Author: Vera Waage



  • |
    05-11-2013

    China’s Education Vice Minister Hao Ping elected as President of UNESCO’s General Conference

    © UNESCO

    UNESCO’s General Conference, the governing body that brings together the Organization’s 195 Member States and nine Associate Members, opened today with the election of Hao Ping, the Vice Minister of Education of China, as President of its 37th session. The opening was also marked by the acceptance of Anguilla as a new Associate Member.

    Mr Hao, who succeeds Katalin Bogyay (Hungary), President of the 36th session of the General Conference (2011-2013), stressed the enduring importance of UNESCO’s mission, in education, the sciences, culture and communication.

    Speaking of unsustainable models of industrialization developed over the past two centuries, the President stressed the “urgent need to revolutionize ways of development while relying on innovations that are offered by science and technology.”

    “The General Conference is where we stand as one, it is now and here that we can make outstanding progress,” the President said before invoking the universal dream of “a world of peace, equality, justice and harmony.”

    The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, whose nomination by the Executive Board of UNESCO for a second four-year term at the head of the Organization last month is expected to be confirmed by the General Conference, also spoke during the opening session: “UNESCO is today more in demand, more relevant, more performing. And we must not relent; we must forge on to meet the full ambitions of our mandate, to craft a single agenda for sustainability, for human dignity and development, to strengthen the multilateral order as the only answer to the challenges facing the world.”

    The opening of the General Conference, which ends on 20 November, was also marked by the participation of Princess Marie of Denmark, Patron of the National Commission of Denmark for UNESCO. In her address, the Princess voiced her pride to be fully engaged in UNESCO’s work and advocacy to countering gender-based violence, and promoting quality education and sustainable development.

    Several Heads of State and some 150 ministers and delegates from the 195 UNESCO Member States are attending the General Conference. This session will shape the Organization’s strategy and direction for the next eight years.

    It takes place at a particularly critical time for UNESCO. The Organization is in the midst of a major reform, aimed at making it more relevant, more effective and more responsive to global challenges facing peace and development.

    Since the last General Conference in 2011, UNESCO overcame a financial crisis caused after the withholding of major contributions totaling 22 per cent of its budget. The present session of the General Conference is expected to approve the draft programme and budget for 2014-2017 that reinforce the reform initiated two years ago.

    Highlights of the General Conference include:

    ·      The Leaders’ Forum on 6 November will be attended by Heads of State and High-Level government representatives. Their discussions will focus on defining the post-2015 international development agenda in the areas of education, science, culture and communication. Participants include Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica; Moncef Marzuki, President of Tunisia, and Algirdas Butkevicius, Prime Minister of Lithuania. Addresses will also be made by Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran, Abdulaziz Othman Altwajiri, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo, President of Gabon’s Constitutional Court.

    ·      The Global Priority Africa will be explored through multiple fora, including an information meeting on the UNESCO General History of Africa Project; the launch of Women in African History: an E-Learning Tool; and the launch of Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation.

    ·      The first BRICS-UNESCO Ministerial Consultation Meeting on Education on 6 November, 8am to 9am in the Restaurant on the 7th floor.

    ·      A scientific colloquium on 6 and 7 November on the discovery of the Toumai skull from Chad, believed by many to belong to the oldest known human ancestor. On 11 November, Idriss Deby Itno, the President of Chad, will present a replica of the skull to UNESCO, during a ceremony with the Director-General Irina Bokova.

    ·      Taking stock of the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, 8 November, 1pm to 2pm, Room 11.

    ·      The High-Level Panel on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions (13 November).

    ·      On 7 November, Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, will address the plenary session of the General Conference (3pm, Room 1). The Grand Master of the Knights of Malta will also address the Conference on the same day (12.45pm), marking the 900th anniversary of the Order’s creation.

    ·      The election of UNESCO’s Director-General will take place on 12 November. The Organization’s Executive Board has nominated Irina Bokova for a second four-year term. The investiture ceremony will take place on 18 October (Room 1).

    ·      Three major reports will be launched during the General Conference. On 14 November (2pm, Room 11), a special edition of the UN’s Creative Economy Report, “Widening Local Development Pathways”, will be presented.  On the 15th, UNESCO’s Social Science report entitled “Changing Global Environments” will be released. This latter includes contributions from over 150 social scientists, such as anthropologists, economists, development experts, geographers, political scientists, psychologists and sociologists. On 18 November, the launch of the UNU/UNESCO/University of Tokyo Report on “Sustainability Science: Promoting Integration and Cooperation”.

                                                        *****

    The full programme of the General Conference, along with all Conference documents is available here.

                            Accreditation: accreditation-media(at)unesco.org

    Photo Gallery of the 37th session of UNESCO General Conference

  • |
    05-11-2013

    Director-General of UNESCO says "We need more UNESCO...”

    © UNESCO

    “The world needs more UNESCO, and UNESCO needs support from all Member States” says Irina Bokova at the General Policy Debate of the UNESCO General Conference

    On 5 November, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, spoke during  the General Policy Debate at the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference.

    In her report to UNESCO Member States, the Director-General reviewed the most recent achievements of the Organization and highlighted her vision of the way forward.

    “On 1 January 2012, the Organization faced a deficit to be absorbed of $ 220 million, from the budget of $ 653 million approved by the General Conference,” stated the Director-General. “Today, almost two years later, we close the biennium with balanced books. We close with a UNESCO that is more performing, more focused, that is set to move forward.”

    Irina Bokova highlighted the Organization’s ability to deliver on its core mandate despite severe financial difficulty: leadership in putting education first on the global political agenda, stronger engagement of UNESCO in post-conflict post-crisis and emergency situations, in Mali, in Syria, in Côte d’Ivoire, in support of transition countries, progress made in political advocacy to put culture and creative industries on the global development agenda, and to protect freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, along with support to harnessing the power of the sciences for sustainable development.

    Director-General thanked Member States for their engagement and support to the Organization.

    “We knew that this period would impose a difficult test on the Organization,” stated Irina Bokova “And my first message is that we have passed this test. We have managed the crisis by taking strong measures, with a clear vision of reform and with a roadmap elaborated by the Executive Board.”

    Looking ahead, she highlighted the main elements of her proposal for a new Medium-Term Strategy to guide the Organization for the next 8 years, to be adopted by the Members States.

    “The draft Medium-Term Strategy is built on a firm conviction,” declared Irina Bokova. “There can be no reduction of UNESCO’s ambitions -- there must be no dilution of our mandate. We need more UNESCO now, not less.”

    The Director-General underlined UNESCO’s vital support to States in meeting the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All objectives by 2015, as well as in shaping a new, ambitious global sustainable development to follow – where the power of education, the sciences, culture, communication and information must be recognized and integrated.

    “The world has changed dramatically since 1945 -- but the message of our Constitution has never been so true,” said Ms Bokova. “Lasting peace, lasting development can only be built in the minds of women and men. These are drivers for the creativity, the innovation every society needs today. They are the basis for greater equity and solidarity.”

    The Director-General concluded her Report by appealing to all Member States for consensus in moving forward, for their full engagement and support to UNESCO, as a foundation of a more effective, rules-based multilateral order.

  • |
    05-11-2013

    Global Leaders discuss strategic role of UNESCO in new development goals

    © UNESCO

    The 37th session of the General Conference will feature a new edition of the Leaders’ Forum on 6 November 2013. This forward-looking policy dialogue involves Heads of State and/or Government as well as representatives of Member States at ministerial level to address issues of strategic, global and interdisciplinary interest with a view to providing general orientations for the future work of the broader UNESCO community.

    This edition of the Leaders’ Forum is organized on the theme “UNESCO mobilizing for and contributing to the post-2015 agenda through education, the sciences, culture and communication and information”. It will be of particular importance at a time when the United Nations family has launched an unprecedented broad debate at national, regional and global levels to set humanity on the path of a sustainable, equitable and peaceful future.

    The purpose is to formulate a global development agenda which will, from 2015 on, provide governments, civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders with a framework for action based on a shared vision of lasting peace and sustainable development.

    This effort will build on the 2000 Millennium Declaration, through which the United Nations had pledged to craft a different, more just and prosperous world, without poverty or violence and where all people live in dignity. The vision took shape in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with its time-bound and measurable goals and targets. This agenda contributed to lifting millions of people out of extreme poverty, bringing millions of boys and girls into the classroom, improving women’s lives and fostering access to food, health, and sanitation for millions of individuals in the poorest places of the planet.

    There has been remarkable progress – but it has been uneven and the world situation in 2013 is not the same as in 2000. The post-2015 agenda will need to address challenges pertaining to population and urbanization, environmental degradation, climate change, post-conflict and post-disaster situations, increasing inequalities and persisting poverty. The new development agenda must both achieve what began in 2000 and spur transformative change.

    An organization dedicated to building the defences of peace in the minds of people and to facilitating the free exchange of ideas, UNESCO has a special responsibility to contribute to the global agenda by stressing the central role played by the intellectual, scientific and cultural fabric of societies in development processes.

    To translate these principles into key messages, the UNESCO Leaders’ Forum offers a unique opportunity for decision-makers from all continents to dialogue and exchange view in an active and dynamic manner. The contributions of Heads of State and/or Government and ministers to the reflection of UNESCO will be disseminated, during the Conference, by arranging dedicated live or taped television programmes with international radio, television and online stations and services.

    The Heads of State or Government who will be present at the Leaders’ Forum are the following:

    • H.E. Ms Laura Chinchilla, President of the Republic of Costa Rica
    • H.E Mr Moncef Marzouki, President of the Republic of Tunisia
    • H.E. Mr Algirdas Butkevicius, Prime Minister of the Republic of Lithuania

     There will also be special addresses during the Forum by:

    • H.E. Sheikh Nahyane Bin Moubarak Al-Nahyane, Minister of Culture, Youth and Social Development of the United Arab Emirates
    • H.E. Mr Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran
    • Mr Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
    • Ms Marie Madeleine Mborantsuo, President of the Constitutional Court of Gabon
    • H.E Mr Muhyiddin bin Mohd Yassin, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia and Minister of Education
    • H.E. Mr Hossam Issa, Deputy Prime Minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt and Minister of Higher Education 

    The sessions of the Leaders’ Forum will be moderated by H.E. Mr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development of India and Mr Stephen Cole, Senior Presenter Al Jazeera English, Doha and London.

  • |
    05-11-2013

    Global Leaders discuss strategic role of UNESCO in new development goals

    © UNESCO
    When, local time: 
    Wednesday, 6 November 2013 - 1:00am

  • |
    04-11-2013

    UNESCO to set direction for next eight years

    Several Heads of State and some 150 ministers and delegates from all 195 UNESCO Member States will gather in Paris over the next 15 days for the Organization’s General Conference. This 37th session will shape the Organization’s strategy and direction for the next eight years. The Conference is also expected to confirm another four-year term for Irina Bokova as Director-General. She was nominated for a second term by UNESCO’s Executive Board last month.

  • |
    04-11-2013

    UNESCO to set direction for next eight years at the 37th General Conference, opening Tuesday

    © UNESCO

    Several Heads of State and some 150 ministers and delegates from all 195 UNESCO Member States will gather in Paris over the next 15 days for the Organization’s General Conference. This 37th session will shape the Organization’s strategy and direction for the next eight years. The Conference is also expected to confirm another four-year term for Irina Bokova as Director-General. She was nominated for a second term by UNESCO’s Executive Board last month.

    This session of the General Conference is held at a particularly critical time for UNESCO. The Organization is in the midst of a major reform, aimed at making UNESCO more relevant, more effective and more performing in response to global challenges to peace and development.

