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Conference of Paris: Director-General Places Education at Centre of Globalization Challenges

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:22
dg-aa-conf-paris.jpg © All Rights Reserved 07 December 2017UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay made the case for investment in education as the key response to the challenges of globalization, during the first edition of the International Economic Forum of the Americas - The Conference of Paris, held at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on 7 December 2017.   “Education offers the most sustainable response to tackle the root causes of challenges from digital transformation and climate change to rising populism and violent extremism,” she said during a plenary session, entitled “Is Globalizaton Losing Ground?”, organized in collaboration with L’Oréal. “Today, education inequalities are creating dangerous fault lines within and across our societies, at all income levels, weakening economic growth and social development.”   Opening the debate, Mr Jean-Paul Agon, CEO of L’Oréal, called for a redefinition of globalization around “reconnecting with people, culture and our planet,” affirming that “we share the conviction that a more equitable, balanced and sustainable form of globalization is possible.” He stressed the key role of the corporate sector in advancing education, skills development, social integration and human rights for all. OECD’s Secretary-General Angel Gurría stated that inequalities in access to opportunities was a key factor in the globalization backlash, stressing the need for national skills strategies for addressing youth unemployment and the mismatch between labour market needs and available skills.   In spite of all the powerful evidence about the impact of education on poverty reduction and a wide range of development indicators, however, Director-General Audrey Azoulay warned that education’s share of total aid, excluding debt relief, fell six years in a row, from 10% in 2009 to 6.9% in 2015. Sub-Saharan Africa received 26% of basic education aid in 2015, less than half the 2002 level. She stressed the utmost priority of stepping up investment in girls’ education as a “huge factor of transformation,” also underlined by Mr Agon.   While asserting that governments are on the frontlines of this fight because education is a human right and a public good, she called for reinforced engagement of the private sector to anticipate skills, bridge the digital divide, reinforce work-based learning and improve technical and vocational training. This is critical, she said, for driving research and innovation, and stands in the interest of companies that need “resilient, inclusive and stable societies to grow and prosper.” She drew attention to UNESCO’s partnerships with L’Oréal for women in science as well as with companies such as Ericsson, Procter and Gamble and Microsoft for literacy, education and mobile learning.   Beyond skills for employment, the Director-General stressed that education is about transmitting values for citizenship, sustainable development, respect for the other and mutual understanding in our fragmented but deeply interconnected world. “In this environment, we more than ever need education, culture and institutionalized international cooperation for a more stable and peaceful world”, she said.   Pascal Lamy, the President of Emeritus, Jacques Delors Institute, concurred with this comprehensive vision, stressing that “cultural insecurity is as much a problem as social and economic insecurity.”     More about the International Economic Forum of the Americas – The Conference of Paris
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UNESCO hosts the International NGO Forum on Climate Change

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:35
dg-aa-forumngo2017.jpg © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX 07 December 2017

On 7 December 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay opened the 8th International Forum of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO, alongside Philippe Beaussant, Chair of the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee and Kenneth Kam, Founding President of the Kenn Foundation.

“It was important for me to be with you today, right at the start of my mandate” said the Director-General. “Over time, the relationship between UNESCO and NGOs has varied in intensity, but what remains more true than ever today is the need to preserve and nurture this essential cooperation to cope with the challenges of today’s world and adapt to those of tomorrow,” she said. “In this sense, the theme chosen for this 8th International NGO Forum – Climate Change – is a good example of our shared responsibility towards this key challenge of our time. The privileged partnership between NGOs, which are laboratories of civil society, and UNESCO can enable advances in this regard. As frontline partners of our work, NGOs cannot act alone without the relays provided by our Organization, and I am committed, in the wake of renewed cooperation in recent years, to continue in this direction of constructive and mutually fruitful collaboration,” said the Director-General.

In his introductory remarks, the President of the International Conference of NGOs, Philippe Beaussant, referred to the new directives for the cooperation between UNESCO and NGOs, adopted by the General Conference of the Organization in 2011. “These guidelines, which we have favourably welcomed, have allowed a fruitful change in the role of NGOs, and their better and more systematic involvement in UNESCO’s fields of action,” said Mr Beaussant. “We are convinced that this link with UNESCO, which is still developing, will gain new impetus under your mandate, Madam Director-General.”

