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UNODC and UNESCO join up to promote the rule of law through education

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:51
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UNESCO and UNODC have announced the launch of a new partnership to provide Global Citizenship Education in response to some of the world’s most pressing challenges to peace, justice and the rule of law.

The ‘Initiative on Global Citizenship Education: Educating for a Culture of Lawfulness’ is developed jointly by UNESCO and UNODC to equip education policy-makers, primary and secondary level teachers and educators with tools to empower learners to engage in society as constructive and ethically responsible agents of change, supporting justice and strong institutions.

Welcoming the initiative, Qian Tang, Assistant Director General for Education, said: “Global Citizenship Education offers a powerful approach to address contemporary challenges to the rule of law. By strengthening learners’ ability to think, act responsibly and share, we can build the defences of peace in the minds of men and women… Through this new partnership with UNODC we look forward to developing the tools that teachers and educators need to help learners act and engage in society as constructive and ethically responsible agents of change, supporting peace, justice and strong institutions.”

The initiative will be rolled out over the next two years and pools existing expertise from the two organizations. It is being implemented in the framework of UNESCO’s activities relating to Global Citizenship Education and is designed to support UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative.

The Education for Justice initiative is part of the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, adopted following the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in 2015. Funded by the State of Qatar, the initiative seeks to prevent crime, corruption and promote a culture of lawfulness through education activities designed for primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

UNESCO’s work in support of Global Citizenship Education and the prevention of violent extremism through education  seeks to strengthen the capacities of national education systems to appropriately and effectively contribute to national prevention efforts. This work supports the implementation of UNESCO Executive Board Decision 197 EX/Decision 46: “UNESCO’s role in promoting education as a tool to prevent violent extremism” and the UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism.

The work is set in the broader context of the two agencies’ contribution towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular, Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 16, which call for quality education and the building of peace, justice and strong institutions. These efforts are also expected to build young people’s resilience to violent extremist messaging and foster a positive sense of identity and belonging.


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UNESCO and Talkmate strengthen their partnership on linguistic diversity for global citizenship and sustainable development

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:16
news_230218_talkmate.jpg © UNESCO 23 February 2018UNESCO and Talkmate announce the strengthening of their partnership on the development of the UNESCO World Atlas of Languages by expanding joint efforts for the organization of the 2019 Year of Indigenous Languages and the promotion of global citizenship through linguistic diversity and multilingualism.

Over 50% of some 6,700 languages spoken nowadays are estimated to be in danger of totally disappearing or are severally under-resourced with limited access to appropriate language tools and resources. In particular, languages spoken by indigenous peoples represent a huge percent of these endangered languages. This situation embodies a challenge not only to the preservation of their cultural identity and traditions sharing, but also demonstrates the impossibility to access the online community in their respective languages. This threat to access a multilingual cyberspace should be considered as a matter of imperative urgency since only 5% of the world´s languages are currently presented in cyberspace.

The joint partnership between UNESCO and Talkmate on the World Atlas of Languages aims at developing an innovative and scalable ICT-supported platform to access data on linguistic diversity around the world. This partnership is not only contribute to the promotion of languages learning via the cyberspace, but also encouraging the collaboration of stakeholders to raise awareness on the importance of multilingualism by the effective application of ICTs, which are vital educational and communicational tools that help communities and organizations to access education, share information, provide services and goods, to which citizens are entitled in the context of open, pluralistic, participatory, sustainable and inclusive knowledge societies. 

In a long-term the partnership will contribute to fulfil the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development as a whole, to ensure a multilingual cyberspace by the effective application of ICTs, which are vital educational and communicational tools that help communities and organizations to access education, share information, provide services and goods, to which citizens are entitled in the context of open, pluralistic, participatory, sustainable and inclusive knowledge societies. 

UNESCO, together with Talkmate, is committed to safeguard the world´s diverse linguistic, cultural and documentary heritage. Therefore, the collaboration between the two partners will be extended also to support the International Indigenous Year 2019, which UNESCO, as the UN leading Agency, is organizing.

An official announcement of the extended and renewed partnership agreement was made during the ceremony that took place on 23 February 2018 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

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SheDecides Day 2018

Europaid - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:52
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UNESCO and Education Above All Foundation Join Forces to Prioritize Inclusive Quality Education

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:19
22 February 2018

Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar, founder of the Education Above All Foundation, UN SDG Advocate and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education, and Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, will co-host a high-level panel discussion on education and development entitled “Connecting the SDGs: The Key Role of Education” on 28 February at UNESCO Headquarters (10 am – 12 noon, Room XII).

