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"Civilazations in the Eye of the Other II" Symposium (Room IV; 30-01-2003 10:00 am - 30-01-2003 6:00 pm )
This second international symposium, organized by UNESCO and the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), will gather academics and intellectuals from all continents to continue discussions begun at the first conference held at UNESCO in December 2001 as part of the UN Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations.. More

World Heritage sites in Algeria (Miró Room; 31-01-2003 9:00 am - 27-02-2003 7:00 pm )
An exhibition of Algeria’s seven World Heritage sites. The Tassili n’Ajjer, a mountainous area in the far southeast of the Sahara, has one of the world’s biggest concentrations of prehistoric rock carvings.. More

Globalization and gender relations (conference) (Geneva (Switzerland); 31-01-2003 9:00 am - 01-02-2003 6:00 pm )
Taking part will be representatives of UNESCO’s Programme for the Management of Social Transformations (MOST), the Institute of Advanced Latin American Studies (Paris) and Women in Development Europe (WIDE).. More

Globalisation and gender relations (conference) (Geneva (Switzerland); 31-01-2003 10:00 am - 01-02-2003 6:00 pm )
Taking part will be representatives of UNESCO's MOST programme, the Institute of Advanced Latin American Studies (Paris) and Women in Development Europe (WIDE).. More

Concert of Arab-Andalusian music (Room I; 31-01-2003 7:30 pm - 31-01-2003 9:30 pm )
As part of the Year of Algeria in France, the concert by the Algiers Ensemble with Mohamed Kheznadji, Zerrouk Mokdad and Sid-Ahmed Serri, will feature a programme of music of the Cordoba tradition.. More

World Summit on the Information Society: Western Asia Preparatory Conference (Beirut, Lebanon; 04-02-2003 9:00 am - 06-02-2003 6:00 pm )
The Lebanese Government is hosting this conference, in cooperation with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and UNESCO, to develop a common vision and .... More

Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors (Room X; 05-02-2003 9:00 am - 06-02-2003 6:00 pm )
UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors will be at Headquarters for their third annual meeting which will be opened by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.. More

Presentation of the Mozart Gold Medal to HRH the Prince of Wales at a charity gala for the Murcell School (Room I; 06-02-2003 7:30 pm - 06-02-2003 10:30 am )
On the occasion of a Gala Charity organized on February 6 by the Purcell School at UNESCO, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will receive UNESCO’s Mozart Gold Medal from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura on behalf of the prestigious music school which trains young musical prodigies from all over the world, some of them from disadvantaged backgrounds.. More

Exhibition: 'Private lives in Afghanistan: Women in Kabul after the Years of Darkness' (7th floor, Fontenoy; 12-02-2003 10:00 am - 20-02-2003 6:00 pm )
An exhibition by Iranian woman photographer Roshanak Bahramlou, who comes from a family of artists. UNESCO Publishing and AINA, an NGO that encourages the development of independent media and whose work in Afghanistan is supported by UNESCO, are publishing a book of the photographs for the occasion.. More

Launching of the UN Literacy Decade (2003-12) (New York; 13-02-2003 9:00 am - 13-02-2003 6:00 pm )
UNESCO is coordinating the UN Literacy Decade, in which all UN agencies are taking part.. More

Concert of Arab-Andalusian music (Room I; 13-02-2003 8:30 pm - 13-02-2003 10:30 pm )
As part of the Year of Algeria in France, this concert will be given by the Elbaycin and El Mawsili ensembles of traditional Algiers music.. More

International Workshop on The Importance of Sacred Natural Sites for Biodiversity Conservation (Kunming and Xishuangbanna Biosphere Reserve (China); 16-02-2003 9:00 am - 20-02-2003 6:00 pm )
This workshop, organized by UNESCO and several partners, including the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the World Conservation Union, will highlight the crucial role of traditional knowledge in environmental conservation and will compare different approaches in Africa, Asia and Latin America.. More

