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Science for Peace Declaration calls for responsible use of knowledge for peaceful development

Unesco Most Programme - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 13:38
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The 2017 World Science Forum brought together more than 3,000 delegates from 120 countries to discuss critical global issues and the potential of science to address them holistically on 07-10 November in Jordan. The concluding Science for Peace Declaration represents a global call for action to science and society to build a future that promises greater equality, security and opportunity for all, and in which science plays an increasingly prominent role as an enabler of fair and sustainable development.

The Science for Peace Declaration is a call for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, and a reflection on “the role of science in building a future that promises greater equality, security and opportunity for all, and in which science plays an increasingly prominent role as an enabler of fair and sustainable development.”

The Declaration defines peace as “far more than the absence of conflict. It implies an absence of fear and the full realization of a whole and healthy life. It encompasses an equal access to the resources and potential of our planet.”

It is built on five principles:

  • The equitable and sustainable management of natural resources is essential to avoid conflicts and to promote peaceful development
  • The preservation of scientific capacities, threatened by global migration trends, is key to peace, sustainable development, resilience and recovery
  • Diversity is a key enabler of excellence in science, technology and innovation and is essential to optimise its relevance and impact
  • A commitment to the fulfilment of the universal right to science, and
  • Support of the launch of a regional science forum for the Arab World

The Declaration, adopted by the representatives of the scientific community, policy-makers, industry and civil society together, is a commitment to the responsible and ethical use of scientific knowledge in addressing the great challenges facing humankind.

The 8th World Science Forum was organized under the leadership of the Royal Scientific Society of Jordan, together with the founding organisations: UNESCO, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Organized every two years, the World Science Forum is one of the leading events of global science policy today. It serves as a platform for dialogue between the scientific community, policy-makers and representatives of industry and the civil society on emerging issues affecting science, policy and society, to set out the common tasks ahead in tackling these issues.

 

 

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Director-General receives the National Order of Merit "Don José Falcón" from Paraguay

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 17:29
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Within framework of his visit to the 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay, Eladio Loizaga, handed today to the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the National Order of Merit “Don José Falcón”. The Director-General received this distinction in recognition of “her contribution, her great work and her continuous efforts in favor of the cooperation between the Republic of Paraguay and the Organization."

During the award ceremony, held on 10 November at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, Foreign Minister Loizaga underscored that the commitment and “sincere friendship that the Director-General has forged with Paraguay over the years”, are reflected in the numerous common initiatives and in the official visit the Director-General undertook to Paraguay in June 2016.

In turn, the Director-General highlighted the active participation of Paraguay in the Executive Board of UNESCO, of which it is a member since 2015 and until 2019. 

In particular, the Director-General referred to the "the collaboration with the three branches of Paraguay, the executive, the legislative and the judiciary, to advance freedom of expression and the safety of journalists", and their "active participation in UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme, through the International Center of Hydro-informatics for the integrated management of water resources created within the ITAIPÚ Binacional".

At the award ceremony, in addition to the Minister, his secretary, Carlos Ruckelshaussen, the head of international visits of the Ministry, Américo Cajes, and Leticia Casati, Minister and Chargée d'Affaires a.i. of the Permanent Delegation of Paraguay to UNESCO and Sila Estigarribia, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Paraguay, were also present.

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Audrey Azoulay named as Director-General of UNESCO

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 15:06
10 November 2017

The General Conference of UNESCO today named Audrey Azoulay (France) to the post of Director-General of the Organization. Ms Azoulay was nominated on 13 October to take the place of outgoing Director-General Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) by UNESCO’s Executive Board.

The President of the 39th session of the General Conference Zohour Alaoui, congratulated the new Director-General at the end of a vote that endorsed the choice of the Executive Board.

“I now think of all the people I met in recent months, or had met in my various professional capacities, who have great expectations from UNESCO,” declared Ms Azoulay to the General Conference. “I think of UNESCO’s mandate, which is strikingly modern. I think of all of you who are aware of the difficulties of the Organization but who know that it is irreplaceable, that it is essential, in facing current global challenges and who aspire to the unity and serenity necessary to let it exercise its mandate to best effect.”

