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Ada E. Yonath: “The challenge of science is like climbing Mount Everest”

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 17:58
cou_01_18_yonath_01_bis.jpg Professor Ada E. Yonath with dishes used for crystallization experiments. 09 February 2018
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UNESCO calls for fairer media coverage of sportswomen

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 16:07
08 February 2018

As millions around the world tune into the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games, World Radio Day (WRD), celebrated on 13 February 2018, is dedicated to the theme of “Radio and Sports”. On this occasion, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, calls on media to provide more equal coverage of women athletes.

“The fight for equality between women and men is central to our work,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. “Only 4% of sports media content is dedicated to women’s sport. Only 12% of sports news is presented by women.”

UNESCO also deplores the stereotypical comments that circulate in the media, often focusing on physical appearance of athletes or their family status, or even crediting their achievements to their male coaches and trainers.

On this Day, UNESCO is launching an awareness-raising campaign by making available a series of engaging spots for radio stations around the world, denouncing the differences in media coverage between women and men athletes. Inspired by a variety of real life sporting moments, and produced by creative agency BETC, the spots draw attention to the widespread stereotypes, as well as the lack of credit and recognition to which many women athletes are subject.

Find the radio package here. (English: 6 spots, French: 6 spots. Length: 40-50 sec)

UNESCO has also collected interviews of sporting legends and influential sports broadcasters who are contributing to improved diversity, greater respect, equality between women and men, and peace and development initiatives within the world of sports media.

All content is made available rights-free for radio stations and other media for broadcast on and around World Radio Day. Find all audio packages at the World Radio day website: (audio in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish).



“Whenever media tends to cover women’s sports, they do all the fluffy nice stories, but we want the media to critique performances. Be analytical – something that the media and journalists are with the male side of the game.” – Lisa Sthalekar, top cricket commentator. Find the radio package here.

“Some criticism does come my way. They say, ‘girls are supposed to take care of their houses’ or ‘girls are supposed to make rotis. What are girls doing in sports on screen?’” – Fazeela Saba, a leading sports broadcaster from Pakistan.  Find the radio package here.

“For the first time in our country’s history, everybody in South Africa was a World Cup winner. The media was central in keeping people informed on this journey. And especially radio, because in the far outlying rural areas of South Africa – the townships – people would just have radio. They would be glued to the radio listening to the matches and results.” – South African rugby legend Francois Pienaar. Find the radio package here.


For more information on World Radio Day, click here.

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Registration now open for World Press Freedom Day 2018 in Accra

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:55
news_080218_wpfd.jpg © UNESCO 08 February 2018UNESCO will lead the 25th celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2018. Registration is now open for the main event, which will take place in Accra, Ghana on 2 – 3 May. This year’s global theme is ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and The Rule of Law’.

From 2 to 3 May, the WPFD 2018 international conference in Accra will encourage discussion and promote understanding and awareness about current challenges for freedom of expression. These include the role of media in elections, the independence and media literacy of the judicial system, and the accountability of state institutions towards the public. The Day will also examine contemporary challenges of threats to press freedom online. The online registration is available here.

Across the globe, recent political, technological and economic transformations have placed new strains on press freedom. Within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals making up its 2030 Agenda, the contribution of journalists and media workers is linked to SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.

In order to reach this goal, effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels must be developed, and press freedom. Essential to this is the right of all people in general, and journalists in particular, to use media platforms for public communication.

The main celebration in Accra will feature two plenaries, 15 breakout sessions, a youth newsroom, photo exhibitions and a film screening. On 2 May, UNESCO and the University of Ghana will organize an academic conference on the safety of journalists. For the first time, the academic conference will be followed by a Policy Lab (3 May), organized with additional support from the Global Development Network, that will foster interactions between researchers and policy actors seeking to build national mechanisms for the safety of journalists. Please see here the call for papers for both the Academic Conference and the Policy Lab. The deadline for submissions is 15 February.

