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New UN treaty to preserve world’s rich cultural diversity to come into force in March

A United Nations-backed international treaty to preserve the rich diversity of the world’s means of cultural expression from the dangers of globalization, including its many languages, will enter into force on 18 March after it topped the needed total of 30 ratifications yesterday.

UNESCO chief condemns murders of journalists in Iraq and Philippines

The head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today voiced his outrage at the recent killings of an Iraqi cameraman and of a Filipino broadcaster and columnist.

Countries, donors must spend more to achieve universal education, UN conference says

Countries should spend 4 to 6 per cent of national income on education, and donors need to raise predictable and long-term financing to reach the $11 billion required annually to achieve universal primary education, adult literacy and early childhood care and education by 2015, a United Nations-led conference has determined.

Journalists’ murders in Iraq and Mexico prompt condemnation by UNESCO chief

The head of the United Nations body mandated to protect press freedom today deplored the murder of yet one more Iraqi journalist, saying it was vital to bring an end to “the outrageous campaign of bloodshed” against media professionals in the violence-racked country.

UNESCO chief condemns shooting death of US cameraman in Mexico

Speaking out once more in defence of freedom of the press as a crucial pillar of democracy, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today deplored the killing of a United States cameraman in a demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico.

UNESCO to award Arab culture prize to Bulgarian and Jordanian professors

A Jordanian who has championed intercultural dialogue and a Bulgarian who has contributed to a better understanding of today’s Arab thought and culture, will both be awarded the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture this year, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today.

UNESCO board meeting opens with call for dialogue between cultures, religions

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today appealed for enhanced dialogue between civilizations, cultures, religions and peoples, noting that “recent events have once again highlighted, in some cases tragically, the crucial importance of this issue.”

UNESCO teams up with BBC to supply science programmes to developing countries

Developing nations in Africa and Asia will receive high-quality television programmes on science and technology under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Buoyed by US Global Literacy conference, UNESCO to organize regional versions

Building on the momentum of a United States-hosted conference on global literacy this week, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize a series of high-level regional conferences during 2007 and 2008.

UNESCO chief voices ‘grave concern’ over death of jailed journalist in Turkmenistan

The head of the United Nations organization entrusted with defending freedom of expression and the press today voiced “grave concern” over the death in jail of a Turkmen journalist and called on the authorities of the former Soviet Central Asian country to investigate the circumstances and try those responsible in the event of foul play.