Born in 1972, Ms Azoulay was France’s Minister of Culture and Communication from February 2016 to May 2017. She has occupied senior positions in France’s public broadcasting sector and then served as rapporteur to France’s public auditing authority, the Cour des compte, and as a European Commission legislative expert on issues of culture and the media.

Ms Azoulay served France’s National Cinema Centre (CNC), first as Deputy Audiovisual Director, then as Director of Financial and Legal Affairs, and finally as Deputy Director-General. She is a graduate of the Ecole National d’Administration and the Paris Institut d’études politiques. Ms Azoulay also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Ms Azoulay is the 11th Director-General of UNESCO and the second woman to occupy this position. She will take office on 15 November.

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UNESCO and Sabrina Ho Sign Strategic Partnership to Support Youth Cultural Entrepreneurs

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:39
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On 9 November 2017, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and Sabrina Ho, a rising young cultural entrepreneur and philanthropist based in Macau and Hong Kong, signed a strategic partnership agreement to empower young women and men by investing in their creative potential.

 The Director-General described the agreement as an important step forward, saying, “The cultural and creative industries employ more young people than any other sector. Supporting young artists and cultural entrepreneurs is one of the best investments we can make, for our societies and for our future.”

 As UNESCO’s youngest strategic partner, Ms Ho said, “I firmly believe partnership is the new leadership and will, to the best of my abilities, mobilize others to invest in our future by taking on innovative educational approaches to introduce sustainable opportunities for young creative entrepreneurs.”

 The partnership will support UNESCO’s International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), which, since 2010, has provided nearly $7 million in funding to projects that support the emergence of dynamic cultural industries in developing countries. In line with both parties’ shared commitment to the advancement and empowerment of youth, the partnership will sponsor IFCD projects that build the entrepreneurial skills of young creators and entrepreneurs through innovative training and education initiatives, support and nurture new creative start-ups and businesses, and foster access to markets for young entrepreneurs in the cultural sector.

 As a young cultural entrepreneur herself, Ms Ho’s partnership with UNESCO is the natural outgrowth of years of advocacy for the arts, especially on behalf of Macau’s emerging cultural sector and her involvement with museums around the world.

 In 2015, Ms Ho launched Chiu Yeng Culture Limited to promote artistic and cultural developments of Macau, to fortify synergies in the local community and create a sustainable employment environment for young local artists and creative entrepreneurs. Youth are equally fundamental to UNESCO’s programmes and activities, including those at the nexus of culture and sustainable development. With more than 73 million young people currently facing unemployment, UNESCO and Ms Ho are united of the belief that expanding access to the cultural industries and supporting young cultural entrepreneurs is more vital than ever.

 

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GCCA+ work in Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

Europaid - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 14:11
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New online portal promotes tsunami awareness and education in the Caribbean

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 11/10/2017 - 11:09

The Caribbean and neighboring regions will get a brand new online portal aimed at promoting greater awareness and understanding of tsunamis and other coastal hazards.

The portal developed by the Caribbean Tsunami Information Center (CTIC) to support its initiatives will ensure that all persons in vulnerable coastal communities are prepared and respond appropriately and in a timely manner to a tsunami or another coastal hazard. The overall objective is to inform communities and citizens in order to save lives and mitigate socio-economic impacts of destructive ocean hazards.

Officially hosted by the Government of Barbados, the Caribbean Tsunami Information Center is an initiative of the Caribbean Member States, under the auspices and coordination of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG/CARIBE EWS).

The new CTIC website will be hosted and maintained by UNESCO’s IOC, connecting users to IOC’s global expert network to complement the focus on tsunami hazards.

The CTIC website joins two other regional and international online portals created to promote tsunami preparedness and education:

Visit the new website here: http://ctic.ioc-unesco.org/

For more information, please contact:

Alison Brome (a.brome(at)unesco.org)

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At UNESCO, Experts Urge Improved Protection for Artists and their Freedoms

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 16:36
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In 2016, 1,028 artists in 78 countries around the world came under attack or had their rights violated, according to Freemuse. The nongovernmental organization says this figure represents a two-fold increase compared to 2015 in violations that include harassment and persecution, censorship, imprisonment and even murder.

