UNESCO chief voices sorrow after death of Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora

The head of the United Nations cultural agency has expressed her deep sorrow after the death of the internationally renowned Cape Verdean singer Cesária Évora, who has passed away at the age of 70.

UN-backed international centre for women in arts to open in Jordan

The “genius of women artists from around the world” will be the main focus of the United Nations-backed International Centre for Women Artists (ICWA), a museum and arts education project that will open in Jordan next year.

Turkish dish and Korean tightrope walking join UN intangible heritage list

Three elements from the Republic of Korea (ROK), one from Spain and one from Turkey were added today to the United Nations-backed list of the world’s outstanding examples of intangible heritage.

Philosophy can benefit society, aid search for peace and development – UN official

Philosophy, the exercise of critical thought and freedom of expression, is vital in the search for lasting responses to the challenges of peace and development, a top United Nations official stated as the world body marked this year’s World Philosophy Day.

UNESCO sets up fund to cover budget shortfall

The head of UNESCO said today the agency will temporarily halt some activities owing to the $65 million budget shortfall resulting from the United States’ decision to withhold its dues, and launched a new online tool to enable donors to help offset the loss.

Atlas provides view from space of endangered UNESCO heritage sites

An atlas showcasing detailed satellite images of world’s heritage sites in danger was launched today at the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) headquarters in Paris.

UNESCO conference elects 31 new members to executive board

Delegates attending the conference of the main governing body of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris today elected 31 new members to the agency’s executive board.

French artist Hedva Ser to be named UN Artist of Peace

The United Nations agency tasked with conserving and promoting humanity’s cultural heritage will next week officially designate French artist Hedva Ser as an Artist for Peace in recognition of her contribution to the spirit of tolerance and bringing cultures closer together.

UNESCO meeting debates Palestinian membership and greater focus on Africa

The Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has concluded its latest session during which it debated a Palestinian membership request and approved a programme to strengthen its presence in Africa and other proposed reforms.

UN urges stronger protection of Mexican journalists after another three murders

Condemning the murders of three women journalists in Mexico over the past month, the United Nations agency that defends press freedom today pressed for stronger measures to halt the frequent violence against reporters in the Latin American country.