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Archive - Press Releases (2002-2006)

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  • UNESCO Director-General pays tribute to Abbé Pierre
    22-01-2007 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2007-07)
    abbe_pierre_71.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, declared he was “deeply moved” by the death of Abbé Pierre, on 22 January 2007. More

  • Director-General condemns wave of killings and abuses against Iraqi journalists
    22-01-2007 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2007-06)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of six Iraqi reporters and media staff in separate recent incidents, as well as other acts of violence against the media in Iraq. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Turkish editor Hrant Dink in Istanbul
    22-01-2007 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2007-05)
    The Director-General of UNESCO today condemned the killing of Hrant Dink, editor of the Armenian-language weekly Agos, in Istanbul. More

  • UNESCO Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi students and deplores the violence against academics and intellectuals
    18-01-2007 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2007-04)
    Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his shock and sorrow over the brutal killing of students at Baghdad’s al-Mustansiriyah University on 16 January and condemned the campaign of violence waged against Iraq’s academics and intellectuals. More

  • UNESCO and Mrs. Laura Bush host roundtable on literacy and teacher training
    15-01-2007 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2007-03)
    DSC_0122 copie WEB    71px  X  71px.jpgThe United States and UNESCO today hosted a roundtable discussion at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters focused on literacy and teacher training for educational practitioners who teach literacy outside of formal school settings. More

  • UNESCO conference issues recommendations on media independence in Iraq
    11-01-2007 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2007-02)
    Iraqi journalists, members of parliament and government officials reached an unprecedented agreement about measures to protect and promote free and pluralistic media in Iraq during the International Conference on Freedom of Expression and Media Development in Iraq, held at UNESCO Headquarters from 8 to 10 January. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Nigerian journalist Godwin Agbroko
    09-01-2007 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2007-01)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of journalist Godwin Agbroko in Lagos, Nigeria and called for an investigation into the case. More

  • UNESCO Director-General calls for reinforced commitment to tsunami warning systems
    26-12-2006 8:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-156)
    tsunami.bmpStatement by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura on the second anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004

    Two years ago, on 26 December 2004, a devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean took more than 200,000 lives and caused billions of dollars of material damage. The extent of the destruction was largely due to the absence of a regional tsunami warning system. In response to this, I immediately issued a statement that UNESCO would do its utmost to put such a system in place for the region by mid-2006. More

  • Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will enter into force on 18 March 2007
    19-12-2006 8:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-155)
    div_71.jpgThe Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2005, will enter into force on 18 March 2007, three months after the deposit of the 30th instrument of ratification on 18 December at UNESCO. As of 15 December, 22 instruments of ratification had been registered*. On the 18th, another 13 countries**, as well as the European Community, deposited their instrument at the Organization’s Headquarters, bringing the total number of ratifications received to 35. More

  • Director-General condemns killing of Philippines journalist Ponciano Grande
    15-12-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-154)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Philippines broadcaster Ponciano Grande and called for an investigation into the crime. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalist Aswan Lutfallah
    15-12-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-153)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the killing of Iraqi cameraman Aswan Ahmed Lutfallah in Mosul and called for urgent measures to protect journalists in the country. More

  • Director-General announces laureates of UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize
    14-12-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-152)
    The Cyber Home Learning System for Primary and Secondary Students (Republic of Korea) and the eDegree Programme in Lapland (Finland) are the first laureates of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. An honourable mention also goes to the project Dedicated Civil Law-Teaching Website for Arab Law Students (Kuwait). More

  • International Convention against Doping in Sport
    11-12-2006 8:00 pm - (Press Release n°2006-151)
    tubes_71.jpgThe International Convention against Doping in Sport will enter into force on 1 February, 2007, after its ratification today by Luxembourg and in accordance with paragraph 1 Article 37 of the text, which stipulates that “this Convention shall enter into force on the first day of the month following the expiration of a period of one month after the date of deposit of the thirtieth instrument of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.” More

