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Local community access to information technologies is vital – UNESCO chief

Local community access to information technologies is essential if the digital divide between rich and poor is to be bridged, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today in a message to mark the launch of 150 community multimedia centres (CMCs) in Africa.

UNESCO to set up 150 community multimedia centres in Africa

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will work with a Swiss government agency to set up 150 multimedia centres in marginalized communities in Africa, providing locals with access to information and communication technologies through the Internet.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Philippine journalist

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today condemned this week’s murder of Nelson Nadura, a Philippine radio journalist, noting he is the fifth journalist to have been killed in the Philippines this year.

UNESCO panel on ethics of science and technology research to meet in Brazil

The ethical uses of fresh water resources and of outer space and the ethics of conducting research on human beings from developing countries will be among the topics studied at a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference in Brazil next month.

US marks return to UNESCO with Paris flag raising

The United States marked its return to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today, nearly two decades after it withdrew, with a flag raising ceremony at the agency's headquarters in Paris attended by First Lady Laura Bush.

Fifteen new sites added to UN World Biosphere list

Fifteen new sites in 10 countries have been added to the United Nations' World Network of Biosphere Reserves, including the first entries from Slovenia and Yemen, bringing the total to 440 sites in 97 countries.

UNESCO Chief visits Indonesia, India and Timor-Leste

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is in the midst of a three-nation regional tour, which has included stops in Indonesia, India and Timor-Leste, the agency's 189th and newest Member State.

Twenty-four more sites added to UN World Heritage List

Twenty-four more sites have been to the United Nations World Heritage List including, for the first time, sites in Gambia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Sudan, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today.

Three UN World Heritage sites removed from endangered list

Three United Nations World Heritage sites - the world's first national park at Yellowstone in the United States, Srebarna nature reserve in Bulgaria, and the Kotor region in Serbia and Montenegro - were removed from the endangered list today following ecological and conservation improvements.

Finnish students lead in reading literacy, UNESCO reports

In what it bills as “the most comprehensive and rigorous international effort to date” to assess student performance, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that 15-year-old Finns are among the world’s best in terms of reading literacy, while students in Japan, Hong Kong-China and the Republic of Korea lead in mathematics and science.