Deadline is fast approaching for the submission of nominations for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize 2018. Eligible candidates are individuals, organizations or institutions who have made a significant contribution to the defence and/or promotion of press freedom anywhere in the world, and especially when this has been achieved in the face of danger. Applications can be submitted in English or French by 15 February. Click here for more information on the application process.

Alongside the main celebration of World Press Freedom Day in Accra, national events will be organized in some 100 countries across all regions.

3 May acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to press freedom and a day of reflection among media professionals and internet actors about issues of press freedom and professional ethics.

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For more information, contact: Saorla McCabe:

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UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize call for nominations

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 15:09
news_080218_jikji.jpg © UNESCO 08 February 2018UNESCO is now receiving nominations for the 7th edition of  the UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions, as well as to international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official relations with UNESCO and whose work is in the field of preservation and conservation of documentary heritage are thus encouraged to submit their nominations no later than 30 March 2018.

Full  information is provided in the Guidelines for Nominations and Adjudicators. Each nomination must emphasize:

  • the impact of the candidate’s contribution to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage, through activities piloted and developed, innovations, leadership, publications, etc; and
  • any unusual difficulties which the candidate has had to overcome in undertaking preservation and access work in the area of documentary heritage.

The Prize was created to commemorate the inscription of the Buljo jikji simche yojeol – the oldest known book of moveable metal print in the world – on the Memory of the World International Register. As such, it has become an important symbol of the Memory of the World Programme’s efforts to support the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage as a common heritage of humanity.

The Prize is funded by the Republic of Korea through arrangements made with the Municipal Council of Cheongju City. Consisting of  US $30,000, the award is given every two years in order to honour individuals or institutions that have made significant contributions to the preservation and accessibility of documentary heritage.

Nominations should be submitted in either English or French by completing the nomination form and sending it, no later than 30 March 2018, to:

Mr Fackson Banda
Programme Specialist, Universal Access and Preservation Section, Knowledge Societies Division, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO
7 place de Fontenoy, 75732 Paris Cedex 15
Tel : +
Email : and

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UNESCO Reviews Tsunami Warning Systems

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:15
08 February 2018

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) will hold an international symposium from 12 to 14 February to take stock of  lessons learned concerning tsunami preparedness over the past 13 years, and challenges ahead. The first meeting on the subject took place in March 2005, following the deadly Indian Ocean Tsunami of December 2004.

The symposium reflects the determination of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, to rally the international community’s support for the development of tsunami warning systems, prevention through education and public campaigns to raise awareness of signs indicating the approach of such events.

Considerable developments have occurred in the field since 2005: tsunami detection technologies have evolved, social media have become more important in times of danger, multiple risk systems have been developed, and awareness has increased.  The meeting, Advances in Tsunami Warning to Enhance Community Responses, aims to draw lessons from past tsunamis, assess the successes and weaknesses of warning systems and identify ways to improve them.

Over three days the meeting will bring together members of the scientific community and of monitoring networks, among them seismologists, researchers, representatives of civilian protection authorities, operational centres, national monitoring and prevention services, as well as the private sector.

The first Tsunami Warning System was created in the Pacific in 1965, five years after a devastating tsunami hit the coasts of Chili, Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines. UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ensures the governance of the system which has served as a model for the establishment under the aegis of the IOC of three new warning systems since 2005; in the Indian Ocean, the Caribbean and Northwest Atlantic, as well as the Mediterranean.


Find out more

Media contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Media Section, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 64,

Press accreditation: Djibril Kébé, UNESCO Media Section, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 41,


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Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO (in French)

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 16:10
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Les commissions nationales des sept pays couverts par le bureau régional de l’UNESCO pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Sahel), à savoir le Burkina Faso, le Cabo Verde, la Gambie, la Guinée-Bissau, le Mali, le Niger et le Sénégal, se sont réunies les 5 et 6 février 2018, à Dakar. Cette rencontre a permis la planification conjointe des activités avec le bureau pour les deux ans à venir.

