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Media Advisories (2002 - 2006)

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  • New UNESCO initiative links traditional and electronic media to promote mutual understanding and peace
    17-01-2007 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2007-05)
    media_07_05_71.JPGUNESCO and the government of Indonesia will bring together media organizations, NGOs and governmental representatives in Bali (Indonesia), from January 21 to 23, to lay the ground for a network to promote dialogue and mutual understanding by linking traditional and electronic media. More

  • Fourth UNESCO Scientific Forum:“Progress that saves lives”
    17-01-2007 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2007-04)
    The new vaccine against uterine cancer, targeted chemotherapy and minimally-invasive surgery are some of the most spectacular recent developments in cancer treatment that will be discussed at the Fourth UNESCO Scientific Forum. Focused this year on the subject “Cancer: Progress that saves lives”, the forum will be held 18 January, at UNESCO Headquarters, from 3.30 to 6.30 p.m. More

  • International Convention against Doping in Sport: 41 States will take part in first Conference of States Parties
    05-01-2007 11:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2007-02)
    doping2_71.JPGThe first session of the Conference of States Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport will be convened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, from 5 to 7 February 2007 at Organization Headquarters. It will bring together the 41 States* that will have ratified the Convention by 31 December 2006 and will take place just a few days after its entry into force, on 1 February. More

  • International conference on freedom of expression and media development in Iraq to be held at UNESCO
    03-01-2007 10:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2007-01)
    An International Conference on Freedom of Expression and Media Development in Iraq will take place from 8 to 10 January at UNESCO. The approximately 200 participants will include Iraqi media professionals, Iraqi government officials and representatives of international NGOs and other organizations. More

  • Applications invited for 2007 UNESCO-VOCATIONS PATRIMOINE Fellowships
    20-12-2006 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-76)
    irish_ucd_71.jpgUNESCO has launched the selection process for five new Fellowships for World Heritage Site Managers offered through the UNESCO-VOCATIONS PATRIMOINE Programme. Professionals involved in the management, safeguarding and development of World Heritage sites as well as young people intending to pursue a career in these areas are invited to submit applications to UNESCO before 31 March 2007. More

  • UNESCO presents project for National Museum of Egyptian Civilization at exhibition of Egyptian antiquities in Paris
    05-12-2006 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2006-75)
    UNESCO will showcase the project for a National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) in a stand at the exhibition of Egyptian antiquities from underwater excavations, Trésors engloutis d’Egypte, that opens at the Grand Palais in Paris on 9 December. More

  • Conference on the progress of Education For All (EFA) in the Sultanate of Oman
    30-11-2006 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-74)
    A conference entitled “Education for All in the Sultanate of Oman: from Access to Success” will be held at UNESCO Headquarters on 5 and 6 December under the patronage of Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura and Oman’s Minister of Education, Yehia Bin Saud Al Suleimi. The event is organized, in close cooperation with the Education Sector, by the Omani Ministry of Education and the country’s Permanent Delegation to the Organization in honour of UNESCO’s 60th anniversary. More

  • Fifth session of COMEST to be held in Dakar, Senegal, from 5 to 9 December
    27-11-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-73)
    The World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), will hold its Fifth Ordinary Session in Dakar, Senegal, from 5 to 9 December. The meeting is jointly organized by UNESCO and the Ministry of Scientific Research of Senegal and will be an opportunity to discuss the ethical issues concerning science and technology on the African continent, to establish a network of experts and to set up a platform for future activities in the whole region. More

  • Colloquium at UNESCO: “Universities as Centres of Research and Knowledge Creation: An Endangered Species?”
    27-11-2006 10:00 am - (Media Advisory N°2006-72)
    stanford.jpgA global colloquium on research and higher education policy will take place at UNESCO from 29 November to 1 December. Entitled “Universities as Centres of Research and Knowledge Creation: An Endangered Species?” it is organized by UNESCO’s Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. More

