UNESCO

Canada first to ratify the UN cultural agency’s diversity convention

Canada has become the first State to ratify an international convention on retaining the rich diversity of the world’s means of cultural expression, now endangered by globalization, which was adopted last October by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Developing countries lag far behind in cultural trade, says UNESCO report

Three countries - the United Kingdom, United States and China - produced 40 per cent of the world’s cultural trade products in 2002, such as books, compact disks, videogames and sculptures, while Latin America and Africa together accounted for less than 4 per cent, according to a new United Nations report.

UNESCO sets guidelines to protect quality of higher education for foreigners

Faced with the exponential growth of higher education, from traditional universities to virtual organizations specializing in e-learning, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is co-sponsoring a set of guidelines to protect students studying abroad from low-quality services.

Representatives of humanity's traditional genius proclaimed by UN agency

Traditional arts as diverse as the spare, formalistic Japanese Kabuki theatre and the brightly painted oxcarts of Costa Rica were proclaimed representative cultural treasures of the earth's peoples today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Famed screen artist Omar Sharif receives UNESCO Eisenstein Medal

Film actor Omar Sharif today received an award in Paris from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in recognition of his contribution to cultural diversity.

UNESCO condemns murders of journalists in Philippines, Bangladesh

Stressing yet again that a free press is vital for democracy, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the murder of two journalists in the Philippines and a third in Bangladesh.

UNESCO showcases breadth of activities at 60th anniversary

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) celebrated its 60th anniversary last night in Paris in the company of former directors, political leaders and luminaries such as anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss, all stressing the vast range and importance of the agency’s work.

UN-assisted forum on the purposes of scientific inquiry opens in Hungary

The United Nations-backed World Science Forum in Budapest, Hungary, has drawn some 400 scientists, political decision-makers, and representatives of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private companies to discuss the ultimate purposes of science.

UNESCO adopts Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights

Beyond the well-established principles of informed consent and confidentiality, social responsibility, including improved access to quality health care, figures high in a new Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Koïchiro Matsuura of Japan re-appointed as UNESCO chief

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) meeting in Paris today reappointed Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura to another four years as leader of the agency.