    Since the last General Conference in November 2011, the Organization has sharpened the focus of its programmes; positioned itself closer to the field; broadened its range of partnerships with the private sector, civil society and other intergovernmental organizations; and reinforced its role within the United Nations system.

    In Education, UNESCO is accelerating the Education for All (EFA) movement to speed up progress towards universal primary education in the run up to 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  It is working to increase political commitment to the EFA goals and to define the vision for education in the sustainable development goals that will follow the MDGs - with a particular focus on providing quality education.

    Strengthening the linkages between science and policy to address the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development is also central to UNESCO’s work.  It is for this reason that the Secretary-General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, asked the Director General to chair the Scientific Advisory Board that he has established to provide advice on science, technology and innovation to him and the executive heads of relevant United Nations organizations.

    Guided by the conviction that culture is at the heart of development – a lever for economic growth and social inclusion -UNESCO is advocating relentlessly for the integration of culture in the international sustainable development agenda. At the same time, the Organization is building on  its unique set of international conventions aimed at safeguarding cultural heritage, protecting cultural diversity as a wealth of humanity and promoting cultural assets for future generations, while bolstering creativity and cultural industries worldwide - amongst these, it will provide enhanced outreach and support to  to their implementation, especially the 1970 Convention against the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

    The defense of press freedom and freedom of expression is also another focus of UNESCO’s work through support provided to governments and civil society organizations for the growth of independent and pluralist media, the development of legal frameworks and the improved training of journalists, as well as through the promotion and implementation of a UN-wide plan to improve safety for journalists.

    UNESCO has overcome a financial crisis that occurred after the withholding of contribution from major donors to the amount of 22 per cent of the Organization’s budget, a loss of $220 million over the three years from 2011 to the present.  To address this cash shortfall, the Director-General accelerated the reform process leading to further efficiency gains, and raised $75 million through an emergency fund. Today, the Organization’s books are balanced.

    The General Conference is expected to approve a programme that reinforces the reform   and gives shape to the policies needed to achieve  the sustainable development goals that will guide the international community  in the coming years. It will also be asked to approve an expenditure plan of $507 million for the Organization for the next two years.

    President of the General Conference, Katalin Bogyay (Hungary), Chairperson of UNESCO’s Executive Board Alissandra Cummins and Director-General Irina Bokova will open the event on the morning of 5 November, in the presence of Princess Marie of Denmark. One of the first tasks will be to adopt the Conference agenda and elect a new President. The Executive Board has proposed China’s Vice Minister for Education, Hao Ping.

    Highlights of the General Conference include:

    • The Leaders’Forum on 6 November will be attended by Heads of State and High-Level government representatives. Their discussions will focus on defining the post-2015 international development agenda in the areas of education, science, culture and communication. Participants include Laura Chinchilla, President of Costa Rica; Moncef Marzuki, President of Tunisia, and Algirdas Butkevicius, Prime Minister of Lithuania. Addresses will also be made by Mohammad Javad Zarif, Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran, Abdulaziz Othman Altwajiri, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) and Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo, President of Gabon’s Constitutional Court.
    • The Global Priority Africa will be explored through multiple fora, including an information meeting on the UNESCO General History of Africa Project; the launch of Women in African History: an E-Learning Tool; and the launch of Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation.
    • The first BRICS-UNESCO Ministerial Consultation Meeting on Education.
    • A scientific colloquium on 6 and 7 November on the discovery of the Toumai skull from Chad, believed by many to belong to the oldest known human ancestor. On 11 November, Idriss Deby Itno, the President of Chad, will present a replica of the skull to UNESCO, during a ceremony with the Director-General Irina Bokova.
    • Taking stock of the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education.
    • The High-Level Panel on Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Adaptation Policies in Mountainous Regions (13 November).
    • On 7 November, Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, will address the plenary session of the General Conference (3pm, Room 1). The Grand Master of the Knights of Malta will also address the Conference on the same day (12.45pm), marking the 900th anniversary of the Order’s creation.
    • The election of UNESCO’s Director-General will take place on 12 November. The Organization’s Executive Board has nominated Irina Bokova for a second four-year term. The investiture ceremony will take place on 18 October (Room 1).
    • Three major reports will be launched during the General Conference. On 14 November (2pm, Room 11), a special edition of the UN’s Creative Economy Report, “Widening Local Development Pathways”, will be presented.  On the 15th, UNESCO’s Social Science report entitled “Changing Global Environments” will be released. This latter includes contributions from over 150 social scientists, such as anthropologists, economists, development experts, geographers, political scientists, psychologists and sociologists. On 18 November, the launch of the UNU/UNESCO/University of Tokyo Report on “Sustainability Science: Promoting Integration and Cooperation”.

  • |
    04-11-2013

    UNESCO to set direction for next eight years at the 37th General Conference

    © UNESCO
    When, local time: 
    Monday, 4 November 2013 - 6:15pm

  • |
    04-11-2013

    Providing Access to Information, Building Knowledge Societies in Myanmar

    © UNESCO

    Within the framework of its Intergovernmental Information for All Programme (IFAP) and in concert with the United Nations University’s (UNU) International Institute for Software Technology, UNESCO is organizing a five-day Executive Workshop in Government Information Leadership for the South Asia sub-region. The event, which is being held under the Patronage of the Government of Myanmar’s Ministry of Information and Ministry of Science and Technology, will take place in Yangon from 4 to 8 November 2013. It is expected to attract participants from Mongolia, Thailand and host country Myanmar.

    The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), through its Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action, recognized that the appropriate use and application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) presents unparalleled opportunities for individuals to develop and access content relevant to their lives and to support the achievement of international human development goals. However, this potential will not be realized unless governments and stakeholders map out comprehensive, forward looking and sustainable national information and knowledge strategies that are well integrated into their national development plans.

    The Yangon executive training therefore seeks to promote ICT policy development along these lines and contribute to enhancing regional cooperation and the sharing of experiences and lessons. Specific attention will be given during the training to enhancing the effectiveness of policies and leveraging national Electronic Governance (EGOV) initiatives in building knowledge societies. Participants will also be enabled to apply the methodologies of the National Information Society Policy Template, which was elaborated by IFAP to support Member States in developing, reviewing and implementing their national information policy frameworks.

    When asked about the significance of this capacity-building event, Ms Rosa Gonzalez, UNESCO’s Advisor for Communication and Information in the Bangkok Regional Office explained: “the highly interactive dialogue and exchange amongst the 30 senior policy makers participating in the event will enable emerging national and regional trends to be identified. The insights generated from these reflections will also provide valuable inputs to the Government of Myanmar as they begin crafting their first national E-Governance Master Plan and allow them to benefit from the experiences of their regional peers. Furthermore this training will also provide useful inputs to the ongoing WSIS+10 review process in which UNESCO has responsibility for the global coordination of six Action Lines”.

    The Yangon event is the second in a series of ongoing IFAP regional training events organized by UNESCO and UNU in 2013. The first event which targeted East African countries was held in July and attracted participants from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. Similar training events are being planned for other regions in 2014.

    The intergovernmental Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to provide a platform for international policy discussions and guidelines for action in the area of access to information and knowledge and to support Member States in the development of national information policy and strategy frameworks.

  • |
    04-11-2013

    Close up … with Ahmad Alhindawi at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

    © UNESCO

    Appointed Special Envoy for Youth by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in January 2013, Ahmed Alhindawi, 29, has been involved in youth action on a local, regional and international level for a long time.

    We caught up with him at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum to ask him a few questions.

    What is your opinion on the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum?

    I think that the forum is very important for young people around the world in general and for Arab youth in particular – we have witnessed the events of the last three years, led by Arab youth who were the main driving force behind the change in many Arab countries.

    The Youth Forum brings together youth organizations from all over the world, with huge opportunities for Arab youth to put forward some of their agenda and some of the key issues that are important to them in the international arena. This will hopefully be reflected in the work of UNESCO through its plans to work with young people in the next 10 years.

    The fact that the forum takes place just a week before the UNESCO General Conference – an event that is attended by representatives of all governments around the world – allows young people to submit their recommendations directly to government representatives. Young people have a clear vision for building a better world. Over 1300 youth-led action projects were submitted for the “UNESCO Youth Forum label” competition; 45 have qualified for the final stage, and of these, 15 projects will be selected with official support of UNESCO.

    What do you think are the obstacles that hinder the integration of young people in the Arab world?

    Youth sometimes make up over 70 per cent of the population in some Arab countries. I think that one of the main obstacles to their participation is the absence of mechanisms that could allow them to effectively participate in the decision-making process. We need to create these mechanisms to effectively bridge this gap for youth participation in public affairs.

    We saw young people in many demonstrations in Arab countries, but perhaps the transition from the streets and squares to institutions and political and parliamentary action was not a smooth one in many cases.

    Young people need to take the initiative and organize themselves, either through civil society organizations, or through political parties, and to regularly publish and promote their agenda. There are also some obstacles regarding the laws – sometimes there are laws that do not enhance the participation of young people, and to be here to discuss these kinds of laws is not only politically important, but also economically so for many young people, especially those wanting to open small businesses.

    A final point, we need more of a culture of volunteerism and I urge young people to also play a role through volunteering.

    Do you think that this culture of volunteerism exists in the Arab youth?

    Social solidarity is a key tenet of Arab culture. The idea of volunteering exists in Arab culture and in Arab countries, such as work relief for the needy, but we need to encourage this for the overall development process and not only in emergency situations.

    What skills do Arab youth need the most today?

    The kinds of work available today require personal skills such as the ability to communicate effectively and take initiative. To open a small business, for example, you need the hard skill of writing a business plan, but also you need personal skills of leadership. Generally speaking, we need to enhance the skills of young people to establish small-scale projects I think this aspect is very important.

    Finally, you are a young man, how do you see equality between boys and girls in Arab societies?

    There are important steps achieved by the Arab region in promoting the participation of girls. In many Arab countries, there are more girls than boys enrolled in higher education, but this doesn’t transfer into the field of work. It’s important to note the level of male control that can exist in the labor market, especially in senior positions, and I think it's important to have an enhanced role for girls and women to take advantage of opportunities in education and at work.

  • |
    04-11-2013

    Leading Nigerian Private University awards UNESCO’s African Department Assistant Director-General

    When, local time: 
    Monday, 4 November 2013 - 8:15pm

  • |
    03-11-2013

    President Park Geun-hye Affirms the Republic of Korea’s Support to UNESCO for Education and Culture for Development

    © UNESCO

    Citing the Preamble to UNESCO’s Constitution, President Park Geun-hye affirmed the Republic of Korea’s strong support for UNESCO’s work to enhance peace through education and culture and praised the country’s “mutually beneficial” partnership with the Organization, during a meeting with the Director-General in Paris on 3 November 2013.

    Recalling her three visits to the  Republic of Korea, the Director-General stated that “we share the same values, we work towards the same agenda and Korea knows the price of peace that is deeply enshrined in our Constitution, as you just stated.”

    Noting that they belong to the same generation, Ms Bokova affirmed that “we have a joint responsibility to address the world’s biggest challenge – to advance peace and sustainable development,” affirming the need for education, the sciences and culture to build more sustainable and inclusive societies.

    Proposing to host a global conference in 2015 to take stock of progress on Education for All and set the agenda beyond, President Park Geun-hye noted that “the Republic of Korea is a testament to the importance of education. The country’s focused investment on education has nourished our economic development.”

    She also expressed her country’s interest in “being more involved in sharing experiences with the rest of the world to support the development of education” and stated that Korea was giving positive consideration to joining the Global Education First Initiative as a champion country.

