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  • Newsletter 7 (March 2008)

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    Newsletter 7 (March 2008)

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    HH Sheikha Mozah hosts Regional Mid-Term Review Meeting on Education for All
    What needs to be done to ensure that the countries of the Arab region achieve the six Education for All (EFA) goals by 2015? This was the main question addressed by Arab Ministers of Education at the Mid-Term Review Meeting on Education for All, which was held in Doha, Qatar, from 19-21 February 2008. The conference was organized by UNESCO and hosted by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO's Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education. More

    HH Sheikha Mozah and Wole Soyinka attend the first Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations in Madrid
    Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Mr Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, participated along with UNESCO Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, in the first Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations, which was held on 15 and 16 January 2008 in Madrid, Spain. More

    Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Wole Soyinka participate in the Experts' Meeting on Cultural Diversity and Education in Barcelona
    UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors HE Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Mr Wole Soyinka participated in the International meeting of experts on "Cultural Diversity and Education", held from 14 to 16 January 2008 in Barcelona, Spain. The event was organized by UNESCO, in particular the UNESCO Chair in Languages and Education, the Institute of Catalan Studies, Barcelona, and the UNESCO Centre of Catalunya. More

    Virgilijus Alekna designated as UNESCO Champion for Sport
    Alekna-ceremony_tn.jpgThe Lithuanian discus thrower Mr Virgilijus Alekna was designated UNESCO Champion for Sport by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Organization’s Director-General, at a ceremony on 23 November at UNESCO Headquarters. More

    Mehriban Aliyeva and HH Sheikha Mozah preside over a High Level Conference in the framework of Youth for the Alliance of Civilizations
    ALIYEVA-MOZAH-tn.jpgHer Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions, participated in and presided over a high-level conference in the framework of Youth for the Alliance of Civilizations, which was hosted by Mrs Aliyeva and took place from 28 October to 2 November 2007 in Baku, Azerbaijan. More

    Vyacheslav Fetisov, Vladimir Spivakov, and the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe contribute to the Stand Up, Speak Out Against Poverty Campaign
    MDG-Campaign-tn.jpgUNESCO Champion for Sport Mr Vyacheslav Fetisov, and UNESCO Artists for Peace Mr Vladimir Spivakov and the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe, contributed to the United Nations “Stand Up, Speak Out Against Poverty” campaign. More

    Jean Malaurie participates in a Panel on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples
    On 17 October 2007, Professor Jean Malaurie, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Arctic polar issues, participated in the International Panel “Climate Change & Indigenous Peoples: impacts and responses” at UNESCO Headquarters, which was organized in the framework of the General Conference Exhibition on Planet (see article above). More

    Claudia Cardinale and Professor Jean Malaurie honour inauguration of the General Conference’s Planet Earth exhibition
    Planet-Earth-exhibition_tn.jpgOn 16 October 2007, the UNESCO Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, inaugurated the exhibition entitled “Planet Earth: from Space to Place” in the presence of HM Carl XVI Gustaf, King of Sweden, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors Mrs Claudia Cardinale, the Italian actress, and Professor Jean Malaurie, the French ethnologist and historian. More

    Belizean musician Andy Palacio designated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    andy_palacio.jpgDuring his offical visit to Belize, which took place from 17 to 19 September 2007, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, designated the celebrated Belizean musician and singer Andy Palacio a UNESCO Artist for Peace. More

    The China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe designated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    mydream_tn.jpgThe China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troupe received the title of UNESCO Artist for Peace from Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura during a ceremony that took place on 31 July 2007 in Beijing, China. The designation as UNESCO Artist for Peace came in recognition of their commitment to overcoming disability through music and the performing arts. More

    Professor Jean Malaurie joins ranks of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors
    Malaurie+DG_tn.jpgFrench professor Jean Malaurie was designated a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, in charge of arctic polar issues, by UNESCO’s Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura during a ceremony on 17 July 2007 at Organization Headquarters, in the presence of Her Excellency Mrs Joëlle Bourgois, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO. More

    Justine Henin joins future tennis champions to defend sporting values
    Justine-Henin_tn.jpgFor the fifth consecutive year, UNESCO will participate in the ‘Paris Stade Francais Youth Tennis Open – BNP Paribas Cup’, an international tournament organized over the past 18 years by the Stade Francais tennis club. This year’s competition will be held from 9-15 July with the participation of young tennis-players aged 13 to 14 years from more than 60 countries. More

    Mehriban Aliyeva receives the Ihsan Dogramaci Family Health Foundation Prize and the Golden Heart International Prize
    Aliyeva-Geneva_tn.jpgIn recognition of her diverse charity activities, Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Oral and Musical Traditions, received two important prizes in May 2007. More

    Inauguration of Exhibition of Works of Zurab Tsereteli at UNESCO Headquarters in honor of the 250th Anniversary of the Russian Academy of Arts
    DG-&-Z.Tsereteli_tn.jpgOn 9 May 2007, the Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, opened an exhibition of works of Zurab Tsereteli, President of the Russian Academy of Arts and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, at the Organization’s Headquarters. The inauguration ceremony took place in the presence of His Excellency Mr Alexandre Alexeevitch Avdeev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to France, His Excellency Mr Vladimir Kalamanov, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of the Russian Federation to UNESCO, and Mr Zurab Tsereteli. More

    On the occasion of the 7th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visits the Organization’s Headquarters
    AM_GWA_2007_tn.jpgOn 3 April 2007, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of UNESCO, opened the 7th Annual Meeting of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors at the Organization’s Headquarters. A unique highlight of this year’s meeting was the visit of Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan to UNESCO. More

    Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visits UNESCO on the occasion of the show "Night of Jordanian Treasures" and the 2007 Goodwill Ambassadors Meeting
    Queen-Rania_tn.jpgOn the occasion of the Annual Meeting of Goodwill Ambassadors, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited UNESCO on 3 April. During her visit, a cooperation agreement was signed between UNESCO and the Jordan River Foundation, which she chairs. “The Night of Jordanian Treasures”, a performance of Jordanian dances and music in Queen Rania’s presence followed the signing. More

    Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, hosts Regional Conference on Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region in Doha, Qatar
    HH-Sheikha-Mozah_tn.jpgFrom 12 to 14 March 2007 Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education and Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation, and Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, hosted the Regional Conference on Literacy Challenges in the Arab Region in Doha, Qatar. Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, addressed the opening ceremony. UNESCO Goodwill Ambassdors Her Excellency Mrs Vigdís Finnbogadóttir and Mr Patrick Baudry chaired two of the main panels of the conference. More


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