  • What future for the human species? What prospects for the planet? asks upcoming session of 21st Century Dialogues
    23-11-2006 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-71)
    Leading scientists, experts, philosophers and policy-makers from different regions of the world will examine the future of the human species and the prospects of our planet at the next session of 21st Century Dialogues, organized by UNESCO’s Office of Foresight, at Headquarters in Paris on Saturday 25 November from 9.30 a.m. - 7.30 p.m. (Room I). More

  • Regional launch in Dakar of 2007 EFA Global Monitoring Report on Early Childhood
    22-11-2006 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2006-70)
    gmr_71.jpgMore than half the countries in sub-Saharan Africa do not have a formal programme for children under age three and participation in pre-primary education is less than 10%, according to the 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report published by UNESCO. The report will be presented on 27 November in Dakar, Senegal (Sofitel-Teranga Hotel) at 9:30 am, followed by a press briefing from 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm. More

  • UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre celebrates "Water for Life" in the Sahara
    20-11-2006 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-69)
    desert.JPG“Water for Life” is the theme UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Jean-Michel Jarre has chosen for an exceptional concert among the sand dunes of the Moroccan Sahara on 16 December. The concert will also be one of the highlights marking the end of the United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification and part of the UN Water for Life Decade (2005-2015). More

  • Experts meet at UNESCO to discuss violence against girls in school
    20-11-2006 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-68)
    Pinheiro_71.jpgInternational experts will meet at UNESCO Headquarters on 23 November to examine the problem of violence against girls in school and how it should be dealt with. Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, author of the recent United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children, will make the keynote address at the roundtable, which takes place on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. More

  • Next session of International Bioethics Committee to be held in Paris from 20 to 22 November
    16-11-2006 9:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2006-67)
    dna_71.jpgThe 13th session of UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) will be held at Organization Headquarters in Paris from 20 to 22 November. This session will focus mainly on two themes, Consent and Social Responsibility and Health. More

  • Hundreds of philosophers participating in World Philosophy Day
    13-11-2006 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-66)
    philiosphy_day_71.jpg“Philosophy and the human condition today,” such is the theme chosen for World Philosophy Day (16 November) this year, in Rabat. Some one hundred philosophers from all over the world will travel to the Moroccan capital, from 15 to 18 November, to take part in debates organized for the Day.* More

  • Early childhood education at top of agenda of high-level EFA meeting in Cairo
    10-11-2006 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-65)
    task_force_71.jpgEducation ministers from 15 countries along with senior officials from the main donor nations, multilateral agencies, civil society and the private sector will meet next week in Cairo, Egypt (14-16 November) to discuss ways of accelerating progress towards the six Education for All (EFA) goals set by over 160 countries at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000. More

  • Presentation on 16 November of UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
    10-11-2006 2:50 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-64)
    The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence will be presented on 16 November at UNESCO (Room I, 6 p.m.) by Marcio Barbosa, UNESCO’s Deputy Director-General, to the 2006 laureate, Veerasingham Anadasangaree, the president of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF). More

  • Vladimir Spivakov named UNESCO Artist for Peace
    06-11-2006 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-63)
    Spivakov_71.jpgThe Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will name Russian violinist Vladimir Fiodorovich Spivakov as UNESCO Artist for Peace in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on 7 November at 6 p.m. (Salle des Pas Perdus). During the ceremony, Mr Spivakov and five other musicians will perform a concert. More

  • Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture will be presented to two academics from Jordan and Bulgaria on 9 November
    03-11-2006 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory 2006-62)
    The 2006 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture has been awarded to two university professors, Jamal Al-Shalabi (Jordan) and Yordan Peev (Bulgaria), on the recommendation of an international jury that examined 40 proposals submitted by 23 Member States. The Director-General will present the prize during an official ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 9 November. More