    Ms Bokova drew attention to the valuable support from the Republic of Korea for activities at country level, in particular technical and vocational education and skills in Africa.   “This is an expression of solidarity – Korea has advanced through education and is now sharing its experience and expertise with others,” she said.

    From the protection of cultural heritage in developing countries to an interest in playing a more active role in defining international norms for the return of cultural property, the President outlined several areas of cooperation. These include support for the establishment of a Cultural Centre in Bamiyan to protect Afghanistan’s cultural heritage and the contribution to World Heritage trust funds managed by UNESCO. She also drew attention to the country’s involvement in UNESCO’s activities to preserve the murals of the Koguryo Tombs in the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, citing this as an effort to “preserve and protect the cultural heritage of South and North Korea” and to “restore homogeneity.”

    The Director-General praised Korea’s contribution to safeguarding world cultural and intangible heritage and “its vision that reconciles heritage and modernity, promotes cultural industries and integrates them into the economy.” She reiterated that culture is an enabler that fosters social inclusion, drives economic growth and stirs creativity, suggesting that the Republic of Korea could assist UNESCO in its advocacy for the recognition of the role of culture in the post-2015 development agenda.

    President Park affirmed that culture and development was a key tenet of her administration.

    “I stand with you to place culture at the center of the development agenda and hope we can reach results in this endeavour,”she concluded.

  • |
    03-11-2013

    President Park Geun-hye Affirms the Republic of Korea’s Support to UNESCO for Education and Culture for Development

    © UNESCO
    When, local time: 
    Sunday, 3 November 2013 - 10:45pm

  • |
    03-11-2013

    Director-General Addresses SACMEQ Assembly of Ministers

    © UNESCO

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova highlighted the key role of solid data to inform educational policy at the opening of the Ninth Session of the SACMEQ (Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality) Assembly of Ministers, held at the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (Paris, France) on 3 November 2013.

    Launched in 1995, SACMEQ has completed large-scale national research and training projects to assess the conditions of schooling and performance  levels of learners and teachers in the areas of literacy, numeracy and knowledge about health. It also builds the capacities of educational planners to monitor and evaluate the quality of their basic education systems through technical training. SACMEQ also recently started technical cooperation with PASEC (CONFEMEN Programme for the Analysis of Education Systems), which is leading to increased exchange of research methodologies and will facilitate the comparison of future assessment results.

    “The results of SACMEQ projects have profound implications,” said the Director-General. “They provide us with a picture of the teaching and learning taking place in school systems. They confirm that socio-economic background and location are key causes for disparities in learning achievement. They show that bolder action must be taken to address the gender gap in learning outcomes. They underline the fundamental role of teachers.”  She further noted that “in countries suffering from some of the world’s highest HIV rates, SACMEQ projects show that prevention education programmes are not working as effectively as they should be. In all of this, SACMEQ is helping to shine light on the challenges we must address together, for sustainable development across Africa,” also drawing attention to the importance of integrating educational equity and quality in the post-2015 development agenda.

    The Ninth Session of the SACMEQ Assembly of Ministers was attended by Ministers and representatives from 16 countries – Angola being the most recent to join the project. The Republic of South Africa, a member of SACMEQ, is among the eleven champion countries of the UN Secretary-General’s Global Education First Initiative.

  • |
    03-11-2013

    UNESCO Director-General condemns murder of French journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon in Mali

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today expressed her shock and sorrow over the brutal murder of French radio journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, who were kidnapped and executed by an armed group near the northern city of Kidal on Saturday 2 November. Mrs Bokova firmly condemned the killings and welcomed the determined response by the authorities to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

    “The kidnap and murder of Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon is a heinous crime that stands condemned by the whole world,” said the Director-General. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the families and colleagues of these two journalists, who devoted their lives to their profession, often in very dangerous circumstances. They have paid the highest possible price for doing their job; for defending freedom of expression and people’s right to information; for contributing – through their reporting – to Mali’s struggle against violence and extremism, and its efforts to rebuild.

    “I went to northern Mali last February, where I witnessed the attempts of extremists to undermine the very foundations of society and impose their reign of terror, by attacking the symbols of the region’s culture, including monuments, schools and the media. I  also saw the determination of the Malian people to resist and rebuild.”

    Ghislaine Dupont, 57, and Claude Verlon, 55, worked for Radio France International (RFI). Dupont had 25 years of experience as an investigative reporter and analyst of African affairs. Verlon was a senior radio technician, with over 30 years of experience reporting in some of the world’s most difficult regions, including Afghanistan and Libya. Their bullet-riddled bodies were found by French military forces about 12 kilometres outside of Kidal, shortly after they had been kidnapped by unidentified commandoes in the centre of the city.

    Dupont and Verlon are the first journalists killed in Mali this year, and are remembered on the dedicated webpage, UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists.

     

    *****

    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…

     

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

  • |
    01-11-2013

    Doha: UNESCO-WISE Panel Puts Learning to Live Together on Centre Stage

    © UNESCO
    When, local time: 
    Friday, 1 November 2013 - 11:30am

  • |
    01-11-2013

    Doha: UNESCO-WISE Panel Puts Learning to Live Together on Centre Stage

    © UNESCO

    Calling for a shift in the paradigm of development, the Director-General stated that “we need to rethink the fundamentals of education for new times – to strengthen human rights, to deepen respect and mutual understanding, to respond to a world of change,” at the opening of a plenary panel co-organized by UNESCO on 31 October at the World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE) in Doha.

    Entitled “Education in a Changing World,” the panel took the four pillars of learning put forward in the 1996 Delors Report published by UNESCO – learning to be, learning to know, learning to do and learning to live together – as the starting point for debate on the vision that should drive education in the future.

    “Societies everywhere face sharp pressures – from economic problems, from deepening inequalities, from increasing diversity and extremism. Tackling these challenges calls for new thinking about the meaning of progress,” said Ms Bokova. “It calls for a clear vision of the kind of society we want to live in and the education we need to build on it. Education policy is the ultimate long-term policy – we need to be visionary.”

    But in the face of rapid change, is education responding? “We live in an education world that is not very different from what it was 30 to 40 years ago whereas societies have deeply changed, “ said Professor Cheng Kai Ming, Chair of Education at the University of Hong Kong. “Education was thought to be a cure for disparities but it is creating disparities.”

    Learning to live together ranked as the foremost principle that should shape all education in societies that have never been so integrated, nor so vulnerable. “The four pillars have to be embedded in values to be integrated in education – of social justice, human rights, solidarity and gender equality. We have to protect each other and the environment, these are the values that have to guide change,” said Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education of South Africa.

    She said that the South African president had called for education to be a societal issue, setting the stage for mobilizing a nation around a common vision.”  She also insisted on listening to the voices and aspirations of children, building on what exists and using culture as an anchor to confront an ever changing world.

    The twin imperatives of quality and equity ran throughout the discussion, leading Francisco Claro from the Center for Public Policies of the Universidad Catolica de Chile to say: “Education has to do with enchantment; it is about awakening talent and passion. Drop-out from school tells us something about our education systems - teachers are not being trained to do their task. We have to help this next generation of teachers prepare for their tremendous tasks because this is the most important profession in society.”

    So what would a new breed of learners look like?  “Learning will be at the centre of education when students are more autonomous and more active learners – this is the test of a learning society,” said Professor Kai Ming, drawing attention to reforms in East Asian countries that aim “to compress formal learning and leave room for experiences – for learning to live together.”

    Allan Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education (USA) insisted that this pillar should be the “overarching principle” of education:  “schools have to become more international and more outward looking.”

    Wrapping up the discussion, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Qian Tang affirmed that “education is a global public good, a fundamental human right and a pillar for all the development agenda. It is the responsibility of all society.” Referring to the overarching goal of equitable quality lifelong learning for all, he stressed the need for education to be humanistic, universal and relevant, and affirmed UNESCO’s commitment to leading the debate on the meaning of education for today and tomorrow.

  • |
    31-10-2013

    Close up … with Shamla Maharaj at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

    © UNESCO

    Shamla Maharaj, winner of the Award for Merit for Youth Contribution in Trinidad and Tobago in 2010, is an inspirational youth leader. Despite being diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a young child, she holds a Bachelors of Science degree and a Masters degree, and in 2011 was named the country’s Social Ambassador. She was invited to the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum to speak about her experiences, and her words were greeted a unanimous standing ovation.

    We caught up with her to find out more…

    What lessons have you learnt from your work as a Social Ambassador in your native Trinidad and Tobago that people in similar situations around the world might find useful?

    I earned the title of Social Ambassador of the Ministry of the People and Social Development in December 2011. I took it upon myself to use this accolade to help carry forward the work I have been doing all my life. The title has empowered me and given me a voice to be heard, not only on a corporate or governmental level but also at grass roots level. The media has played a key role in empowering me to open the minds of parents of children with disabilities along with youths who have no inspiration or path to move on in life.

    I have also learnt through my interaction that the work done by governments and corporate bodies is not reaching the targeted groups. For instance parents of children with disabilities often seek information through me on if their child can get an education or available therapist and how they go about accessing these intuitions (I too never had the opportunity to receive any form of therapy).

    Only when persons are directly in contact with marginalized groups in society are they receptive to receiving information; after all humans are curious beings. Therefore, marginalized groups need to be mainstreamed into society, especially persons with disability, so that all levels of society will gain an appreciation and understanding of these people in order to accept and accommodate these groups.

    What do you think most people misunderstand about Cerebral Palsy?

    Cerebral Palsy is misunderstood at all levels from experience.  On a physical basis people perceive that all Cerebral Palsy cases are the same. Cerebral Palsy is damage to the cerebrum of the brain, and affects the motor skills. It affects each person who has it differently. From my experience I have been able to use the physical ability I have been left with and adapt to real life situations. The complexity of the physical disability is not seen in a glance. The mind and ability to think is not affected; it develops on a par with everyone else unless the brain damage is more than just the cerebrum.

    People often misunderstand our ability to learn and communicate. Persons who are not directly affiliated with a person who has Cerebral Palsy tend to judge them based on their physical appearance, for instance being shaky, or on a wheelchair. Our emotions and feelings as a person with Cerebral Palsy are just like anybody else’s. Generally, our ability to contribute to society is misunderstood.

    Do you feel like there are any unique challenges that young people face in the Caribbean?

    Young people are conditioned to think that they need to quote the already successful in society and use these ‘norms’ to create their own success. They have the view that being innovative is creating something physical; yet innovation can be setting examples, such as simply mainstreaming marginalized groups and accommodating them.

    In the Caribbean marginalized youths along with youths who are associated with marginalized groups are often stigmatized.  Young people class their peers in two groups: either they can do something or they cannot do it.

    Why do you think it’s important for UNESCO to reach out to young people through events such as the youth forum?

    The power of a body such as UNESCO can fill the gaps that governments of individual countries might not see as being imperative. Through this youth forum, they can set a path and educate through their work on how to include youths in decision making. This youth forum will empower youths and open their minds on what they can do to help young people from community to international level and can demonstrate the power of the youth voice and opinion as a decision making body.

  • |
    31-10-2013

    UNESCO launches social media discussion page for the Freedom of Expression Toolkit

    © UNESCO

    In conjunction with the 8th Youth Forum, UNESCO is launching a discussion group on the popular social networking site, Facebook, for the recently released “Freedom of Expression Toolkit: A Guide for Students”. Users of the toolkit could use the hashtag #FoEToolkit to participate in the discussion stream.

