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Casa de las Américas, winner of the 2017 UNESCO-UNAM/Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in social sciences, humanities and arts

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:28
infocus_winner2017_casa2.jpg © Casa de las Américas

Casa de las Américas (Cuba) was designated as winner of the 2017 Edition of the Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of an international jury. The Award Ceremony will be organized early in 2018.

Casa de las Américas was founded in April 1959 for the purpose of developing and extending the socio-cultural relations with the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world. It has developed into one of the best-known and most prominent cultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The institution awards the Casa de las Américas Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in Latin American literature. It also researches, supports, and publishes the work of writers, social scientists, humanists, sculptors, musicians, and other artists and students of literature and the arts. Its official organ is the journal Casa de las Américas, published since 1961.

Awarded every two years, the UNESCO-UNAM/Jaime Torres Bodet Prize is intended to reward the efforts of a person, group of people or international institution that has contributed to the development of knowledge and society through art, teaching and research in social sciences and humanities. It is meant to promote pioneering initiatives that may contribute to the development, diffusion and consolidation of the values of humanity.

The Prize was named after Jaime Torres Bodet, eminent poet, novelist, essay writer and diplomat from Mexico and  one of the founding members of UNESCO and Director-General of the Organization from 1948 to 1952. The Prize, created at the initiative of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), highlights the close links between UNESCO and UNAM.

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Casa de las Américas, winner of the 2017 UNESCO-UNAM/Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in social sciences, humanities and arts

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:28
winner2017_casa2.jpg © UNESCO

Casa de las Américas (Cuba) was designated as winner of the 2017 Edition of the Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of an international jury. The Award Ceremony will be organized early in 2018.

Casa de las Américas was founded in April 1959 for the purpose of developing and extending the socio-cultural relations with the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean and the rest of the world. It has developed into one of the best-known and most prominent cultural institutions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The institution awards the Casa de las Américas Prize, one of the oldest and most prestigious prizes in Latin American literature. It also researches, supports, and publishes the work of writers, social scientists, humanists, sculptors, musicians, and other artists and students of literature and the arts. Its official organ is the journal Casa de las Américas, published since 1961.

Awarded every two years, the UNESCO-UNAM/Jaime Torres Bodet Prize is intended to reward the efforts of a person, group of people or international institution that has contributed to the development of knowledge and society through art, teaching and research in social sciences and humanities. It is meant to promote pioneering initiatives that may contribute to the development, diffusion and consolidation of the values of humanity.

The Prize was named after Jaime Torres Bodet, eminent poet, novelist, essay writer and diplomat from Mexico and  one of the founding members of UNESCO and Director-General of the Organization from 1948 to 1952. The Prize, created at the initiative of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), highlights the close links between UNESCO and UNAM.

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Girls Refugees Can Succeed

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Putting the spotlight on small-scale women farmers

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Director-General condemns assassination of photojournalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro in Mexico

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:25
10 October 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the murder of freelance journalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, who was found dead in San Luis Potosí, in Mexico, on 6 October.

“I condemn the assassination of Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to spare no effort in investigating this crime, which undermines the rights to free expression and information.”

Esqueda Castro was last seen alive on 5 October when unidentified men forced him to leave his home at gun point. He had been a freelance photographer for local media including Metropoli San Luis and Vox Populi and also run a website entitled Infórmate Potosino.

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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Director-General condemns assassination of photojournalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro in Mexico

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:25
10 October 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called for an investigation into the murder of freelance journalist Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro, who was found dead in San Luis Potosí, in Mexico, on 6 October.

“I condemn the assassination of Edgar Daniel Esqueda Castro,” said the Director-General. “I call on the authorities to spare no effort in investigating this crime, which undermines the rights to free expression and information.”

Esqueda Castro was last seen alive on 5 October when unidentified men forced him to leave his home at gun point. He had been a freelance photographer for local media including Metropoli San Luis and Vox Populi and also run a website entitled Infórmate Potosino.

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’s Executive Board to nominate a new Director-General for the Organization during its 202nd session

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 10/10/2017 - 02:00
consejo.jpg © UNESCO 28 September 2017The 58 members of UNESCO’s Executive Board will hold their 202nd session from 4 to 18 October, presided by Michael Worbs (Germany), Chairperson of the Executive Board, at UNESCO’s Headquarters.   One of the highlights of the session will consist in the nomination of the Board’s candidate for the post of Director-General, to be proposed for election to all of the Organization’s 195 Member States on 10 November, during the forthcoming 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO (30 October to 14 November).

Voting on a candidate will start on 9 October. It will be conducted by secret ballot in private meetings. A majority is required to win the nomination. Five candidates are in the running, following the withdrawal of four of the initial contenders*. The winner is expected to be announced no later than Friday, 13 October. (For information about the procedure and candidates see: http://en.unesco.org/executive-board/dg-candidates-2017).

The election of the Executive Board’s nominee is expected to take place on 10 November and the new Director-General is scheduled to take office on 15 November. She or he will succeed Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) who will have served two four-year terms at the head of UNESCO.

The Executive Board, whose sessions take place twice a year, will also finalize the preparation of the Organization’s Draft Programme and Budget for 2018-2021, which will be submitted for the approval of the General Conference.

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Journalists wishing to cover the work of the Executive Board are requested to contact Djbril Kébé of UNESCO’s Media Section for accreditation: d.kebe@unesco.org +33(0)145681741

 

*Information updated on 11/10/2017

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