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UNESCO will celebrate the 2019 edition of the African Week, during which various cultural and scientific events will be organized under the theme Peace, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Africa

The Week also includes an Authors’ Lounge for a special encounter with 40 authors representing the new generation of African penmanship

An Innovation Hub of select African innovators with their state-of-the art inventions will run all week. The Week also includes an Authors’ Lounge for a special encounter with 40 authors representing the new generation of African penmanship.  FESPACO Etalon d’Or film – The Mercy of the Jungle, as well as…

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Mobilization at the highest level at UNESCO to meet the challenge of access to water

Opening of the first UNESCO International Water Conference on May 13 at 9:30 am, by Audrey Azoulay in the presence of some forty ministers

Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister of Water and Sanitation of Senegal, Brune Poirson, Secretary of State to the Minister of State for Ecological and Solidarity Transition of France, will open the first UNESCO International Conference on Water on Monday, 13 May at 9:30 am at UNESCO…

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Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny - UNESCO Peace Prize

The jury also recognizes the laureate's worthiness for the reforms undertaken to consolidate democracy and social cohesion

Abiy Ahmed Ali, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is named as laureate of the 2019 edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize for his actions in the region and, in particular, for having been the instigator of a peace agreement between the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and…

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A new page in the General History of Africa

The General History of Africa is published in 13 languages, including English, French, Portuguese and Arabic, as well as three African languages (Fulfulde, Hausa and Kiswahili)

The International Scientific Committee of UNESCO’s General History of Africa, which met in Belo Horizonte (Brazil) from 25 to 28 March, finalized the drafting of the next three volumes of the collection, to be published in 2020. These new volumes (X, XI and XII) enrich the collection published by UNESCO…

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UNESCO Director-General deplores fires in Mount Kenya National Park

According to the Kenya National Parks Service (KWS), these fires have already destroyed more than 80,000 hectares of forest and grassland

For more than a week, devastating fires have raged in Mount Kenya National Park, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1997 and a part of the Mount Kenya Biosphere Reserve since 1978. According to the Kenya National Parks Service (KWS), these fires have already destroyed more than 80,000 hectares…

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Official visit of UNESCO Director-general Audrey Azoulay to Ghana

The Director-General will participate in a High-Level Dialogue on girls’ education, in the presence of Ministers of Education and Health and senior officials from 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will travel to Ghana on her first official visit to the country as Director-General of UNESCO on January 30. This mission is at the crossroads of two of UNESCO’s main priorities: gender and Africa.  The Director-General will participate in a High-Level Dialogue on girls’…

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UNESCO and Angola to establish Biennale of Luanda, a Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace

The Biennale is part of UNESCO’s operational strategy for Priority Africa (2014-2021) which aims to provide “explicitly African responses to the changes at work in African economies and societies”

Carolina Cerqueira, Minister of Culture of Angola, and Firmin Edouard Matoko, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relation, today signed an agreement for the creation of the Biennale of Luanda – Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace, whose first edition will take place in September 2019. The…

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Forum in Benguérir (Morocco) to examine challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) for Africa

AI is already present on the continent through incubators for technological innovation and, for example, applications that provide school support via smartphones or monitor the breathing of newborns in maternity wards

A Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa, organized by UNESCO and Mohamed VI Polytechnic University from 12 to 13 December in Benguérir (Morocco), will explore the opportunities and challenges of technological innovations relating to artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa. AI is already present on the continent through incubators for technological…

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Director-General condemns the attack that claimed the lives of three Russian journalists Orkhan Dzhemal, Alexander Rastorguyev and Kirill Radchenko in Central AfricanRepublic

The three journalists were working on a documentary for the Russian online news organization Investigation Control Centre (TsUR)

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today condemned the murders of three Russian journalists, freelance war reporter Orkhan Dzhemal, documentary filmmaker Alexander Rastorguyev and cameraman Kirill Radchenko, on 30 July outside the town of Sibut in Central African Republic. “I condemn this horrific attack that claimed the lives of journalists…

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Democratic Republic of the Congo: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation condemns killing of six guards in Virunga National Park

This is the third attack this year against the staff of the Congolese Institute for Nature Conservation in the Virunga Park, and follows similar acts on other World Heritage sites in Central Africa

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today (April 10, 2018) condemed the deadly attack perpetrated on 9 April against the staff of the Virunga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, during which six guards and their driver lost their lives. “I condemn this deadly attack on six guards of…