    The Freedom of Expression Toolkit is a tool to raise awareness among young people on the crucial issue that is freedom of expression. While many toolkits already exist, none so far have been written in an accessible language, directly targeting youth.

    The toolkit explores and discusses the following questions:

    • What is freedom of expression?
    • Why does freedom of expression matter?
    • When is freedom of expression at risk?
    • What are the conditions needed for freedom of expression to flourish?
    • What are the special roles of journalists in freedom of expression?
    • What about freedom of expression online?
    • What are the limitations of freedom of expression?

    The Toolkit presents and explains the different concepts related to freedom of expression and complements these explanations with concrete examples and case studies. It also contains various hands-on activities which the readers can participate in.

    With this Toolkit, UNESCO aims to raise awareness on the topic of freedom of expression among the youth worldwide in the various practical activities, such as setting up a model press council, creating a blog, monitoring the news, celebrating World Press Freedom Day, or creating their own case-studies looking at their community or country. UNESCO hopes to gather information from schools and youth groups around the world on how they are using the toolkit, and to foster dialogue process among those various groups via social media on the topic of freedom of expression.

    The Toolkit is currently available online in English and Spanish. Arabic, French and Chinese versions are coming soon. The English version of the Toolkit is also available in a tablet computer-compatible HTML 5 version.

    From 29 to 31 October 2013 young men and women from countries all over the world gathered at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris for the 8th Youth Forum. This year’s theme is “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development”. The Forum’s objective is to engage the youth delegations in formulating and reviewing policy on the topics of capacity development for the transition to adulthood, civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation. The conclusions and recommendations of the Youth Forum will be submitted to the UNESCO General Conference starting on 5 November.

  • |
    31-10-2013

    UNESCO charting the course of Global Citizenship Education (GCE)

    © UNESCO

    In a globalized world, it is imperative that learners acquire, not only cognitive knowledge and skills, but also values, attitudes and communication skills as a critical complement. This was one of the major conclusions of the Technical Consultation on Global Citizenship Education (GCE) that was organized by UNESCO and the Republic of Korea in Seoul on 9-10 September 2013.

    The Consultation also clarified common perspectives on the following questions:

    • What is global citizenship education?
    • Why support global citizenship and global citizenship education now?
    • What needs to be done at the global level to support and promote global citizenship education?

    Building on the consensus achieved at the Seoul meeting, a second consultation will be held on the subject with a larger group of stakeholders in Bangkok (Thailand) from 2 to 4 December 2013: the First International UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education.  

    The Forum, organized in support of the Global Education First Initiative, will dive deeper into the subject matter by exploring the implications of this emerging perspective in the areas of policy, research and practice, outreach and partnership building with all categories of constituencies (government, development partners, civil society, research and academia). Innovations and latest trends in this new field will also be highlighted, discussed and documented. Finally, it is expected that the Forum will provide participants with the opportunity to expand their networks, share their experiences and ideas, and develop and prioritize actions for supporting greater implementation of GCE at the country level.

    LINKS

    The outcome document of the Consultation - "Global Citizenship Education: An Emerging Perspective" (PDF)

    Education for the 21st Century

    For more information, please contact gce(at)unesco.org

  • |
    31-10-2013

    Academy united to investigate media development in Uruguay

    The Project Media Development Study in Uruguay: Diagnosis, Prospects and Challenges will be launched today at the event, which will be attended by representatives of UNESCO’s Montevideo Office, the project research team and Advisory Board composed of national institutions.

    An unprecedented work has been undertaken since 2010. All national universities offering careers in communication sciences have successfully integrated this initiative: University of the Republic (UDELAR), Universidad del Trabajo del Uruguay (UTU), Catholic University of Uruguay (UCU) through its UNESCO Chair, University of Montevideo (UM) and Universidad ORT Uruguay, also joined by the Faculty of Social Sciences (UDELAR) through ObservaTIC.

    Coordinated by UNESCO as part of its International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), Uruguayan institutions will locally implement UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators (MDIs), adopted by the IPDC Intergovernmental Council at its 26th session in 2008.

    According to this initiative, the Uruguayan academy will adapt the MDIs tool to the Uruguayan scenario and apply the indicators in close cooperation with various actors of the media system of the country.

    Research categories to be addressed include: the regulatory system, plurality and diversity of media, equal conditions and transparency of ownership, the media as a platform for democratic discourse, professional training and institutions in support to freedom of expression, and infrastructure capacity.

    The project, which execution is planned for 2014 will receive funding from the National Agency for Research and Innovation (ANII), UNESCO and all the universities involved.

  • |
    31-10-2013

    UNESCO Director-General deplores murder of Iraqi journalist Bashar al-Nuaimi

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of Iraqi television journalist Bashar al-Nuaimi, who was gunned down in Mosul, in northern Iraq on 24 October.

    “I deplore the murder of Bashar al-Nuaimi” said Irina Bokova. “He is the third media profession to lose his life in Iraq during the month of October. This situation is very alarming. Media professionals must be able to carry out their professional duties without fearing for their lives. I count on the authorities to do everything in their power to ensure that these crimes do not go unpunished.”

                Bashar al-Nuaimi worked for the Al-Mousilya television channel. According to the Committee for the Protection of Journalists, the channel regularly broadcast reports on local affairs. Bashar Al-Nuaimi was killed by unidentified attackers on 24 October near his home in the Al-Nabi Sheet neighbourhood of Mosul.

                He is the fourth Iraqi journalist whose murder has been condemned by UNESCO this year, and is remembered on the dedicated web page “UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists”.

     

    ****

    Media contact: Sylvie Coudray

    Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

    s.coudray(at)unesco.org

     

     

    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…”

  • |
    31-10-2013

    Doha: Director-General Discusses Stakes of Educating at the Extreme

    One year after the launch of the Educate a Child initiative by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova joined key partners at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha on 30 October to take stock and single out priorities to achieve universal primary education by 2015.

    Entitled “Educating at the Extreme,” the plenary panel brought together Her Highness Sheikha Moza, UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres; UNRWA Commissioner-General Filippo Grandi, the State Secretary from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr Hans Jurgen Beerfeltz, and the Director-General.

    The discussions focused on strategies for global resource mobilization, protecting education in emergencies and the need to take into account linguistic and cultural diversity to reach marginalized children.

    Her Highness Sheikha Moza underlined the success of multisectoral approaches and the need for more sensitivity to cultural identities.

    “We have to match the commitment to education with a cultural commitment; we have to give confidence to learners that their heritage and culture will not be lost.”

    Drawing attention to the thousands of endangered languages worldwide, the Director-General highlighted that learning in mother tongue at primary level has proven benefits, noting that “sensitivity to cultural diversity and linguistic diversity is a way to reach the marginalized and must be part of the post-2015 education agenda. ”

    Asked to comment on prevailing data gaps on the hardest to reach children, Ms Bokova noted the importance of governments conducting self-assessments in the lead up to 2015 in order to set the right policies, insisting that governments must be held responsible for education.

  • |
    30-10-2013

    Close up … with Signmark at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

    © UNESCO

    Signmark (a.k.a Marko Vuoriheimo) is the first deaf artist in the world to get a record deal with an international music label. Born deaf into a world where music is for the hearing, Signmark pursued his childhood dream, and in 2006, released the world's first sign language hip-hop DVD. His mission is to change attitudes towards the deaf and highlight the rights of disabled and minority groups through his music, and he has performed across the world, including an unforgettable concert in Paris at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum.

    We caught up with him to ask him a few questions.

    You’ve realized your dreams through music, but it must have taken a lot of strength and perseverance to get where you are now. What advice would you have for a young person who feels overwhelmed by the difficulties they face in following their own dreams?

    It's all about your attitude. Whatever you want, if you really want it, just work hard! And don't waste your time on those people who don’t believe your dream. I’ve got friends who really believe in me and understand what I want. Without them I wouldn’t be here now. If you fail or make a mistake – don't get upset! Instead think, "Perfect, I’ve failed!", because the more mistakes you make, the stronger it makes you!

    You have performed in over 30 countries and your music has touched people, deaf and hearing, all over the world. What are some of your favourite moments, when you have felt that you are really making a difference to the lives of other deaf youths?

    My favourite moments are when I see both deaf and hearing people coming to see my show. Multiculturalism is my favourite thing. People need to come over and see. Then maybe they will get a "wow" experience during the show; as I said in one of my songs, "actions speak louder than words".

    Also I love the feeling when young people tell me "I will be better than you!" That’s perfect, because if they’ve got motivation, they’ve got the key to making their dreams come true. That's why I’m doing this work.

    Music is a powerful tool for uniting people and sending a message. What made you want to go into the music business in the first place?

    I didn't plan to go into the music business; it was just a hobby. But when I wrote my first song, I knew that I wanted be an international artist. That's why my stage name is in English: Signmark, even though I wrote my first songs in Finnish. When my first album was ready and not a single record label took it, I didn't give up. I decided to borrow money from my family and make my own album! Then I started learning about the music business.

    Your concert at UNESCO will be a symbol of hope to many. What messages do you wish to give to young people when you perform?

    Anything is possible. If I, as a deaf person, have made impossible things become possible, why can’t you do same? We have new songs to show you all in UNESCO. It’s going to be hot!

  • |
    30-10-2013

    Close up … with Nick d’Aloisio at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

    © UNESCO

    17 year old Nick d’Aloisio is a British-born Australian entrepreneur whose skill, creativity and enthusiasm for computer programming have taken him to remarkable heights. His innovative mobile application, Summly, condenses long texts into short, accessible summaries, and was sold to Yahoo in 2013 for $30 million, making Nick the youngest self-made millionaire in history.

    We caught up with him at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum…

    What advice do you have for young people, sitting in their bedrooms right now with nothing to do but an idea?

    I would say first off, just be curious. If it’s a technology-related idea, start Googling it, and get free reference materials online that can teach you slightly more about it. The internet is great for self-learning - you can teach yourself anything. Get to grips with the technology at hand - just try it and see what happens!

    You recently called for skills like entrepreneurship to be taught in schools. What else do you think we can do to better prepare young people for life?

    The idea that “it’s OK to fail”. When I was in school, “It’s okay to take a risk even if it doesn’t pay off” wasn’t communicated that much. In entrepreneurship the odds of failing are extremely high, but that’s a good thing because failing is an opportunity to learn from your mistakes and to get it right the next time. So many more people would try new things if they become OK with the prospect of failing.

    Your app Summly is about cutting down long articles to concise summaries. It makes us think of a reproach often made about young people – that they have short attention spans, making entrepreneurship unlikely. What are your thoughts here?

    Because of the information deluge streaming into mobile devices and on the internet, everyone has a short attention span now, not just young people. People are finding it very difficult to find what they’re interested in so they skip from one thing to another. It’s also about immediacy. People want instant gratification for clear information – at the very second they refresh their feeds.

    Tell us about the projects you’re currently working on ...

    I am not done with summarization yet. I think you could take the idea of summarization to another level, beyond text - so how about visual summarization? Use videos, images – an image can speak a thousand words!

    What’s your message for young people today to encourage them to achieve their dreams?

    To each young individual, I’d say: “Don’t be afraid, you can do anything now with internet and with communication.” To young people as a collective group, I’d say: “Encourage each other.” For example, I found it lonely to launch my own company - I was the sole founder and everyone else in my team is older than me. If you have a mate who’s really interested in what you do, collaborate and help each other out along the way. It really does have help to have one or two other people your age who have the same interests. You guys can learn together and reach for your dreams as one.

  • |
    30-10-2013

    UNESCO Youth Forum: Speak up, speak out!

