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Speech by Commissionaire Neven Mimica to the Policy Forum on Development

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:27
Speech by Commissionaire Neven Mimica to the Policy Forum on Development
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Speech by Commissionaire Neven Mimica to the Policy Forum on Development

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:19

Speech by Commissionaire Neven Mimica to the Policy Forum on Development

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UNESCO opens new secondary school at Baharka Camp in Kurdistan

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:13
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Erbil, 17 March 2015 - UNESCO and its partners celebrated today with students and teachers the opening of the newly constructed Baharka Secondary School for internally displaced persons at Baharka Camp in Erbil, Kurdistan. The opening of the school is a major milestone in UNESCO’s efforts to provide quality secondary education to children and adolescents of IDP communities and ensure equal opportunities for both girls and boys.

“The young people in the Baharka camp as those in many other camps in Northern Iraq are at risk of losing everything. They want and need to go to school and we are glad that we can provide them with this opportunity now”, says Axel Plathe, Director of UNESCO Office for Iraq.

The opening ceremony was held in the presence of government and educational officials from Baghdad and Erbil. Also attended by students, parents and teachers along with members of the international humanitarian community and civil society organizations, the event featured a school tour and several student activities.

Also speaking at the opening ceremony, Zayad Abdulqadir, Advisor to the Minister of Education in the Kurdistan Regional Government noted that “As the number of IDPs in Kurdistan increases due to the crisis in Iraq, Kurdistan faces the difficult challenge of providing educational opportunities for all of them.” He further expressed his appreciation to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for funding the construction of 5 new schools in five camps: Baharka in Erbil, Dawodiya and Kabar II in Dohouk, Tasolja in Sulymanhiya and Souk Al-Asri in Basra and the renovation of 16 secondary schools in host communities in Dohouk.

“The Regional Government of Kurdistan and their Ministry of Education have opened their schools for the youth and children of the IDP community to enable them to continue their education and help them restore a sense of normalcy in their lives,” said Abdul Aziz Satori, Director General of Examination/Representative of Ministry of Education in the Government of Iraq, in his opening remarks.

The Baharka Secondary School will host up to 500 students and 20 teachers in two shifts. The newly built facility accommodates 6 classrooms, 10 toilets, a play area as well as a common room for teachers.

Sar Bast, Mayor of Baharka congratulated the Baharka Camp on their first secondary school, noting that parents will no longer have to travel two hours to send their children to secondary schools in Erbil, helping them save on transportation costs and time consuming travel arrangements.

As Iraq currently contends with one of the largest number of IDPs in the world, UNESCO continues to focus its efforts on providing quality secondary education to adolescents and children of IDP communities within Iraq and Kurdistan. The opening of the school comes within the framework of the project ‘Providing access to quality education to adolescents and young adults in conflict-affected areas in Iraq’, funded by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. 

The project aims at bringing a sense of normalcy and stability to the lives of Iraqi IDPs and also aims to ensure that a whole generation of Iraqis are not deprived of their right to education. Speaking in November 2014 from the construction site of the Baharka School, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova stated “Education is essential to your future and that of this country- it is the best way to prepare for peace. Education is human rights imperative for Iraq; it is also a development and a security imperative. That is why UNESCO is building this secondary school to give new opportunities to as many young girls and boys as possible.”  

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Per diem 18/03/2015

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 16:03

Per diem rate 18/03/2015

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Resiliency and Cultural Heritage discussed at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 15:44
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UNESCO, in partnership with the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA), the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH), ICCROM and ICOMOS has organized a special session on "Resilient Cultural Heritage" within the framework of the Third United Nations World Conference Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which has taken place between 14 and 18 March at Sendai, Japan. The Conference adopted the so-called Hyogo Framework for Action 2 (HFA2), the international policy which will orient DRR strategies and actions at international and national levels for the next fifteen years.

UNESCO, in partnership with the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs (ACA), the Japanese National Institutes for Cultural Heritage (NICH), ICCROM and ICOMOS has organized a special session on "Resilient Cultural Heritage" within the framework of the Third United Nations World Conference Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), which has taken place between 14 and 18 March at Sendai, Japan. The Conference adopted the so-called Hyogo Framework for Action 2 (HFA2), the international policy which will orient DRR strategies and actions at international and national levels for the next fifteen years.