  • Award of 2006 UNESCO Literacy Prizes
    01-11-2006 11:00 pm - (Media Advisory No. 2006-61)
    This year’s UNESCO Literacy Prizes* will be attributed to literacy projects in Cuba, India, Morrocco, Pakistan, India and Turkey in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on 3 November (Room IX, 4 to 5.40 p.m.). A project in China will be given an Honourable Mention. More

  • “Mémoire Senghor” to be presented at the Salon Livres d’Afrique at UNESCO
    27-10-2006 3:00 pm - (Press release N° 2006-60)
    Mémoire Senghor, a collective work dedicated to the poet and former President of Senegal Léopold Sédar Senghor, will be presented to the public at the Salon Livres d’Afrique (African book fair) 1001 littératures d’Afrique at UNESCO on Saturday 28 October from 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. More

  • UNESCO to address risks of internet fragmentation and freedom of expression in cyberspace at Internet Governance Forum
    26-10-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-59)
    How to avoid fragmenting the internet; how to ensure the free flow of information in cyberspace; and how to respect the basic human right of freedom of expression on the web are among the crucial issues to be addressed at the first meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Athens (31 October – 2 November 2006).* More

  • MAB Bureau meets to choose new Biosphere Reserves and bestow awards
    19-10-2006 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-58)
    The Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) will meet from 24 to 27 October at UNESCO in Paris, while the International Coordinating Council will meet from 23 to 27 October. More

  • Preview of Un chant nègre, Léopold Sédar Senghor, at UNESCO
    19-10-2006 4:45 am - (Media Advisory No.2006 -57)
    Un chant nègre, Léopold Sédar Senghor, a documentary film by Jean-Denis Bonan, will be given a preview screening at UNESCO on Friday 20 October at 7 p.m. in Room I. Through testimonies by contemporary poets and artists, the film draws a portrait of Senghor, one of the greatest contemporary French-language poets, President of Senegal (1960 – 1980) and member of the Académie française. More

  • UNESCO a partner in the 5th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture
    19-10-2006 4:30 am - (Media Advisory No. 2006-56)
    The International Convention against Doping in Sport; safeguarding traditional sports and games; boosting physical education and sport at school; and sport and human values are among topics that UNESCO will present at the 5th World Forum on Sport, Education and Culture, 22 to 24 October at the International Conference Centre in Beijing. More

  • Jean Serge Essous Designated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    10-10-2006 3:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-55)
    Congolese Musician Jean Serge Essous will be designated UNESCO Artist for Peace by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, at a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters on 11 October. The President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, on an official visit to UNESCO on the occasion of the 165th session of the Executive Board, will attend the ceremony (4.15 p.m., Foyer des Conference). More

  • President Denis Sassou Nguesso to Visit UNESCO 11 and 12 Octobre
    10-10-2006 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-54)
    The President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, currently President of the African Union, will make an official visit to UNESCO Headquarters on 11 and 12 October. More

  • Early childhood education the forgotten link finds 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report
    10-10-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-53)
    Latin America and the Caribbean lead the developing world in early childhood education, according to the forthcoming 2007 Education for All Global Monitoring Report. However, it also finds that despite its well-documented benefits on all aspects of child development and well-being, this area remains the forgotten link in the education chain in most other developing nations.

  • Executive Board holds public debate on the challenges, roles and function of UNESCO
    02-10-2006 5:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-52)
    Distinguished guest speakers from around the world will take part in a debate - entitled “In the age of globalization, UNESCO as a specialized agency of the reforming UN system: challenges, roles and functions at global, region and country levels” - organized by UNESCO’s Executive Board on 4 October (9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Room X). More

  • United Nations’ reform and UNESCO’s future on agenda of the 175th session of the Executive Board
    27-09-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-51)
    The 175th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Chinese Vice-Minister of Education, Zhang Xinsheng, opened on 26 September and will continue through to 12 October. More

  • 21st Century Talks: “Knowledge-Sharing: Still Tomorrow’s Concern?”
    25-09-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-51)
    “Knowledge-Sharing: Still Tomorrow’s Concern?” is the theme of the next session of the 21st Century Talks to be held at UNESCO on 25 September (6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m., Room VII). This session will be presided by UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura with the participation of Jacques Attali, Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Nouzha Guessous Idrissi. More

