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Du Parc W au Complexe W-Arly-Pendjari, du nouveau pour la région (in French)

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 10:59
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3 pays pour 1 site du patrimoine mondial : la décision du Comité du patrimoine mondial est tombée ce vendredi 7 juillet à Cracovie en Pologne ! Le Burkina Faso et le Bénin tiennent chacun leur 1er site naturel. Il s’agit du Parc du W. Certains diront peut-être que le Parc du W était déjà inscrit, par le Niger, sur la Liste du patrimoine mondial depuis 1996. Tout cela est vrai.

Mais c’est sans compter sur la détermination, à la fois des Nigériens, Burkinabés et Béninois, d’étendre la zone protégée du Parc du W au Parc national d’Arly au Burkina Faso et au Parc national de la Pendjari et d’en faire un bien transfrontalier dorénavant appelé Complexe W - Arly - Pendjari (complexe WAP). Une initiative de gestion transfrontalière efficace qui a donc porté ses fruits à travers cette consécration.

C’est ce que souligne Hamissou Halilou Malam Garba, chef de la division des aires protégées au ministère nigérien de l'Environnement en partageant « un sentiment de satisfaction et un sentiment d’un travail accompli. Parce qu’il faut le dire, c’est depuis 2010-2011 qu’une commission a été mise en place, une commission de techniciens pour pouvoir vraiment réfléchir sur cette inscription, sur l’élaboration du dossier afin d’aboutir aujourd’hui à ce résultat. »

Les bureaux UNESCO d’Abuja et de Dakar ont particulièrement suivi et appuyé les travaux du Burkina Faso et du Bénin qui ont mené à bien cette inscription. En plus des équipes techniques nationales réunies pour conduire ce dossier de candidature, Youssouph Diedhiou, expert en patrimoine naturel au sein de l’Union International pour la Conservation de la nature (IUCN) a su apporter son expertise technique.

Cette extension transnationale permet le regroupement d’écosystèmes terrestre, semi-aquatique et aquatique des savanes, faisant ainsi de ce bien le plus vaste continuum en Afrique de l’Ouest. La gestion en saura d’autant plus coordonnée et efficace pour une protection renforcée des espèces animales menacées d’extinction dans ce complexe. Il s’agit, entre autres, du guépard, de l’éléphant, du lion, du léopard, de la gazelle à front roux, du damalisque, du lycaon et de l’hippopotame, qui figurent sur la liste rouge de l’UICN.

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Frog Farming - a new source of income

Europaid - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:39
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Frog Farming - a new source of income

Europaid - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:39
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Cabinda Farmers Club

Europaid - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:20
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Cabinda Farmers Club

Europaid - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 09:20
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The Clothing Bank Expansion programme

Europaid - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 20:35
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The Clothing Bank Expansion programme

Europaid - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 20:35
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Experts meet on how best to address anti-Semitism through education

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 16:25

Some 50 experts, including representatives of governments and international organizations, met to discuss effective practices and educational approaches to addressing anti-Semitism at an event at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris on 13 July 2017.

The main focus of the event, organized by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and UNESCO, was the joint development of a guide for educational policy-makers. The guide will offer comprehensive approaches to respond to the challenge of anti-Semitism in classrooms and will draw on guidelines already developed by international and national stakeholders.  

‘Education is one of the strongest means of building a society free of anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination,’ said Jan Henrik Fahlbusch, ODIHR Adviser on Combating Anti-Semitism. ‘Today's discussion has shown the need to provide policy recommendations and good practices to governments on how to achieve this goal most effectively.’

The meeting of representatives from OSCE participating States and UN Member States gave participants the opportunity to provide feedback on the outline of the policy guide. It follows a meeting of an ODIHR education experts group held on 10 and 11 July, also at UNESCO Headquarters.

A human rights issue

The participants explored current discussions on how anti-Semitism is understood and manifests itself. Along with examining effective practices, key policies and sustainable  methods for addressing anti-Semitism through education, they also highlighted the educational contexts in which it can be addressed, such as human rights and Global Citizenship Education.

“Anti-Semitism is a human rights issue. It has a negative impact on society as a whole, and not only on the group affected. Preventing anti-Semitism through education should therefore be an effort to equip young people with the skills to reject anti-Semitic views, as well as all forms of prejudice, while understanding better the specifics of anti-Semitism over time,’ said Karel Fracapane, Senior Project Officer at UNESCO Education Sector.

This event was organized as part of the German-funded “Turning Words into Action to Address Anti-Semitism” project of OSCE/ODIHR, which addresses the issue by focusing on three components: security, education and coalition building. The education policy guidelines are scheduled to be ready in 2018.

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UNESCO and World Bank collaborate on Culture, Urban Development, and Resilience

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 15:18
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Paris, 13 July 2017—Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Sameh Wahba, Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at UNESCO Headquarters today to reinvigorate the two institutions’ joint commitment to advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an integrated manner.

“Culture and a people-centered approach are central to building the urban future we want and ensuring sustainable development. This renewed commitment by a long-standing UNESCO-World Bank partnership brings to the forefront of the global discussion the critical role that culture plays in supporting countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda” declared Irina Bokova.

In a context where two-thirds of the global population will live in cities by 2050, the signing of this MoU takes on board the urban dimension of sustainable development providing a framework for joint action to further the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It also expresses the commitment of both institutions to maximize the benefits of safeguarding cultural heritage and promoting creativity for sustainable development through three strategic areas of action: Historic urban landscapes and urban regeneration, cultural and creative industries, resilience and disaster risk management.

While recalling that cultural heritage and sustainable tourism have become key economic drivers for poverty reduction and job creation, especially for women and youth, Sameh Wahba stressed that “culture matters for sustainable urban development. It’s essential for building inclusive, resilient, productive, and sustainable cities and communities for all.”

Over the next six years, UNESCO and the World Bank will engage in developing global knowledge, common policy guidance, country-level operations and emergency responses to enhance sustainable urban development and address post-disaster and post-conflict situations building on cultural heritage and creativity as resources and assets.  

Such renewed collaboration takes place in a world where 26 million people fall into poverty each year as a result of natural disasters, while conflicts wreak havoc with cultural heritage and communities.   

The agreement coincides with the United Nations Year of Sustainable Tourism and the need to ensure that the $1.8 billion revenue the sector is expected to generate by 2030 contributes to sustainability and the preservation of tangible and intangible heritage. The MoU also foresees work to support cultural diversity and the creative industries, which generate US$2.25 billion in revenues and create 29.5 million jobs worldwide. Promoting cultural diversity has a direct impact on socio-economic development and supports the competitiveness of cities, notably in developing countries.

Download the agreement

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