“In this spirit, we are delighted to hold the 8th International NGO Forum, an inclusive and participatory mechanism which is a response to the expectations of the 2011 guidelines, and that is an opportunity to propose paths for concrete action,” continued Mr Beaussant.

The President of the Kenn Foundation, Kenneth Kam, called for “new involvement of non-governmental organizations. This International NGO Forum, which provides a truly global environment, can help to reflect and act on issues of importance to UNESCO, the international community and civil society,” said Mr Kam. “The theme chosen for this 8th Forum is particularly important, and I want to say here how much I believe in UNESCO’s mission, and I hope that we will continue to consolidate our cooperation.”

Two years after the Paris Climate Agreement, and a few days before the One Planet Summit organized at the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron and the United Nations, the 8th NGO Forum brings together more than 300 representatives of civil society to share their vision of the contribution of NGOs to the fight against climate change, and more specifically to the implementation of UNESCO's updated Strategy for addressing climate change, adopted by the General Conference of the Organization at its 39th session in November 2017.
 
Over two days of debate, the Forum aims to identify ways of action for NGOs to support the work of UNESCO and make recommendations to the Organization in its various fields of competence. The debates will focus on three central themes: the role of civil society organizations in addressing climate change; Ocean and climate change; and World Heritage, Biosphere Reserves, and the knowledge and actions of indigenous peoples. The discussions will also define a concrete plan of action in relation to UNESCO's Declaration of Ethical Principles relating to Climate Change, recently adopted by the General Conference of the Organization.
 
Previous editions of the International NGO Forum were held in Beijing (China), Querétaro (Mexico), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Sozopol (Bulgaria) and Yamoussoukro (Côte d'Ivoire), and addressed topics such as the social engagement of young people, building peace, access to water, women and poverty, bringing cultures closer together, and the role of youth in safeguarding cultural heritage, and resulted in creation of several local and international initiatives that contribute today to the realization of UNESCO's programme.

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Women Economic Empowerment

Europaid - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:13
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Media coverage of Migrations and Refugees – the Rohingya Crisis

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 15:18
news_071217_ipdc.jpg © Parvez Ahmad / IPS 07 December 2017

In March 2016, responding to the unprecedented migratory crisis, the 60th meeting of the Bureau of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) debated how to better tune the work of IPDC with the needs of news media when reporting on migrants and the refugee crisis all over the world.

The debate revealed that although many media outlets have focused on humanistic reporting and on telling the stories of refugees, few journalists are trained to cover this issue. Participating experts agreed that newsrooms lack capacity to cope with such an unprecedented situation, and that more means are needed to report on this issue appropriately. Support was therefore urged for projects giving voice to refugees worldwide, so that refugees themselves can tell their own story.

As follow-up action, assistance has been provided for the coverage of the current humanitarian crisis around the Rohingya refugees. From October to December 2017, reporters from Inter Press Service, IPDC’s implementing partner, will be reporting from the border areas between Myanmar and Bangladesh, where over 800 000 Rohingya refugees are sheltered in appalling conditions.  

A series of reports are being produced, and disseminated worldwide, aiming to give voice to the communities and tell stories of the vulnerable situations of the worst affected by the crisis, mainly Rohingya women and children. Based on their findings and experiences in the refugee camps of the Rohingya, the reporters will also develop a set of guidelines for journalists for future interaction with displaced communities and reporting on migration crisis.

With this, the IPDC does not only aim to promote best practices of professional reporting on migration issues but also to bring to attention the communication needs of the displaced Rohingya population.

Full special series of reports on the Rohingya crisis:

1. “Every day is a nightmare”, read the full story HERE.

2. “Rohingya Refugees Face Fresh Ordeal in Crowded Camps”, read the full story HERE.

UNESCO’s IPDC is the multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development. The Programme not only provides support for media development projects but also stimulates international debate on important media-related issues.