Artists clearly need and deserve better protection, experts who examined threats to artistic freedoms and ways to secure them at an international panel debate at UNESCO Headquarters on 8 November agreed.

“The challenge is to get verified information and data, and then translate that into positive action on the ground, through national policies and laws protecting artists’ rights”, said Srirak Plipat, Executive Director of Freemuse. “Supporting artists at risk by providing safe havens outside of their counties is very helpful, but we need to address the root causes of attacks on artists. Creating spaces of dialogue between governments and civil society is key”, he added.

Artistic freedom is essential not only to let artists and cultural professionals do their work, but also to the wellbeing and development of people and societies. Yet artists are being silenced and audiences threatened.

In a 2016 survey in Sweden sent to over 6,000 writers and visual artists, one in three respondents reported having come under threat, most often through social media channels.  “Even though Sweden has a strong legislative framework and an Action Plan in place protecting artistic expression, these threats often translate into self-censorship by artists,” said Elin Rosenström of the Swedish Arts Council.

Katja Holm, actress, and Vice-President of the International Federation of Actors (FIA), emphasized the importance of empowering artists and civil society.  “To monitor violations and get the stories out, the artists themselves need to understand their rights. We also need to better explain why these rights are crucial to our democratic systems”, she said.

A key message from the debate is that strategic partnerships are needed to bring about change. Artists and international artist associations can raise awareness and advocate, but they need governments and the international community to enforce laws and facilitate the movement of artists between countries.

“We need a more systematic, inclusive and international approach to this issue, with all stakeholders involved,” explained Diana Ramarohetra, Artwatch Africa Project Manager of the Arterial Network. “We are now including lawyers and the judiciary in our work. Artists need to be a part of the process, but they need help to organize and engage, especially those from the Global South.”

Much like the frameworks in place to protect journalists, the panel considered development of a UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Artists as a possible way forward.  While UNESCO, the European Union and the UN Human Rights Council, among others, work within their respective mandates to secure the right to artistic expression, guaranteed by international human rights conventions, more monitoring and better policies are needed to bring about change.  An important contribution is UNESCO’s Global Report “Re-Shaping Cultural Policies” on the implementation of the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. The 2018 edition of the Report, to be launched on 14 December next at UNESCO, will include an up-to-date analysis of policies and measures to support artistic freedom.

The international experts’ panel was organized by UNESCO with Denmark’s, Finland’s, Norway’s, and Sweden’s Permanent Delegations to the Organization within the framework of the 39th session of UNESCO’s General Conference

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Fighting for Breath

Europaid - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 12:07
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Launch of new web series “13.11” on migration in Europe

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 11/09/2017 - 10:55
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“13.11” is a six-episode web series dedicated to six life stories of migration rooted within the background of a changing Europe, which goes live on 13 November 2017. The episodes are set in six European cities: Toulouse, Seville, Riga, Hamburg, Lisbon and Bologna on 13 November 2015, the day of the terrorist attack in Paris. “13.11” tells everyday life stories of people linked one to another, no matter their ethnicities and backgrounds.

Themes of our times like migration, development, global interdependence and inequalities between populations are depicted through the feelings of the main characters, highlighting the importance of the “human face” of migration.

On 13 November 2015, Paris experienced one of the worst terrorist attacks in recent European history. That moment created a shift in perception of the central issues surrounding the migration debate from welcome and integration issues towards control and security issues. Out of this context, the web series “13.11”, directed by six directors, was born.

This new web series produced by EleNfant Film is part of the AMITIE Code project developed under the leadership of the City of Bologna, lead city of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism (ECCAR), with the support of UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR.

The AMITIE Code (Awareness raising on MIgrations, developmenT and human rIghts through local partnErships) is a project which aims to raise awareness among citizens on migration, development and human rights and to train key actors on these issues, including teachers and civil servants working in local authorities.

ECCAR is the regional chapter of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR, launched by UNESCO in 2004. ICCAR promotes international cooperation between cities to strengthen advocacy for global solidarity and collaboration, and promote inclusive urban development free from all forms of discrimination, by sharing good practices, knowledge and expertise, and by advancing joint action through the development of participatory city-level policies and initiatives.

