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UNESCO and the State Hermitage Museum join forces to protect heritage in conflict areas

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:39
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On 9 October, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Prof. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovskiy, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection and restoration of cultural property in conflict areas, notably in the Middle East.

Under this agreement, the State Hermitage Museum will provide support for the assessment of damage to cultural property, the devising of operational plans for urgent safeguarding measures, restoration of cultural property and technical supervision and training in order to assist national authorities. Individual “Project Agreements” will define the operational modalities of specific activities which will be implemented.

"We are very grateful for this cooperation for all what the Hermitage is bringing to us in terms of knowledge and expertise.‎ This signature testifies to our shared responsibility towards preservation, history and future generations to protect heritage". Irina Bokova also stressed that the new partnership aligns with the objectives of the Strategy on the reinforcement of UNESCO’s action for the protection of culture and the promotion of cultural pluralism in the event of an armed conflict, adopted in 2015, and responds to a real necessity at a moment when areas previously under the control of terrorist organizations become accessible again.

"We have a lot of concrete projects to preserve heritage in conflict-affected countries and museums in particular, as they are living places of culture, education and history. Protection and Recovery are among the major priorities of our time and for UNESCO these are comparable to the safeguarding actions for Abu Simbel…."

The State Hermitage Museum, founded in 1764 and open to the public since 1852, is one of the most important museum in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items including sculptures, graphic works, applied art, archaeological artefacts, numismatic objects and the largest collection of paintings in the world. The museum welcomes every year more than three million visitors.

 

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UNESCO and the State Hermitage Museum join forces to protect heritage in conflict areas

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 15:39
dg-mou-hermitage-russia.jpg © UNESCO

On 9 October, Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Prof. Mikhail Borisovich Piotrovskiy, General Director of the State Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation), signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the protection and restoration of cultural property in conflict areas, notably in the Middle East.

Under this agreement, the State Hermitage Museum will provide support for the assessment of damage to cultural property, the devising of operational plans for urgent safeguarding measures, restoration of cultural property and technical supervision and training in order to assist national authorities. Individual “Project Agreements” will define the operational modalities of specific activities which will be implemented.

"We are very grateful for this cooperation for all what the Hermitage is bringing to us in terms of knowledge and expertise.‎ This signature testifies to our shared responsibility towards preservation, history and future generations to protect heritage". Irina Bokova also stressed that the new partnership aligns with the objectives of the Strategy on the reinforcement of UNESCO’s action for the protection of culture and the promotion of cultural pluralism in the event of an armed conflict, adopted in 2015, and responds to a real necessity at a moment when areas previously under the control of terrorist organizations become accessible again.

"We have a lot of concrete projects to preserve heritage in conflict-affected countries and museums in particular, as they are living places of culture, education and history. Protection and Recovery are among the major priorities of our time and for UNESCO these are comparable to the safeguarding actions for Abu Simbel…."

The State Hermitage Museum, founded in 1764 and open to the public since 1852, is one of the most important museum in the world. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items including sculptures, graphic works, applied art, archaeological artefacts, numismatic objects and the largest collection of paintings in the world. The museum welcomes every year more than three million visitors.

 

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Médias et perspective genre : pour une approche méthodologique en phase avec le Programme Conjoint/SNU (in French)

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:28
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La promotion de l’équité et du respect des droits humains des femmes demeure une priorité du Bureau régional de l’UNESCO à Dakar. Dans le cadre du programme conjoint du Système des Nations Unies (SNU) au Sénégal (UNICEF, UNFPA, HCDH) et le ministère de la Femme, de la Famille et de l’Enfance, l’UNESCO organise un atelier de formation des professionnels des médias (10 au 12 octobre 2017) afin d’impliquer les médias dans la promotion des questions de genre.

Cet atelier vise à adresser le phénomène de recrudescence des violences basées sur le genre et les discriminations dont sont victimes les femmes au Sénégal. L’UNESCO et ses partenaires comptent ainsi remobiliser les acteurs des médias pour consolider les acquis du plan de formation déjà entamé depuis 2015 et produire un « nouveau compact » sur les thématiques abordées.

En effet, des premières sessions de formation autour du traitement de la question de genre par les médias, ou encore des problématiques de l’inclusion sociale la culture de la paix et la citoyenneté, ont eu lieu, à Saly et Kaolack, en 2015 et 2016 et contribué tant à la sensibilisation des publics qu’à une matérialisation plus efficiente des politiques de genre, de respect et de protection des droits humains.