    © UNESCO
    When, local time: 
    Wednesday, 30 October 2013 - 5:45pm

  • |
    30-10-2013

    UNESCO Roadmap for Long Term Access to Digital Heritage

    As a continuation of the implementation of the outcomes of the conference “Memory of the World in the Digital Age: Digitization and Preservation” (Vancouver, 26 to 28 September 2012), the National Archives and the Royal Library of the Netherlands will host the inaugural meeting of the UNESCO Digital Roadmap project. The meeting will be held on 5 and 6 December 2013 in The Hague, where experts from various backgrounds will introduce current and future challenges facing heritage institutions worldwide in providing reliable long-term access to digital information.

    This initiative was one of the recommendations formulated in the UNESCO/UBC Vancouver Declaration which mentions the:

      pressing need to establish a roadmap proposing solutions, agreements and policies that ensure long term access and trustworthy preservation. This roadmap should address issues like open government, open data, open access and electronic government. It should dovetail with national and international priorities and be in full agreement with human rights.

    Although the 2003 UNESCO Charter for the Preservation of the Digital Heritage recommended that partners from the heritage sector, government and industry should cooperate and learn to understand each other's position, it seems that little solid progress has been made. Projects and conferences abound, but it has proved to be very difficult to bring the major players from these three sectors together. In The Hague, discussion will focus on inaugurating a platform where this will be possible, and where cooperation on shared issues will help to bridge the divides between state and non-state, as well as between profit and not-for-profit.

    High level representatives from UNESCO, the European Union and the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science will react to the issues raised by the experts from the point of view of government. The heritage sector will be represented by the President of the International Council of Archives (ICA) and by the former President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). Global companies, including Microsoft and Google that participated in the Vancouver Memory of the World Conference, have been asked to represent industry. The programme will be posted online at a later date.

    The meeting on Thursday afternoon is open to the public. Participation is free, but as the number of places is limited, registration is necessary. This should be done through email to scunesco(at)unesco.nl with “UNESCO Digital Roadmap” in the email header and the name, professional affiliation, address and telephone number in the body text.

    The meeting is organized by The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO, ICA, IFLA, UNESCO, The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, DEN Foundation, National Library of the Netherlands, Netherlands National Archives and LIBER.

  • |
    30-10-2013

    The Director-General is taking part in the annual World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

    © UNESCO

    The Summit is organized in Doha, on 29-31 October 2013, under the theme ‘Reinventing Education for Life.’ This forum offers a unique opportunity for participants from over 100 countries to explore and share cutting-edge practices in education, to dialogue and network and to take an active part in building the future of education.

    On 31 October, the Director-general will address the joint WISE-UNESCO Special Plenary Session ‘Education Challenges in a Changing World’. This Special Plenary Session is intended to broaden the current debates on education in the post-2015 international development framework and to help shape the vision of the future of learning. This will be done by exploring how a humanistic and integrated vision of lifelong learning may be best reflected in the global education agenda.

  • |
    30-10-2013

    UNESCO Director-General deplores murder of Honduran cameraman Manuel Murillo Varela

    UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of cameraman Manuel Murillo Varela, found shot dead on 24 October in the capital city of Tegucigalpa.

    “I deplore the murder or Manuel Murillo Varela,” said the Director-General. “Such acts must not go unpunished. I urge the authorities to thoroughly investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

    Manuel Murillo Varela, 32, worked as an official cameraman for several public figures and, more recently, for TV Globo. According to IFEX, an NGO defending freedom of expression, he had been kidnapped and tortured in 2010 by men searching for some of his video footage. Since then, the authorities had provided him with special protection.

    Manuel Murillo Varela is the 8th Honduran journalist whose death has been condemned by UNESCO since 2012. He is remembered on the dedicated web page page UNESCO Condemns Killing of Journalists.

                                                          ****

                                          Media contact: Sylvie Coudray

                                             Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

                                                  s.coudray(at)unesco.org


    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…”

  • |
    29-10-2013

    UNESCO empowers indigenous women in Central America through ICT

    © UNESCO

    “Fear” was the word used often by women from Ngöbe-Buglé indigenous community in Costa Rica when they talked about their first experience in front of a microphone, computer or video-camera. Even more crippling than fear to speak in public or ask someone a question is a profound belief that a woman’s role should be limited to taking care of children and homes.

    The exercise which solicited ideas for radio stories about Ngöbe-Buglé home-makers revealed that, although women practice traditional cooking, handicrafts and medicine on a daily basis, they do not consider themselves as guardians of traditions. Usually this role is reserved to sukia, a healer in indigenous societies across Central America. On their way to the knowledge society, Ngöbe-Buglé, Sutiaba, Nahoas-Nicarao, Chorotegas-Nahuas-Mangues y Cacaopera-Matagalpa and Guna communities have to count with illiteracy, unemployment and poverty. High rate of teenage pregnancies affects the number of girls continuing their studies.

    To organize a series of workshops on ICTs, radio and video for women from indigenous communities in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, UNESCO partnered with the Sustainable Development Network (RDS) NGO and the Indigenous Movement of Nicaragua, as well as Centre for Social Development Studies (CEDES) NGO in Panama. From July to October 2013, the workshops were taking place in San Felix, Chiriqui province in Panama; La Casona, Punta Arenas province in Costa Rica; and in Managua for participants from Pacific, Centre and North regions of Nicaragua.

    After theoretical and practical courses, women recorded and edited stories about traditions, legends, cosmology as well as everyday community life. In the Rural College of La Casona, trainees scripted, played, filmed and edited socially-important messages. In Nicaragua, training yielded 12 audiovisual products and 20 radio and audiovisual pieces in Panama and Costa Rica. More than 75 women, mostly mistresses of families, acquired a combined set of competencies (knowledge, skills and attitude), graduating from users of mobile phones to potential producers of information and media content, who can make their voice heard. More workshops and exchange meetings are planned until December 2013.

    UNESCO will continue strengthening communication capacities of indigenous communities, in particular women, with objective of introducing audiovisual content generated by the communities into media at provincial and national levels.

  • |
    29-10-2013

    UNESCO unveils guidebook for climate change journalism in Africa

    Twenty-three African experts, including academics and journalists, took time to review a manuscript for a forthcoming UNESCO publication entitled “Reporting on Climate Change in Africa: A Practical Guide for Journalists”. Held from 22 to 23 October at the UN Complex in Gigiri, Kenya, the guide is aimed primarily at helping journalists to acquire knowledge and skills on how to better report on the multifaceted subject of climate change in Africa.

    More importantly, as Fackson Banda, programme specialist at UNESCO Headquarters, put it in his welcome remarks, “The publication is meant to contribute towards developing transnational and interdisciplinary climate literacy among media professionals and especially journalists, in an attempt to demystify efforts at climate change mitigation and adaptation”.

    The workshop brought together various African experts from Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Co-authored by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and INTERNEWS, the manuscript stimulated intense debate focused on the “interdisciplinary” basis of climate change knowledge, and how it could be appropriated by journalists in the “African” context.

    Speaking as a journalism educator, Emily Brown, Head of the Media Technology Department of the Polytechnic of Namibia, insisted on the need to underscore truthfulness when reporting on climate change. She added that it was important for news stories to have meaning so as to arouse the readers’ interest. Citing a content-analytical study she carried out, she further highlighted how the media in Namibia tended to bury climate change and environmental stories in the back pages, saying there was need for journalists to actively set the agenda on climate change adaptation and mitigation.

    Bonny Alams, contributing to the discussion as a Nigerian journalist, noted: “For us to achieve [such] reportage, we must work to change people’s perception of the daily consumption of what Nigerians refer to us ‘juicy’ stories that revolve under political, economic and social life”.

    For his part, drawing on what he called “the African worldview”, Prof. Workineh Kelbessa of Addis Ababa University challenged the authors to take into account issues of ethics and environmental justice as part of the interdisciplinary core of climate change journalism, emphasizing the need to correlate the environment and humanity. He added that the manuscript needed to reflect a better link between indigenous knowledge and science.

    The participants also agreed that radio was an important vehicle in the struggle to better report on climate change in Africa. They thus called upon UNESCO and the authors to ensure that the publication addressed aspects that would make it more usable by radio journalists.

  • |
    29-10-2013

    Director-General’s call to youth everywhere: “Take control. Speak up and speak out”

    © UNESCO

    On 29 October 2013, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova opened the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, which will take place from 29 to 31 October 2013 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

    The Youth Forum brings together 500 young women and men from over 150 countries, in order to exchange views, to share experiences, to reflect together and to identify common concerns and problems.

    “The world needs your ideas, your vision more than ever before,” stated the Director-General “You are not the subjects of change – you are its greatest leaders.”

    In her address, Irina Bokova appealed to all Youth Forum delegates:

    “Take control. Speak up and speak out. Be bold and be audacious.”

    The 8th UNESCO Youth Forum will be more interactive than previous editions, and focus on supporting concrete projects. Delegates will be invited to identify 15 Action Projects (three per region), from amongst 45 projects shortlisted by an international jury, as a result of a call by UNESCO to youth organizations from around the world in July and August.

    The Youth Forum will feature also a range of interactive workshops and side events, including also the award ceremony for the UNESCO / Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean, presented by the Director-General to the young researcher Karen Nathalia Cerón Steevens from Columbia. In addition, the Youth Forum will hold a concert by the Finnish sign language rap artist "Signmark".

  • |
    29-10-2013

    School students get chance to act as archaeologist at Thang Long Imperial Citadel(Viet Nam)

    Country: 

  • |
    29-10-2013

    YouthMobile Workshop at 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

    © UNESCO

    UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division is organizing a comprehensive presentation on the new YouthMobile Initiative at the 2013 UNESCO Youth Forum on Thursday, 31 October at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The YouthMobile Initiative aims to directly engage young people to develop mobile applications for sustainable development and employment. The YouthMobile presentation will focus on the global mobile phone phenomenon including the latest mobile technologies and mobile applications that have had a huge global impact on youth worldwide.

    The UNESCO YouthMobile Initiative attempts to answer the question: How can we give next 1 billion young people with new Internet-connected mobile phones the skills and the confidence to develop dynamic mobile applications (or apps) that resolve issues of sustainable development and youth employment?

    The YouthMobile Initiative builds on the experience of many worldwide initiatives that introduce young people to computer science programming (learning-to-code) and problem solving (coding-to-learn).

    It also seeks to build on experiences targeting young women who are vastly underrepresented in this field.

    Finally it builds on the consideration that for millions of young people, the smartphone in their pocket is a very powerful computer, it will be their only computer, and they use it for nearly every aspect of their lives: communicating, learning, taking pictures and playing games.

    The YouthMobile presentation will be delivered by Ms Dorothy Gordon, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT.

    Dorothy is a specialist in international development with over 20 years’ experience in working throughout Africa, US, Europe and Asia in executive and consulting positions.

    Her main field of action has been within the United Nations, but she has also been engaged several times with the private sector and civil societies organizations.

    Dorothy will be assisted by two young, female, brilliant mobile app developers: Martha Chumo from Nairobi, Kenya, and Patricia Duangcham from Bangkok, Thailand.

    Martha Chumo is a 19-year old developer who currently runs a Hacker School in her home-city of Nairobi, Kenya.

    "My vision for it is to have a three months programme where developers from Africa can come and learn new technologies and become world-class developers," says Chumo, adding that she's already found a space to host the aspiring programmers. "Not just doing small kinds of technology but getting Africa to get the new Google, the big technologies, these will be things to come from Africa."

    Patricia Duangcham is a computer animation student, who has developed several sustainable mobile applications. Currently working as an intern at Microsoft Thailand, Patricia is an award-winning, fully-qualified developer who formed her own Computer Club in Bangkok.

