Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Do you know about the Peace Program"

The Peace Program was created to support capacity development in the universities serving the Palestinian people. It is implemented by an international Network, The Network counts at present (March 2011) of 66 members: 53 European and 13 Palestinian universities. It cooperates closely with the major NGOs of higher education: the International Association of Universities (IAU) the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP), the European Association of Universities (EAU), the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), the Community of Mediterranean Universities (CUM), etc.
As an interuniversity network which seeks to promote international academic cooperation with the Palestinian universities, PEACE focuses its action on those areas in which international cooperation has made full proof of its efficiency, notably by contributing to raising the quality, efficiency and relevance of teaching and research at Palestinian universities and enhancing their institutional and staff development.
The support of UNESCO was instrumental in setting up the PEACE Network and developing its activities. When UNESCO launched its UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme in 1992, PEACE was recognized as a UNITWIN Network and has been functioning within that framework ever since. An office of the Programme was established at UNESCO, in Paris, in 1995.

An international conference on research development in Palestinian universities was held by UNESCO in Paris in 2007 in conjunction with the Research Network.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Before Dialogue: Fear, Responsibility, and the Path Towards a New Humanism

University of Oregon UNESCO Chair
 for Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue and Peace 
Dr. Steven Shankman

Steven Shankman, UNESCO Chair for Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue and Peace at the University of Oregon Center for Intercultural Dialogueis working to organize a conference entitled “Before Dialogue: Fear, Responsibility, and the Path Towards a New Humanism” in Paris this September.

In the context of humanism the conference will focus on the kinds of attitudes that need to be in place before dialogue beings vs. attitudes that inhibit the possibility of dialogue in the first place. You can see a working concept paper of the conference here

Monday, July 25, 2011

The UNESCO Courier: How youth drive change

The International Year of Youth (August 2010 – August 2011) turned out to be more revolutionary than expected. At the beginning of 2011, young people rose up in Tunisia and then in Egypt, and the movement spread to other countries in the region, also rousing countries in Europe such as Spain.  Elsewhere in the world, youth are mobilizing for a range of causes, as varied as the means they use. Much more involved than we tend to think, young people have decided to take things in hand. And in this issue of the Courier, it is they who are speaking out, expressing their concerns and explaining their actions.
To read this issue please click here (PDF-56 pages)

Cover "How youth drive change" of the UNESCO Courier (July - September, 2011) - © UNESCO 



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Friday, July 22, 2011


Dr. Raymond Wanner
The U.S. Mission to UNESCO has opened a facet for its website highlighting Americans working at or with UNESCO. One of the first to be highlighted is Ray Wanner. Ray, the Senior Vice President of Americans for UNESCO, also currently serves as Senior Adviser on UNESCO Affairs to the United Nations Foundation, and Governing Board Chair of UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). Read an interview with Dr. Wanner!

World Bank and UNESCO: Expanding Opportunities for Collaboration on Culture and Sustainable Development

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and
Ms Inger Anderson, World Bank Vice President, Sustainable Development,
UNESCO and the World Bank have cooperated informally over the past decades, in particular on conservation efforts in the World Heritage sites. Today the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing that on-going collaboration and expanding it to encompass a larger strategic scope.

Thanks to this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President, Sustainable Development and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, concrete joint initiatives have been identified in an effort to pursue common objectives of the two organizations in the areas of culture and sustainable development. Read more,,,,,

Opening of the UNESCO-related Center on the use of Space Technologies for Cultural and Natural heritage"

On 25 July 2011 the UNESCO space partner, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, opens an International Center under the auspices of UNESCO.
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The Ilulissat Icefjord monitored from space.

The new established International Center under the auspices of UNESCO is being hosted by the Centre of Earth Observation and Digital Earth (CEODE). CEODE is an outstanding institution of the Chinese Academy of Sciences that has, under the same roof, activities related to satellite data reception, satellite date processing and the Digital Earth initiative. This International Center, established in collaboration with UNESCO’s Natural Sciences Sector, will bring to UNESCO all the expertise and know-how of CEODE with the aim of strengthening inter-sectorial cooperation.  Read more.....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

United States UNESCO Youth Forum Representatives Announced

Blair Brettschneider of Chicago, Illinois and Andrew Hanna of Jacksonville, Florida will travel to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris this October to participate in the biennial conference.

