Evaluation of EC aid through civil society organisations (CSOs) - A broad and inclusive working definition of civil society organisations was used. A comparison of the relative efficiency and effectiveness of various channels of aid delivery falls outside the scope of this Evaluation. Ref. 1259.
Organized by the Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) and the National Forestry Corporation (CONAF), the kick-off meeting for the project ‘Biosphere Reserves as a Tool for Coastal and Island Management in the South-East Pacific Region (BRESEP)’ took place in Castro, Chiloe Island in Chile from 10 to 12 December 2014.
Financed by the Flemish Government of Belgium and coordinated by the MAB Programme, this three-year project aims to create and strengthen existing biosphere reserves in coastal areas and islands of the eastern South Pacific in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru. It also aims to promote biosphere reserves as tools for innovative projects to bring added value to local socio-economic activities, and to sensitize and build the capacity of stakeholders in the area.
The opening ceremony was attended by the director of the Region of Los Lagos, Nofal Abud; the provincial governor, Pedro Bahamondez; the regional secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Pamela Bertin; the Mayor of the city of Castro, Nelson Aguila; and different national and international participants from Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.
On the second day of the meeting the representatives from the five countries gave presentations on the state of biosphere reserves in coastal areas and islands in their countries. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) presented the project ‘Southeast Pacific data and information network in support to integrated coastal area management’ (SPINCAM) as a tool for the BRESEP project. In addition, the participants discussed the creation and extension of new biosphere reserves, and defined a short and long-term work plan.
The meeting ended with a visit to Chiloé National Park, which is characterized by numerous endemic subspecies of wildlife, diverse species of birds and mammals, evergreen vegetation and the presence of Fitzroya cupressoides, declared a Natural Monument in 1976.
Evaluation of the Commission's support to the Lao PDR - The initial period was dominated by rural development and health. The CSP 2002-2006 expanded the scope of cooperation to social sectors (education and health) and trade, while maintaining the focus on rural development as the main area of support. Ref. 1261.
Evaluation of the EC's cooperation and partnership with China - The scope of the evaluation covered the overall EC cooperation and partnership with China and in particular the Commission’s Country Strategies from 1998 onwards. Ref. 1077.
On 16 December, 2014, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her outrage and distress following the attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, that has cost the lives of some 100 children.
“Less than a week after Malala Yousafzai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, this heinous attack is a crime against the future of all children and the nation of Pakistan. It is a crime against learning and against innocence, committed in the very place where children come each day to open their minds - their own school. Terror will not silence the millions of voices around the world that are demanding education to be a right and for schools to be safe. We will not let fear nor terror have the upper hand.”
“I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends who have lost their close of kin in this tragedy and call on the perpetrators of this crime to be brought to justice.”
“On this occasion, UNESCO stands firmly with the Government of Pakistan in its commitment to ensure the right of every girl and boy to a quality education.”
UNESCO’s commitment to stand up for the protection of the right to education during conflict has been reaffirmed on several occasions recently, including through the recently released Guidance Note on the Implementation of the Security Council Resolution 1998 ("attacks on schools and hospitals"), which calls on Member States to prevent attacks on schools and hospitals, as well as their military use. As a member of the Global Coalition to Protect Education From Attack, UNESCO is acting across the world to protect schools and the right to education in countries affected by conflict.
Evaluation of the European Commission's Co-operation with Namibia - This evaluation assessed the cooperation strategies of the European Commission between 2001 and 2007, thus covering the programming under the 9th EDF. Ref. 1272.
Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, Minister of Scientific Research and Technological Innovation of the Republic of Congo*, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will sign an agreement to reinforce Congo’s capacities in scientific and technological innovation, a key to the country’s economic and social development. The signing will take place on 17 December.
With $400,000 in funding from Congo, UNESCO will implement the agreement over a period of three years, to help research and innovation become motors of the country’s economic, social, human and cultural development. This will involve updating information about research and innovation in the country, developing appropriate policy instruments and enhancing the standing of the sector.
The agreement is part of longstanding cooperation between the Republic of Congo and UNESCO in the sciences. In 2004, Congo requested UNESCO’s support in the development of a national science and technology policy. This led to the adoption of an action plan for 2010-2016. The new agreement reinforces existing programmes by focusing on modernization and industrialization.
M.Itoua is also at the helm of the Fifth African Ministerial Council on Science and Technology (AMCOST).
Media conctact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 64, a.bardon(at)unesco.org
UNESCO seeks a proposal from an individual or the organization to produce a research study on the topic of balancing privacy and transparency on internet. The target date for research study to be finalized and send for UNESCO’s approval would be May 2015. The proposal should include the methodology of the research and the structure of the study. Interested parties should submit (i) proposal (including structure and methodology of the research) (ii) budget by 15 January 2015 to: email@example.com
The overall objective of the study is to stimulate global research on balancing privacy and transparency within UNESCOs mandate of protecting freedom of expression. The research should unpack the complexity of the subject, by seeking answers to the questions through both normative and empirical information. The study should contribute to a better protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially the right to freedom of expression.