  • University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights wins 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education
    11-12-2006 8:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-150)
    humanrights_71.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has designated the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) as the laureate of this year’s UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education. More

  • Ceremony to designate Justine Hénin-Hardenne UNESCO Champion for Sport
    08-12-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-149)
    Henin0895_71.jpgBelgian tennis player Justine Hénin-Hardenne will be designated UNESCO Champion for Sport by the Organization’s Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, on 14 December (5 p.m.) at Roland-Garros, in Paris. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of two Iraqi media professionals: Raad Jaafar Hamadi and Fadhila Abdelkarim
    04-12-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-148)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Iraqi print journalist Raad Jaafar Hamadi and of Fadhila Abdelkarim, an administrative staff worker of TV station Nainawa. More

  • UNESCO and US Library of Congress host meeting on World Digital Library project
    30-11-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-147)
    UNESCO and the Library of Congress will host a meeting to pave the way for the launch of a World Digital Library, an internet-based, repository of knowledge from all cultures and in all languages. More

  • Ukrainian boxers Vitaliy and Wladimir Klitschko to be named UNESCO Champions for Sport
    30-11-2006 3:35 pm - (Press Release N°2006-146)
    BoxeEnfant06_71.jpgThe Ukrainian boxers Vitaliy and Wladimir Klitschko will be nominated UNESCO Champions for Sport by Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of the Organization, on 4 December (5.30 p.m., 7th Floor). Ukraine’s First Lady, Kateryna Yushtchenko; Boris Zhbrovsky, First Deputy Minister for Communication and Science; karate champion Laurence Fischer and the boxer Mahyar Monshipour will attend the ceremony. More

  • Egyptian and South African projects to receive UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for the Mentally Disabled
    28-11-2006 1:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-145)
    prix_koweit_71.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will present the newly created UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Research and Training in Special Needs Education for the Mentally Disabled to Farouk M. Sadek of Egypt and to representatives of the South African Ntiro Project in a ceremony to be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 4 December. The Emir of Kowait, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, will take part in the ceremony which will be under his patronage. More

  • Director-General condemns killing of Iraqi satirist Walid Hassan and journalists Luma Mohammad Reyad and Fadia Mohammed Abid
    27-11-2006 9:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-144)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the violence that left hundreds dead or injured in Baghdad on 23 November and the systematic attacks on freedom of expression, which have claimed the lives of comedian Walid Hassan, and journalists Luma Mohammad Reyad and Fadia Mohammed Abid in recent days. More

  • UNESCO and HP launch project to counter brain drain in Africa
    20-11-2006 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-143)
    brain.jpgUNESCO and Hewlett-Packard have launched a joint project to help reduce brain drain in Africa by providing grid computing* technology to universities in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe. I.S.G. Mudenge, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, took part in the launch of the “Piloting Solutions for Reversing Brain Drain into Brain Gain for Africa” project, at UNESCO Headquarters on 20 November. More

  • Algeria to host first meeting of Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    17-11-2006 2:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-142)
    immateriel_71.jpgThe 24 members* of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, will hold their first meeting in Algiers on 18 and 19 November. More

  • EFA High-Level Group Meeting urges higher spending and stronger focus on early childhood programmes and disadvantaged groups
    17-11-2006 9:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-141)
    thumbnail_blondgirl.jpgEducation has moved up on the political agenda over the past 12 months and more children than ever are enrolled in primary school. However, higher spending and more targeted efforts are required to meet the ‘large and urgent’ EFA challenge by 2015, concluded the sixth meeting of the High-Level Group on Education for All (EFA) held in Cairo, Egypt from 14-16 November 2006. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi TV reporter Muhammad al-Ban
    16-11-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-140)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing of TV reporter and cameraman Muhammad al-Ban in Mosul, in northern Iraq. More

  • Director-General condemns the murder of Mexican newspaper editor Misael Tamayo Hernández
    16-11-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-139)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of Misael Tamayo Hernández, the editor of the regional daily newspaper El Despertar de la Costa in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. More