L’UNESCO dispose d’un réseau d’organismes nationaux de coopération connus sous le nom de commissions nationales pour l'UNESCO. Constituées par leurs gouvernements respectifs, ces commissions nationales agissent de façon permanente pour promouvoir la mission de l’UNESCO et associer les groupes nationaux gouvernementaux et non gouvernementaux compétents en matière d’éducation, de sciences, de culture et de communication aux travaux de l’Organisation. Elles jouent un rôle déterminant de lien entre les partenaires, de coordination des activités ainsi que dans le renforcement de la visibilité de l’UNESCO dans leurs pays. Elles jouent également le rôle important d’organes de consultation, de liaison et d’information, et elles mobilisent et coordonnent des partenariats avec la société civile des pays qu’elles représentent. Ce faisant, elles apportent une contribution substantielle à la réalisation des objectifs de l’UNESCO et à l’exécution de son programme.

L’UNESCO Dakar a tenu les 5 et 6 février une consultation avec les commissions nationales des pays qu’il couvre en collaboration avec l’UNESCO Bamako. Cette rencontre avait pour objectif de procéder à la revue des réalisations communes 2017, de soulever les défis rencontrés dans les pays et de présenter la planification 2018-2019 par secteur (ED, SC, SHS, CLT, CI) et par l’IIPE-PDK en lien avec les Stratégies pays de l’UNESCO (UCS). Ces dernières s’adossent aux stratégies nationales de développement à moyen terme des pays de la sous-région, en cohérence avec le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030, le Plan cadre des Nations Unies pour le Développement (PNUAD) de chaque pays, et avec les différents domaines programmatiques de l’Organisation. L'UNESCO Dakar est en train d’élaborer ces documents de stratégie à moyen terme pour les pays en vue de renforcer la pertinence et l’impact de sa coopération, la réunion avait donc également pour but de préparer une feuille de route pour finaliser ces UCS.

A la fin de la rencontre, le directeur p.i. de l’UNESCO Dakar a souligné les efforts accomplis par le bureau et les commissions nationales pour développer des actions pertinentes au service des politiques inclusives et les a encouragés à renforcer encore ces actions et les partenariats, afin que la coopération entre l’UNESCO Dakar et le réseau des commissions nationales puisse prendre une part essentielle dans la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable de l’Agenda 2030.

Stratégie Pays de l'UNESCO Dakar: 2017-2019 Mali :

Consulter le dernier rapport des commissions nationales pour l’UNESCO

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Director-General condemns Murder of Media Workers, Castillo Cifuentes and León Miranda, in Guatemala

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:47
07 February 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today called on the authorities to investigate the killings of journalists, Luis Alfredo de León Miranda and Laurent Ángel Castillo Cifuentes, whose bodies were found in Mazatenango, southwestern Guatemala, on 1 February.

“I condemn the killings of Laurent Ángel Castillo Cifuentes and Luis Alfredo de León Miranda,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to investigate these crimes and ensure that those responsible for them go to trial. Impunity cannot be allowed to embolden murderers, undermine the fundamental human right of freedom of expression, and limit citizens’ right to information.”

Laurent Ángel Castillo Cifuentes was a cultural and sports reporter for the newspaper Nuestro Diario. Luis Alfredo de León Miranda, who worked in the advertising department of Radio Coatepeque, travelled with Castillo Cifuentes to Mazatenango on 28 January to cover a carnival celebration in the municipality.



Media contact: Sylvie Coudray,, +33 (0)1 45 68 08 91

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.


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UNESCO Partners with Netexplo to shine light on tech trends

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:49
07 February 2018

Is digital technology changing who we are, as well as impacting what we do and how we go about it? This question is the subject of the 2018 Trends Report that will be launched by Netexplo Observatory, the independent body that studies the impact of digital technology on society and business, during this year’s Innovation Forum (13 February) and Talent Forum (14 and 15 February) at UNESCO’s Headquarters.