Today, more than 61 million children are out of school. This exclusion generates skills gaps and causes unemployment, poverty, inequality, and instability, which stunt economic growth and prevent young people from fulfilling their potential. The high-level panel will discuss these challenges and examine how investing in education can drive human development and advance the sustainable development agenda.

The event will open with addresses by Ms Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO and Sheikha Moza bint Nasser.

Panelists include:

  • Jérémie Pellet, Deputy CEO, Agence Française de Développement
  • Jacky Lumarque, International Board Member and President for the Latin America and Caribbean Region, Aide et Action
  • Manuel Patrouillard, General Director of Humanity and Inclusion (formerly Handicap International)
  • Mr Qian Tang, Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Education

France 24 journalist and TV host, Marjorie Paillon, will moderate the panel discussion.

In the context of this event, UNESCO and the Education Above All Foundation will sign a project agreement to improve access to quality and inclusive education for out-of-school children in Iraq. This builds on other projects in Iraq focused on curriculum development, teacher training, literacy and higher education, implemented by UNESCO with funding from the EAA Foundation.



To interview panelists after the discussion, please contact:

For press accreditation to cover the event contact: Djibril Kebe, UNESCO Media Section: , +33 (0)1 45 68 17 41


Notes to Editors:

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)

UNESCO is the United Nations’ specialized agency for education and the Education Sector provides global and regional leadership in education strengthens national education systems and responds to contemporary global challenges through education with a special focus on gender equality and Africa. UNESCO is entrusted to lead and coordinate the Education 2030 Agenda, which is part of a global movement to eradicate poverty through 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Education, essential to achieve all of these goals, has its own dedicated Goal 4, which aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

Education Above All Foundation

Education Above All (EAA) Foundation is a global initiative founded in 2012 by Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser. It aims to build a global movement which fosters development, with a particular focus on areas affected by poverty, conflict and disaster, the needs of children, and the empowerment of youth and women. EAA Foundation is the umbrella organisation overseeing four core programmes: Educate A Child (EAC), Al Fakhoora, Protect Education in Insecurity and Conflict (PEIC) and Reach Out To Asia (ROTA). For more information, visit, follow us on twitter @EAA_Foundation, Facebook and Instagram @educationaboveall_eaa.



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Climate-Resilient Sustainable Food Systems

Europaid - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:22
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UNESCO Commits to Safeguarding Lake Chad

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:46
22 February 2018

UNESCO will bring a preservation project focusing on research and the dissemination of knowledge, the rehabilitation of wetlands and wildlife corridors, and the promotion of sustainable income generating activities to the International Conference on Lake Chad, which will take place in Abuja (Nigeria) from 26 to 28 February.

Known as BIOPALT, the French acronym for biosphere and heritage of Lake Chad, the project will be implemented by UNESCO in partnership with the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC)*, starting on 26 February, as the international conference opens. BIOPALT will be the subject of a roundtable discussion with representatives of UNESCO, the LCBC, political leaders, scientists and representatives of local communities from the Lake Chad Basin.

Funded by the African Development Bank for a period of three years, the project aims to take stock of Lake Chad’s water and other natural resources alongside socio-economic and cultural factors. It also aims to reinforce local capacities in natural and cultural heritage preservation and undertake pilot activities for the rehabilitation of some ecosystems and the promotion of a green economy.

In close consultation with local populations, BIOPALT will contribute, for example, to the rehabilitation of wildlife migration corridors between Chad, Cameroon and Nigeria, notably for elephants, preserve oases and prevent the drying up of water supplies by restoring ponds.

It will also focus on income generating activities such as the production of spirulina, an algae traditionally harvested by women, and support efforts to preserve Lake Chad’s iconic Kuri cattle, an endangered species.

BIOPALT is also designed to help the countries bordering the lake to work together so as to meet the management and preservation standards required for transboundary sites in the Lake Chad Basin to Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage sites.

Two Biosphere Reserves are currently established in the Lake Chad Basin: Waza (Cameroon) and Bamingui Bangoran (Central African Republic) as well as two World Heritage sites: Manovo-Gounda St Floris National Park (Central African Republic) and Lakes of Ounianga (Chad).