Prévue dans une collaboration privilégiée avec le Réseau international des femmes (RIF) la formation s’articulera autour de quatre sessions. Sa thématique prend racine dans le programme conjoint du SNU et prend en compte l’urgence des défis identifiés, élargissant en conséquence son public et renforçant ses capacités. Elle se rapporte ainsi aux instruments juridiques internationaux de promotion et de protection des droits de la femme. Parmi ces derniers, il convient de citer la Convention sur l’Elimination de toutes les formes de Discrimination à l’Egard de la Femme (CEDEF) et le protocole facultatif s’y rapportant, le Protocole à la Charte Africaine des Droits de l’Homme et des Peuples relatif aux droits de la femme en Afrique.

L’atelier cible 30 participant(e)s qui vont bénéficier d’une formation cette fois ci sur la prise en compte du genre et des thématiques relatives dans la collecte et le traitement de l’information. L’atelier portera un intérêt particulier au suivi des programmes et à l’évaluation de leur impact. 30 responsables de presse, journalistes et producteurs d’émission de grande audience pourront ainsi acquérir ou consolider leurs compétences relatives aux questions de genre, aux violences basées sur le genre, à la citoyenneté et aux droits humains des femmes.

URL1 : http://www.unesco.org/new/fr/dakar/about-this-office/single-view/news/unesco_mobilizes_community_media_to_promote_16_days_of_activ/

URL2 : http://www.unwomen.org/fr/what-we-do/ending-violence-against-women/facts-and-figures

URL3 : http://www.ffnews.info/2016/12/13/lunesco-et-onu-femmes-publient-un-guide-pour-stopper-la-vbg-dans-leducation/

URL4: Sénégal : Formation des professionnels des médias sur le genre et les droits de l’homme | Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'éducation, la science et la culture

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Saint Petersburg and Sydney selected as International Jazz Day Global Host Cities

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:43
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UNESCO is pleased to announce the International Jazz Day Global Host Cities for the next two years will be Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 2018 and Sydney, Australia, in 2019. 

International Jazz Day is celebrated annually on 30 April in more than 190 countries. The day pays tribute to the art form of jazz and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, embrace diversity, and deepen respect for human rights and all forms of expression. The cities of Saint Petersburg and Sydney were chosen for their unique contributions to the development of jazz.

The jazz scene in Russia was born in 1927 in Saint Petersburg with the appearance of the “First Concert Jazz Band” in the concert hall of the St. Petersburg State Capella, followed by the creation of the first jazz collective in 1929. Saint Petersburg is the only city in Russia to have a Jazz Philharmonic Hall, founded in 1989.

Festivities are set to take place in some of Saint Petersburg’s most significant venues, such as the Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg’s bid to become a host city was supported by renowned Russian saxophonist Igor Butman.

In Australia, jazz is a flourishing art form, which in recent years has seen an increasing number of players and growing audiences. Australia is host to the world’s largest youth jazz festival, “Generations in Jazz,” which is held in the city of Mount Gambier.

Sydney plans to hold the flagship All Star-Global Concert in the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the streets of the city will come alive with jazz through a daylong programme of “Jazz in Squares,” featuring school bands and jazz combos. Other cities across Australia expected to join in the multi-day celebration include Adelaide, which is a UNESCO Creative City for Music. Australia’s celebrated jazz musician James Morrison was instrumental in the effort to secure Sydney’s bid to host International Jazz Day 2019.

Each year, the All Star-Global Concert, which features UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and dozens of other internationally acclaimed musicians from around the world, is the culminating event of International Jazz Day.

In addition to the main events in Saint Petersburg and Sydney, UNESCO will continue to encourage the participation of schools, universities and non-governmental organizations, as well as public radio and public television around the world. Various performing arts venues, community centres, artists, arts organizations, libraries and educational institutes will also organize activities around jazz.

UNESCO Member States created International Jazz Day following a decision made by the General Conference in 2011. The International Jazz Day celebration was launched with major events in New Orleans, New York City and Paris (2012), and in the Global Host Cities of Istanbul (2013), Osaka (2014), Paris (2015), Washington, DC (2016) and Havana (2017). 

For the first time in 2017, UNESCO opened a call for candidacies to host the event in 2018 and 2019. The Advisory Committee for International Jazz Day voted unanimously for Saint Petersburg and Sydney, out of the numerous applications received.

