News by topic: Culture, Education


Cultural traditions in Portugal, Uganda and Ukraine added to UNESCO heritage protection list

30 November – With the current session of the United Nations committee tasked with safeguarding intangible cultural heritage under way, three cultural elements in Portugal, Uganda and Ukraine have been inscribed to the United Nations list of cultural traditions in need of urgent protection.


UN committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage opens session in Ethiopia

28 November – More than 300 artists and performers showcased the wealth of Ethiopia’s intangible cultural heritage in Addis Ababa on Sunday ahead of today’s opening of the 11th session of the United Nations Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Outer space is driver for disaster risk management, sustainable development – UN expert

22 November – Space applications related to telecommunications and global navigation can play a vital role in supporting disaster risk reduction, response and recovery efforts, a senior United Nations official said today at the UN forum on space as a socio-economic driver for sustainable development under way in Dubai.


In storm-hit Haiti, ‘physical rehabilitation and psycho-social support go hand-in-hand’ – UNESCO

22 November – Hurricane Matthew disrupted education in Haiti for more than 100,000 children, affecting some 770 schools, 150 of which are still being used as shelters, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is working to restore education – one of the vital signs of recovery after a natural disaster.


Gambia violating human rights obligations by detaining journalists, warns UN rights office

22 November – The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has sounded the alarm over the fact that two journalists in Gambia have been held for more than two weeks without access to lawyers or their family members.


'Philosophy is an art of living together,' says UNESCO on World Philosophy Day

17 November – Marking World Philosophy Day, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is encouraging people of the world to share their philosophical heritages and “dare to open spaces for free, open and tolerant thinking.”


Science centres and museums vitally important for sustainable development – UNESCO

10 November – Noting the centrality of science in major global sustainable development agenda, the head of the United Nations educational and scientific agency underscored the importance of science centres and museums to build skill and capacities as well as to send strong messages about the importance of science for sustainable development.


On International Day, UN calls for end of impunity for crimes against journalists

2 November – Warning that impunity for crimes against journalists is rampant, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for immediate action to secure justice in cases here journalists have been attacked or killed and for concrete steps from all countries to ensure that media professionals are guaranteed space to operate free from harassment and intimidation.


Destruction of cultural heritage is an attack on people and their fundamental rights – UN expert

27 October – When cultural heritage is under attack, it is also the people and their fundamental human rights that are under attack, a United Nations expert warned the UN General Assembly, issuing an urgent call to step up international action against the destruction of heritage such as monuments, historic sites and sacred places.


‘It’s your story – don’t lose it,’ UNESCO says marking World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

27 October – Archives are humanity’s collective memory bank, maintained in many public and private organizations, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said today, urging all public and private entities as well as relevant professionals to take urgent action to safeguard audiovisual works and records ‘as an integral part of our shared heritage.”