Guided by its mandate to nurture innovation for more inclusive, knowledge societies, as reaffirmed by the Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO has been co-hosting the Netexplo Forum annually since 2011 as part of their work to contribute to the free circulation of ideas and to the promotion of universal access to knowledge.


Trends Report

In its 2018 Trends Report, Zero Interface / Zero Decision Netexplo Observatory notes that as artificial intelligence makes interconnected digital applications function ever more seamlessly, requiring ever less intervention by the user, we are gradually letting algorithms take over some decision-making processes.

Every algorithm embodies an ideology, argues the report which points out that artificial intelligence, still in its early stages, is being developed by a small number of “Digital Titans” (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla and Uber to name but a few) which collect a nearly infinite mass of data about their users. Step by step, we are relinquishing our power to take decisions, warns the report.

Netexplo also looks into strategies to protect the individual from the risk of disempowerment by artificial intelligence and urges ethical guidelines to protect individuals’ rights in the emerging digital environment where free will may come to be replaced by automated data processing.


The Innovation Forum, 13 February

During this year’s Innovation Forum, the 11th edition to date, Netexplo and UNESCO will present an overview based on 100 major innovations that represent the latest applications of technology. Ten of these projects, winners of Netexplo Awards, will be showcased. They are the most outstanding projects selected from 2,000 innovations identified by Netexplo Observatory’s network of 19 universities from all parts of the world.

Most of this year’s ten award-winning applications draw on artificial intelligence and cover a wide range of uses:

  • 360ed uses the total immersion of virtual reality to take students from Myanmar around the world and teach them about life in different parts of the world.
  • Cataki helps Brazilian garbage collectors locate recyclable refuse, helping members of this marginalized profession improve their efficiency and increase their revenue.
  • Cognitive Hearing Aid focuses hearing devices to the sound their user wishes to hear, sifting out parasitic ambient noise
  • Giuseppe draws on a molecular data base to recreate tastes and textures in synthetized, plant-based food
  • Hand That Sees is able to read the intentions of users of a prosthetic hand to adjust grip with the help of an integrated camera
  • Neurala Air Sheperd Drones operates intelligent drones to prevent poaching of endangered species
  • SingularityNet provides members of the public with a free platform that allows them to create, develop and monetize artificial intelligence
  • Status simplifies cryptocurrency and enables users to buy and sell Ethereum, the second most popular virtual currency after Bitcoins
  • Stentrode allows users to control an exoskeleton with their mind
  • Wysker allows users to sell the data they generate when using free of charge applications

Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO, will open the Innovation Forum along with Catherine Morin Desailly, Chair of the French Senate Commission for Culture, Education and Communication and Thierry Happe, Chairman & Co-Founder, Netexplo Observatory.

Netexplo Observatory notes that start-ups are not the only generators of innovation. They accounted for 43% of the 2,000 innovations flagged this year, 34% were developed at universities or research institutions, 9% come from traditional business, 6% from NGOs, and only 5% came from the so-called Digital Titans (3% were the product of State-run initiatives and 2% were developed by artists).

In terms of geographic distribution, 34% of the innovations examined this year came from North America, followed by Europe (26%), the Asia Pacific Region (24%), Africa and the Middle East (10%), and Latin America (6%).


Talent Forum

On 14 and 15 February, Netexplo and UNESCO will host the first edition of a Talent Forum, which will identify new talent and envisage innovative forms of collaboration and management destined to help corporations, institutions and organizations benefit fully from the potential of digital technologies.

The event will focus on ten areas: artificial intelligence, big data, biotechnology, blockchain, cybersecurity, gaming, the internet of things, robotics, social media and 3D printing.


UNESCO and Netexplo

UNESCO and Netexplo Observatory have formed a partnership based on their shared goals concerning harnessing digital technologies for inclusive and sustainable development. UNESCO’s mandate makes it the key intergovernmental player in addressing current and emerging global challenges relating to digital developments and seeking to harness them to build inclusive knowledge societies and support sustainable development.