You can access the series here

Watch the teaser (English subtitles)

Contact: Linda Tinio, l.tinio(at)unesco.org

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A stronger right to seek and receive information, but more curbs on the right to impart, says new UNESCO study

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 17:56
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UNESCO unveiled the key findings of the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018, to its 195 Member States at a side event to the Organization’s General Conference this week.

Among the major media trends over the past five years identified by this study are:

  • A stronger right to seek and receive information, but more restrictions on the right to impart. 
  • More plurality of information, but no change in gender inequality in and through the media.
  • Strains on business models mean more dependence on outside influence, although media institutions – as well as Internet companies – are giving greater attention to self-regulatory standards.
  • Growing attacks on journalists – a trend that may have been even worse if it were not for the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

These key findings of the UNESCO World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018 were presented alongside the Communication and Information Commission of the 39th session of the General Conference.

In their opening remarks, Assistant Director-General Frank La Rue; Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, Ms Alice Bah Kuhnke; and Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, Mr Christian Leffler, spoke about the importance of press freedom and the safety of journalists.

UNESCO’s Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Mr Guy Berger, presented the study’s key findings to an audience of over 150 Member State representatives, civil society activists and academics. Mr Berger emphasized the unique scope of the study, and highlighted the link between freedom of expression and media development in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The World Trends Report analyzes developments across the four key focus areas of media freedom, pluralism, independence and the safety of journalists since 2012.

Over the period, large internet companies have emerged as key platforms for individuals to access news and information, while also facilitating the proliferation of unverified news across their networks. Assessing this issue, Swedish Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke called for efforts to boost media and information literacy to counteract propaganda and disinformation.

“Now more than ever, critical thinking and source criticism are so important to see through the façade of false information,” she said.

Tunisian journalist and media expert, Ms Chadia Khedir, moderated an expert panel who commented on the significance of trends within the World Trends Report’s key focus areas.

Zoe Titus, Strategic Coordinator at the Namibia Media Trust, argued that the “single greatest challenge to media pluralism on the African continent is financial sustainability and independence of the media.”

The long-time activist for freedom of expression urged policymakers to prioritize the rights of citizens. She emphasized that the establishment of a sustainable and vibrant media is not just for the good of the media, but for the benefit of the broader public in their ability to access information. 

Marius Dragomir, Director of the Center for Media, Data and Society at Central European University, highlighted the systemic underrepresentation of women in the media as a key factor undermining media pluralism.

Quoting the Global Media Monitoring Project, the World Trends Report highlights that only one in three reporters and only one in four media decision-makers are women. Moreover, the ongoing issue of online harassment of women journalists can have a chilling effect on women working in the media, further detracting from media pluralism. 

Carlos Lauria, Head of the Free and Safe Journalism programme at Open Society Foundations, stressed the importance of joint action. He called for greater coordination among Member States, the media, academia and civil society to ensure a safe and enabling environment for journalists. Increased collaboration among key stakeholders has been a significant and positive outcome of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

For Lauria, “journalists who come together to push back against violence would prove to be one very effective weapon against those who want to silence them.” 

UNESCO’s Chief of Section for Freedom of Expression, Sylvie Coudray, concluded the session by underlining the opportunity the World Trends Report provides to exchange views among stakeholders and promote debate at the national level and among national policymakers around the world. 

In noting that 2018 will be the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Ms Coudray stated, “the promotion freedom of expression is as indispensable as ever.”

The Government of Sweden supported the World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018. UNESCO will further disseminate the study’s findings through regional seminars supported by the Government of Norway in collaboration with Oslo and Akershus University College.

The full study will be published in December alongside the Internet Governance Forum, which will be held in Geneva from 18 to 21 December 2017. 

Links:

https://en.unesco.org/world-media-trends-2017

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Improving European Coordination in Fragile States

Europaid - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 15:44
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Director-General condemns murderous attack on Shamshad TV in Afghanistan

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 11/08/2017 - 10:30
08 November 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today condemned the killing of a media worker during an armed attack on the offices of Shamshad Television in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 7 November.