  • Sri Lankan judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, to receive UNESCO Prize for Peace Education
    19-09-2006 4:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-49)
    Sri Lanka judge Christopher Gregory Weeramantry, laureate of the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Peace Education, will receive the award from UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura on 21 September(6 p.m. room I). Mr Matsuura will also present a Special Mention of the Prize to Fundación para la Reconciliación (Colombia). More

  • Celebration at UNESCO of 50th anniversary of first International Congress of Black Writers and Artists
    14-09-2006 12:00 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-48)
    The 50th anniversary of the first International Congress of Black Writers and Artists will be celebrated at UNESCO next week. The event will begin at the Sorbonne on 19 September (Descartes Amphitheatre, 10 a.m.) and continue at UNESCO Headquarters from the 19th (afternoon) until 22 September. Numerous world-renowned writers, artists and intellectuals will participate in this commemoration. Among them: Wole Soyinka (Nigeria), Henri Lopez (Congo), Nathan Davis (United States), Edouard Glissant (Guadeloupe) and Christiane Taubira (French Guyana). More

  • Launch of new cycle of UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Fellowships for young researchers
    04-09-2006 10:30 am - (Media Advisory N°2006-47)
    keizo_ob2.jpgUNESCO is inviting young researchers in developing countries to apply for grants through the UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship Programme, financed for the seventh time by Japan through funds-in-trust dedicated to the development of human resources. More

  • First intergovernmental meeting to elaborate declaration of principles relating to cultural objects displaced in connection with Second World War
    19-07-2006 12:30 am - (Media Advisory No. 2006 – 46)
    Cultural objects displaced as a consequence of the Second World War often make headlines. Sometimes the news is a voluntary restitution to the rightful owners, but more often it is complicated litigation, fraught with symbolism. The first intergovernmental meeting with the task of elaborating a declaration of principles relating to these objects will take place at UNESCO from 19 to 21 July (Room XII). The goal is to make significant headway in an area that is particularly sensitive from the historical, socio-cultural, political and legal points of view. More

  • UNESCO celebrates a Week of Sport
    14-07-2006 5:00 am - (Media Advisory No. 2006-45)
    The educational, ethical and social dimensions of sport will be highlighted during a week of “Sport for Peace and Development”, to be celebrated at UNESCO Headquarters from 17 to 23 July. More

  • Koïchiro Matsuura to attend UNESCO World Youth Festival in Stuttgart
    05-07-2006 3:40 am - (Media Advisory No. 2006-44)
    UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will participate in the UNESCO World Youth Festival to be held in Stuttgart (Germany) on 6 and 7 July. Two thousand and six young people from five continents have been invited to the Festival, held as part of the celebrations for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. More

  • World Heritage Committee to inscribe new sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    04-07-2006 4:05 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-43)
    Thirty-seven new sites will be proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List during the 30th session of the World Heritage Committee scheduled for July 8-16 in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius*. More

  • President Boni Yayi of Benin to Visit UNESCO on 29 June
    28-06-2006 4:30 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-42)
    The President of Benin, Boni Yayi, will carry out an official visit to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Thursday, 29 June. This will be his first visit to the Organization since his election as President in April this year. More

  • Le Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud à l’UNESCO le 26 juin
    23-06-2006 10:00 am - (Avis aux médias N°2006-41)
    Le Prince Talal Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, Président du Programme du Golfe arabe pour les organisations de développement des Nations Unies (AGFUND) et Envoyé spécial de l’UNESCO pour l’eau, prendra la parole le 26 juin (11h) lors de la réunion d’information sur la 2ème édition du Rapport mondial sur l’eau, organisée par le Directeur général de l’UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, pour les Délégués permanents des Etats membres de l’Organisation. More