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Meeting on shared priorities with the Quebec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:48
dg-aa-minister-international-relations-quebec.jpg © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX 06 December 2017

On 6 December 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, met with the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie of Quebec (Canada), Christine St-Pierre, while she was on mission in Paris.

On this occasion, the Director-General, underlined the importance of Quebec’s pioneering commitment to the implementation and promotion of the 2005 Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, as well as Quebec’s role in the recent adoption of the “Operational Guidelines on the Implementation of the Convention in the Digital Environment” and its recognized cultural strategy in this field. 

The Minister affirmed the relevance of UNESCO’s action for Quebec, particularly in the fields of culture, education and the prevention of violent extremism. She recalled the impact of the UNESCO Conference on the Internet and the Radicalization of Young People (30 October -  November 2016), co-organized with the Government of Quebec and financially supported by the Government of Canada, for which the final document, the Quebec Appeal, was adopted by the 39th session of the General Conference last November. In the same context, the Minister referred to the work of the Center for the Prevention of Radicalization located in Montreal and co-funded by the city and Government of Quebec.

The Director-General encouraged the sharing of good practices on this issue, which is of central concern for Member States, and to which UNESCO can strongly contribute. She also welcomed the creation of a UNESCO Chair for the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec.

The Minister also shared Quebec's action to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and mentioned a project of an international observatory on the issue.

The meeting took place in the presence of the Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO, Mrs. Elaine Ayotte.

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Twelve more elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:22
ith_netherlands2017.jpg Craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills (Netherlands)© Huisinga Fotographie, 2016 07 December 2017

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Jeju until 9 December, inscribed 12 new elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its afternoon session today. These are in addition to the 21 elements already inscribed during this Committee session.

The Representative List includes forms of expression that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance.

The titles of the newly inscribed elements below (in chronological order of inscription) lead to web pages with information, pictures and videos:

Mauritius  - Sega tambour of Rodrigues Island

Sega Tambour of Rodrigues Island is a vibrant performance of music, song and dance performed all over Rodrigues Island. With its origins in defiance and resilience, it is an important means of conflict resolution that fosters socialization and consolidates bonds. Recognised as a symbol of the history of the Rodriguan community, Sega Tambour is safeguarded through the efforts of numerous groups established since the 1970s. Knowledge and skills are transmitted through imitation and observation, and through apprenticeship with experienced craftspeople.

 

Netherlands  - Craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills

The craft of the miller operating windmills and watermills involves the knowledge and skills necessary to operate a mill and maintain it in a good state of repair. Millers now also play a key role in transmitting the related cultural history. Mills, and therefore the miller’s craft, play a significant social and cultural role in Dutch society. Various safeguarding measures are undertaken, and the Guild of Volunteer Millers, established in 1972, offers training and ongoing support to anyone interested in the craft.

 

Panama  - Artisanal processes and plant fibers techniques for talcos, crinejas and pintas weaving of the pinta’o hat

The artisanal process of obtaining the plant fibres for weaving talcos, crinejas and pintas to make pinta’o hats is a manual process using plants and swamp mud. Participants either plant, process the raw materials, weave or create the braids used to make the hat, which is part of regional outfits worn throughout the country. The processes and techniques are passed down from generation to generation and numerous efforts to safeguard the element are in place, including the organization of artisanal markets, fairs and contests.

 

Peru  - Traditional system of Corongo's water judges

The Traditional System of Corongo’s Water Judges is an organizational method developed by the people of Corongo in Northern Peru. The system, which dates back to pre-Inca times, is primarily aimed at supplying water fairly and sustainably, through proper land stewardship, thereby ensuring the existence of these two resources for future generations. The functions, significance and values of the system are transmitted within the family and public spheres, as well as across all school levels through dances connected with the system.

 

Serbia  - Kolo, traditional folk dance

Kolo is a traditional, collective folk dance performed by dancers interlinked to form a chain, usually moving in a circle holding hands. It is performed to the accompaniment of music during private and public gatherings and plays an integrative social role, involving all members of the local community. Performances at key events for the lives of individuals and communities make this element very present and sustainable, and bearers and local communities ensure its visibility through fairs, festivals and competitions.