“I condemn the cold-blooded killing of a Shamshad TV guard and the injuring of a shocking number of the station’s personnel,” said the Director-General. “I hereby extend my sincere sympathy and support to the staff of Shamshad Television and my condolences to the bereaved. I must also salute the courage of Shamshad staff who resumed broadcasting so quickly after enduring the trauma of a full blown terror attack.”

Gunmen disguised as policemen stormed the offices of Shamshad TV killing a guard at the gate and injuring between one and two dozen television workers, six of whom were reported to be in a critical condition at the time of writing. Shamshad TV is a commercial educational, news and entertainment satellite television channel broadcasting 24 hours a day.

The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists

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Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray@unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

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UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz consolidate their cooperation through a Memorandum of Understanding

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 15:12
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On 6 November 2017, at the Organization’s Headquarters, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and the President of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Thomas R. Carter, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at strengthening the cooperation between the two institutions in the context of the International Jazz Day, held annually since 2012.

“The spirit of jazz, and its ability to bring people together from all parts of the world and from all walks of life, is unique”, said the Director-General. “The several successful editions of the International Jazz Day strongly testify to the power of this art as a language that speaks to every culture, across generations, joining them together around shared values of respect, understanding and creativity”, added Ms Bokova. “UNESCO has been extremely proud to cooperate with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, to promote common values of tolerance, respect for human rights and social inclusion, and we are glad to be able to deepen our partnership and make it sustainable”, stated Irina Bokova.

“The cooperation existing since 2011 with UNESCO is very dear to us all at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz”, said Mr Carter. “We are looking forward to consolidating further our fruitful alliance, which emphasizes the exceptional power of jazz in all regions of the world, with annual celebrations held at UNESCO, at the United Nations, in the United States of America, Japan, Turkey, France, Cuba, and, for the years to come, in the Russian Federation and Australia”, added the President of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. “We need to keep this remarkable momentum, and I am very encouraged by the signature of this MoU that offers a perfectly-relevant setting to this end”, concluded Mr Carter.

Late 2011, UNESCO designated 30 April as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people. International Jazz Day is pioneered by the Director-General of UNESCO and by Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue. This major event brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding, and reinforce international cooperation.

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Addressing the urgency of action on ocean issues at COP23

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 14:29
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An all-day event on 11 November 2017, the Oceans Action Day at COP23, will bring together Heads of State, ministers, financial organizations, international agencies, civil society and other key stakeholders to focus attention on the issues related to the ocean and climate and on the practical actions being taken to address these issues.

The Oceans Action Day, part of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action, will focus on: 1) concrete actions and commitments with a special attention to SIDS; 2) linkages of actions with the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) of the signatories to the Paris Agreement; and 3) specific requirements for capacity development.

The Day, co-organized by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, will feature nine sessions on: high-level perspectives on the way forward, science and the ocean, resilience of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change, ocean renewable energy, Blue Carbon, financial resources, ecosystem-based adaptation in ocean and coastal zones, migration and displacement, and keynote addresses on what must be done now to attain a sustainable future. See the detailed program here.

In the concluding session of the Oceans Action Day, the Because the Ocean Signing Ceremony will take place, chaired by the Government of Chile. The Because the Ocean Declaration was launched at COP22 to highlight the relevance of ocean protection in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and makes a call for all Parties to include ocean protection in their NDCs. Through this event, the Declaration aims to reach more than 30 expressions of support from governments from all regions.

The Oceans Action Day is organized by IOC-UNESCO, FAO, Global Ocean Forum, IUCN, Ocean and Climate Platform, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Japan), and Oceano Azul Foundation/Oceanário de Lisboa (Portugal). Collaborators include Conservation International, Future Ocean Alliance, Government of Chile, Government of Grenada, Government of Seychelles, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action (ROCA) Initiative, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, The Nature Conservancy, University of Delaware, and World Bank.

For updated information on Oceans Action Day at COP23, please visit: https://roca-initiative.com/oceans-action-day-at-cop-23/

For more information, please contact:

Julian Barbière (j.barbiere(at)unesco.org)

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Utilisation des langues nationales et des TIC dans la formation professionnelle au Sénégal (in French)

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:13
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Dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre du modèle pédagogique formation professionnelle, alphabétisation et TIC initié par l’UNESCO, la Direction de la formation professionnelle du Sénégal (DFPT) a organisé un atelier à Thiès regroupant des experts provenant du domaine du langage, de l’alphabétisation et des nouvelles technologies, du 23 au 28 octobre 2017.