  • First meeting of States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage
    21-06-2006 10:50 am - (Media Advisory No. 2006-40)
    The General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will meet 27 to 29 June at UNESCO. This is a first for the Convention, which was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference in October 2003 and entered into force last 20 April, three months after its ratification by 30 States. More

  • The doping crisis in sport: conference debate at UNESCO
    20-06-2006 4:20 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-39)
    A conference debate on the doping crisis in sport will take place at UNESCO on 26 June. The conference will bring together leading experts in this field and will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura (Room IV, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). More

  • 2006 International Year of Desertification - Scientists meet in Tunis to discuss the future of drylands
    12-06-2006 1:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-38)
    Scientists, field experts and decisions makers from the world’s drylands regions will meet in Tunis from 19 to 21 June to explore ways of managing these critical zones in a more sustainable way and to combat desertification. The Future of Drylands conference is one of the landmark events of the United Nations International Year of Deserts and Desertification and celebrates 50 years of UN research in this area. More

  • New cycle of UNESCO-L’OREAL Fellowships for young women studying life sciences
    09-06-2006 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-37)
    The 2007 cycle for the UNESCO-L’OREAL Fellowships programme, targeting young women pursuing vocations in the life sciences is now underway. An announcement letter has been sent to National Commissions for UNESCO along with conditions and criteria. These documents are available on line*. (Click on “How to apply” to find the application form.) More

  • Global disaster reduction education campaign to be launched at UNESCO
    02-06-2006 3:30 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-36)
    tilly_smith.jpgA global campaign for disaster reduction education will be launched on 15 June at UNESCO (6 p.m., Room II), by the Inter-Agency Secretariat of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), UNESCO and the French National Committee for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. More

  • Omani Cultural Days at UNESCO focus on Intercultural dialogue
    01-06-2006 2:10 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-35)
    Intercultural dialogue is the main theme of a series of events at UNESCO Headquarter from 6 to 9 June. Three seminars, an exhibition of Omani books and visual arts, a concert of Andalusian Music and the screening of the film “The Seven voyages in Oman” will take place on the occasion of the Proclamation of Muscat as Arab Cultural Capital 2006. The events are organized by the ministry of Heritage and Culture of the Sultanate of Oman joined with UNESCO, ISESCO and the permanent delegation of Oman. More

  • Fourth South East Europe Heads of State Summit, to be held in Opatija, Croatia under the aegis of UNESCO
    30-05-2006 2:00 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-34)
    Organized by the Croatian President, Stjepan Mesić, and UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, in cooperation with Terry Davis, Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, a Regional Forum entitled “Communication of Heritage: A New Vision for South East Europe” will bring together on 1 and 2 June the Heads of State of seven countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia*. The forum will take place in Opatija, Croatia, at the Hotel Ambassador. More

  • UNESCO at 3rd session of World Urban Forum
    26-05-2006 4:20 pm - (Media Advisory N°2006-33)
    More than 6,000 participants from 150 countries are expected to attend the third session of the World Urban Forum (WUF3) in Vancouver, Canada, from 19 to 23 June. More

  • UNESCO hosts Africa Week from 22 to 26 May
    19-05-2006 2:30 pm - (Media Advisory No.2006-32)
    “African Cultural Heritage, a Motor for Renaissance” is the theme of Africa Week to be held this year at UNESCO from 22 to 31 May within the framework of Africa Day (25 May). Participants in this year’s event include Pierre Kipré, former Minister of National Education of Côte d’Ivoire, Doudou Diène, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Racism, Xenophobia and Discrimination and Elizabeth Wangari, Chief of the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre. More

  • Experts to discuss why sea-level is rising
    19-05-2006 11:30 am - (Media Advisory No.2006-31)
    Some 160 of the world’s leading climate change experts, oceanographers and marine scientists will meet at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters from June 6 to 9 to look at the factors contributing to sea-level rise and identify areas where more knowledge is needed to better understand the phenomenon. More

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