UNESCO shares its expertise with Member States to ensure that the digital revolution serves human rights, empowerment, informed decision-making and human development.


See programme



Djibril Kébé, UNESCO Media Section,


Journalists wishing to receive an advance copy of Zero Interface / Zero Decision, available in French and English, should contact Netexplo’s PR representative Nicolas Celic



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UNESCO project in Jordan provides women with entrepreneurial skills

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/07/2018 - 10:32
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“Before, I was alone at home,” says Rasha, who was already married at 15 and missed the chance to pursue her education. “Now I have new friends and I feel supported by the other girls and we treat each other like sisters.”

Rasha met her new friends at an innovative UNESCO project that is providing practical entrepreneurship and innovation tools to young Syrian and Jordanian women, through technical, income-generating handicraft training.

With her two children in school, Rasha leapt at the chance to join the project and learn new skills. She says that as a participant, she learned a host of skills including embroidery, crochet, sewing and weaving. Her favorite handicraft skill? Embroidery.

The 500 participants of the project are also being supported with life-skills and work readiness training in an effort to improve their chances of strong participation in the labour market.

The UNESCO Amman office supports programmes that encourage and enable girls and women to participate in and contribute to their families, communities and economies more broadly.

In the context of the Syria crisis, UNESCO is focused on critical areas such as technical and vocational education and training, life-skills, secondary education and higher education.

Projects such as these touch on key aspects of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable development, focusing particularly on SDG 4 and 5 with an understanding that education — in all its various forms — is a basic human right.

This ambitious project was designed with the goal of helping young women develop business and vocational skills and began in November 2016.

It has been implemented with JRF’s support through eight community-based organizations and across seven communities including Ajloun, Jerash, Madaba, Mafraq, Irbid, Ramtha and Amman.

The inclusive nature of the project encourages an open dialogue between Syrian and Jordanian women in Jordan, based on their shared experiences and engagement.

Rasha enjoyed the life-skills component of the project and the team spirit fostered by the resulting sense of empowerment the girls experienced. “Now I know how to prepare for a job interview,” she said.

Using her new skills, Rasha would really like to work outside of the home and is hoping that more courses like this one will be offered so she can take her talents to the next level.

Another young participant, Wesal, partook in the handicraft programme while also pursuing a bachelor’s of arts at a Jordanian University. “When I am not studying, I have nothing to do. I need to focus my mind on something constructive like handicraft creation and this in turn gives me positive energy,” she said.

Wesal is already generating some income, selling her creations to members of her local community and using the money to support her studies.

"The trainers have taught me that strength of character is what matters and that we must work to depend on ourselves.”

Strong words from a strong young woman.

The project is funded by Proctor and Gamble and is being implemented by the Jordan River Foundation (JRF), a non-profit, non-governmental organization established in 1995 and chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania.

This article was originally published by the UNESCO Amman office.

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Young peacebuilders – Addressing the root causes of youth violence

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 15:45
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Temi Mwale is the Founder and Director of the London-based 4Front Project, an initiative that focuses on addressing the root causes of youth violence. During the 10th UNESCO Youth Forum in October 2017, she joined other youth working in the field of peacebuilding to discuss ways that UNESCO can better support young peacebuilders, particularly within the context of its work on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE). Today, she explains the 4Front Project to us.

“Young people have huge unmet needs when it comes to addressing the results of having witnessed violence at home and in the community. We know that long-term exposure to violence can lead to psychological problems, with 20% of people who experience trauma developing PTSD, yet austerity measures have resulted in enormous financial cuts and a substantial reduction in key services. As a result, young people are suffering with unaddressed mental health problems, unemployment, homelessness and substance abuse.

