UNESCO

In Paris, Annan and UNESCO chief discuss cloning, literacy and cultural diversity

Wrapping up his official visit to France today, Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for talks on a range of issues, including the decision by the United States to rejoin the Paris-based body after an 18-year absence.

New UN study finds global teacher shortage caused by poor working conditions

Population growth and declining working conditions are creating a severe shortage of teachers across the globe that may lead to a slide in education standards, according to a new global study by two United Nations agencies made public today.

Senior UN official hails President Bush's announcement that US will rejoin UNESCO

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today welcomed the announcement by President George W. Bush that the United States will rejoin the Paris-based agency.

800-year-old Afghan minaret heads 9 properties named to UN World Heritage List

An 800-year-old minaret in Afghanistan, threatened by erosion and vandalism, heads a register of nine natural and cultural properties named to the World Heritage List today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Human knowledge held digitally may be lost, UNESCO warns

An enormous trove of digital information covering all areas of human endeavour could be lost if specific techniques and policies are not developed to conserve it, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) warned today.

UNESCO teams with Discovery Channel to raise awareness of dying languages

With globalization and the homogenizing influence of information technology threatening the existence of thousands of languages, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced a partnership with the Discovery Channel in an effort to generate awareness of endangered languages and cultural heritage.

3,000 languages in the world face extinction, UNESCO warns

Fully half of the world’s approximately 6,000 languages are under threat, seriously endangered or dying, according to the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), which today marked International Mother Language Day.