UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

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UNESCO is 60

Culture themes
"We are breaking the silence" created at the TST Youth Encounter in Bristol (2000)

Week 50 :21/08-27/08 2006

UNESCO launched the Slave Route Project in 1994 in order to break the silence about the slave trade. Today, the Organization also fights against the contemporary forms of slavery. More

© UNESCO/Alberto Jonquières
A traditional weaver in Cochabamba (Bolivia)

Week 48: 07/08-13/08 2006

Traditional knowledge is much more than just a reflection of mainstream knowledge. It is a cumulative and dynamic body of knowledge possessed by peoples with long histories of interacting with their natural milieu. More

© UNESCO/Dominique Roger

Week 47: 31/07-06/08 2006

Cultural policies respond to the challenges posed by all forms of cultural diversity, including heritage, intercultural dialogue and contemporary or creative activities.

One way that UNESCO fulfils its mandate in the field of culture is through its work in cultural policies. More


Week 36: 15/05-21/05 2006

The recognition of cultural diversity as a factor for social cohesion, sustainable development and stability is at the heart of national and international political concern. More

© Janice Nadeau

Week 32: 17/04-23/04 2006

How to ensure that creators are paid for their work while promoting public access to culture? This is the purpose of copyright. More

©Tito Dupret
Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Week 27: 13/03-19/03 2006

What do the Pyramids of Egypt, Iguazu National Park and the Temple of Angkor have in common? They are among the 812 sites that have been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1972. More

© UNESCO / M. Ravassard
Products of cultural industries

Week 25: 27/02-05/03 2006

Cultural industries play a key role in cultural diversity, but trade is far from equal between North and South. This is why UNESCO endeavours to facilitate access to the global market while respecting copyright laws. More

©UNESCO/A. Wheeler
An interpreter in his booth

Week 24: 20/02-26/02 2006

Half of the world's 6,000 languages are in danger of disappearing in just a few generations. In recognition of International Mother Language Day, UNESCO underlines the importance of linguistic diversity and preservation of cultural traditions. More

Alberto Jonquières
Woman weaving - Bolivia.

Week 19: 16/01-22/01 2006

Handicrafts and design can be tools for development. In an age of increasing industrial standardization, UNESCO promotes the diversity of cultural traditions expressed through craftsmanship and design. More

© Austrian Film Archives

Week 17: 02/01-08/01 2006

Museums and documentary heritage reflect our world’s past. Because of the fragile nature of this heritage, UNESCO launched Memory of the World to promote conservation of archive collections and libraries. 

©Jérôme Tubiana

Week 12: 21/11-26/11 2005

On 25 November, UNESCO will proclaim the Third List of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. This international distinction rewards popular and traditional forms of heritage such as oral traditions, music, rituals, and craftsmanship. More

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