Blair Brettschneider

The UNESCO Youth Forum brings together youth from over 80 countries and gives them a voice on how UNESCO addresses global problems within its mandate. At the Forum, youth delegates will discuss UNESCO’s work and provide recommendations on how UNESCO can better foster youth development and strengthen youth participation in civic life. The outcome from the Forum will be forwarded to the UNESCO General Conference for consideration.

Blair Brettschneider graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelors degree in Communication and American Studies in 2009. Brettschneider currently serves as a Development Assistant for RefugeeOne, a program that helps refugee girls adjust to life in the United States. Andrew Hanna is a sophomore studying Public Policy at Duke University. Hanna serves as the Duke University Class of 2014 President and was a Global Youth Summit American Delegate in 2010.
Andrew Hanna

UNESCO Clubs to meet in Viet Nam in August

The Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations has been authorized to host the 8th World Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations (WFUCA) in Hanoi from 18th to 22nd August 2011.

Check out:
The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO identifies three UNESCO clubs in the United States. While there are an estimated 3,800 clubs in 80 nations worldwide, the number in the United States is quite small, probably due to the fact that the United States withdrew from UNESCO for 18 years. Apparently, only Americans for UNESCO of the U.S. UNESCO clubs remained active during all of that interval. With the reentry of the United States into UNESCO in 2003, it would seem time to renew and revive the network of U.S. UNESCO clubs.
Left to Right: Guy Djoken of the UNESCO Center of Peace, Eric Woodard of the U.S. Naitonal Commission for UNESCO, and Andre Varchaver of Americans for UNESCO.
Guy Djoken, the President of the UNESCO Center for Peace in Frederick Maryland has recently been named to chair a working group to help coordinate the UNESCO clubs in the United States. Read more...

Monday, July 18, 2011

Frank Lloyd Write Buildings for the World Heritage List

Falling Water
A collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings will be nominated by the U.S. for inclusion on the World Heritage List, a prestigious honor that recognizes the most significant cultural and natural treasures in the world, places such as the Taj Mahal and the pyramids at Giza.


Thursday, July 14, 2011

UNESCO center in Frederick Maryland to host summer camp

The Frederick-based UNESCO Center for Peace is receiving students from around the world for its International Model United Nations Summer Camp running through July 30. The Center for Peace expects between 65 and 70 students ages 13 to 21 from China, India, Brazil, Egypt, Kenya, Ghana, Canada and the United States, according to Lola Bokini, special director for the summer camp.

The camp will feature meditation sessions by Sahaja Meditation, swimming and a mini Olympics at the Hagerstown Pool and Community College grounds, shopping in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and trips to the National Mall and museums, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the U.N. headquarters in New York.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Congratulations to the UNESCO Youth Forum Finalists

Every other year, before UNESCO holds its General Conference, the organization also hosts a youth forum, where delegates from around the world identify common concerns and shared experiences. The delegates, all of whom are under 24 years old, then deliver their suggestions directly to the UNESCO General Conference. Two delegates from the United States will be designated from the following group of finalists:

The U.S. Had Great Hopes for UNESCO When UNESCO Was Founded

President Harry Truman believed UNESCO could make "the greatest contribution in the history of the world to the welfare of the world as a whole", as quoted in the Miami News article covering the meeting of the U.S. National Commission on Educational, Scientific and Cultural Co-operation (now known as the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO) on September 27, 1946.

According to that article, the National Commission made several recommendations:

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Jazzman Herbie Hancock named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate American jazz musician Herbie Hancock as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 22 July.

Recognizing Herbie Hancock’s “dedication to the promotion of peace through dialogue, culture and the arts,” the Director-General has asked the celebrated jazz musician “to contribute to UNESCO’s efforts to promote mutual understanding among cultures, with a particular emphasis on fostering the emergence of new and creative ideas amongst youth, to find solutions to global problems, as well as on ensuring equal access to the diversity of artistic expressions.”