On Tuesday, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements at its headquarters in Paris, kicking off a series of events and activities to be held throughout the year, as the world celebrates the 150th anniversary since its creation by Russian scientist Dmitri Mendeleev. More.
On 20 August, Ms Nisha Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States was our keynote speaker via video link up from Samoa speaking with assembled Canberra based diplomats in our office in Canberra.
Protecting mangroves, tropical rainforests and other biodiversity hotspots, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) bumped up its World Network of Biosphere Reserves by 24 new sites on Wednesday, which means that 686 unique natural sites in total are being preserved globally. More
United Nations – Remarks by Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on the decision of the United States of America to withdraw from UNESCO
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)- Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems (PTWS) Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) has successfully completed its 5th regional meeting that was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 7th to the 9th of August.
The meeting which was attended by close to 30 representatives from Pacific countries and invited experts and observers, was the opportunity for tsunami warning and mitigation focal points to share the progress of national efforts to ensure effective and reliable tsunami warning and mitigation services for their countries.
The meeting allowed the participants to review tsunami detection, warning and response capabilities of the PICT’s and tsunami mitigation activities in the region. This meeting was also very important for the Working Group to discuss their priorities and future actions.
Ms Nisha Director of Office and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States discusses various aspects of migration including the observation that migration is closely connected to well-being, to historical developments and if we look at the most diverse societies today you will find that their diversity, their strength to their economic well-being , their social well-being comes from migration processes from the past.
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.
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 →