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Coronavirus - South Africa: Cape Town 30 April celebration of International Jazz Day not taking place due to COVID-19

International Jazz Day will nevertheless be celebrated on 30 April mainly online

Due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, International Jazz Day celebrations in Cape Town, 2020 Global Host, and other cities across South Africa, including the All-Star Global Concert of 30 April, will not take place as scheduled. This decision was taken in response to the country’s official health guidelines. It…

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A sustainable Congolese school widens the horizon for young girls

The school is run by the Georges Malaika Foundation, which was nominated for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development in 2018

The experiences of a five-year-old child separated from her parents and forced to make a new life were the inspiration for the Malaika school and community centre, which uses education and sustainable development to turn around the lives of girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The school is run…

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UNESCO Director-General to advocate education and culture for resilience at Tokyo International Conference on African Development

The Director-General will take the floor at the plenary session of the conference, on ways to reinforce urban sustainability and resilience

Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, will undertake her first official visit to Japan where she will participate in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII) in Yokohama from 28 to 30 August. She will also hold bilateral meeting Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, to reinforce UNESCO’s partnership…

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UNESCO to host Africa-China World Heritage cooperation forum

These discussions will contribute to the promotion of a better representation of African sites on the World Heritage List

On 3 and 4 June, the UNESCO-Africa-China Forum on World Heritage Capacity Building and Cooperation will seek to strengthen collaboration between Africa and China in the preservation of World Heritage. It will also provide an opportunity to take stock of the sustainable development challenges facing World Heritage sites in both…

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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’…