 

Slovakia  - Multipart singing of Horehronie

The Multipart Singing of Horehronie involves a variable solo melody of pre-singing and more static choir answers. The singing culminates in intertwined parallel melodies with rich variations. Bearers and practitioners are inhabitants of the villages in question as well as the broader public, and the singing is perceived as a characteristic local phenomenon. The practice is transmitted from generation to generation and through informal education, and bearers endorse the element by practising it and using it in regular cross-generational exchange.

 

Slovenia  - Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti

Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti is a Shrovetide custom practised from Candlemas to Ash Wednesday. Groups of Kurenti and one or more devils run from house to house and jump around the owners brandishing wooden sticks and ringing bells. Kindergartens and schools help safeguard the practice, and some formal educational courses and informal workshops help maintain respect for the tradition. Related knowledge and skills are mainly transmitted within the family, but museums and schools also play a key role in this regard.

 

Switzerland  - Basel Carnival

Basel Carnival is the largest carnival in Switzerland. Starting on the Monday following Ash Wednesday, the carnival includes parades, concerts and lantern exhibitions, and can be compared to a huge satirical magazine. The carnival promotes tolerance through social criticism and fosters social cohesion. Transmission occurs informally in families, while the ‘cliques’ also play an important role throughout the year, with several having a section dedicated to encouraging the next generation. The carnival has been successfully safeguarded over past decades thanks to measures taken by the communities.

 

The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Turkey - Spring celebration, Hıdrellez

The Spring Celebration Hıdrellez takes place annually on 6 May, which is recognized as Spring Day or the awakening of nature. To mark the occasion, various ceremonies and rituals connected with nature are performed, guaranteeing the wellbeing of the family and community and protecting livestock and crops. The rituals provide the community with a deep sense of cultural belonging and the viability of the tradition is ensured primarily through the annual performance of the celebration and the organization of related events.

 

Turkmenistan  - Kushtdepdi rite of singing and dancing

The Kushtdepdi rite of singing and dancing is a performing art involving creative poeticizing focused on good feelings and wishes. It is performed during ceremonies and national celebrations and involves singing with vocal improvisation and dancing with movements of the hands, gestures and footsteps. The bearers and practitioners are actively involved in safeguarding the practice through performances and the compilation of introductory teaching resources. The knowledge and skills are traditionally transmitted from master singers to amateurs through informal training.

 

Viet Nam  - The art of Bài Chòi in Central Viet Nam

The art of Bài Chòi in Central Viet Nam is a diverse art combining music, poetry, acting, painting and literature. Bài Chòi is an important form of culture and recreation whose bearers and practitioners include artists, performers, card-making artists and hut-making artists. Performers and their families play a major role in safeguarding the practice, and numerous dedicated groups exist. Most performers learn their skills within the family but specialist artists also transmit their knowledge in clubs, schools and associations.

 

Lao People's Democratic Republic  - Khaen music of the Lao people

The khaen music of the Lao people is played with a mouth organ that resembles panpipes, but made with bamboo tubes of varying lengths. It is integral to Lao life and promotes family and social cohesion. Families play an important role in transmitting the art and associations exist in many communities where young people can learn the related skills. To maintain the practice, several local communities and groups have taken up various initiatives to safeguard it through formal and non-formal education.

 

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The Committee is meeting at the International Convention Centre (ICC Jeju), Jeju Province, Republic of Korea

 

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For more information and live webcast: https://ich.unesco.org/en/12com

Press resources: https://ich.unesco.org/en/12com-press

 

 

Media contacts:

Lucía Iglesias Kuntz, UNESCO press service, l.iglesias@unesco.org.  +33 (0) 6 80 24 07 29 or +82 010 55 26 37 52.

Agnès Bardon, UNESCO press service, a.bardon@unesco.org. +33 (0) 6 80 24 13 56.

