UNESCO

Ban lauds vision and achievements of UNESCO on 65th anniversary

Lauding the vision and achievements of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) over the past 65 years, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today that the mandate of the agency remains as relevant as ever.

Collapses prompt UNESCO mission to assess threats to Pompeii

A series of structural collapses in Pompeii have prompted an urgent visit from United Nations experts to examine and assess the extent of the damage at one of the world’s most important archaeological sites.

Renowned Pakistani lawyer awarded UN prize for promoting human rights

One of Pakistan’s leading human rights defenders, Asma Jahangir, was today named as this year’s winner of a United Nations award that recognizes outstanding individual contribution to promoting a culture of human rights around the world.

Traditional dances, foods and medicines added to UN list of intangible heritage

Spanish Flamenco, traditional Mexican cuisine and Chinese acupuncture are among the 46 new elements added today to the United Nations-endorsed list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage.

UNESCO and cosmetics giant L’Oréal honour five outstanding women scientists

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and cosmetics manufacturer L’Oréal today announced the names of five outstanding women scientists who will be honoured for their research and the impact of their work on society.

On World Day, UNESCO urges preservation of audiovisual heritage

Warning that the world’s audiovisual heritage is endangered, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called for stepped up efforts to reverse the neglect and decay of these “ephemeral” documents.

UN suspends prize offered by Equatorial Guinea pending further consultations

The executive board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today suspended a prize named for the President of Equatorial Guinea, pending the outcome of ongoing consultations among all parties concerned.

Hungarian folk vocalist Márta Sebestyén named UNESCO Artist for Peace

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today announced that it has named Márta Sebestyén, one of the leading voices of Hungarian folk music, as one of the agency’s Artists for Peace.

UNESCO, Chinese media giant join forces to promote education, culture

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voiced hope that an agreement signed with China’s Xinhua news service today will increase global awareness of the UN agency’s work.

More than 10 million new teachers needed to fill education goals, UN warns

The United Nations marked World Teachers’ Day today with top officials calling on governments to make up a projected deficit of over 10 million teachers by 2015 and stressing the crucial role teachers play in recovery from natural disasters and conflict.