    The YouthMobile presentation will take place in Room 6 of the Fontenoy Building of UNESCO on 31 October 2013 from 9:30 a.m. to – 11 a.m. in French, and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in English.

    The UNESCO Youth Forum takes place every two years. Since 1999 the Forum has served as a space for open and dynamic dialogue among young participants from all Member States of UNESCO to formulate strategic recommendations on UNESCO’s youth programmes.

  • |
    28-10-2013

    UNESCO approves emergency funds for inventory of Mali’s intangible heritage

    The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, meeting at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters, approved an emergency assistance package of $307,307 for the preparation of an inventory of the Mali’s intangible cultural heritage.

    The project will evaluate the state of intangible heritage (knowledge and practices related to nature, oral traditions, rituals, festivals and traditional crafts) in all parts of Mali, and will be carried out in two, year-long phases. The first  will cover the three northern regions (Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu), along with Mopti in the east-central region of Mali. These regions have suffered most directly from the recent armed conflict and occupation. The second phase will take in the rest of the country, including the four southern regions (Kayes, Koulikoro, Segou and Sikasso).

                The project also includes training workshops to strengthen capacities through training workshops in inventory techniques and intangible heritage management methods that will benefit 190 people. Finally, to raise public awareness  about intangible cultural heritage for inter community dialogue, two plays will be produced along with, a documentary film (in the Tamashek, Maure and Sonrhai languages) and a radio programme for local and regional broadcast.

                The Bureau’s decision, adopted today, encourages Mali to “implement the project in close cooperation with UNESCO and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in Mali (MINUSMA, and with the widest possible participation of the communities concerned”.

     

                The Bureau also approved $25,000 for the safeguarding  in Vet Nam of indigenous knowledge linked to the environment of the Black Ha Nhi, an ethnic minority from the Lao Cai province.

    ****

    More information at: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=fr&pg=671

     

     

    Media Contact

    Lucia Iglesias Kuntz

    Tel: +33 1 4568 1702

    Country: 

  • |
    28-10-2013

    A Day in the Life – catching up with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

    John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
    © UNESCO/Emilien Urbano
    Article type: 
    When, local time: 
    Monday, 28 October 2013 - 11:15am

  • |
    28-10-2013

    A Day in the Life – catching up with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus

  • |
    28-10-2013

    A Day in the Life – catching up with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus


  • |
    28-10-2013

    Arabic Language Day 2013

    This text exists only in arabic.

  • |
    28-10-2013

    Arabic Language Day 2013

    This text exists only in arabic.

  • |
    25-10-2013

    UNESCO, ICANN and ISOC to launch development of Glossary on Internet Governance for Arabic speakers

    UNESCO, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Internet Society (ISOC) are finalizing a framework to establish an Arabic glossary of Internet governance terms to support engagement in multistakeholder Internet governance processes by Arabic-speaking communities.

    Participation of all stakeholder and geographical communities is essential for a healthy and vibrant Internet ecosystem. Evidence shows that speakers of languages where Internet terminology does not exist tend to be increasingly disadvantaged in everyday conversation and professional settings, as well as in being able to participate actively in Internet governance processes.

    Internet governance sees a constant and rapid introduction of new terms and concepts. This new glossary will help ensure that Arabic-speakers have the necessary language tools to fully participate in and contribute to multistakeholder policy-making processes on various platforms, including the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and Internet Governance Forum (IGF).

    The partners in this project seek to provide methodological assistance to Arabic-speaking countries and communities – particularly national and regional professional organizations working in the field of language policy development and Internet governance. The project will be a collaborative process involving multiple stakeholders, and will also include a public consultation.

    As an open, inclusive and fully multistakeholder process, the next step will be a call for national and regional professional organizations in the field of language policies, experts on Internet governance issues and any other volunteer experts to join efforts and consult on the development of terms for the glossary.

    If you are interested to contribute to the implementation of this project, please send your expression of interest to Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg by email at: i.kasinskaite(at)unesco.org.

  • |
    25-10-2013

    Science at the UNESCO Youth Forum

    © UNESCO

    Science, Technology and Innovation for Social Inclusion, Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development at the UNESCO Youth Forum

    The theme of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum is “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development” and it will be held from 29 to 31 October 2013 at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris. The forum gathers about 500 young women and men from around the world to exchange views, share experiences and identify solutions to the challenges they face.

    Science, Technology and Innovation are important pillars for social inclusion and can be used to promote dialogue and skills among the youth. This year’s Youth Forum will feature practical ways in which STI provides a number of new and emerging career, skills and entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth and equips young people with the skills necessary to be leaders, innovators and good citizens. Two capacity building sessions on natural science related issues will be organized; a) ‘Water cooperation: it’s your turn’ and, b) ‘Engineering in Action for Youth and young women; Hands-on Experiments in Engineering’. The importance of STI in facilitation social inclusion and dialogue was also reinforced by the STI related questions included in the online discussion. A number of Young Scientists and Innovators networks such as WFEO Youth Forum and South African Women in Engineering were mobilized to participate in the online discussion, register as observers and/or have stands to publicize their work at the forums. The Science Sector also recommended over 20 young scientists and innovators as possible speakers for the ‘15 minutes feature’ of which 5 youth innovators were selected to speak. Additionally, the science sector will have a stand at the ‘marketplace’ at the Forum which will display items about UNESCO’s work in the Natural Sciences.

    Water cooperation: it’s your turn!- An interactive session to learn about water issues and careers in water fields, 29 October 2013, 14:30 - 17:30, Room XI

    This capacity building session aims to reinforce the water-related capacities of youth by exploring the main issues affecting freshwater resources and the role of youth in resolving current and future challenges through cooperation. The session is organized within the context of the International Year of Water Cooperation and will focus on the skills needed for cooperation and professional opportunities for young people in the field of freshwater. The session will be facilitated by young professionals from different backgrounds who will share their experience and engage the participants in an interactive way. Youth from high schools will also share their experiences in water cooperation. The session includes practical exercises which focus on the development of skills in water cooperation.

    Engineering in Action for Youth and young women; Hands-on Experiments in Engineering, October 30, 2013, 10am-12pm, Room VI

    This session is organized in partnership with EWB UK, the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Youth Committee and SAWomeEng. It will be open to young women, and young men, who wish to participate in fun, hands-on engineering activities that will involve group work as well as building models and scenarios that influence life and choices of today. The workshop will involve activities like building a bridge, discussing fracking and solving a problem currently faced as well as other hands-on tasks. There will also be an open discussion on the involvement and role that youth particularly, young women play in the future of Science and Engineering with a view of getting ideas about how we can get more youth interested in careers in Science and Engineering. A part of the session will also be used to show the EPCA film “Science: Where can it take you” after which, participants can discuss issues explored in the film and propose solutions to address them. A film by Intel on girls in science will also be screened.

    The importance of technical skills for engineering cannot be argued, but often, softer skills such as presentation and pitching ideas and new concepts are often neglected, but an important part of the skills sets of engineers. A session on personal development and creating an elevator pitch for new ideas will be hosted to complement the technical nature of the workshop. The session will be facilitated by Emma Thompson, Engineers Without Borders UK (EWB UK) and Zainab Larabi, World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) Youth Committee Chair.

  • |
    25-10-2013

    Addressing online hate speech in South East European media

    © UNESCO

    Over 90 participants took part last week, 16 and 17 October, in the regional conference “Addressing online hate speech in South East Europe and Turkey: the role of media accountability mechanisms” organized by UNESCO in partnership with the South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) and the Sarajevo Media Centre. The event gathered international and national media experts, as well as journalists, academics and civil society representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Kosovo (as defined under UN Security Council Resolution 1244).

    Having examined the professional, legal and political conditions in which the media in the region work, conference participants confirmed that one of the greatest challenges facing media and policy makers is the growth of intolerance in online communication, which often turns into hate speech.

    The conference discussions underlined how the changing nature of journalism in the online environment and the participation of the audience in gathering and disseminating information have added new challenges for ethical journalism.

    Pointing to areas where efforts could be directed, participants stressed that laws pertaining to hate speech should be harmonized and clearly defined so that no one is penalized for the dissemination of hate speech unless it is shown that they published information with the intention of inciting discrimination, hostility or violence.

    Participants also called on media to agree on common standards and a common approach for dealing with hate speech, particularly concerning the moderation and management of user-generated content and online comments on journalistic work, which should involve reaching agreement on editorial guidelines and acceptable codes.

    Such codes should be followed up with self-regulatory mechanisms that ensure their implementation and should be tailored to meet the needs of a converged media environment with particular attention to online communications.

    Finally, participants highlighted the importance of investing in media and information literacy programmes for raising awareness at all levels of society, through the educational system and media, to encourage public responsibility in the use of information. Such programmes should also encourage media to engage with the audience in raising awareness of the dangers of intolerant and hateful speech, particularly in the online environment.

  • |
    25-10-2013

    18th SEAPAVAA Conference: Audiovisual Archives: Why They Matter

    © UNESCO

    Organized in cooperation with the Lao Department of Cinema, the 18th conference of South East Asia-Pacific Audio Visual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA) will explore and discuss the myriad of issues related to audiovisual archives on 26 and 27 May 2014 in Vientiane, Lao People’s Democratic Republic.

    The discussion will be constructed around a series of questions including, but not limited to:

    In what ways do AV archives matter? To whom and for whom do these archives matter? Do the importance and relevance of AV archives cross national boundaries? If AV archives matter, what must archivists do in terms of their advocacy and branding, engagement with stakeholders, community outreach, provision of access, appraisal, selection, acquisition, documentation and preservation? What resources, opportunities and inspirations are there for archivists to tap on and propel them to garner greater recognition for AV archives and the archiving profession? What challenges do archivists face in their endeavours? How are these challenges being addressed?

    The nature, purpose and potential use of AV archives, the cultural value and memories which these archives hold for nations and their peoples are generally recognized but not always properly appreciated. For a variety of reasons, AV archival institutions have not been particularly successful in making their work and themselves better known to their stakeholders and the general public, and the conference will seek to address these issues.

    SEAPAVAA has issued a Call for Papers from members and interested participants to express their views on these topics.

    UNESCO has been invited to deliver the keynote address during this important event. Its position is that AV archives are an integral part of documentary heritage and must be afforded equal protection. SEAPAVAA maintains formal relations with UNESCO and the conference is expected to contribute to better awareness of the Organization’s work in the region, its connection with global audiovisual archiving and the Memory of the World (MoW) Programme.

    SEAPAVAA is a member of the Co-ordinating Council of Audiovisual Archives Associations (CCAAA) which is a network of international non-governmental organizations involved in all aspects of audiovisual archiving including films, broadcast television and radio, and audio recordings of all kinds. CCAAA also manages the official website for the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage celebrated annually on 27 October.

  • |
    25-10-2013

    Digital Heritage 2013: International Congress in Marseilles

    A large international congress on digital heritage will take place under the patronage of UNESCO, in Marseilles (France) from 28 October to 1 November 2013. Digital Heritage 2013 will bring together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss digital technology and how it relates to the protection, documentation and understanding of the shared heritage of humanity. The congress is open to all, and researchers, professionals in the cultural and digital heritage field, students and policy makers are especially welcome.

    The Congress will examine all forms of heritage, from the built (World Heritage), to cultural traditions and expressions (Intangible), museums and objects, and documentary heritage (Memory of the World).