Follow the meeting on Twitter: @unesco, #IntangibleHeritage #12COM

 

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Twelve new elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 08:16
07 December 2017

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Jeju until 9 December, inscribed during its morning session 12 new elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

 

The Representative List includes forms of expression that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance.

The review of nominations for inscription on this List will continue this afternoon.

The titles of the newly inscribed elements below (in chronological order of inscription) lead to web pages with information, pictures and videos:

Kazakhstan  - Kazakh traditional Assyk games

Kazakh Traditional Assyk Games are an ancient tradition in Kazakhstan; each player has their own set of Assyks, traditionally made out of a sheep bone, and a ‘Saka’ dyed in bright colours. The community of practitioners mainly comprises children aged between 4 and 18, but young people and adults are also involved. The game is a good model for positive collaboration, social inclusiveness and a sense of friendship, and is primarily transmitted through observation from older boys to younger ones.

 

Portugal  - Craftmanship of Estremoz clay figures

The Craftmanship of Estremoz Clay Figures dates back to the 17th century and involves a process lasting several days. The clay figures are dressed in regional attires of Alentejo or religious clothing and follow specific themes; the very characteristic aesthetic features of the figures make them immediately identifiable, and the craft is strongly attached to the region. Artisans ensure the viability and recognition of their craft through non-formal workshops and pedagogical initiatives, as well as through local, national and international fairs.

 

Germany  - Organ craftsmanship and music

Organ craftsmanship and music has shaped Germany’s musical and instrument-making landscape for centuries, and there are a diverse number of traditions around constructing and playing the organ. The highly specialized knowledge and skills of organ makers are significant markers of group identity and organ music constitutes a universal language that fosters interreligious understanding. Knowledge and skills related to the element are transmitted through a direct teacher-pupil experience as well as in vocational schools, universities, and organ construction workshops.

 

Greece  - Rebetiko

Rebetiko is a musical and cultural expression directly linked to song and dance that initially spread among urban working-class populations. Rebetiko songs are now a standardized repertoire in social occasions, containing invaluable references to the customs and traditions of a particular way of life. Rebetiko is transmitted orally, as well as by the media and in music schools, conservatories and universities, and musicians and enthusiasts continue to play a key role in keeping the practice alive.

 

India - Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela, the festival of the sacred Pitcher, is a peaceful congregation of pilgrims during which participants bathe or take a dip in a sacred river. The congregation includes ascetics, saints, sadhus, aspirants-kalpavasis and visitors. The tradition plays a central spiritual role in the country, encapsulating a diverse range of cultural customs. Knowledge and skills relating to Kumbh Mela are mainly imparted through the teacher-student relationship, but transmission and safeguarding are also ensured through oral traditions and religious and historical texts.

 

Indonesia  - Pinisi, art of boatbuilding in South Sulawesi

Pinisi, or the Art of Boatbuilding in South Sulawesi, refers to the famed ‘Sulawesi schooner’ and represents the epitome of the Archipelago’s indigenous sailing craft. Today, boatbuilding centres are located at Tana Beru, Bira and Batu Licin, where shipbuilding and sailing are central to the community’s social, economic and cultural fabric. Knowledge and skills are transmitted from generation to generation both within and outside of the family circle, and local shipwrights are engaged in active marketing initiatives to safeguard the practice.

 

Iran (Islamic Republic of)  - Chogān, a horse-riding game accompanied by music and storytelling

Chogān is a horse-riding game traditionally played in royal courts and urban fields and accompanied by music and storytelling. In Chogān, two rider teams compete and the aim is to pass the ball through the opposing team’s goal post using a wooden stick. Chogān has a strong connection to the identity and history of its bearers and practitioners. It is transmitted informally within the family sphere, as well as by dedicated associations through training and support for local masters.

 

Iran (Islamic Republic of); Azerbaijan  - Art of crafting and playing with Kamantcheh/Kamancha, a bowed string musical instrument

The art of crafting and playing Kamantcheh/Kamancha (‘little bow’), a bowed string instrument, has existed for over 1,000 years. In the Islamic Republic of Iran and Azerbaijan, it is a major element of classical and folkloric music, and performances occupy a central place in many gatherings. Kamantcheh is both a key source of earning a living and a strong part of the communities’ living heritage. Knowledge relating to the art of crafting and playing Kamantcheh is transmitted both within families and in musical institutions.

