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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

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Week 40: 12/06-18/06 2006

Desertification affects one quarter of the earth’s surface and over a billion people. UNESCO is working to reverse one of the world’s most alarming processes of environmental degradation. More

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After the 2004 tsunami, a Moken villager repairs a boat

Week 31: 10/04-16/04 2006

Representing 20% of UNESCO's Member States, small islands face unique social and economic challenges. More

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Daily routine in Cape Verde

Week 28: 20/03-26/03 2006

The World Water Forum (taking place in Mexico from 16-22 March) reminds us of the fragile nature of this resource which is threatened by pollution, population growth and poor management. More

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Biosphere reserve of Mananara (Madagascar)

Week 23: 13/02-19/02 2006

To better the relationship between people and their environment: this is why UNESCO launched the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme in 1971. Three decades later, over 482 biosphere reserves span the globe in hopes of preserving our planet’s biodiversity . More

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Week 20: 23/01-29/01 2006

Scientific knowledge and technology can dramatically change people’s lives and also contributes to development. One of UNESCO’s programmes aims to push these advances and, at the same time, fight poverty. 

IOC boat laboratory

Week 16: 19/12-25/12 2005

Oceans cover some 70% of the Earth’s surface and transcend national borders. International cooperation is essential for studying them. This is precisely the role of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). More

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Week 9: 31/10-06/11 2005

Many countries find themselves excluded from the benefits of science-based technologies. For this reason, UNESCO endeavours to better share scientific knowledge resources. More

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