I set up the 4Front Project, which is a youth-led social enterprise on a mission to empower young people and communities to live free from violence, when I was 16 years old, after my friend was shot and killed on the streets of London. We believe that we must respond to violence with compassion not aggression, understand violence in context not in a vacuum, empower people to respond to violence, co-produce solutions to violence and most importantly that young people and communities must be at the forefront of solutions. We address violence by creating bespoke, holistic, youth-led interventions that are delivered in community, educational and criminal justice settings.

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Through our programmes, workshops and one-to-one mentoring, we empower young people to challenge the systemic conditions that generate violence and provide opportunities for them to positively impact society by amplifying their authentic voices and building resilience. We engage the young people who have been involved in or affected by violence, excluded from school and who are at risk of incarceration, in community healing initiatives. We reduce alienation by allowing young people to analyse the social issues that affect them through a legal lens and utilizing peer legal education as a mechanism for catalyzing change.

Young people are marginalized, disenfranchised and alientated, rarely being provided opportunities to influence change in the community and in society more generally. But this is not because youth are apathetic and don’t care about politics. Young people are commenting on politics and creating change in non-traditional forms which are not being recognized by mainstream society. We need to empower young people to use their own platforms to engage with politics and we must provide them with the resources and guidance to have their voices heard.”

The 10th UNESCO Youth Forum – “Rethinking youth engagement with UNESCO” – held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 24 and 25 October 2017, brought together 60 young women and men from all over the world, all of whom are leading or co-shaping innovative social initiatives relating to a UNESCO field of competence.

Now, more than ever, we are seeing young people leading change in their countries and communities all over the world and we want to bring these change-makers to the global discussion table.

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Call for hosts of the 9th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in 2020

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 02/06/2018 - 12:10
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During the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in Adamello Brenta UNESCO Global Geopark, Italy, 8 – 14 September 2018 the venue of the 9th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks will be decided. If your organization or country is interested in hosting the 2020 Conference, you are kindly invited to submit a well-developed technical proposal specifying the offer. This bid is addressed to countries and regions which already have UNESCO Global Geoparks, and whose contribution will be essential for the success of the event.
Some important points:
1) Technical
The conference has to be organized by an efficient and experienced team, including communication, tourism, administration, UNESCO Global Geopark specialists and geoscientists.UNESCO Global Geoparks and Global Geopark Network (GGN) members (in the country and within the region) should actively participate and provide their expertise. The conference is the most important event for members to meet and exchange...

During the 8th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in Adamello Brenta UNESCO Global Geopark, Italy, 8 – 14 September 2018 the venue of the 9th International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks will be decided. If your organization or country is interested in hosting the 2020 Conference, you are kindly invited to submit a well-developed technical proposal specifying the offer. This bid is addressed to countries and regions which already have UNESCO Global Geoparks, and whose contribution will be essential for the success of the event.

Some important points:

1) Technical

  • The conference has to be organized by an efficient and experienced team, including communication, tourism, administration, UNESCO Global Geopark specialists and geoscientists.
  • UNESCO Global Geoparks and Global Geopark Network (GGN) members (in the country and within the region) should actively participate and provide their expertise. The conference is the most important event for members to meet and exchange experience.
  • The venue of the meeting should be big enough for 700-800 delegates and easily accessible for international participants.
  • The candidates will have the possibility to present their bid (5-10 min) before the GGN Executive Board at its meeting on September 10th at 18.00h.

2) Financial Issues

  • The conference and the preparations need to be financed by the organizers who, if necessary, should seek private and public funding. The financial statement should be clear and based on feasible plans.
  • The candidate should present a proposal for the conference budget including data on the financial resources, possible sponsor contribution, participant’s fees and grand policy.
  • Costs of hosting the meeting of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council (UGGpC) and GGN Executive Board (travel, hotel and subsistence costs for three days for the 16 Council members) should be included.
  • The participant’s registration fee should be ‘reasonable’ taking into account that UNESCO Global Geoparks are present in the rich as well as the poorer regions of the globe and people sometimes come from far.
  • The organizers must provide a fee to GGN according to the 2016 GGN General Assembly decision on the GGN budget (September 19th, 2016). This amount will be equivalent to 50 Euro per participant.
  • UNESCO, for the moment, is only able to provide intellectual sponsorship.