The session was aimed to raising awareness of cultural heritage’s role in building resilience within the DRR sector, emphasizing also its relevance to the other two related issues on the global agenda, sustainable development and climate change adaptation. In doing so, the session highlighted the positive contribution that cultural heritage can make, if adequately recognized and appropriately managed, to the four priority areas of the HFA2, ranging from understanding disaster risks and strengthening governance to investing in resilience and preparing for response, recovery and reconstruction.

At the outset, the session stressed how any DRR policy and programme should integrate consideration of the cultural context, including of its most symbolic manifestation, i.e. the cultural heritage, if it wishes to be effective and sustainable. Specific examples were also provided in the case of certain coastal communities, who over the centuries have become capable of foreseeing natural disasters through the perpetuation of traditional knowledge, and have developed preventative measures such as building on stilts and constructing wind-resistant structures. Such examples demonstrate how heritage both tangible and intangible, is inherently risk-sensitive, owing to it being the result of long periods of adaptation between humans and their environment; why cultural heritage can be a powerful catalyst for engaging with local people, bringing them together and enhancing their sense of ownership of the recovery and reconstruction process; and finally how the protection of cultural heritage can support a fast recovery through income generated in the informal sector and tourism activities.

The session concluded with specific proposals to strengthen the integration of cultural heritage in DRR, building on the important references to culture and heritage which have been included in the HFA2. This will require innovative partnerships between the heritage sector, on one hand, and the wide range of DRR stakeholders, including local governments, humanitarian organizations and the private sector. A set of recommendations were also developed drawing on a preparatory expert meeting that was held in Tokyo in the days immediately preceding the Sendai Conference.

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The preservation of invaluable documentary heritage in Tanzania supported by UNESCO and the European Union

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 12:19
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Along Garden Avenue in Dar es Salaam stands a small building where for thirty years the liberation committee established by the Organization of African Unity in 1964 met. A street away from Garden Avenue is New Africa hotel, once a popular meeting place for revolutionaries. FRELIMO, the Mozambique liberation party was founded in 1962 in Dar es Salaam. Through Mwalimu Nyerere's leadership, Tanzania was the physical, theoretical and political base for many liberation movements and ensured that a generation of African leaders was prepared to assume its role at the independence of their respective countries.

Thus, for instance, the audio visual records at the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation are an important testimony to the rich heritage that requires continuous attention for its effective preservation. All these and other similar records would perish if consolidated efforts to preserve them were not undertaken.

That is why UNESCO and the European Union are teaming up through the 10th European Development Fund support for culture in order to collect, document, preserve and commemorate the mosaic of Africa's irreplaceable documentary heritage accumulated in Tanzania during the period of the independence movements.

Through this support, and with the additional resources secured for a total amount of near one million euros, training on the digitization of photographic and audio records have been delivered to archivists and information professionals from the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation, the National Museum of Tanzania, Tanzania National Records and Archives and the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation. Also, interviews of the remaining witnesses of the liberation movements are underway, and the refurbishment of the Tanzania Broadcasting Corporation's rich audio-visual archives is in progress as well. At the same time, the General Survey of tangible Tanzania’s Heritage Archives Collections is ongoing and will be recorded and distributed through an electronic database that is currently being developed.

When asked about the involvement of the Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation in this major initiative, Mr Gallus Abeid, representing the Foundation, is very positive about the work undertaken on the preservation of the heritage archives: "We really hope all these efforts will end up with a recognition by registration of these sets of archives in the Memory of the World Programme of UNESCO".

Dr Boyan Radoykov, Chief of the Universal Access and Preservation Section in UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division underscores: “People and societies must realize that documentary heritage in all its forms, and especially the one of outstanding and universal value, is constantly under attack and threat of destruction, and that consenting to its disappearance would be the biggest failure of our times. For many years, UNESCO, together with its members and partners is striving to raise the awareness of national authorities and other relevant stakeholders about the necessity to improve the conditions for the preservation of, and the increased access to the common heritage of humanity. The project in Tanzania is the perfect illustration of these institutional efforts.