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For more information, contact the UNESCO press office: c.sharkey@unesco.org

 

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Saint Petersburg and Sydney selected as International Jazz Day Global Host Cities

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:43
09 October 2017

UNESCO is pleased to announce the International Jazz Day Global Host Cities for the next two years will be Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, in 2018 and Sydney, Australia, in 2019. 

International Jazz Day is celebrated annually on 30 April in more than 190 countries. The day pays tribute to the art form of jazz and its power to promote dialogue among cultures, embrace diversity, and deepen respect for human rights and all forms of expression. The cities of Saint Petersburg and Sydney were chosen for their unique contributions to the development of jazz.

The jazz scene in Russia was born in 1927 in Saint Petersburg with the appearance of the “First Concert Jazz Band” in the concert hall of the St. Petersburg State Capella, followed by the creation of the first jazz collective in 1929. Saint Petersburg is the only city in Russia to have a Jazz Philharmonic Hall, founded in 1989.

Festivities are set to take place in some of Saint Petersburg’s most significant venues, such as the Mariinsky Theatre. Saint Petersburg’s bid to become a host city was supported by renowned Russian saxophonist Igor Butman.

In Australia, jazz is a flourishing art form, which in recent years has seen an increasing number of players and growing audiences. Australia is host to the world’s largest youth jazz festival, “Generations in Jazz,” which is held in the city of Mount Gambier.

Sydney plans to hold the flagship All Star-Global Concert in the iconic Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the streets of the city will come alive with jazz through a daylong programme of “Jazz in Squares,” featuring school bands and jazz combos. Other cities across Australia expected to join in the multi-day celebration include Adelaide, which is a UNESCO Creative City for Music. Australia’s celebrated jazz musician James Morrison was instrumental in the effort to secure Sydney’s bid to host International Jazz Day 2019.

Each year, the All Star-Global Concert, which features UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and iconic jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and dozens of other internationally acclaimed musicians from around the world, is the culminating event of International Jazz Day.

In addition to the main events in Saint Petersburg and Sydney, UNESCO will continue to encourage the participation of schools, universities and non-governmental organizations, as well as public radio and public television around the world. Various performing arts venues, community centres, artists, arts organizations, libraries and educational institutes will also organize activities around jazz.

UNESCO Member States created International Jazz Day following a decision made by the General Conference in 2011. The International Jazz Day celebration was launched with major events in New Orleans, New York City and Paris (2012), and in the Global Host Cities of Istanbul (2013), Osaka (2014), Paris (2015), Washington, DC (2016) and Havana (2017). 

For the first time in 2017, UNESCO opened a call for candidacies to host the event in 2018 and 2019. The Advisory Committee for International Jazz Day voted unanimously for Saint Petersburg and Sydney, out of the numerous applications received.

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For more information, contact the UNESCO press office: c.sharkey@unesco.org

 

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Joint Statement 14th India-EU Summit, New Delhi

Europaid - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:24
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UNESCO Director-General welcomes the awarding of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to ICAN

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:57
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The Director-General, Irina Bokova, of UNESCO welcomes the #NobelPrize awarded to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. “It is a resounding call to global responsibility and a stronger diplomacy for peace”, she declared.

UNESCO was founded in the wake of World War II, the first and last time in which nuclear weapons were used.

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1996, as the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. UNESCO Headquarters houses the “Nagasaki Angel” statue, a miraculously salvaged sculpture which originally adorned the façade of a cathedral in Urakami Shudo (Nagasaki, Japan). These are stark and powerful symbols of the most destructive force ever created by humankind; they also express the hope for world peace and the ultimate elimination of all nuclear weapons.

Whilst UNESCO congratulates ICAN, we also commit to renewing our efforts to share the lessons of history and build the defenses of peace in the minds of men and women.

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‘Our Ocean Conference’ unveils global action to mobilize science for healthier ocean

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:23
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6 October, Malta – As countries announce at the 2017 edition of Our Ocean Conference measures to combat ocean degradation and advance sustainable development, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO announced three major commitments to boost global science and awareness-raising actions for the conservation and sustainable use of the ocean.
Ocean Decade

Our ocean provides livelihoods for millions by contributing to poverty eradication, global food security, economic growth and regulating the Earth’s climate. We still know very little about this vital lifeline, and what is our planet’s largest ecosystem – but we know for certain that the ocean is in trouble because of human activities.