3) Organization

  • The past conferences in Beijing 2004 (China), Belfast 2006 (Northern Ireland), Osnabrűck 2008 (Germany), Langkawi 2010 (Malaysia), Unzen 2012 (Japan), and Saint John 2014 (Canada), Torquay 2016 (UK) had strong local, governmental and ministerial support and high media coverage. The organization team is advised to include governmental entities as well as a broad spectrum of other groups like Tourism Boards, Councils of towns, counties, Geological Survey, etc..
  • Several other open and closed business meetings, workshops and events that run both in advance and during the conference will take place in addition to the UGGp Council meeting.  These meetings add considerably to the required organization and costs. These meetings include the GGN General Assembly, GGN Executive Board Meetings, GGN Advisory Board Meeting, GGN Working Group Workshops, Regional Networks Advisory Committee and Coordination Committee Meetings, etc..
  • It is a prerequisite that the country where the conference is proposed already has UNESCO Global Geoparks.

4) Content

  • The Conference theme must be closely related to the core topics of the UNESCO Global Geoparks.
  • Each organizer will put the focus on specific themes of their interest which are not preliminarily fixed, but will be discussed with UNESCO and the Global Geoparks Network during the preparation phase in more detail.

The above list is not exhaustive and aims only to provide some first guidance.

Further, please note that we strive to rotate the hosting of the International Conference to different regions of the world.


Please ensure that your full bid is submitted electronically by July 31, 2018 to:
ggnassociation(at) and UNESCO m.patzak(at)


Related websites:

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Call for proposals: “STI for Development: Mainstreaming STI in the Islamic Development Bank Group towards Member Countries”

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 18:20

UNESCO is supporting the efforts of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IsDBG) to enhance the role of Science, Technology and Innovation in the IsDBG’s interventions and to create synergies between its 10-year Strategic Framework and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This part of the IsDBG’s ongoing efforts to go beyond sole financing of projects and become an impactful knowledge organisation.

This cooperation aims to improve the sustainable development of IsDBG member countries and UNESCO Member States through Science, Technology and Innovation policies and policy instruments.

In this context, UNESCO is calling for written proposal by consultants to participate in the project “STI for Development: Mainstreaming STI in the Islamic Development Bank Group towards Member Countries”. The proposal shall target one of the following activities:

Senior institutional Science, Technology and Innovation policy consultant
(Full request for proposals)

  • Use the GO-SPIN methodology ( to prepare and deliver analytical contents for a Science, Technology and Innovation Institutional Profile for the Islamic Development Bank.
  • Prepare an Institutional Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Draft for the Islamic Development Bank.


Senior Science, Technology and Innovation operations consultant
(Full request for proposals)

  • Desk study about Science, Technology and Innovation performance, policies and explicit policy instruments in Islamic Development Bank member countries
  • Recommendation of a series of Science, Technology and Innovation policy instruments specific for development banks


The consultants will work in the framework of the cooperation between UNESCO and the Islamic Development Bank. 

The closing date of the call is 25 February 2018 (midnight, Paris Time).

Please send the proposal to mr.galindo-moreno(at) following the instructions in Terms of Reference found in the full requests hyperlinked above.


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1st edition of the World Day of African Culture and Afro-descendants: an historic meeting in Bamako (in French)

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:13
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Du 23 au 24 janvier 2018, le Mali a abrité, la première Edition de la journée mondiale de la culture africaine et Afro-descendante au palais de la culture Amadou Hampâté Bâ de Bamako. Initiée dans le cadre de la mise en œuvre de la recommandation de la conférence Africaine des humanités, elle a réuni sous le haut parrainage du président de la république M. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, les ministres de la culture de différents pays (Burkina Faso, Congo, Sénégal, Niger, et du Mali), les partenaires du projet entre autres, l’UNESCO, le RAPEC d’éminents professeurs, chercheurs, spécialistes des lettres, des arts, des sciences humaines et les membres de la société civile, venus d’Afrique et d’africains de la diaspora.