Life Sciences in the European Research Council (Room XII; 19-02-2003 9:00 am - 19-02-2003 6:00 pm )
This conference, organized by UNESCO, the European Life Sciences Forum, the European Molecular Biology Organization and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies, will discuss the need to set up a European Research Council to support high quality basic research in Europe.. More

Concert of Arab-Andalusian music (Room I; 20-02-2003 8:30 pm - 20-02-2003 10:30 pm )
As part of the Year of Algeria in France, this concert will be given by the Tlemcen Ensemble of traditional Granada music.. More

International Mother Language Day (UNESCO headquarters; 21-02-2003 8:00 am - 21-02-2003 6:00 pm )
To mark this Day, proclaimed by UNESCO’s General Conference in November 1999 and now celebrated around the world, UNESCO and the Discovery Channel (along with UNWorks) will broadcast nine films, 1 to 2 minutes each, to more than 100 million viewers around the world about the following endangered languages:. More

Second intergovernmental expert meeting on the preliminary draft Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Room XII; 24-02-2003 9:00 am - 01-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Experts will continue discussions begun at the first meeting concerning the draft Convention.. More

L’Oréal-UNESCO Prize-giving ceremony (Room I; 27-02-2003 2:00 pm - 27-02-2003 2:00 pm )
This prize, set up in 1999 to honour the work of women scientists, will be presented to five eminent women scientists from around the world.. More

Public hearings on human genetic data (Métropole Palace, Monaco; 28-02-2003 10:00 am - 28-02-2003 6:00 pm )
As genetic databanks proliferate around the world, with some countries even starting a genetic census of their population, UNESCO has begun drawing up an international convention to establish ethical guidelines in this complex field.. More

Exhibition: Linus Pauling and the 20th Century (Ségur Hall; 03-03-2003 10:00 am - 28-03-2003 6:00 pm )
This exhibition on Linus Pauling recounts a life dedicated, on one hand, to chemical and biochemical research, and on the other to world peace.. More

International Conference on Advances in Flood Forecasting in Europe (Rotterdam (The Netherlands); 03-03-2003 10:00 am - 15-03-2003 6:00 pm )
This conference, sponsored by UNESCO, the World Meteorological Organisation and the International Association of Hydrological Sciences, will allow scientists and forecasters to exchange information on innovative flood forecasting methods, and to discuss how to communicate results to those at risk and to political and economic decision-makers.. More

Symposium: 'Europe of Nations: Histories, Cultures and Religions' (Room II (entrance 125, avenue de Suffren); 04-03-2003 4:00 pm - 04-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to UNESCO, the symposium proposes three points of view aimed at expanding reflection on cultural diversity in Europe:. More

Launch of the UN World Water Development Report (Tokyo (Japan); 05-03-2003 9:00 am - 07-03-2003 2:50 pm )
On the eve of the Kyoto World Water Forum (Kyoto, March 16 to 23), Gordon Young, coordinator of the World Water Assessment Program (WWAP) will present the report for the first time at a press conference held in Tokyo at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.. More

First Meeting of the UNESCO Committee for NEPAD (Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso); 05-03-2003 9:00 am - 08-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Launched on October 21, 2001, in Abuja (Nigeria), the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is an African initiative supported by the international community, including UNESCO.. More

Exhibition: 'On this side of the Sky, UNESCO salutes women in art' (Pas Perdus hall à l'UNESCO; 06-03-2003 10:00 am - 24-03-2003 5:00 pm )
The exhibition, organized to mark International Women’s Day 2003, presents the works of 40 women artists from different parts of the world and reflects their diversity of experience and modes of expression.. More

Tenth Anniversary of 'Hope and Solidarity through Ball Games' (7th Floor, Fontenoy; 06-03-2003 8:00 pm - 06-03-2003 10:00 pm )
For the last ten years, UNESCO’s project Hope and Solidarity Through Ball Games has helped reduce the exclusion that affects children all over the world through sports-related action.. More

