Unequivocally condemning unlawful destruction and pillaging of cultural heritage such as religious sites and artifacts, the United Nations Security Council adopted an historic resolution that is expected to strengthen protections for such heritage during armed conflicts where they are most vulnerable. More
The Secretary-General welcomes the Judgement delivered today by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, in which Mr Al Mahdi was found guilty as a co-perpetrator of the war crime of intentionally directing attacks against religious and historic buildings in Timbuktu, Mali, in June and July 2012.
The Secretary-General notes that this ICC Judgment, the first in a case of destruction of cultural heritage, represents an important step forward in the fight against impunity in Mali. He further notes that the path to healing wounds between communities in the country must be premised in greater accountability, justice and the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali.
The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation for the efforts undertaken by UNESCO and the UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, in support of national authorities, to protect and reconstruct Mali’s heritage and to preserve cultural diversity in the country.
New York, 27 September 2016
An important part of the work of UNESCO Office for the Pacific States is to assist with the safeguarding of heritage sites that have significant value for the individual member states, the Pacific region and the people. During the week of 22 – 18 July 2016, the region’s newest declared World Heritage Site, the Nan Madol archaeological sites in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), hosted a Storytellers Workshop. The objective of this workshop was to highlight the sites’ outstanding cultural and historic value to the worldwide community through the lens of youth. Continue reading
Familiarizing with a tool to communicate educational data was the focus of a one-day workshop jointly organized by the UNESCO Apia Office and UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). The workshop held at the UNESCO compound on the 26th of July focused on Data Visualization and Analysis. The goal of the workshop was to build up the capacity of individuals working in the field of education statistics and also to foster collaboration between various sectors and stakeholders. Continue reading
14 July 2016 – More than half of the world’s fragile coral reefs are under threat and most of our major fish stocks are now overexploited, according to the latest global assessments on the state of world’s high seas and large marine ecosystems launched today by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission.
The new study identified the increasing cumulative impacts of climate change and human activities on these systems for the deterioration of their health and decline of resource productivity.
“Sixty percent of the world’s coral reefs are currently threatened by local activities; 50 per cent of all fish stock in large marine ecosystems are overexploited; 64 of the world’s 66 large marine ecosystems have experienced ocean warming in the last decades,” are among the among the alarming statistics from the assessment and detailed in a statement from UNESCO.
What is the impact of the new digital environment on the diversity of cultural expressions, from creation to distribution? How to encourage creativity and civil participation in the digital environment? And how to improve legislation to protect and promote artistic freedom, in particular for women as creators and producers of cultural goods and services?
These were some of the issues discussed during two side events organized on 2 and 3 May 2016 by UNESCO in cooperation with the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture and the Hanasaari Culture Center for Sweden and Finland.
The first event, taking place at the National Museum of Finland on 2 May afternoon, brought together a panel of artists to prolong the high-level debate organized in the morning with the Director-General of UNESCO and the Nordic Culture Ministers on Re/Shaping Cultural Policies.
The panel included Deeyah Khan, Film Director and human rights activist (Norway), Jude Dibia, writer (Nigeria), Adel Abidin, visual artist (Iraq-Finland), Aude Pariset, visual artist (France) and Leevi Haapala, Director of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (Finland).
“Until artists are free to express themselves, they cannot make income form their art. Freedom comes first”, stated Deeyah Khan.
The Declaration of the Third Meeting of the Pacific Ministers of Culture held on 25 May in Hagatna, Guam, calls for strengthening creative industries through the ratification of UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This is a major development following Samoa’s ratification of the Convention in 2015, making it the first Pacific Island to have ratified the Convention to date. Continue reading
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