  • UNESCO Director-General appeals for immediate release of Iraqi researchers
    14-11-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N. 138)
    science.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has urgently appealed for the release of dozens of people kidnapped today from two departments of Iraq’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. More

  • UNESCO and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour announce Global Partnership to Advance Gender Equality
    12-11-2006 12:45 am - (Press Release N°2006-137)
    tennis_71.jpgUNESCO and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, the world’s leading global sport for women, announced today a landmark global partnership to further gender equality and promote women’s leadership in all spheres of society. More

  • More than 15 States ratify the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
    09-11-2006 3:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-136)
    cul_div_71.JPGAs of 8 November, 16 States* have ratified the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2005. It will enter into force three months after the deposit of the 30th instrument of ratification. More

  • Winners of Mondialogo School Contest proclaimed
    06-11-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-135)
    71_mondialogo_picture.jpgA team of students from schools in Indonesia and Italy has won the 2006 Mondialogo School Contest for raising money to provide free schooling to Indonesian children living off garbage dumps. The results of the competition, initiated by UNESCO and DaimlerChrysler to promote dialogue among young people, were announced Monday evening in Rome. More

  • Director-General condemns murders of Iraqi journalists Raed Qaies and Saed Mahdi Shalash
    31-10-2006 2:20 pm - (Press Release No.2006-133)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder, on 26 October, of Iraqi journalist Saed Mahdi Shalash, whose wife was also killed, and of journalist Raed Qaies on 14 October. He urged measures to stop the slaughter of journalists in the country. More

  • Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme awards 26 research grants
    30-10-2006 11:00 am - (Press Release No. 2006-132)
    The International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO, meeting from 23 to 27 October in Paris, gave MAB Young Scientists Awards to ten young scientists, 15 grants for young researchers working on the great apes of Africa, and the Michel Batisse Award for Biosphere Reserve Management. More

  • Twenty-five biosphere reserves added to UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Network
    27-10-2006 2:10 pm - (Press Release N°2006-130)
    mab_honduras_71.jpgTwenty-five new sites, including one transboundary reserve straddling Spain and Morocco, have been added to the global Network of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme, which has been pioneering the practice of sustainable development on a scientific basis for over 30 years. More

  • More than 20 States have ratified the International Convention against Doping in Sport
    27-10-2006 12:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-131)
    Just one year after it was adopted unanimously by UNESCO’s General Conference, the International Convention against Doping in Sport, has been ratified by more than 20 States. More

  • Director-General condemns ferocious and systematic attacks on the media in Iraq
    13-10-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-128)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the ferocious and systematic attacks against the media in Iraq, calling for determined action to enable journalists to carry out their work in the country. His statement was issued following the deadliest attack on a media outlet to date and several other acts of violence against and journalists and support workers. More

  • President Denis Sassou Nguesso pleads for reinforcing the role of UNESCO in Africa
    13-10-2006 11:15 am - (Press Release N°2006-127)
    Addressing UNESCO’s Executive Board this morning, the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, currently President of the African Union, highlighted the twin roles of the Organization in Africa, as an agency for intellectual cooperation and technical assistance. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of German journalists Karen Fischer and Christian Struwe in Afghanistan
    11-10-2006 5:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-126)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the killing in Afghanistan of two German journalists Karen Fischer and Christian Struwe and called for improved safety for journalists working in the country. More

  • Director-General condemns the murder of Russian reporter Anna Politkovskaya
    10-10-2006 10:50 am - (Press Release N°2006-125)
    The Director-General of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura today condemned the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya and paid tribute to her courage and determination to defend freedom of expression. More

  • World Teachers’ Day 2006: 40 years of fighting for teachers’ rights
    05-10-2006 8:00 am - (Press Release No.2006-124)
    “There can be no viable long-term solution to our education challenges and teacher shortages without investment in training and measures to promote respect for the teaching profession,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, in a message marking World Teachers’ Day today. More