 

Ireland  - Uilleann piping

Uilleann Piping is a musical practice in which a particular type of bagpipe (known as ‘uilleann’, ‘Irish’ or ‘union’ pipes) is used to play traditional music. Bearers and practitioners include participants of all ages, dispersed throughout the world. Uilleann Piping offers an important way of socializing, providing a sense of rootedness and connection to the past. Knowledge and skills are transmitted using both long-established and modern practices, and the practice is primarily safeguarded through the efforts of the group Na Piorabairi Uilleann.

 

Italy - Art of Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’

The art of the Neapolitan ‘Pizzaiuolo’ is a culinary practice consisting of four different phases relating to the preparation of the dough and its baking in a wood-fired oven. The practice originates in Naples, where around 3,000 Pizzaiuoli now live and perform, and plays a key role in fostering social gatherings and intergenerational exchange. Knowledge and skills related to the element are primarily transmitted in the ‘bottega’ of the Pizzaiuolo, where young apprentices can observe their master at work.

 

Kyrgyzstan  - Kok boru, traditional horse game

Kok boru, a horse game, is a synthesis of traditional practices, performances and the game. The game is played by two teams on horseback, who compete by trying to score as many ‘ulaks’ (a mould in modern-day games) into their opponents’ goal as possible. The element is an expression of the cultural and historic tradition of its practitioners and unites communities regardless of social status. Related knowledge and skills are primarily transmitted through demonstration, as well as during festive and social events.

 

Malawi  - Nsima, culinary tradition of Malawi

Nsima, the Culinary Tradition of Malawi, is a compound name for the culinary and dietary tradition of Malawians as well as a single component of this tradition, a form of thick porridge prepared with maize flour. Nsima is prepared through an elaborate process requiring specific knowledge, and eating it is a communal tradition in families. Communities safeguard the element through continued practice, publications, festivals and revitalization activities, and knowledge is transmitted both informally and through on-the-job training and education.

 

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The Committee is meeting at the International Convention Centre (ICC Jeju), Jeju Province, Republic of Korea

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For more information and live webcast: https://ich.unesco.org/en/12com

Press resources: https://ich.unesco.org/en/12com-press

 

Media contacts:

Lucía Iglesias Kuntz, UNESCO press service, l.iglesias@unesco.org.  +33 (0) 6 80 24 07 29 or +82 010 55 26 37 52.

Agnès Bardon, UNESCO press service, a.bardon@unesco.org. +33 (0) 6 80 24 13 56.

Follow the meeting on Twitter: @unesco, #IntangibleHeritage #12COM

 

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Media coverage of Migrations and Refugees – the Rohingya Crisis

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:31
ips_parvez.jpg © Parvez Ahmad / IPS 06 December 2017

In March 2016, responding to the unprecedented migratory crisis, the 60th meeting of the Bureau of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) debated how to better tune the work of IPDC with the needs of news media when reporting on migrants and the refugee crisis all over the world.

The debate revealed that although many media outlets have focused on humanistic reporting and on telling the stories of refugees, few journalists are trained to cover this issue. Participating experts agreed that newsrooms lack capacity to cope with such an unprecedented situation, and that more means are needed to report on this issue appropriately. Support was therefore urged for projects giving voice to refugees worldwide, so that refugees themselves can tell their own story.

As follow-up action, assistance has been provided for the coverage of the current humanitarian crisis around the Rohingya refugees. From October to December 2017, reporters from Inter Press Service, IPDC’s implementing partner, will be reporting from the border areas between Myanmar and Bangladesh, where over 800 000 Rohingya refugees are sheltered in appalling conditions.  

A series of reports are being produced, and disseminated worldwide, aiming to give voice to the communities and tell stories of the vulnerable situations of the worst affected by the crisis, mainly Rohingya women and children. Based on their findings and experiences in the refugee camps of the Rohingya, the reporters will also develop a set of guidelines for journalists for future interaction with displaced communities and reporting on migration crisis.