UNESCO launched the Memory of the World Programme in 1992 to guard against collective amnesia calling upon the preservation of the valuable archive holdings and library collections all over the world ensuring their wide dissemination. The Programme vision is that the world's documentary heritage belongs to all, should be fully preserved and protected for all and, with due recognition of cultural mores and practicalities, should be permanently accessible to all without hindrance. The Programme is thus intended to protect documentary heritage, and to help networks of experts to exchange information and raise resources for the preservation of, and the access to, documentary and archival collections of valuable records.

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Folleto sobre la contribución de la Unión Europea a los objetivos de desarrollo del milenio

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:55

folleto sobre la contribución de la Unión Europea a los objetivos de desarrollo del milenio

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Contribution de l'UE aux objectifs du millénaire pour le développement

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:54

Contribution de l'UE aux objectifs du millénaire pour le développement

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EU Contribution to the Millenium Development Goals: Key Results from EC Programmes

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 11:52

EU Contribution to the Millenium Development Goals: Key Results from EC Programmes

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EU Gulf of Guinea Action Plan 2015-2020

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 10:31

The Council adopted the Gulf of Guinea Action Plan 2015-2020 that outlines the European Union's support to the efforts of the region and its coastal states to address the many challenges of maritime security and organised crime.

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Joint Communiqué - Fifth Nigeria-EU Ministerial Dialogue

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 09:17

Joint Communiqué - Fifth Nigeria-EU Ministerial Dialogue and 20th ECOWAS-EU Political Dialogue Ministerial Meeting – Abuja, 27th November 2014.

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EU-Nigeria Common Agenda on Migration

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 09:07
On Thursday 12 March 2015, the European Union and Nigeria signed a 'Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility' in Brussels - the first Common Agenda to be signed between the EU and another country.
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Joint Declaration on a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the European Union and its Member States

Europaid - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 08:29

Joint Declaration on a Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the European Union and its Member States.

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“There is a strategic alliance between European Commission and UNESCO,” says European Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 22:11
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Monday, 16 March – The Director General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, met with Mr Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for education and culture, to discuss and strengthen cooperation between UNESCO and the European Commission.

"I take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the support of the European Commission, in all key areas of UNESCO’s mandate, to protect heritage in conflict, to support Syrian refugees in Jordan, and so much more. Expectations are high, especially as regards the situation in Syria and Iraq, and we must join forces to step up our efforts,” said the Director-General.

‘There is a strategic alliance between the European Union and UNESCO,” said the Commissioner, highlighting key cooperation in education and culture as means to empower and integrate people and youth in societies, in order to combat extremism. “This is true in Europe and elsewhere, it is a global issue, and we need to better connect education and culture as part of the answer. Citizenship education and culture are key to reintegrate people within societies,” he added.

The Director-General shared a series of events and initiatives by UNESCO to protect heritage and combat extremism, and called for an even deeper cooperation with the European Union. “We can do much more with youth and this is precisely the purpose of the Net-Med project we implement together,” She said.

The Director-General and the European Commissioner also discussed cooperation in the field of cultural industries and culture for sustainable development, in the context of the 10th anniversary of the Convention for the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions that was strongly supported by the European Union at the time of its adoption.

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UNESCO Director-General meets with Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 21:54
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On 16 March, 2015, UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, met with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Mr Kamalesh Sharma, at UNESCO Headquarters.

This meeting was an opportunity to discuss the long-standing and fruitful collaboration between UNESCO and the Commonwealth, as well as Commonwealth sister’s organizations -- notably on matters related to technical and vocational education, distance education and ICTs in education, including Open Educational Resources (OER). 

In addition, UNESCO and the Commonwealth also share a range of concerns and priorities. Intercultural dialogue, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding, resilience and vulnerability of society, climate change, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and youth empowerment are topics of common interest were mentioned as areas for further collaboration.

The Director-General emphasized that, at a time of increasing global challenges and threats, such as that of intercultural/interreligious conflicts, extremism, social injustice and intolerance, UNESCO has a crucial role in empowering people, especially young people, on how to live together.

“This is in our DNA,” she said. “These issues need to be placed as the top of the agenda as highest priorities by the international community, and they must shape the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.”

Mr Sharma highlighted the fact that UNESCO and the Commonwealth have a shared vision of serving the human community in its diversity:

"We need to see a globalization of wisdom emerge".