Exhibition: 'Breaking the Veils, Women Artists from the Islamic World ' (Room X Ramp; 07-03-2003 9:00 am - 14-03-2003 6:00 pm )
This show of works by 51 contemporary artists from 21 Islamic countries is organized by UNESCO in collaboration with the permanent delegations to UNESCO of Jordan and Greece, Goodwill Ambassador Marianna Vardinoyannis, jointly with the Royal Society of Fine Arts of Jordan and the pan-Mediterranean Women Artist Network FAM (Women - Art - Mediterranean).. More

Symposium: “Mediation and Youth” (Room XI; 07-03-2003 2:00 pm - 07-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Organized by UNESCO, the CIME (Communication and Mediation) and the CMFM (Centre for Mediation and Mediation Training), the symposium will provide an opportunity to discuss all the contexts in which mediation technique can be utilised with young people: for prevention, before incarceration, at school, in social life.. More

International Symposium on Open Access and the Public Domain in Digital Data and Information for Science (Room II; 10-03-2003 9:00 am - 11-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Jointly sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), UNESCO, the National Academies (USA), the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), the symposium will allow participants to discuss access to science and technology data and identify issues to be followed up by science organizations.. More

Second European Encounters between Jews and Catholics (Room IV; 10-03-2003 9:30 am - 11-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Organized by the European Jewish Congress in association with the Episcopal Committee of French bishops for relations with Judaism, and under the auspices of the Vatican, this second series of meetings, will be opened on March 10 at 2.15 p.m. by UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.. More

Experts’ Meeting on Safeguarding Languages in Danger of Extinction (Room XI; 10-03-2003 9:30 am - 12-03-2003 5:30 pm )
Ten languages die every year in the world, and out of the 6,000 spoken on the planet, half are now threatened. 40 international experts and 20 NGOs will work to identify the most appropriate means and the most successful experiments concerning the safeguarding of linguistic heritage.. More

Discussion-Forum: Overcoming Fear, Winning the Battle against Breast Cancer (Room I; 10-03-2003 4:00 pm - 10-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The forum will present the latest and most important research findings for the treatment of the disease, which affects one out of nine women. It is organized under the patronage of Ms Bernadette Chirac and Jean-François Mattei, French Minister of Health.. More

Portraits of Women of the World (Room XII; 12-03-2003 6:30 pm - 12-03-2003 9:00 pm )
Screening of Fabienne Prévot’s documentary portrait of 12 women behind a variety of initiatives, such as training in traditional know-how, training in the visual arts as a way to learn thinking and good citizenship, the promotion of girls’ education in Africa.. More

Second International Symposium on Monaco and the Mediterranean (Principality of Monaco; 13-03-2003 9:00 am - 15-03-2003 6:00 pm )
On the theme of “New Technologies in the Service of the Mediterranean Heritage and the Propagation of its Culture”, these encounters are organized by the Monaco Arts Association, with the support of the Principality’s government in cooperation with UNESCO.. More

New Synergies for the Recycling of Information Technology Equipment (Room 14; 14-03-2003 9:30 am - 15-03-2003 6:00 pm )
This first international meeting of computer recycling specialists will bring together five representatives of potential donors (organizations such as World Computer Exchange, Computer Aid International and Microsoft) and five potential beneficiaries from various parts of the world.. More

3rd World Water Forum (Kyoto (Japan); 16-03-2003 9:00 am - 23-03-2003 6:00 pm )
During the Forum, which is one of the main events of International Freshwater Year (2003), UNESCO is coordinating six sessions: Water and Cultural Diversity; Water and Information; Water for Peace; Groundwater; Water, Education and Capacity Building; and the World Water Assessment Programme.. More

Meeting to Launch the First Training (?) Session of the Avicenna Campus (Room 13 Bonvin; 17-03-2003 9:30 am - 17-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The Avicenna Campus project, initiated and coordinated by UNESCO, aims to create a library of long-distance training on a virtual campus linking resource centres called Avicenna Knowledge Centres in 15 countries around the Mediterranean.. More

'International Festival of African Fashion' Presentation (Room XI; 18-03-2003 11:00 am - 18-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The third FIMA will take place in Niger in November 2003. FIMA is the only major event promoting African crafts, design and textile industries.. More