The scope of the research study*:
· Overview of international, regional and national frameworks, normative guidelines and accountability mechanisms that underpin the digital dimensions of privacy and transparency ;
· Relation between the privacy of personal data, and transparency, and how to balance them in the context of public interest;
· Anonymisation issues concerning data in both public and private sectors, which enters into the public sphere;
· Issues around “the right to be forgotten” in relation to the right to privacy and the right to access information;
· What is the status of public persons, within the context of balancing transparency and privacy on internet;
· Ways in which internet adds to complexity in regulating privacy and transparency online at the national, regional & international levels;
· Recommendations regarding sufficient safeguards in the digital environment so as to ensure a balance of privacy and transparency with the right to freedom of expression;
· National best practices aimed to reconcile the rights involved in privacy and transparency matters.
The research process requires:
· A mapping of issues so as to ensure comprehensiveness and global representation;
· Development of specific research questions for these;
· Collection of data, aggregation into a global report;
· Qualitative analysis of the findings and recommendations.
The envisioned output of the research:
Research & Qualitative findings
Bibliography & Appendices
*UNESCO is to provide applicant with an extensive concept note in order to elaborate on the scope of the study.
Evaluation of the Commission's support to Vietnam - The scope of the evaluation was the European Commission’s co-operation with Vietnam and its implementation for the period 1996-2008, allowing at the same time for conclusions and recommendations to be forward looking. Ref. 1269.
Evaluation of the European Cooperation with Malaysia - The scope of the evaluation is the Commission’s co-operation strategies and their implementation for the period 1997-2007. Ref. 1265.
Evaluation of the Commission's support to Nicaragua - The temporal scope of the evaluation is the EC’s cooperation with Nicaragua from 1998 to 2008. It also covers implementation of thematic budget lines that benefited Nicaragua during the period. Ref. 1271.
Evaluation of the Commission's support to Thailand - The scope of the evaluation is the Commission’s cooperation strategies and their implementation for the period 1997-2007. Ref. 1268.
Evaluation of the EC's cooperation with Botswana - The scope of the evaluation covers the cooperation strategy and its implementation in relation to the country strategies and National Indicative Programmes of EDF8, 9, and 10 and to contributions from thematic Budget Lines and other cooperation instruments. Ref. 1273.
During her official visit to the Central African Republic, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, met with Her Excellency Ms. Catherine Samba-Panza, Interim President of the Central African Republic, to discuss the fundamental role of education and culture in reconstruction and national reconciliation.
Catherine Samba-Panza highlighted the many challenges that exist to ensure the restoration and improvement of access to quality education for the tens of thousands of children and young people of the Central African Republic who have seen their studies interrupted by the conflict.
"Education is a national priority. It contributes to normality and stabilization while the country is still fragile. It diverts youth from forms of abuse, exploitation and manipulation and it lays the foundation for the participation of responsible citizens. We need to give young people a taste of life and involve them in the change,” she said.
"You represent hope and peace in the Central African Republic," said the Director-General, ensuring the Interim President of UNESCO’s support, in the short and longer term, for the reconstruction of the education system. "We must act together to ensure that the education crisis in Central Africa is not forgotten by the international community," she added, highlighting the importance of increased investment in particular for secondary, technical and professional education, as well as the quality of education that remain largely neglected.
The safeguarding of cultural heritage, both tangible and intangible, and its vital role as a force for reconciliation, was also discussed. Recalling the acts of vandalism at the National Museum in Bangui, Catherine Samba-Panza said that "everything was lost in terms of culture. Our relationship with the past is to be rebuilt," requesting the support of UNESCO for the establishment of national cultural institutions for knowledge and memory.
"Culture and heritage must find their place within the Central African society and especially among young people -- it is essential to provide guidance and develop living together, today and in future," concluded Ms Bokova.
Evaluation of the MEDA II Regulation and its implementation - The scope of the evaluation as such only covers the Commission’s co-operation with the MPC as implemented under the MEDA II Regulation over the period 2000-2006. Ref. 1264.
Evaluation of the European Commission's support to Uganda - The scope of the evaluation is the analysis of the cooperation of the European Commission with the Republic of Uganda during the period 2001-2007 in order to a.o. assess the progress and results of the cooperation programmes. Ref. 1270.
Evaluation de la Coopération de l'UE avec le Burkina Faso - Le champ de l’évaluation couvre les stratégies de coopération de l’Union européenne avec le Burkina Faso ainsi que leur mise en oeuvre pour la période 1999-2008, soit la programmation et la mise en oeuvre des 8e et 9e FED. Ref. 1275.
Evaluation conjointe de la coopération de la Commission européenne, de la Belgique, du Danemark, de la France et du Luxembourg avec le Niger - L’évaluation porte sur l’intervention des cinq DPE (Commission Européenne, Belgique, Danemark, France, Luxembourg) au Niger sur la période 2000-2008. Ref. 1278.
Evaluation of the European Commission's Support to Egypt - This evaluation undertaken in 2009 covers the Commission’s co-operation strategies with Egypt and their implementation during the period 1998-2008, focusing on their relevance, effectiveness, impact, sustainability and efficiency. Ref. 1281.