The Lake Chad Basin is an important source of fresh water on which more than 40 million people in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Niger and Nigeria depend. Rainfalls have decline over the past 50 years and the lake’s surface area has shrunk by more than 90%, affecting the region’s ecosystems and economy.

The Lake Chad Basin Commission and UNESCO have been sharing information concerning the conservation of Lake Chad since 2011. The Organization is also working in the region through its International Hydrological Programme (IHP), which has notably carried out a project concerning the management of underground water resources in the Basin (1997 to 2004).


Media contacts: Macaulay Olushola, UNESCO Regional office, Abuja,, +234 8055900423 and Laetitia Kaci, UNESCO Media Section,



*The LCBC was established in 1964 to ensure the sustainable and equitable management of Lake Chad and the preservation of ecosystems in its basin. Its members are: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad, Libya, Niger, and Nigeria. The Commission is funded by its Member States.

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EU Aid Volunteers - Deployment

Europaid - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:16
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Director-General Calls for Investigation into Assassination of Journalist Pamela (Pamika) Montenegro in Mexico

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 10:52
22 February 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the killing of Pamela (Pamika) Montenegro, a journalist and YouTube satirist, in Acapulco (Mexico) on 5 February.

“I condemn the assassination of Pamela (Pamika),” said the Director-General. “Killing journalists for what they say is an intolerable attack on the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and on citizens’ right to information.”

Ms Montenegro, widely known as La Nana Pelucas, the name of the character she personified in her YouTube channel, published articles on local politics and organized crime in a print magazine she founded, El Sillón. She also ran a satirical YouTube channel, El Sillón TV, in which she interviewed politicians and candidates for elected office, as well as treating cultural subjects and lighter issues.


Media contact: Sylvie Coudray,, +33 (0)1 45 68 08 91

See also: UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.




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New projects will explore the geological record to support sustainable development

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 18:09
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Seven projects that aim to provide insights on current global issues will be supported by the International Geoscience Programme (IGCP), following a decision by the IGCP Council on 21 February 2018. The IGCP, a joint initiative of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), has supported over 350 projects in 150 countries since its creation in 1972, to mobilize global cooperation in the Earth Sciences in the service of society. The programme was initially established in the wake of the discovery of the Earth’s tectonic plates and their movements.  

Today IGCP provides an important platform of cooperation on geological topics of societal relevance and importance, and does so increasingly on a north-south and south-south basis” highlighted Flavia Schlegel, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for the Natural Sciences, during the IGCP Council session that took place at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, on 20-21 February 2018.

This year, UNESCO’s International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme welcomes a new partner, the Jeju Province Development Corporation (JPDC) of the Republic of Korea. The Council session was an opportunity to formalize the partnership and sign an agreement, through which the JPDC will contribute USD 100,000 each year to support IGCP projects and UNESCO Global Geoparks over the next five years. By making connections between events throughout the Earth's history, the research projects supported by IGCP aim to address the challenges we must overcome to preserve our environment and develop sustainably. There are now 27 such active IGCP projects in 2018, including the seven new projects, and four on-going projects that will not receive additional funding. The new projects are as follows.

Earth Resources Project IGCP 665: Land resource evolution mechanism and its sustainable use in global black soil critical zone

Due to many centuries of agricultural use, essential black soils have deteriorated due to erosion, contamination and salinization, and degradation, threatening their continued use for agriculture. This project focuses on the study of black soils of the global critical zone across Northeast China, North America, and southern Russia-Ukraine, which contribute significantly to global agricultural productivity.

Experts from all over the world will collaborate through this project, using remote sensing and geochemical processes and methods, to make significant advances in our understanding of the causes of soil degradation and devise methods for soil conservation. 

Global Change Project IGCP 668: Equatorial Gondwanan history and Early Palaeozoic Evolutionary Dynamics

Unlocking the sequence of past events preserved in the geological record informs present and future challenges. The important interval of transition that occurred in the later Cambrian and early Ordovician, some 500 to 450 million years ago, can shed light on the relationship between environmental stress and faunal turnover – or the impacts of global change on life itself. However, our understanding of these systems if blurred by a lack of high-precision temporal resolution.

The project will focus international research effort on the Sibumasu record in its equatorial Gondwanan and global context, in order to further our understanding and our ability to learn from these instructive episodes.