Dans le but de réduire le taux d’analphabètes au Sénégal, le ministère de la Formation professionnelle de l'Apprentissage et de l'Artisanat (MFPAA), en appui avec l’UNESCO Dakar a décidé d’adapter le référentiel du métier de menuisier bois, dont la formation initiale peine à trouver des apprentis. Ce nouveau modèle d’apprentissage espère ainsi promouvoir davantage les formations et les rendre plus attractives auprès d’une population locale et surtout auprès de jeunes apprenants.

Cette rencontre, qui a vu la participation de méthodologues, de linguistes, d’experts en informatique (L’Agence de l’informatique de l’Etat/ADIE, la Direction des TIC, New Africa Consulting…), du directeur de la formation professionnelle et de représentants de l’UNESCO Dakar, avait pour objectif d’adapter les référentiels de formation en menuiserie bois en langue nationale wolof et d’y intégrer les TIC.

Lors de cet atelier l’UNESCO a réitéré son engagement à accompagner le processus d’élaboration de ce modèle jusqu’à la certification des apprenants et des formateurs dans la formation professionnelle. Quant à l’ADIE et la Direction des TIC, elles ont pris l’engagement de doter le projet d’outils informatiques (Tablettes, téléphones android…) de dernière génération afin de permettre aux bénéficiaires d’accéder aux différentes ressources numériques qui seront mises à leur disposition à cet effet.

Enfin, une feuille de route exhaustive des différentes activités a été élaborée. Elle concerne la mise à jour du référentiel du contenu de formation du métier de menuisier Bois (traduction en wolof de toutes les disciplines d’apprentissages, et en intégrant la dimension informatique), élaboration d’un guide du formateur, création d’une plate-forme internet à l’encontre des formateurs et des apprenants, une partie évaluation des compétences des apprenants à venir.

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La Voix des Jeunes du Sahel

Europaid - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:53
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UNESCO and Partners stand against Cultural Cleansing and Violent Extremism

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 23:38
06 November 2017

On the occasion of UNESCO’s General Conference, an international high-level panel on 6 November 2017, brought together Ministers from Iraq and Mali, the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and international experts to strengthen cooperation in response to cultural cleansing and violent extremism.

Opening the panel, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, highlighted the key role of heritage protection in forging new strategies for peace and social cohesion in situations of conflict.

“Violent extremists target culture because they know that cultural heritage is a force for resilience. They attack heritage and persecute communities in an overall strategy of ‘cultural cleansing’, because they know the power of culture to delegitimize their claims and false promises. In the face of this threat, we must respond with the ‘hard power’ of military measures. This also calls for the ‘soft power’ of culture and the transmission of history, as a moral and intellectual shield against hatred,” she said.

“Extremists have destroyed many archaeological sites, religious buildings, museums and libraries across Iraq and communities have been deeply affected by this. Rebuilding this cultural heritage is the way for people to leave behind what they have suffered and open a new door; it is essential to national and local reconciliation”, said Faryad Rawandozi, Minister of Culture of Iraq.

“The attacks on Mali’s cultural heritage, whether mausoleum or ancient manuscript, were attacks on our beliefs and way of life in an attempt to undermine us. Our response is to engage everyone in safeguarding, revitalization, rehabilitation and education for the future of Timbuktu”, stressed N’diaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, Minister of Culture of Mali.

Ms Bokova also underscored recent, historic progress in including heritage protection in strategies for peace and security, recalling the adoption of major UN Security Council resolutions (2199, 2347, 2354 and 2379) on the role of heritage protection in the event of armed conflict.

The Director-General reiterated the importance of UNESCO’s cooperation with the ICC, referring to the conviction of Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi for the destruction of heritage in Timbuktu, the first ICC trial that qualified the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime.

