News by topic: Culture, Education


UN forum on indigenous issues urges talks between Mexican officials, teacher union wing

20 July – The head of the United Nations forum on indigenous issues today urged Mexican officials to meet with a wing of the national union of teachers to resolve the conflict in the southern state of Oaxaca, where violent protests over education took at least six lives.


UN cultural agency inscribes 12 new sites on World Heritage List

17 July – From a national park to a fossil site and a naval dockyard, the United Nations cultural agency today inscribed 12 new sites of special cultural or physical significance on its World Heritage List.


UNESCO adds four new sites to World Heritage List

15 July – From rock art to an ancient water management system, the United Nations cultural agency today inscribed four new sites in China, India, Iran and Micronesia on its World Heritage List.


On Youth Skills Day, Ban urges more investment to assist the 'working poor' and jobless

15 July – With so many youth either jobless or “working poor,” more investment is needed to empower them through skills development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on World Youth Skills Day today.


New UN study estimates 263 million children and youth now out of school

15 July – The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) reported today that some 263 million children and youth, equivalent to about a quarter of the population of Europe, are out of school from primary to upper secondary levels with sub-Saharan Africa having the highest rates of exclusion.


UNESCO deplores damage to Aleppo National Museum; warns five Heritage Sites in Libya are in danger

14 July – The head of the United Nations cultural agency today deplored the recent shelling at the National Museum of Aleppo, located on the edge of the war-torn ancient city in northern Syria, calling once again for the destruction of cultural property to stop.


Mali site added to List of World Heritage in Danger – UNESCO

13 July – The Committee that establishes the locations that are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, has today added the Old Towns of Djenné in Mali to the List of World Heritage in Danger, due to insecurity, which is affecting the area and preventing the implementation of protective measures for the site.


UNESCO names Turkish musician Kudsi Ergüner as agency’s Artist for Peace

11 July – The United Nations cultural agency, has appointed musician Kudsi Ergüner, as an Artist for Peace in recognition of his efforts to promote the universal values of music, his contribution to the protection of musical heritage support for the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), and his unwavering commitment to the ideals of the Organization.


Two UN agencies team up to protect cultural heritage with geo-spatial technologies

1 July – Two United Nations agencies have signed an agreement to protect cultural and natural heritage sites by using the latest geo-spatial technologies, including a satellite imaging system.


Condemning death of Syrian journalist, UNESCO head highlights protection of civilians in conflicts

30 June – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the media today denounced the death of Syrian photojournalist, Khalid Al Issa, who was killed after a homemade bomb detonated in his building.