Projects on Geohazards IGCP 659: Seismotectonics for the seismic risk assessment in Africa

Seismotectonics is the study of the relationship between the earthquakes, active tectonics and individual faults of a region. Such studies are necessary in order to assess and mitigate seismic hazard in Africa. This project will improve regional seismotectonic maps that contribute to multidisciplinary seismic hazard and risk assessments, and update a database that was developed in a previous IGCP project on the Seismotectonic Map of Africa (IGCP-601).

The project will also explore the feasibility of real-time seismic risk mitigation in selected pilot-sites, using tools such as Early Earthquake Warning Systems (EEWS). Developing capacities to enable similar studies at the local scale through training and knowledge transfer is another important aspect of the project.

IGCP 663: Impact, Mechanism, Monitoring of Land Subsidence in Coastal cities

Land subsidence increases urban areas’ vulnerability to floods, and also increases other risks by damaging infrastructure, including buildings, roads, bridges, rail transit, flood control walls and underground lines. This project will foster a scientific collaboration programme to develop better understanding of land subsidence globally, especially in developing countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The research will focus on the impacts of human activities and sea-level rise, hydro-mechanisms, and monitoring methods of land subsidence in coastal cities. Project results will be transferred to sites in other developing countries. Recommendations stemming from this research will be shared widely to inform planning, construction, and management in coastal cities in order to improve safety.

IGCP 672: Himalayan glaciers and risks to local communities

In the high rugged Himalayas, the lowest reaches of glaciers are often covered by a thick layer of rock, dirt and gravel originating from the steep valley sides. These are known as debris-covered glacier tongues. Differential rates of ice melt create spectacular features such as ablation cones, ice cliffs and a myriad of supraglacial lakes. These beautiful features can trigger hazards, including sudden glacial lake outburst floods that can be catastrophic to people living downstream.

Using various types of satellite imagery, combined with terrain analysis, this project will characterize the surface features of these glaciers and map their changes over time, in order to better assess risks. By combining science with community involvement, this project aims to understand the socio-­economic impacts of glacier hazards in high altitude areas where people live.

Geodynamics Projects IGCP 662: Orogenic architecture and crustal growth from accretion to collision

The formation of mountains involves many geological processes collectively called orogenesis. This project will conduct comparative studies of several types of orogens (accretionary and collisional) to better understand the dynamics of Earth’s crust, and particularly the genesis and distribution of mineral deposits (metallogenesis).

It will include a comparative study of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB), one of the world’s largest accretionary orogeny, which spans from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean across six nations, and has evolved over some 800 million years, and the Tethyan orogenic belt, the world’s youngest extensive collisional and metallogenic belt, as well as other composite orogens. The study may lead to the discovery of new deposits. More than 13 countries will be involved in the project, which will enhance cooperation among scientists from diverse socio-economic and political contexts.

IGCP 667: World Map of the Orogens

The project will document the entire history of plate tectonics of our planet, with increasing details toward present times. It will develop a digital map, encompassing all of the successive orogens, and displaying their evolution over time independently. The map will include a focused legend on the key element of a “Generic Mountain Range”.

The project will also develop tools to visualize the formation and evolution of continents and the implications on the distribution of earth resources, seismic hazard, and global change. It will have a strong educational impact and be designed as a ludic tool useful for students and teachers in remote places of the World.

The Members of the IGCP Council also reviewed the outcomes of the Programme in the last year. In 2017, more than 3,380 experts collaborated in the framework of 21 active IGCP projects. 46% of the participants are young scientists (<35 years old), 47% are from developing countries and 29% are women.

In reaching the objectives of their projects, they published over 300 scientific papers and contributed to further the knowledge-base required to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

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UNESCO works with Morocco and Spain to identify ecosystem solutions in the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:44
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On 20 February 2018, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme met with local actors from the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean and its area of influence. The objective of the meeting was to identify examples of ecosystem solutions in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda. The meeting took place in Facinas, Spain, with the support of the Regional Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Planning of the Government of Andalusia, the Autonomous Local Entity of Facinas and the Council of Tarifa (Spain) with the collaboration of the OREDD Regional Observatory on Sustainable Development Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima of the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco.

The Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean Andalucía is the first reserve of its type to be designated by the MAB Programme. It combines the Tingitane Peninsula in Morocco and the southern Iberian Peninsula of Andalusia. Both countries are located in a biogeographic region of deciduous forests and evergreen sclerophyllous scrub within the Mediterranean bioclimatic zone. The maritime area of the biosphere reserve is dominated by the Strait of Gibraltar, which links the two peninsulas. The reserve also encompasses natural and human communication routes between Africa and Europe.

The general objective of the biosphere reserve is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of resources by local populations. The reserve also presents opportunities to bring together two peoples from territories that share aspects of their natural and cultural heritage, despite their physical separation.

The meeting was attended by national and international experts and a delegation of Facinians representing socio-economic sectors directly related to the issues and ecosystem solutions under discussion. It was organized within the scope of the MAB Programme and the European project AQUACROSS, which focuses on knowledge, evaluation and management of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services through public policies.

The meeting enabled local actors to contribute to analyses being carried to identify examples and ecosystem solutions through the creation of ‘green and blue infrastructures’ in the planning and management of aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity. According to the European programme INTERREG, such green and blue infrastructures form part of a planned strategic network of natural and semi-natural areas (coastal, marine and maritime for blue) with environmental characteristics designed and managed to provide a wide range of ecosystem services.

The creation of these infrastructures is intended to improve the functioning of the ecosystem and the promotion of ecosystem services; promote the welfare and health of local communities; and support the development of a green economy, and the management of sustainable land and water.

More information
•    Aquacross project
•    Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
•    Man and the Biosphere Programme
•    Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) - Morocco

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Mother Language – Bringing us together

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 20:32
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Today is International Mother Tongue Language Day and we caught up with 10th UNESCO Youth Forum participant, Fale Lesa, who works to promote the preservation of intangible cultural heritage. Fale is a passionate proponent of the importance of mother tongue learning.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. But I grew up wrestling with more than one.

Native in Samoan and immersed in her rich culture and heritage I was confident at home, and in our wider ethnic community, where I felt accepted. School was that weird place where the sky was always falling. It was there I quickly discovered I was a minority and that most people had a very negative view of my kind. They laughed at the way I spoke and excluded me because I was unusual. So, in my desire to fit in, I pursued an experiment I am not terribly proud of today, perhaps shared by other immigrants too. I needed to be less Samoan for others to like me. It started by speaking with a polished accent, insisting that my relatives use English, even avoiding Samoan friends and replacing them altogether. It would take at least a decade before I realized inner demons were robbing me of an authentic experience. Here I was trading thousands of years in tradition and identity for just a few years of schoolyard popularity. The all too powerful language of the mob rule was drowning out my own voice. You see language is like a double-edged sword. It has divided us in much the same way that it has brought us together. It was the language of the majority that made me feel primitive rather than equal. A language of privilege that compelled me to use less of my own. Thankfully, I was one of the lucky ones and I now lead a life of duality. I am neither Samoan nor New Zealander. I am both and it is truly glorious! Sometimes, society fools you into choosing one or the other.

In just a couple of generations, half of all languages will vanish from the face of this earth. Each one with its own record of a people with mutual destiny. It seems in our haste to go forward, we too are selling ourselves short by abandoning those who came before us. When Polynesians left Asia to settle the Pacific, we brought our languages along for the voyage. In them, we spoke life to our unique customs and traits. Embracing their new surroundings, my ancestors also honoured ways of the old and would pass their wisdom down to this very day. I write for all of them and for the struggles like mine around the world that threaten our lavish tongues and ideas. Assimilation should never mean shame or disregard. It should symbolize coexistence and the preservation of lessons from the past as we charter a future together. I hope that my time at school dies with this generation and that we learn to value diversity as a strength. But most of all, that we may fight to save our endangered languages because each one is an anchor to our origin stories. Let the record show that there is no tomorrow without yesterday. That mother language day is as much a challenge as it is a celebration. Now is the time to champion technology and social change to help promote the survival of all languages. Congratulate someone who knows another language however small. Make them feel great because they are living anchors to our history.

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The Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council of the Information for All Programme (IFAP) held yesterday its 28th meeting

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:10
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The meeting provided an opportunity to review the substantial progress achieved in 2017 in the six priority areas of information literacy, information preservation, information for development, information accessibility, information ethics and multilingualism in cyberspace.

The recommendations of the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Council for IFAP to intensify cooperation between the IFAP Council, Bureau, Working Groups, National IFAP Committees, the Secretariat, UNESCO Intergovernmental Bodies, as well as other partners were discussed. This cooperation should be oriented to enhance the achievement of IFAP’s objectives.