He emphasized the imperative of focusing on the wealth of cultural diversity as an asset and resource for humanity's renewal, as well as on efforts to strengthen mutual respect and understanding, while supporting at the same time youth empowerment as societies that have paid insufficient attention to young people.

Ms Bokova and Mr Sharma committed to expand cooperation between the two organizations.

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UNESCO demonstrates global impact through new transparency portal

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 18:20
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To help the country fight extreme poverty in Mali, UNESCO is currently financing a 57 000 USD project, focusing on youth policies. The project aims to increase youth participation in the social, cultural and economic spheres, demonstrating UNESCO’s commitment to ensure that aid effectively contributes to sustainable development.

This project is one of 982 country projects, along with 430 regional projects and 516 global projects that UNESCO has supervised since 1970. All this information, and more, can be found on http://Opendata.UNESCO.org which is UNESCO’s new Transparency Portal, launched with the support of the UK.

“We need each and every member states on board to make this a success, we are thrilled and hope we can share more details in the future” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova.

Opendata.UNESCO.org  is intended to present comprehensive, quality and timely information about UNESCO’s projects, enabling users to find information by country/region, funding source, and sector and providing comprehensive project data, including budget, expenditure, completion status, implementing organization, project documents, and more. It publishes program and financial information that are in line with UN system-experience of the IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) standards and other relevant transparency initiatives. UNESCO is now part of more than 230 organizations that have published to the IATI Registry, which brings together donor and developing countries, civil society organizations and other experts in aid information who are committed to working together to increase the transparency of aid.

Since its creation 70 years ago, UNESCO has tirelessly championed the causes of education, culture, natural sciences, social and human sciences, communication and information, globally. For instance – started in March 2010, the program for the Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) benefited from a $19.5 million contribution by Japan. It aimed to improve the level of literacy, numeracy and vocational skills of the adult population in 70 districts of 15 provinces of Afghanistan. Over the next three years, until April 2013, the ELA programme helped some 360,000 adult learners in General Literacy compotency. An interactive map allows for an easy identification of UNESCO’s high-impact programs, and up-to-date information of current and future aid allocations within and across countries.

Public participation and interactivity are key to the success of any open data project. http://Opendata.UNESCO.org will evolve as Member States and partners will get involved, by displaying data on their own websites and sharing data among different networks, building and sharing applications, providing feedback, comments, and recommendations. 

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UNESCO demonstrates global impact through new transparency portal

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 18:20

To help the country fight extreme poverty in Mali, UNESCO is currently financing a 57 000 USD project, focusing on youth policies. The project aims to increase youth participation in the social, cultural and economic spheres, demonstrating UNESCO’s commitment to ensure that aid effectively contributes to sustainable development.

This project is one of 982 country projects, along with 430 regional projects and 516 global projects that UNESCO has supervised since 1970. All this information, and more, can be found on http://Opendata.UNESCO.org which is UNESCO’s new Transparency Portal, launched with the support of the UK.

“We need each and every member states on board to make this a success, we are thrilled and hope we can share more details in the future” said UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova.

Opendata.UNESCO.org  is intended to present comprehensive, quality and timely information about UNESCO’s projects, enabling users to find information by country/region, funding source, and sector and providing comprehensive project data, including budget, expenditure, completion status, implementing organization, project documents, and more. It publishes program and financial information that are in line with UN system-experience of the IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative) standards and other relevant transparency initiatives. UNESCO is now part of more than 230 organizations that have published to the IATI Registry, which brings together donor and developing countries, civil society organizations and other experts in aid information who are committed to working together to increase the transparency of aid.

Since its creation 70 years ago, UNESCO has tirelessly championed the causes of education, culture, natural sciences, social and human sciences, communication and information, globally. For instance – started in March 2010, the program for the Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan (ELA) benefited from a $19.5 million contribution by Japan. It aimed to improve the level of literacy, numeracy and vocational skills of the adult population in 70 districts of 15 provinces of Afghanistan. Over the next three years, until April 2013, the ELA programme helped some 360,000 adult learners in General Literacy compotency. An interactive map allows for an easy identification of UNESCO’s high-impact programs, and up-to-date information of current and future aid allocations within and across countries.