The IOC has set forth to develop a global framework for coordination and ambitious partnerships that can deliver the ocean we need for the future we want. Actively calling for a United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development in 2021-2030, the IOC aims to mobilize scientists, policy-makers, businesses, and civil society around an international programme of research and scientific innovation with applied solutions to boost the sustainable development of nations.

Because ocean science is transdisciplinary by its very nature and no single country can measure all the changes taking place in the ocean, this Decade of Ocean Science would help identify and close the gaps in our knowledge of the ocean. After all, we cannot manage what we cannot measure. The more we know about the world’s ocean, the better countries can apply science to developing smart and effective policies to use ocean resources sustainably.

Coming out of this Decade, a new generation of decision-makers and citizens will be better equipped to veil over the state of the ocean and ensure it can continue providing the benefits and resources we need to ensure our future wellbeing.

The Decade of Ocean Science will contribute to achieving the ocean sustainable development goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda, and many international frameworks touching on disaster reduction (Sendai Framework), the development of Small Island Developing States (SAMOA Pathway), and other important issues.

Marine Spatial Planning

Over the past 15 years, Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has been recognized as a way to meet multiple objectives – ecological, economic, and social – within an increasingly crowded ocean, working across borders and sectors to ensure human activities at sea take place in an efficient, safe and sustainable way.

The IOC is a leading global organization on the matter. Its guide on MSP, published in 2009, has become an internationally recognized standard and has inspired countries to foster the technical and institutional capacities to reduce biodiversity loss and manage their marine ecosystems sustainably.

In Malta, IOC will announce the plans to implement the IOC-European Union “Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide” adopted on 24 March 2017 at the 2nd International Conference on MSP in Paris. The implementation will see collaboration between the European Union and IOC to develop international guidelines on cross-border MSP, and to launch two MSP pilot projects in early 2018: one in the Mediterranean and another in the Southeast Pacific.

Furthermore, an International Forum for MSP will be created to facilitate discussions on how MSP, including cross-sectorial actions in the context of a sustainable blue economy, should be applied globally. A first workshop is to take place in spring 2018.

Ocean Literacy

As the marine environment takes center-stage in world politics, it has never been as important to ensure that citizens are well equipped in their knowledge of how human and marine wellbeing are tightly connected – that is the purpose of ‘Ocean Literacy’, one of the pillars of IOC activities.

Since 2015 IOC has been engaged in ocean literacy through the European Union’s “Sea Change” collaborative project, which seeks to raise awareness among European citizens on the medical, economic, social, political and environmental importance of the sea, in order to make informed and responsible decisions for its protection.

For the Our Ocean Conference, IOC is committed to growing the reach of its ocean literacy activities. Entitled “Ocean Literacy for All: A global strategy to raise the awareness for the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of our ocean”, the IOC commitment will involve 15 institutions and networks and benefit from funding from Sweden. It will take the form of a programme to enhance global cooperation on ocean literacy through the development of:

  • An ocean school programme to foster ocean literacy among youth ages 10-18;
  • An online platform to share resources, projects and people on ocean literacy for sustainable development; and
  • A comprehensive ocean literacy training programme for business, policy, and education sectors.

This initiative builds on the Call for Action issued by the United Nations General Assembly, following the UN Ocean Conference (New York, June 2017), which calls on stakeholders to: “Support plans to foster ocean-related education”.

For more information, please contact:

Julian Barbière (j.barbiere(at)unesco.org)

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All committed for girls to better learn math and science in Niger

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:59
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Since 2013, the Capacity Development for Education (CapED) Programme in Niger, coordinated by UNESCO Dakar, has been supporting the Nigerien government in its efforts to retain girls in school by improving their performance in mathematics and in science.

Gender disparities in education persist in girls’ disadvantage in Niger, particularly during adolescence, when gender roles for girls and boys are deeply rooted in society and people’s mentality.

According to a survey carried out by CapED at the lower secondary level in the Say and Torodi Districts (Tillabéri region), over 70% of the girls and boys interviewed felt that, contrary to prejudices, girls were capable to learn mathematics and science. Students cited the lack of textbooks, the lack of equipment or materials, and the behaviour of other students as important factors of demotivation to learning these subjects. In addition, teachers' pedagogical practices and attitudes were identified as partly responsible for girls' poor performance.