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda noted the links between dignity, human rights and cultural heritage and the importance of accountability for crimes against cultural heritage. “When cultural property or buildings dedicated to religion and education are attacked, the adverse impact can also be devastating for associated rights, including freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to education, and even economic rights. These serious crimes need to be addressed through the law and deterrence. At my Office, we are dedicated to do our part strictly within the Rome Statute legal framework”, she stated.

Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, further emphasized the need to ensure the right of access to and enjoyment of cultural heritage. “This is a human experience, and it is a fundamental human right. People have died defending their cultural heritage. Going forward we need prevention, accountability and inclusive decision-making”, she said.

Mohamed Elmoctar Cissé, Director of the Library of the Manuscripts of Al Aquib in Timbuktu, spoke of his experience under violent extremist occupation in the city in 2012. “We lived under sweeping prohibition.  When the extremists left, we worked to restore our activities and our buildings, and engaged and educated the youth.  Reconstruction efforts have proven essential to the resilience, reconciliation and recovery of people,” he stressed.

The panel was one of a series of events organized under the theme “UNESCO’s Soft Power Today", highlighting the Organization’s use of soft power across its mandate, in response to today’s challenges to sustainable development and peace building. 

On the same day, UNESCO Director-General and ICC Chief Prosecutor signed a Letter of Intent to strengthen cooperation between the two institutions, in the field of heritage protection.

As part of the awareness-raising efforts, UNESCO’s Director-General unveiled a full-size 3D replica of the monumental Lamassu (winged bull) Statue of Nimrud (modern day Iraq), which was destroyed by extremists in 2015. The unveiling took place in the presence of Faryad Rawandozi, Minister of Culture of Iraq, Francesco Rutelli, President of the Incontro di Civiltà Association (Italy) and Vincenza Lomonaco, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Italy to UNESCO, and Chairperson of the Culture Commission of UNESCO's 39th General Conference.

The statue will be displayed at UNESCO Headquarters for the duration of the General Conference, standing as a symbol of the Organization’s commitment to share history and transmit the values it carries to future generations. 

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Ghana accepts Garuda bird to mark handover of World Press Freedom Day

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 17:48
news_06112017_handover_ceremony_wpfd.jpg Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, Ambassador of Indonesia, hands over Garuda bird statue to Kojo Opong Nkrumah, Deputy Minister of Information of the Republic of Ghana, as host of WPFD 2018. © UNESCO/S.McCabe 06 November 2017

Ghana was officially handed over the organization of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) at a ceremony that took place today in Paris within the framework of the UNESCO General Conference, the biennial meeting of UNESCO’s highest governing body.

Receiving a symbolic Garuda bird statue on behalf of last year’s host, Indonesia, Kojo Opong Nkrumah, Deputy Minister of Information of the Republic of Ghana, emphasized the importance of free media’s contribution to society, and the need to ensure that journalists can exercise their work safely, free of threats. “So much more can be achieved in governance, in an economy and in quality of life when the people and the media are free. And using the Ghanaian success story, we look forward to showcasing this when you join us for this celebration”.

Hotmangaradja Pandjaitan, Permanent Delegate of Indonesia to France, recalled the success of WPFD 2017, which brought together 1500 participants from over 90 countries and led to the Jakarta Declaration, which spells out the media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies. “We stand ready to share our experience with Ghana in order to prepare this momentous event”, he added.

Aki Enkenberg, Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, referred to his own country’s contribution to the Day in 2016, when Finland was the host country:  “In Helsinki, we brought onboard our long history in securing public access to information, a research conference on safety on journalists and links to artistic and scientific freedom. We are pleased to see the event return to Africa, in Ghana, 27 years after the Windhoek Declaration.”

The global celebration in Accra will feature vibrant debate, discussion, understanding and awareness about current freedom of expression challenges and achievements in Africa and worldwide. 

This year’s theme for the event, ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law’, will explore the interplay between a free press, the judiciary and the rule of law, within the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The awarding ceremony of the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, one of the most prestigious international awards in this area, will take place on 3 May.  

The event will mark the 25th anniversary of the Day, whose origins lie in the Windhoek Declaration on promoting free, independent and pluralistic media, adopted in Namibia in 1991 and later endorsed by UNESCO’s General Conference.

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