Public participation and interactivity are key to the success of any open data project. http://Opendata.UNESCO.org will evolve as Member States and partners will get involved, by displaying data on their own websites and sharing data among different networks, building and sharing applications, providing feedback, comments, and recommendations. 

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UNAMI, UNESCO stand behind Iraqi academia in fight against heritage destruction

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:58
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“The United Nations family shares the great concern of Iraqi archaeologists and heritage experts for the country’s unique patrimony”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), and Axel Plathe, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, at a meeting today with Salah Flaifil A’Ayed Al Jabri, Dean of the Colleges of Art of the University of Baghdad and professors of its Faculty of Archaeology.

Endorsing the firm condemnation by the College of Arts of the criminal acts carried out by the terrorists destroying antiquities testifying to the Mesopotamian culture, Gyorgy Busztin and Axel Plathe agreed with Salah Flaifil A’Ayaed to support the campaign to protect Iraq’s heritage that was launched through an event at the University of Baghdad last week.

“The United Nations are fully mobilized and stand ready to assist the Iraqi authorities in any possible way,” said Georgy Busztin.

“UNESCO congratulates the University of Baghdad for its campaign. Youth in Iraq and elsewhere, especially students of history and archaeology, must do everything possible to protect Iraq’s heritage, to claim it as their own, and as the heritage of the whole of humanity”, said Axel Plathe.

The visit of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and the Director of the UNESCO Iraq Office to the University of Baghdad came one day after the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair on Development of Interreligious Dialogue Studies in the Islamic World at Kufa University in Najaf.

Both today’s meeting and the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair yesterday highlight the important role that academic research must play in Iraq today to foster the mutual understanding and enrichment of its people, their religions and cultures.

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For more information, please contact: Ms. Eliana Nabaa, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 193 1281, Email: nabaa(at)un.org  

or the UNAMI Public Information Office: unami-information(at)un.org

Axel Plathe, Director, UNESCO Office for Iraq, UNESCO Representative to Iraq
+ 964 790 191 31 81 (Iraq cell), + 962 777 941 941  (Jordan cell), Email: a.plathe(at)unesco.org

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UNAMI, UNESCO stand behind Iraqi academia in fight against heritage destruction

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 16:58
iraq_news_800px_1.jpg © UNESCO

“The United Nations family shares the great concern of Iraqi archaeologists and heritage experts for the country’s unique patrimony”, said Gyorgy Busztin, Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (DSRSG), and Axel Plathe, Director of the UNESCO Office for Iraq, at a meeting today with Salah Flaifil A’Ayed Al Jabri, Dean of the Colleges of Art of the University of Baghdad and professors of its Faculty of Archaeology.

Endorsing the firm condemnation by the College of Arts of the criminal acts carried out by the terrorists destroying antiquities testifying to the Mesopotamian culture, Gyorgy Busztin and Axel Plathe agreed with Salah Flaifil A’Ayaed to support the campaign to protect Iraq’s heritage that was launched through an event at the University of Baghdad last week.

“The United Nations are fully mobilized and stand ready to assist the Iraqi authorities in any possible way,” said Georgy Busztin.

“UNESCO congratulates the University of Baghdad for its campaign. Youth in Iraq and elsewhere, especially students of history and archaeology, must do everything possible to protect Iraq’s heritage, to claim it as their own, and as the heritage of the whole of humanity”, said Axel Plathe.

The visit of the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq and the Director of the UNESCO Iraq Office to the University of Baghdad came one day after the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair on Development of Interreligious Dialogue Studies in the Islamic World at Kufa University in Najaf.

Both today’s meeting and the inauguration of the UNESCO Chair yesterday highlight the important role that academic research must play in Iraq today to foster the mutual understanding and enrichment of its people, their religions and cultures.

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For more information, please contact: Ms. Eliana Nabaa, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 193 1281, Email: nabaa(at)un.org  

or the UNAMI Public Information Office: unami-information(at)un.org

Axel Plathe, Director, UNESCO Office for Iraq, UNESCO Representative to Iraq
+ 964 790 191 31 81 (Iraq cell), + 962 777 941 941  (Jordan cell), Email: a.plathe(at)unesco.org

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