In light of the results of this survey, all 94 teachers in mathematics, life and earth sciences and physics/chemistry as well as the principals of 15 colleges, selected in the Tillabéri region, were trained on active pedagogy and teaching of mathematics and science, according to the gender-responsive approach. The seven inspectors and pedagogical advisers working in the area were also trained to monitor and to support teachers in this new pedagogical approach.

The dedication and enthusiasm generated at the level of teachers - most of whom had no pedagogical training - have been one of the greatest successes of the intervention. "According to some, the training enabled them to understand that, in reality, they did everything but teaching: for the first time they discovered the treasure contained in didactics ".

These teachers, whose mastery of content has been enhanced, are increasingly devoting themselves to designing practical exercises using local materials to illustrate theory. By this way, mathematics and science learning, built upon the social-cultural realities of students, has become much more meaningful. Teachers pay more attention to girls who were shy and have now less complex. Their motivation and confidence have increased and they take an active part during lessons and group work. According to teachers, their school performance has improved and more girls are becoming class leaders.

The dynamism of the lower secondary school of Ganki Bassarou, one of the CapED beneficiary schools, deserves to be highlighted. Mathematics and science teachers, of their own free will, have organized sharing sessions on CapED training with their colleagues, under the supervision of the pedagogical advisor. In preparation for the new school year, teachers are also asking for the support of pedagogical advisers whom they previously considered as the police and whom they fled. As for the director, he ensures that students do not miss courses on purpose by checking on young students who are wandering about or gathering at night in the village. Through their determination and initiatives, these educators have obtained increased support from parents who are regaining confidence in the school.

Regular follow-up of teachers in the 15 schools, by pedagogical supervisors, awareness raising on girls' education and the impact of gender stereotypes on school performance, relayed by strong media coverage, as well as the various monitoring missions of the Ministry of Secondary Education, have also contributed significantly to the observed changes. However, these are only the first steps towards retaining girls in school and equity in education.

The strong commitment of authorities and of educational managers to the success of this initiative, which is considered by the various actors as a collective undertaking, is a real opportunity for the Niger's education system. The CapED's intervention will continue with the strengthening of pedagogical supervision, and with its planned scale-up to other regions in Niger, targeting both lower secondary and primary schools. Its generalization through pre-service training of primary and lower secondary level teachers, within the teacher training schools and the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Niamey, is also under preparation. The aim is to help all girls to become actors for their own empowerment, for their families and society’s ones and to overcome some prejudices against women in general.

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Director-General meets with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu to strengthen ties between UNESCO and Turkey

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:30
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On 5 October, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, Mr Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, met with Director-General Irina Bokova, at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to discuss fields of common interest for deeper cooperation.

The Director-General thanked the Government of Turkey for its commitment to taking forward the objectives of the Organization, highlighting Turkey’s active engagement as member of several UNESCO intergovernmental bodies and its steady support to the Organization’s activities over the years.  

Minister Çavuşoğlu expressed satisfaction with the close and fruitful cooperation Turkey enjoys with UNESCO and praised the Director-General’s leadership during the eight years of her tenure and under difficult financial constraints.

He underlined that Turkey is now hosting more than 3 million Syrian refugees, and reiterated his Government’s determination to provide quality education to them by working with UNESCO and the European Union.

The Director-General informed the Minister of the advancement of the project focusing on technical and vocational education and training for Syrian refugees in Turkey and emphasized the importance of skills development for Syrian refugee youth. In this regard, she recalled her visit to Gaziantep in May 2016, when she travelled to Turkey to participate in the World Humanitarian Summit held in Istanbul.

The Director-General also stressed that Turkey is an indispensable partner of UNESCO and its Member States in the protection of cultural heritage and the return and restitution of illegally trafficked cultural property, particularly from Syria, Iraq and other areas of conflict.

Irina Bokova and Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu also exchanged about the reform of UNESCO and the challenges for the future of the Organization.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister presented the Director-General with the Outstanding Service Award of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey. “You are a great friend of Turkey, a visionary leader who succeeded to implement major reforms and to promote UNESCO’s agenda under very challenging financial circumstances,” said the Minister.

In the afternoon, Minister Çavuşoğlu addressed the 202nd session of the Executive Board of UNESCO.

Turkey is a member of several UNESCO intergovernmental bodies, including the World Heritage Committee whose 40th session it hosted in Istanbul in 2016. Turkey has 17 World Heritage sites, 14 elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, 5 inscriptions on the Memory of the World Register, 10 UNESCO Chairs, and 23 Associated Schools.

 

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