The participating Bureau members and heads of working groups reported on their activities and efforts regarding the main goals of IFAP. For example, the Russian Federation underlined the importance of multilingualism towards reaching the SDGs. The working group on MIL stressed the growing importance of this subject by accelerating technological innovations like  Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. It was noted that professional and active participation of the Council and Bureau members and the strengthening of the Working Groups will improve results based on their commitment.

In an extensive debate among participants, the intention to involve a broad range of countries in IFAP activities and especially in the working groups was highlighted.

The visibility of IFAP activities was demonstrated through a number of articles and news items. In addition, further improvement of the web site, activities in countries, and increasing presence of IFAP Chair in international conferences and workshops were presented as additional achievements regarding IFAP results.

Suggestions were made for the preparation of the IFAP Council in June 2018 regarding the mandates of members and other items following the Annex I of General Conference document 39 C/70 on “Recommendations of working group on Governance, procedures, and working methods of the governing bodies of UNESCO”.

The Bureau also expressed its deep sorrow on the passing away last January of the CI Programme specialist and strong supporter of IFAP Dr. Hara Prasad Padhy. The commemoration remarks made by the IFAP Chair and by the IFAP Secretary were followed by a minute of silence.

The IFAP Bureau is composed of the following eight Member States: China, Ghana, Grenada, Peru, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Sudan and Switzerland. Ms. Chafica Haddad (Grenada) chairs the Bureau. In addition to Bureau members, the meeting attracted an active participation of observers from the European Union, international NGOs, and the Member States Azerbaijan, Bahrain, El Salvador, Ghana, Hungary, Mexico, Oman, Philippines, Russia, Sweden, and Turkey.

The Information for All Programme was established in 2001 to provide a platform for international cooperation in the area of access to information and knowledge for the participation of all in the knowledge societies. IFAP focuses on ensuring that all people have access to information they can use to improve their lives.

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Local knowledge for sustainable use of marine resources

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 17:36

UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), with the support of the Regional Ministry of Environment and Territory Planning of Andalusia and the Autonomous Local Entity of Facinas, will meet on 20 February 2018 with local actors of the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) - Morocco and its area of influence, as part of UNESCO’s MAB Programme and the European Union’s AQUACROSS project on knowledge, assessment and management of aquatic biodiversity and ecosystem services through public policies.

The meeting will be attended by national and international experts and a delegation from Facinas invited by UNESCO to represent the socio-economic sectors most related to the topics to be discussed.

The overall aim of the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) - Morocco is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of resources by local populations, while also bringring together two territories that, despite their physical division, share various aspects of their natural and cultural heritage.

The geographical scope of the Reserve includes some of the most emblematic natural areas of the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga in Andalusia (Spain) and the provinces of Tangier, Tétouan, Larache and Chefchaouen in northern Morocco. Facinas is part of the Reserve between the Natural Parks of Los Alcornocales and El Estrecho.

In Andalusia, the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean consists of the Natural Parks of Sierra de Grazalema, Sierra de las Nieves, El Estrecho and Los Alcornocales; the Natural Sites of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja, Sierra Crestellina, Desfiladero de los Gaitanes and Playa de Los Lances; and the Natural Monuments of Duna de Bolonia, Pinsapo de las Escaleretas and Cañón de las Buitreras.

In Morocco, the Reserve consists of the National Park of Talassemtane and Sites of Biological and Ecological Interest of Jbel Bouhachem, Ben Karrich, Jbel Moussa, Koudiet Taifour, Côte Ghomara, Cirque de Jebha and Lagune de Smir.

UNESCO expects the meeting to encourage local actors to help identify ecosystem-based solutions through the creation of green and blue infrastructures in the planning and management of marine ecosystems and biodiversity, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda.

According to the definition of the European programme INTERREG, “Green and blue infrastructures are a strategically planned network of natural and semi-natural areas (coastal, marine and maritime for the blue infrastructures) with other environmental features designed and managed to deliver a wide range of ecosystem services.”

Green and blue infrastructures are intended to:

  • Improve the functioning of the ecosystem and the promotion of ecosystem services;
  • Promote the welfare and health of local communities;
  • Support the development of a green economy and the sustainable management of land and water. (INTERREG 2014)

For more information, please contact: aquacross.ip(at)

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