  • UNESCO Director-General vigorously condemns murder of Afghan women’s rights champion and educationalist, Safia Ama Jan
    03-10-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-123)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today vigorously condemned the murder of Afghan women’s rights defender and leading advocate of education for girls, Safia Ama Jan, who was gunned down outside her home in Kandahar on 25 September. More

  • Chairman Zhang and Director-General Matsuura outline challenges for UNESCO at 175th session of the Organization’s Executive Board
    02-10-2006 6:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-122)
    The plenary sessions of UNESCO’s Executive Board opened today with key addresses by the Board’s Chairman, Zhang Xinsheng (Vice-Minister of Education, China), and the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, in which both spoke of the important challenges facing UNESCO as it prepares its Medium Term Strategy for 2008-2013 in the context of reform of the United Nations system. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Bangladeshi journalist Bellal Hossain Dafadar
    27-09-2006 12:10 pm - (Press Release N°2006-121)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the assassination of journalist Bellal Hossain Dafadar who was attacked on 14 September in Kalaroa Upazila, in the southwest of Bangladesh. More

  • UNESCO and BBC join forces to distribute science programmes in developing nations
    22-09-2006 4:30 pm - (Press Release N°2006-120)
    UNESCO and the BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the British Broadcasting Corporation, have agreed to work together to provide high-quality television programmes on science and technology to developing nations in Africa and Asia. More

  • White House Conference gives new momentum to global literacy drive, says UNESCO Director-General
    21-09-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-119)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, has hailed this week’s White House Conference on Global Literacy an outstanding success that will inject “vital new momentum into the drive for literacy worldwide”. More

  • Director-General condemns murder of Iraqi journalists Safa Isma’il Enad, Hadi Anawi al-Joubouri and Abdel Karim al-Rubai
    21-09-2006 10:30 am - (Press Release N°2006-118)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today condemned the murder of three Iraqi journalists in separate attacks over recent days and called for urgent measures to improve the safety of media workers in Iraq. More

  • Twenty five finalist teams chosen for Mondialogo School Contest 2005/2006
    21-09-2006 10:00 am - (Press Release N°2006-117)
    71_mondialogo_picture.jpgTwenty-five partner teams representing 50 schools from 37 countries have been selected as finalists for this year’s Mondialogo School Contest. The finalists were selected by a panel of experts and endorsed by the contest’s international jury, who met at UNESCO headquarters on Wednesday 20 September. Some 2,537 teams - totalling 35,000 students - took part the contest this year. More

  • Director-General voices grave concern at the death in jail of Turkmen journalist Ogulsapar Muradova
    19-09-2006 10:30 am - (Press Release N°2006-116)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today voiced grave concern at the death of Ogulsapar Muradova in jail in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan). More

  • UNESCO Mission reports on war damage to cultural heritage in Lebanon
    18-09-2006 4:25 pm - (Press Release N°2006-115)
    Experts* sent to Lebanon by UNESCO to assess the state of the country’s cultural heritage sites have called for urgent measures to clean up the oil spill from the World Heritage edifices along the Byblos shore line. However, they found that major components of Lebanon’s cultural heritage had been spared by the recent conflict. More

  • First Lady of the United States to host Global Literacy Conference in New York
    14-09-2006 3:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-114)
    Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States and Honorary Ambassador for the United Nations Literacy Decade, will host the first-ever White House Conference on Global Literacy at the New York Public Library in New York City on 18 September, 2006. First Ladies, First Spouses, and decision-makers from around the world will attend. The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, and Peter Smith, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, will also participate in conference. More

  • New Ozone Education Pack Targets Primary Schools
    14-09-2006 2:15 pm - ()
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    Looking at your shadow (the shorter it is, the more dangerous UV radiation is*), and covering up with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen, are among the practical tips for children contained in a new guide on the ozone layer for primary school teachers. More

  • V. Anandasangaree, winner of the 2006 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
    12-09-2006 4:00 pm - (Press Release N°2006-113)
    The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura has designated President of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) Veerasingham Anandasangaree as the laureate of the 2006 UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. More


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