Are you in Paris? We invite you to visit the photo exhibition ‘Journeys through our Fragile Heritage’ & discover a beautiful collection of photos that highlight the fragility of our shared Cultural Heritage. Showing on the fences at UNESCO Headquarters in July. For more info: http://www.unite4heritage.org/en/news/photo-exhibition-fragile-heritage
To combat climate change and its consequences, which particularly affect Small Island States, it is necessary, more than ever, to encourage research and innovation and support African researchers, asserts Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius and an acclaimed scientist in her interview with the #UNESCOCourier. Read the full article: http://on.unesco.org/2ue1L2S
Do you know of any individual or institution having made an outstanding contribution to the field of microbiology? Then, they may want to hear about Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology. The call for nominations is currently open until 30 July. Pass the message on! Find here all the info about the prize: on.unesco.org/2tDRh9q
Do you agree with artist Deeya Khan on the importance of free press for democracy? Join the #IPDCtalks on 28 September at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and find out why freedom of journalism and access to information are crucial for your future and for sustainable development. Check out all the details here: on.unesco.org/2qVAoH2
#AccessToInfo #SustainableDevelopment #Democracy
Hadeel Nimer, a 21 year–old student from Syria who now lives in Jordan, used to feel trapped by her physical disability. Despite her physical limitations, she always tried to imagine a self-sufficient future for herself. Now, thanks to a UNESCO-led scholarship programme, a new future of opportunities lies ahead of her. Read the full story here: on.unesco.org/2uD5pEd
Currently on display: New photo exhibition entitled 'Journeys through our Fragile Heritage' (by UNESCO & Wikimedia) sheds light on the fragility and beauty of our shared Cultural Heritage through freely licensed images. Find out more at: http://www.unite4heritage.org/en/news/photo-exhibition-fragile-heritage
"Newspapers are more valuable to political prisoners than gold or diamonds, more hungered for than food […]." - Nelson Mandela
Newspapers, even local ones were not allowed in the prison. "The authorities attempted to impose a complete blackout, they did not want us to learn anything that might raise our morale or reassure us that people on the outside were still thinking about us", Nelson Mandela says in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.
But prisoners could apply to study for high school and university courses and thus order publications necessary for their studies. And so, together with publications on subjects such as accounting and economics, the prison administration also allowed in The UNESCO Courier. During many years of his imprisonment, The UNESCO Courier brought regularly news and ideas from the five continents to Nelson Mandela.
It was President Mandela himself who recounted this in September 1996 to the then Director- General Federico Mayor, in the President’s Office, Union Buidings, Pretoria, during the latter’s official visit to the new democratic South Africa.
The President explained how pleased he and his companions had been to read The Courier through which they had learnt about so many subjects never before encountered, such as cultural diversity and mankind’s common heritage, African history, education for development and so on. All these subjects did not exist in the apartheid lexicon, let alone in the solitary confines of Robben Island.
In November 1983, The Courier published an issue on Racism with a portrait of Nelson Mandela on the cover. Have a look here: http://on.unesco.org/2uFhOs4
*Robben Island became the first South African national site to join the World Heritage List in 1999. If ever there comes into existence a world heritage list to name those who have expanded and uplifted the collective conscience of mankind, Nelson Mandela will have pride of place on it. More info: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/916
For more information about the UNESCO Courier visit: http://en.unesco.org/ #MandelaDay #UNESCOCourier #WorldHeritage
Why is access to information important for you and me? Check out this teaser video and share your thoughts.
The #IPDCtalks is an event that will gather global leaders from the public and private sector, prominent journalists and intellectuals to discuss with you the key role of access to information for our society and sustainable development. Organized by the UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), this one-day event will take place at UNESCO HQ in Paris on 28 September 2017.
You can discuss with our global leaders about issues such as freedom of expression and independent journalism. Join the discussion! Find out how at http://en.unesco.org/ipdc-talks
18 July is Nelson Mandela International Day. Let's honour today those who fought and continue to fight for freedom, dignity and human rights. This struggle has never been more important in societies today that are weakened by rising and multiple tensions -- economic, social, political as well as climatic.
More than ever, we must renew our commitment to the values of Nelson Mandela, a great humanist defender of the oppressed, who also honoured UNESCO as a Goodwill Ambassador, in order to build societies where every woman and man can live together in diversity and respect.
For more info: http://on.unesco.org/2afm2cL
#NelsonMandela #MandelaDay #ActionAgainstPoverty #Mandela #SouthAfrica #History #HumanRights #Madiba #Time2Serve
Mirzakhani’s pioneering work was reshaping the field of mathematics, in particular the study of geometry. She was also an inspiration to young women everywhere and an immense source of encouragement for all those who intend to pursue a career in basic sciences or mathematics. She will be greatly missed.