With this, the IPDC does not only aim to promote best practices of professional reporting on migration issues but also to bring to attention the communication needs of the displaced Rohingya population.

Full special series of reports on the Rohingya crisis:

1. “Every day is a nightmare”, read the full story HERE.

2. “Rohingya Refugees Face Fresh Ordeal in Crowded Camps”, read the full story HERE.

UNESCO’s IPDC is the multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development. The Programme not only provides support for media development projects but also stimulates international debate on important media-related issues. 

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Regional Integration Support Mechanism - RISM

Europaid - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:22
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A roadmap for quality education data: SDG 4 Data Digest sets out data challenges and potential solutions

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:40
06 December 2017

A new report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) sets out a roadmap of strategies and tools to help countries produce vital data on education. The SDG 4 Data Digest sets out the measurement challenges around the pursuit of internationally agreed Sustainable Development Goal of providing quality education for every child by 2030, known as SDG4. With a firm focus on national data, this year’s Digest emphasises data quality as the foundation for effective monitoring.

“Good quality data are vital if the world is to deliver on its promise of a good quality education for each and every child,” says Silvia Montoya, Director of the UIS. “The Sustainable Development Goals, with their emphasis on inclusion and equity, compel us to look far beyond national and regional averages to ensure that no child is being left behind. As a result, countries are now under unprecedented pressure to deliver and use more and better quality data.”

According to the Digest, less than half (47%) of the data needed to monitor progress towards SDG4 is currently available. Available data paints a grim picture of the quality of education, showing that an estimated 617 million children and adolescents worldwide are unable to achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, a clear signal of an ongoing learning crisis.

While the Digest argues that the statistical capacity of most countries is stretched to breaking point, “the Digest also shows how we can support countries and leverage the power of data to ensure a quality education so that no one is left behind,” says Montoya. 

The UIS has developed tools and strategies that enable countries to produce their own high-quality data, and help donors channel resources to strategic approaches that work. These resources build on the Institute’s track record of working directly with countries and its mandate as the official source of data, standards and methodologies to monitor progress towards SDG 4. The Institute’s capacity development tools cover three main areas:

  • Mapping tools to help countries identify potential data sources across ministries and national statistical offices, identify information gaps, and locate potential opportunities to monitor SDG 4 by integrating different databases, enhancing existing instruments to collect additional data, and producing disaggregated data.
  • Data quality assessment tools to evaluate and strengthen the processes by which countries use different types of data, including administrative records, household surveys, learning assessments and expenditure information.
  • Manuals, guidelines and codes of practice to support the production of education data and provide national policymakers with the evidence they need to plan and monitor the performance of their education systems and progress towards the SDG 4 targets.
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Related resources:

Download the 2017 edition of the SDG 4 Data Digest, entitled The Quality Factor: Strengthening National Data to Monitor Sustainable Development Goal 4 (French and Spanish versions forthcoming)

See our web page with infographics, short video and executive summary

Go to the source of SDG 4 data, with a set of data tables, country profiles and related resources.

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Nine elements inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:02
06 December 2017

The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage meeting in Jeju until 9 December, inscribed nine new elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The Representative List includes forms of expression that testify to the diversity of the intangible heritage and raise awareness of its importance.

The review of nominations for inscription on this List will continue tomorrow.

The titles of the newly inscribed elements below (in chronological order of inscription) lead to web pages with information, pictures and videos:

Saudi Arabia  - Al-Qatt Al-Asiri, female traditional interior wall decoration in Asir, Saudi Arabia

Al-Qatt Al-Asin, a female traditional interior wall decoration, is an art technique carried out by women in the community that involves decorating the interior walls, specifically in rooms for visiting guests. Nowadays, male and female artists, designers and architects also practise the element. The art enhances social bonding and solidarity among the female community, and its application in most households ensures its viability. Observation and practice are the key methods for transmitting knowledge and skills relating to the element.