L’objectif essentiel de cette journée a été celle, de contribuer à faire rayonner la culture africaine à travers le continent et à l’international. S’agissant de faire la promotion de sa richesse, de sa créativité et de son apport aux autres cultures. De même, cette manifestation a permis d’accompagner et de valoriser les promoteurs et entrepreneurs culturels d’Afrique et de sa Diaspora en soutenant les initiatives de divers talents.

La cérémonie d’ouverture du 23 janvier 2018, a été marquée par 5 interventions, respectivement celle du président de la commission nationale d’organisation, ancien ministre, M. Adama Samassékou, le président du réseau du RAPEC, M. John Ayité Dossavi, le représentant de l’UNESCO au Mali, M. Hervé Huot-Marchand, du représentant de l’Union Africaine, Ms Angela Martins, et le ministre de la culture du mali, Mme Ndiaye Ramatoulaye Diallo.

Les différents participants ont témoigné de leur attachement à la charte tout en défendant chacun, la promotion des identités culturelles africaines comme support du dialogue entre les peuples et source de développement culturel et économique de l’Afrique. C’est dans cette optique que M. Hervé Huot-Marchand, représentant de l’UNESCO au Mali, a rappelé que : « la culture est l’ADN de l’UNESCO. Nous sommes très fiers d’être acteur et fier d’avoir participé pour la préparation de cette journée de la culture africaine ».

Lors de la célébration de cette journée historique, le président de la république M. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita dans son message, lue par Mme Ndiaye Ramatoulaye Diallo, a témoigné de son engagement et de sa détermination à porter plus loin cette charte, tout en saluant la disponibilité et le dévouement des différents acteurs dans la mobilisation autour de la culture africaine qui selon lui, est le 1er facteur du développement : « Nul doute, l’histoire retiendra que des hommes et des femmes de bonne volonté se sont rencontrés dans notre capitale Bamako un 24 janvier pour convaincre d’autres de l’impérieuse nécessité de célébrer, partout, la contribution de l’Afrique, berceau de l’humanité, à la culture universelle », va-t-il mentionné.

Pour la pérennisation de l’évènement, des souhaits d’instrumentaliser cette journée consacrée à la culture Africaine pour en faire un moment de communion pour tous ont été évoqué. « Nous vivons dans un monde de conflits. Il est bon que l’on puisse hydrater cette sècheresse des relations humaines, par la fraîcheur de la culture Africaine », a déclaré M. Adama Samassékou.

Mme Ndiaye Ramatoulaye Diallo a quant à elle évoquée, que l’Afrique doit renouer avec les temps de grandes célébrations culturelles, celles des conférences des intellectuelles, des festivals mondiaux, qui ont montré leur pouvoir d’action et qui ont maintenu la tension nécessaire au rassemblement à l’unité autour d’enjeux communs et destins communs. « Nous avons dans nos frontières les raisons d’exalter un afro-optimisme que des écrivains comme Felwine Sarr du Sénégal conceptualisent aujourd’hui. Nous, décideurs, il nous appartient d’y adhérer en offrant des tribunes de développement de ces concepts », a-t-elle souligné.

Au sortir des deux journées de travail, les participants ont retenu 3 actions prioritaires à accomplir: a) partager une expérience de la culture africaine multiforme dans sa multi-dimensionnalité, b) sensibiliser les uns et les autres autour de la nécessité du contrôle du développement de la culture africaine, c) sensibiliser les consciences africaines en faveur de cette charte qui est garant de la survie, de la revalorisation, et la patrimonialisation de la culture Africaine.

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