International Mother Language Day 2013

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2013 International Mother Language Day is an ideal opportunity to highlight the importance of languages to group and individual identity, as the foundation for all social, economic and cultural life. Multilingualism is a source of strength and… Read more »

UNESCO celebrates ‘Dr Pap’ 50 years on

This year UNESCO recognises the pioneering role of the Greek physician, biologist, and researcher, George Papanicolaou (1883 –1962) who said, “I only live to serve life”. A statement that characterised the man himself and his research which, 50 years after his death, still continues to serve life today. George Papanicolaou (sometimes referred to as “Dr… Read more »

World Press Freedom Day

UNESCO to celebrate World Press Freedom Day in Lao PDR and Myanmar Bangkok, 30 April 2012: On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2012, UNESCO Bangkok emphasizes the freedom of expression and the right to information in Asia and the Pacific. “Freedom of expression is a fundamental right stated by UNESCO and… Read more »

World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2012

Invitation to rally around books Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day, 23 April 2012 Our relationship with books determines, to a large extent, our relationship with culture. On 23 April, for World Book and Copyright Day, UNESCO invites everyone to rally around books and… Read more »

Rio + 20 Youth Consultations

New Zealand Rio + 20 Youth consultations The NZ National Commission for UNESCO is pleased to partner with UNICEF NZ and youth-led NGOs such as 350, Generation Zero, Global Poverty Project, NZYD, P3 and UN Youth to organise a series of youth consultations on the Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development. There are consultations… Read more »

World Water Day – 22 March

World Water Day 2012 highlights link between water and food security Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of the World Water Day “Water and Food security”, 22 March 2012   Water is vital for agriculture, rural development and food industry. Food security is unthinkable without it. On this World Water… Read more »

International Women’s Day, March 8 2012

The rights of women must be protected Too often marginalised, women living in rural settings face steep challenges to the exercise of their human rights, their personal development and the pursuit of their aspirations. Across the world, this is weakening societies and holding back their development. Tackling this problem is the goal of the 2012… Read more »

Screening of Voices of Children

Voices of children to screen at NZ Film Archives Press Release VOICES OF CHILDREN– to screen at NZ Film Archive on the anniversary of February 22nd earthquake   Voices of Children is a 20 minute film in which Christchurch children tell earthquake stories. When Christchurch suffered a succession of devastating earthquakes, AC Productions director and… Read more »

World Radio Day

World Radio Day, 13 February 2012 Joint Message of the Director-General of UNESCO and Secretary-General of International Telecommunication Union on the occasion of World Radio Day established by the UNESCO General Conference, 13 February 2012 Writing a century ago, the American poet, Josephine Preston Peabody described the ability of radio to “fly a thought across… Read more »


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