 

Armenia  - Kochari, traditional group dance

Kochari is a traditional dance that is widely performed during holidays, festive celebrations and family ceremonies. It is open to all participants and provides a sense of shared identity, solidarity and mutual respect. Non-formal transmission occurs within families and from older to younger people, while methods of formal transmission include educational programmes in youth arts centres, regular dance classes held and institutional initiatives. Experienced practitioners play a key role in efforts to safeguard the element and ensure its viability.

 

Azerbaijan  - Dolma making and sharing tradition, a marker of cultural identity

The Dolma tradition relates to the preparation of the traditional meal ‘dolma’, which consists of small fillings wrapped in fresh or pre-cooked leaves or stuffed in fruits and vegetables. The meal is enjoyed on special occasions and gatherings, within families and local communities. The practice expresses solidarity, respect and hospitality. Communities are actively involved in safeguarding its viability through awareness-raising activities and it is transmitted primarily within families and vocational and apprenticeship schools.

 

Bangladesh  - Traditional art of Shital Pati weaving of Sylhet

Shital Pati is the traditional art of making a handcrafted mat by weaving together strips of a green cane known as ‘Murta’. It is used by people all over Bangladesh as a sitting mat, bedspread or prayer mat. Shital Pati is a major source of livelihood that reinforces family bonding and empowers communities. The craft is primarily transmitted from generation to generation within the family, and Shital Pati communities are increasingly being organized into cooperatives to ensure its effective safeguarding and transmission.

 

Bolivia (Plurinational State of) - Ritual journeys in La Paz during Alasita

During the ritual journeys in La Paz during Alasita, participants procure ‘good luck’ miniatures associated with Ekeko, the city’s beneficient god of fertility; this is followed by their consecration with Andean ritualists or their blessing by the Catholic Church. The practice promotes social cohesion and intergenerational transmission. Alasita rituals are primarily transmitted naturally within the family, and efforts to safeguard the practice, primarily by civil society, have been continuous. Museum exhibitions have increased awareness of the practice, and municipal contests encourage the production of the miniatures.

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina  - Konjic woodcarving

Konjic woodcarving is an artistic craft with a long tradition in the Konjic municipality. The woodcarvings – which include furniture, sophisticated interiors and small decorative objects – stand out for their recognizable hand-carved motifs and overall visual identity. The craft is a key part of the local community’s culture that forges a sense of community and belonging. It is primarily transmitted inter-generationally within the family and through on-the-job training in family-run woodcarving workshops, which train apprentice woodcarvers and help popularize the craft.

 

Bulgaria; The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Republic of Moldova; Romania - Cultural practices associated to the 1st of March

Cultural Practices Associated to the 1st of March comprise traditions to celebrate the beginning of spring. The main practice consists of wearing a red and white thread to ensure the safe, harmonious passage from winter to spring. All members of the communities concerned participate, and the practice contributes to social cohesion, interaction with nature, intergenerational exchange and creativity. Transmission is spontaneous and occurs through informal learning in families, neighbourhoods and workshops, as well as through dedicated school and museum programmes.

 

Côte d'Ivoire  - Zaouli, popular music and dance of the Guro communities in Côte d’Ivoire

Zaouli is a popular music and dance practised by the Guro communities of Côte d’Ivoire. A homage to feminine beauty, Zaouli is inspired by two masks: the Blou and the Djela. The practice combines sculpture, weaving, music and dance. Zaouli conveys the cultural identity of its bearers and promotes social cohesion and environmental preservation. Transmission occurs during musical performances and learning sessions and the viability of the practice is ensured, for example, through regular performances organized by the communities, as well as inter-village dance competitions and festivals.

 

Cuba - Punto

Punto is the poetry and music of Cuban peasants, consisting of a tune or melody over which a person sings an improvised or learned stanza, based on a rhyming scheme. Punto is an essential element of Cuban cultural heritage that promotes dialogue and expresses the identity of the communities concerned. Knowledge and skills are transmitted primarily through imitation and via a teaching program involving workshops delivered by bearers and practitioners of the element in Houses of Culture across the country.

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