    Archaeologists, architects, artists, historians, museologists, planners, conservationists, anthropologists, engineers, environmentalists, computer scientists, new media experts, film makers, and more will jointly explore the best of digital heritage. Over four days, parallel tracks will see presentations of best practices and innovative solutions, as well as panels, educational workshops, and policy debates. A public exhibition and video screening will also be organized.

    This congress represents a follow-up to the key initiative which UNESCO, and particularly the Communication and Information Sector, launched a year ago in Vancouver, Canada, in order to find solutions to the challenges affecting long-term and reliable access to digital heritage. In his remarks during the opening ceremony, Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, spoke of his expectations from the Congress and of the need to ensure that digital heritage issues are placed on the global development agenda.

    Throughout the week, panelists and other speakers will propose their findings concerning knowledge management and preservation in order to obtain a better understanding of legal and technical issues relating to digital objects. The results of the Congress will provide the basis for the development of policy advice that can be made available to the governments of UNESCO Member States.

    Full details on the programme, the panel discussions, the exhibition as well as organizational details can be found on the Congress website. For further information please contact: info(at)digitalheritage2013.org.

  • |
    25-10-2013

    UNESCO promotes protection of journalists and other media actors in the digital age at the Internet Governance Forum

    © UNESCO

    Almost 100 participants from around the world debated the safety of online media actors at a workshop convened by UNESCO, Article 19 and CELE-UP (Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information, Universidad de Palermo) as part of the 8th Internet Governance Forum in Bali this week.

    UNESCO presented its preliminary exploration of a global research on online safety in a series of thematic areas ranging from illegitimate surveillance and digital attacks to a gender perspective, digital literacy and safety training.

    Panelists from Latin America and Indonesia assessed major challenges of protecting journalists and bloggers in their respective regions, pointing to problem of impunity for those who attacked journalists, new threats posed by digital technology, and the lack of awareness and training about digital literacy.

    “Bloggers should be protected as they face many challenges - licensing issues, protection of sources, accreditation, ethical responsibility - just like journalists, but no organization protects them,” was the message from Indonesian and other bloggers, who highlighted the contribution to public debate made by their output.

    Reference was made to the UN Human Rights Committee’s defining of journalism as “a function shared by a wide range of actors, including professional full-time reporters and analysts, as well as bloggers and others who engage in forms of self-publication in print, on the Internet or elsewhere”.

    Article 19 shared its recent policy brief on “The right to blog” which stated that the main protections that apply to journalists should apply to bloggers (including the right to protect sources, accreditation and guarantee of safety).

    Other speakers addressed complexities of the legal frameworks including criminal defamation cases and whether media self-regulatory bodies could incorporate bloggers who agreed to work by the relevant code of ethical standards.

    The session was chaired by Mr Guy Berger, UNESCO Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development. He pointed to the relevance to online media actors of the UN Action Plan of Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity.

  • |
    24-10-2013

    Director-General deplores murder of radio chief Cláudio Moleiro de Souza in Brazil

    Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, today denounced the murder of radio manager Cláudio Moleiro de Souza in Jaru, in the north of Brazil, on 12 October and called for an investigation into the crime..

    “I condemn the murder of Cláudio Moleiro de Souza,” the Director-General said. “ I trust the authorities will spare no effort in investigating this case, which is essential for the preservation of press freedom and the protection of journalists’ right to carry out their professional duties.”

    Cláudio Moleiro de Souza, manager of Rádio Meridional was shot by a lone gunman who entered the radio station and also shot at one of Souza’s colleagues, presenter Alberto Duran Duran, whose life is not in danger.

     

    Cláudio Moleiro de Souza is the sixth Brazilian media professional this year whose killing is recorded in the dedicated webpage UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.

                                                   ****

    Media contact: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at)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…”

     

  • |
    24-10-2013

    More than 12 million adults are enrolled in literacy and adult education programmes in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • |
    24-10-2013

    Internationalized Domain Names still to reach full potential

    – Despite important advances more work is needed by all parties if Internationalized domain names are to foster the growth of multilingualism online, according to the 2013 EURid-UNESCO World Report on Internationalized Domain Names published today with the support of Verisign.

    The Report was presented at the Internet Governance Forum 2013 (IGF), in Bali, Indonesia, on 24 October.

    Internationalized domain names (IDNs) are those that include characters from non-Latin scripts, such as Cyrillic or Arabic.

    According to the Report only 2% of the world’s registered domain names are IDNs.  This slow uptake is in stark contrast to the burgeoning of multilingual online content.

    Improving usability in web-based email and services

    Most if not all IDN implementations underperform because of poor user awareness and experience, which lead to poor uptake.

    However, where IDNs are used, there is a 99% correlation between the language or script of the domain name and the language of associated website content, a clear indication that IDNs have a vital part to play in fostering a multilingual internet.

    "Languages are who we are,” stated Janis Karklins, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information in the Report’s Foreword.  “By protecting them, we protect ourselves; by promoting them, we sustain cultural diversity. This must be true also for cyberspace. To have maximum impact, to be sustainable and to be beneficial to all, cyberspace must be inclusive. Every woman and every man should be able to speak and write in their mother tongue, and this is why Internationalized Domains Names, IDNs, are so important.”

    The future of IDNs

    The launch of new IDN generic top level domains (gTLDs) in late 2013, early 2014, particularly the large number of top-level domains using Chinese characters, is expected to boost the market, providing an incentive for investors to update Internet infrastructure and improve user experience on popular web applications in order to access potentially valuable markets.  The new gTLDs may also help to raise end users’ awareness that domain names can be in languages other than English.

    The statistics presented in the 2013 EURid –UNESCO World Report are based on a data set of 228 million domain names. They include detailed information on how over one million IDNs from the .com, .net and .eu registers are used.  The report also includes case studies of the IDN country code Top Level Domain (ccTLDs such as .uk, .fr, or .es,) registry experiences from the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, Viet Nam, Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Russian Federation.

    Download the full report at www.eurid.eu.

    About .eu and EURid

    The .eu domain ranks among the largest top-level domains in the world, connecting 500 million people in 28 EU countries to one Internet identity. More than 3.5 million .eu names have been registered since the domain opened in 2005. Many companies and brands—including the likes of Fairtrade International, Foot Locker, Louis Vuitton, the MAN Group, Microsoft Corporation, Orangina and Toyota–use a .eu website as a practical way to express a clear European identity or  European marketing strategy..

    EURid is the not-for-profit organization that operates the .eu top-level domain, following a tender process and appointment by the European Commission. EURid works with over 750 accredited registrars and provides support in the 24 official EU languages. EURid is registered by the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), which is an expression of EURid’s environmental commitment. EURid has its headquarters in Brussels (Belgium), and regional offices in Pisa (Italy), Prague (the Czech Republic) and Stockholm (Sweden). More information at: http://www.eurid.eu.

                                                ****

    Media contact:s

    EURid

    Email: press(at)eurid.eu

    Press room: http://www.eurid.eu/en/press-room     

    UNESCO: Sue Williams

    Chief, Media Relations Section

    Division of Public Information UNESCO

    Phone: +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 06

  • |
    24-10-2013

    Open Access Campaign to mark Open Access week in Mexico

    © UNESCO

    UNESCO, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) and Redalyc have launched a campaign to celebrate the Open Access Week in Mexico. The campaign is launched under a concept developed in UAEM and is aptly titled “Open a 'Can-Do' attitude”.

    Launching the campaign, Dr Jorge Olvera-García, UAEM Rector, stated: “the campaign echoes the vision of Senator Ana Lilia Herrera to make Open Access a reality in Mexico and to make the accumulated knowledge available to each and everyone. We invite all to join this endeavour..."

    From 21 to 27 October, a series of distance as well as face-to-face lectures on Open Access will be organized in different parts of Mexico. This will involve setting up of billboards at strategic locations with an image to support the theme. This image is already being used in the UAEM official bulletins, radio and television spots, as well as in posters and postcards.

    The objective of the campaign is to encourage and invite universities and general public to join the Open Access movement and appreciate its benefits to the society. The campaign also utilizes social networks and provides the graphical options of “Open a 'Can-Do' Attitude”. Seven themes - one for every day of the week - have been developed to provide a concrete message on Open Access each day. The dissemination also utilizes other media such as university radio and television stations.

    For a decade, the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico is fostering Open Access with the Redalyc.org System of Scientific and scholarly communication. Since its creation, Redalyc is committed to give visibility to the scientific production generated in Ibero-American region. UAEM also hosted the First Discussion and Analysis Forum on Open Access to Knowledge, convened by the Senate of the Republic and spearheaded by Senator Anna Lilia Herera.

    UNESCO, through its Open Access Strategy, is backstopping the efforts spearheaded by the Senate Committee of Mexico with the support of CONACYT. UNESCO is supporting Open Access Policy Development efforts in Mexico to allow the easy flow of scientific knowledge by increasing its accessibility.

    Open Access is the immediate availability of works of scholars on the Internet for free - permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose.

    All applications of the 2013 UNESCO-UAEM Open Access International Week can be downloaded at: http://www.uaemex.mx/acabaconlalata.

  • |
    23-10-2013

    Innovative drought monitoring project for sub-Saharan Africa featured in IFRC World Disasters Report 2013

    © UNESCO

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) released its annual World Disasters Report on 17 October 2013 focusing on how technology can directly reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience against disasters. This year's report presents individuals and organizations that are actively engaged in relevant work towards disaster prevention. Among these, the report highlights two innovative UNESCO projects on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): the World Map of UNESCO's Points of Interest and a Drought monitoring and prediction project for sub-Saharan Africa.

    Drought is one of the leading impediments to development in Africa. Much of the continent is dependent on rain-fed agriculture, which makes it particularly susceptible to climate variability. Recurring drought conditions in many regions of Africa, most recently in eastern Africa, have had devastating humanitarian impacts and impose significant reductions in gross domestic product for countries whose economies are tied to agriculture. Climate change and population pressures make the prospect for continued drought impacts and water scarcity more worrisome. Alleviating the impacts of drought across sub-Saharan Africa requires a transition from crisis management to risk management and reduction, including developing national drought policies, increasing coping capacity and adapting to likely future changes at local levels.

    A key element in managing drought risk is the provision of early warning of developing drought conditions and impacts. Such information can provide governments with the lead-time necessary to implement drought management policies and reduce impacts at all levels. However obtaining the data needed to identify drought risks is challenging, especially in remote areas with unreliable monitoring networks and insufficient national capacity.

    In collaboration with the UNESCO, Princeton University has developed an experimental drought monitoring and forecast system for sub-Saharan Africa. The system merges climate predictions, hydrological models and remote sensing data to provide timely and useful information on drought in regions where institutional capacity is generally lacking and the access to information and technology prevents the development of systems locally. The system’s key elements are the provision of near real-time evaluations of the terrestrial water cycle and an assessment of drought conditions.

    A key element of the system’s development is the transition and testing of the technology for operational usage by African collaborators. In 2012, workshops were held in two regional centres – in Niger (for West African countries) and in Kenya (covering countries of the Greater Horn of Africa) – to train local scientists to run the system and interpret the data output. A third workshop will be held in southern Africa. Several challenges have been identified through ongoing discussion with African collaborators for the continued development and use of the system, which could become a key step forward in building capacity through technology and knowledge transfer. In particular, the application of hydrological and climate research into transferable technology with minimal overhead has been made possible and has the potential to reduce the impacts of drought across Africa.