International Experts’ Meeting on Media Education (Thessalonica (Greece); 19-03-2003 9:00 am - 23-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The meeting is organized in partnership with the European Union Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, the French Centre for Liaison between Teaching and Information Media (CLEMI), the European Agency for the Development of Vocational Training and the Barcelona-based Mizar multimedia development firm.. More

Celebration of International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (Room I, III, IV, IX and XII; 20-03-2003 9:00 am - 21-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The celebration officially taking place March 21 starts the evening of March 20 with a message from the Director-General of UNESCO, preceding the screening of the documentary South Africa: Beyond a Miracle, in the presence of Charles Meyer, the film's associate producer, who will take part in the debate that will follow.. More

European Regional Consultation on Discrimination, Xenophobia and Intolerance (Moscow (Russian Federation); 20-03-2003 9:00 am - 21-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The meeting is part of the regional consultations organized by UNESCO's Human and Social Sciences Sector as a follow-up to the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance (Durban, South Africa, 2001).. More

World Water Day (; 22-03-2003 9:00 am - 07-03-2003 2:00 pm )
This year, World Water Day, coordinated by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), coincides with the start of the celebration of International Freshwater Year.. More

23rd Meeting of the Council of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) (Room II; 26-03-2003 10:00 am - 28-03-2003 6:00 pm )
The IPDC's 39-member Council will debate providing financial support to 42 media projects from all over the world during the session, presided by Torben Krogh of Denmark.. More

First International Days for Mediterranean Maritime Heritage (Villefranche-sur-mer (France); 27-03-2003 9:00 am - 30-03-2003 6:00 pm )
This event takes place in the context of the project “The Navigation of Knowledge” of UNESCO’s Mediterranean Programme.. More

Regional Seminar on the Conservation of Earthen Structures in the Arab States (Muscat (Oman); 29-03-2003 9:00 am - 31-03-2003 6:00 pm )
Organized jointly by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of the sultanate of Oman and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre, the seminar will allow participants to take stock of earthen structures and their conservation.. More

Valery Guergiev Named UNESCO Artist for Peace (Room XI; 31-03-2003 7:00 pm - 31-03-2003 9:00 pm )
In the context of the North Ossetia-Alania Days organized on March 31 and April 1 at UNESCO around a photo exhibition, a concert and a symposium on the safeguarding of Caucasian cultural heritage, the Director-General will name orchestra conductor Valery Guergiev UNESCO Artist for Peace.. More

A spiritual order in the world: the Sufi path of the Shadhilis (Alexandria Library (Egypt); 19-04-2003 9:00 am - 23-04-2003 6:00 pm )
The Shadhili order in Egypt and elsewhere in the Muslim world encouraged both the Egyptian Kabbala school and Christian mystics.. More

2nd session of the Council of the Information for All programme (IFAP) (Room XI; 22-04-2003 10:00 am - 24-04-2003 6:00 pm )
Items on the agenda of this meeting of the 36-member ruling body of the IFAP include: preparations for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will be held in December 2003 in Geneva and in 2005 in Tunis; .... More

Review of Science, Technology and Innovation Systems (Room 14 (1 rue Miollis); 23-04-2003 9:30 am - 24-04-2003 6:00 pm )
This workshop, organised by the Canadian Industrial Development Research Centre (IDRC) and UNESCO will bring together about 50 researchers and policymakers.. More

World Book and Copyright Day (Room XI; 23-04-2003 12:00 pm - 23-04-2003 6:00 pm )
Award ceremony of the 2003 UNESCO Prize for Children’s and Young People’s Literature in the Service of Tolerance ..... More

“Philosophy Day” at Yaounde University (Yaounde (Cameroon); 26-04-2003 9:00 am - 26-04-2003 6:00 pm )
Researchers and teachers at Yaounde University and the Catholic University of Central Africa, along with NGO officials, will meet to assess the contribution of African philosophers over the last 20 years and discuss the direction of future research and action in social and human sciences in sub-Saharan Africa.. More


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