paris - International interest and demand for knowledge developed by indigenous peoples is at an all time high - politically, culturally and financially. More


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