    Related links:

  • |
    23-10-2013

    Intangible cultural heritage: A force for sustainable development

    © UNESCO
    When, local time: 
    Wednesday, 23 October 2013 - 4:15pm

  • |
    23-10-2013

    Financial Report & Audited Consolidated Financial Statements - 2012

  • |
    23-10-2013

    Bringing together the world’s youth at UNESCO, 29 – 31 October

    Youth from more than 150 countries, including well-known personalities and young leaders, will come together in Paris on 29 October to participate in the 8th Youth Forum of UNESCO, which will run until 31 October at the Organization’s Headquarters under the general theme of “Youth and Social Inclusion: Civic Engagement, Dialogue and Skills Development.”

    Over three days, participants at the 8thUNESCO Youth Forum will debate the challenges faced by young people on all continents, and review the main objectives of the Organization's youth programmes, to verify their relevance and enhance their effectiveness.

    They will be invited to make policy recommendations that will be submitted directly to the 195 Member States of UNESCO at the 37th General Conference of the Organization, which will open the following week (5-20 November).

    For the first time, participants will also be invited to identify 15 Action Projects (three per region), from amongst the 45 projects shortlisted by an international jury from replies to a call by UNESCO to youth organizations from around the world in July and August.

    The Forum will feature another important innovation: a more interactive format than in previous editions. Following proposals by the young people themselves, through online consultations conducted in early 2013, the Forum will last three days instead of four, and will focus on working sessions by regional and thematic groups, as well as direct exchanges.

    The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will open the Forum in the morning of 29 October and will award, at 6 p.m. on the same day, the first UNESCO / Juan Bosch Prize for the Promotion of Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean to Karen Nathalia Ceron Steevens, a 25-year-old Colombian sociologist, for her work on the prevention of youth violence in Central America.

    Numerous side events will be held throughout the three days of the Forum, both at UNESCO and outside.

    Furthermore, in cooperation with the International Music Council, one of UNESCO’s partner NGOs, the “John Lennon Tour Bus 2013”, is stopping in Paris since 22 October until the end of the Youth Forum, right outside the main entrance of UNESCO Headquarters, Place de Fontenoy.

                                                               ****

    Journalists wishing to cover the Forum should request accreditation from

    Isabelle Le-Fournis, UNESCO Press Service, +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 48 i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org

  • |
    23-10-2013

    Honduras ratifies the Convention against Discrimination in Education

    In September 2013, Honduras became the hundredth State party to the Convention against discrimination in Education.
    This instrument, as well as the Recommendation against discrimination in education, which celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2010, express the fundamental principles of non-discrimination and equality of educational opportunities. As such, they cover the right to education in its various dimensions.
    The Convention and Recommendation reflect UNESCO’s mission to promote and support collaboration among nations to “advance the ideal of equality of educational opportunities without regard to race, sex or any distinctions, economic or social.”
    The Convention will enter into force with respect to Honduras in December.

    In September 2013, Honduras became the hundredth State party to the Convention against discrimination in Education.

    This instrument, as well as the Recommendation against discrimination in education, which celebrated their fiftieth anniversary in 2010, express the fundamental principles of non-discrimination and equality of educational opportunities. As such, they cover the right to education in its various dimensions.

    The Convention and Recommendation reflect UNESCO’s mission to promote and support collaboration among nations to “advance the ideal of equality of educational opportunities without regard to race, sex or any distinctions, economic or social.

    The Convention will enter into force with respect to Honduras in December.

  • |
    23-10-2013

    Combating discrimination in education

    UNESCO’s Executive Board examined the results of the 8th Consultation of member states on the measures taken to implement the UNESCO Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education.
    Launched in 2011, the Consultation involved 58 member states and was conducted in line with the guidelines for the preparation of periodic state reports submitted every four years to UNESCO.
    The objective is to illustrate the actions taken to implement the Convention and Recommendation, take stock of progress and identify the difficulties within countries.
    The Report is available online: AR | EN | FR | ES | CH | RUAn extensive Report on the results of this Consultation is also available: AR | EN | FR | ES | CH | RUUNESCO webpage dedicated to the 8th ConsultationReporting guidelines

    UNESCO’s Executive Board  examined the results of the 8th Consultation of member states on the measures taken to implement the UNESCO Convention and Recommendation against Discrimination in Education.

    Launched in 2011, the Consultation involved 58 member states and was conducted in line with the guidelines for the preparation of periodic state reports submitted every four years to UNESCO.

    The objective is to illustrate the actions taken to implement the Convention and Recommendation, take stock of progress and identify the difficulties within countries.

  • distansutbildning |
    11-10-2013

    Hvað er svona merkilegt… (Fyrirlestur Hróbjarts fyrir nemendur í kennslufræði framhaldsskóla)

    Er eitthvað sérstakt við það að vera fullorðinn námsmaður?? Þurfa fullorðnir öðruvísi kennslu en börn og unglingar? Hvað er svona merkilegt við það að vera fullorðinn…? Fólk þarf alltaf að læra nýja hluti… alla ævi. Það þarf að takast á við verkefni sem tengjast ólíkum æviskeiðum, það er eins og hvert æviskeið hafi fólgin í more »

  • |Danmark
    08-10-2013

    Netværk og Gruppe møde København

    overskrift test text

  • distansutbildning |
    02-10-2013

    Um notkun félagsmiðla í kennslu

    Í dag átti ég ánægjulega stund með kennurum við Menntaskólann í Kópavogi. Ég leiddi þar verkstæði um notkun félagsmiðla í kennslu. Við byrjuðum á því að ræða saman um það hvers vegna þau eru framhaldskólakennarar. Þau gáfu margar góðar ástæður fyrir því, við notuðum aðferð sem er gjarnan kölluð 1, 2 og allir. Niðurstöðuna settum more »

  • distansutbildning |
    01-10-2013

    Takk fyrir samvinnuna í MK

    Kærar þakkir fyrir samvinnu á verkstæði um notkun félagsmiðla í námi og kennslu. í kvöld (1. okt) lýk ég við bloggfærslu sem mun birtast hér með efni frá verkstæðinu. Smelltu hér til að sjá lista minn yfir gagnlegar vefsíður um viðfangsefni verkstæðisins Verkfæri sem komu við sögu: Titanpad …

  • distansutbildning |Island
    06-09-2013

    Heimurinn er flatur!

    Fyrir nokkru las ég (eða eiginlega hlustaði ég á) bók eftir Thomas L. Friedman. Hann heldur þar fram að heimurinn sé að verða flatari með hverju árinu. Það sé samskiptatæknin; Vefurinn og símakerfin sem “stytta” bilið milli fólks, þannig að fólk sem býr á sitthvorum heimsendanum getur verið samstarfsfólk eða keppinautar.  Það séu ekki lengur þjóðríki, sem more »

  • distansutbildning |
    03-09-2013

    Ráðstefna um notkun UT við nám og kennslu

    Upplýsingatæknin hefur haft mikil og varanleg áhrif á samfélag okkar og verkefni okkar: Að hjálpa fullorðnum að læra felur meðal annars í sér að við hjálpum nemendum okkar til að nýta sér upplýsingatæknina við nám sitt og við störf. Með því að nýta sjálf UT í kennslunni og ætlast til að nemendur okkar nota alls more »

  • distansutbildning |
    07-08-2013

    Námskeið á haustmisseri: Fullorðnir námsmenn og aðstæður þeirra

    Námsbrautin Nám fullorðinna býður í haust upp á námskeiðið:  “Fullorðnir námsmenn og aðstæður þeirra”. Þetta er yfirlitsnámskeið sem gefur þátttakendum staðgóðan grunn fyrir alla hagnýta og fræðilega vinnu með viðfangsefni og spurningar sem tengjast því að hjálpa fullorðnum að læra. Innihald og viðfangsefni námskeiðsins eru til þess fallin að gefa öllum þeim sem koma á more »

  • distansutbildning |
    07-08-2013

    Námskeið í haust: Greining á fræðsluþörfum

    Í haust er á dagskrá spennandi valnámskeið við námsbrautina: Greining fræðsluþarfa í símenntun. Námskeiðið er tækifæri fyrir fólk sem starfar við fræðslustörf ýmiskonar, einkum skipulagningu náms fyrir aðra, eða hefur áhuga á slíkum störfum að dýpka sig á sviði sem verður æ mikilvægara, en það er nákvæm og fagleg forvinna fyrir þau námstilboð sem fyrirtæki more »

  • |
    17-06-2013

    Endnu bedre adgang til uddannelser i danmark

    Endnu bedre adgang til uddannelser i danmark

  • tungumál |
    17-06-2013

    Demodag1

    Vera tester

  • distansutbildning |
    27-05-2013

    Námskeið, námskeið, námskeið

    “Getum við ekki fengið námskeið til að leysa það?” Spurði deildarstjórinn þegar hún var að fara yfir niðurstöður nýjustu þjónustukönnunarinnar. Okkar ósjálfráðu viðbrögð þegar við uppgötvum þörf fyrir breytingar er að fá einhvern til að útbúa námskeið fyrir það. Við kollum á sérfræðing til að lesa yfir hausamótum samstarfsfólks okkar eða “markhópsins” og væntum þess more »

  • distansutbildning |
    07-05-2013

    Veffundur: Joy of Learning!

    “DISTANS” tengslanetið býður enn til veffundar um nám og menntun. Að þessu sinni er gestur fundarins Anna Kirah, sem ætlar að ræða hvað við getum SKAPAÐ með nemendum okkar til að styðja við og bæta nám þeirra. Veffundurinn fer fram fimmtudaginn 16. mai kl. 11-12 að íslenskum tíma. Anna Kirah er menntuð sem mannfræðingur og more »

  • distansutbildning |
    14-04-2013

    Miðlunaraðferðin: Svo þeir sem málið snertir láti sig það varða

    Þegar við vinnum með fólki í hópum í tengslum við nám, breytingar, lausn vanda og stefnumótun brennur það gjarnan við að árangurinn lætur á sér standa. Fólkið sem tók þátt í fundinum eða námskeiðinu finnur sig ekki endilega knúið til að fara eftir ákvörðunum fundarins, eða nýta sér það sem það lærði á námskeiðinu. Margir more »

  • distansutbildning |
    09-04-2013

    Skipulagning kennslu

    Þegar kemur að því að skipuleggja kennsluna á námskeiði eru til ýmsar hugmyndir sem geta hjálpað og ýmis verkfæri. Tvent ætla ég að nefna hér: Hugmyndin um samlokuna Skipulagningareyðublað Þetta tvent eru atriði sem mér hefur fundist muna mikið um. Samlokan Þegar maður skipuleggur kennslu fyrir hóp er gagnlegt setja sig í spor nemandans og more »

  • |
    07-12-2012

    Revyn hjälpte äldre att minnas

    Med målet att sätta upp en revy har de boende på Skottsundsbackens äldreboende utvecklats ordentligt i höst. På måndag är det dags för examensföreställning för pensionärerna. – Det är hjärngympa och de har så roligt, säger cirkelledaren Kattis Melander.

  • |
    07-12-2012

    Folkbildning som prioriterar skog och friluftsliv

    I en debattartikel på DN Debatt 26/8 skriver professorerna Peter Fredman (Mittuniversitetet, programchef Friluftsliv i förändring) och Marie Stenseke (Göteborgs universitet, bitr.

  • |
    06-12-2012

    Immanu El och The Majority Says åker till SXSW i Austin, Texas med Studieförbundet Bilda

    | The Majority Says från Linköping och Immanu El från Göteborg är klara för South by Southwest 2013 i Austin, Texas. Det är tredje året i rad som Studieförbundet Bilda presenterar ny svensk musik på ett av världens största musikevent.

  • |
    04-12-2012

    Kickstart på musikkarriären

    HUDIKSVALL/Hudiksvalls