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January 2003


At headquarters


January 7-10, Rooms I, III, VI, VII, VIII and IX
Conference on the future of the oceans
UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) are hosting this conference for the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme and the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research. The meeting aims to help design and develop a new international research project to better understand how climate change affects marine ecosystems and bio-geochemical cycles.

January 9, Cinema, 5.30 p.m.
Screening of documentary film "E la nave va"
The International Mediterranean Theatre Institute (IITM) and the Mediterranean Programme of UNESCO's Divisions of Cultural Policies and Intercultural Dialogue will present the film "E la nave va," directed by Jacques Hubinet and produced by "Les Films du Soleil." Before the screening there will be a talk on the "Odyssey 2001"(on which the film is based) and "Odyssey 2003" projects, which involve taking artists and dance and theatre groups carrying a message of peace around the Mediterranean aboard a warship, the Constanta, loaned by the Romanian navy.
IITM contact: Serge Alexandre: tel: 04 91 02 58 35, sergio.alexandre@wanadoo.fr

January 9 and 10, Room XII
Round-table of Ministers and Senior Officials responsible for Physical Education and Sport
Award ceremony of International Fair Play trophies

The Declaration of Punta del Este, adopted at the 3rd International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS III, held from November 30 to December 3, 1999) expressed concern that despite the growth of high-level sport and sport-for-all programmes, physical education in schools was on the decline in many countries and was accompanied by a sharp increase in juvenile delinquency and violence and a rise in medical and social costs. The ministers emphasised the ethical values involved in sport and called on all countries to fight practices that undermined them, such as doping. UNESCO is now bringing the ministers together again to discuss ways to strengthen physical education and sport in schools, protect young sports enthusiasts and draw up an international legal instrument to combat drug-taking in sport.
The meeting will include the presentation of International Fair Play awards - made by the International Fair Play Committee - to: Simone Moro (Italy), climbing (Pierre de Coubertin Trophy, fair play gesture); Eusebio Ferreira da Silva (Portugal), football (Borotra Trophy, sporting career); Kipchoge Keino (Kenya), long-distance running and humanitarian aid (Willi Daume Trophy, promoting fair play).
Contact: International Fair Play Committee, Katalin Gereben, tel: (+36) 1 471-41 35, mobile: (+36) 30 241-8411, e-mail: katalin.gereben@fairplayinternational.org

January 13-15, Room IV
8th joint UNESCO/NGO consultation on higher education
Representatives of NGOs will review the situation since the last World Conference on Higher Education (October 1998 in Paris) and discuss privatization, globalization, new technology and the higher education market. Three workshops will be held: on the contribution of higher education to Education for All and to sustainable development, the internationalization of higher education and international cooperation.

January 13-15, Rooms XIII and XIV
First meeting of the Ocean Carbon Coordination Project
For the past 10 years, commercial vessels around the world have been specially equipped with devices to gather data on the world's oceans. These observations will now be used to develop a special database to better understand the critical role the oceans play in absorbing carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.

January 16, Room XIV
Meeting of small European member states before the Information Society summit
About 32 representatives of public services, civil society and the private sector from Europe's small UNESCO member-states (Andorra, the Holy See, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino) will meet to work out a joint strategy for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) to be held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005.
Contact: Jean-Michel Armengol, secretary-general of Andorra's National Commission for UNESCO +376 825-700.

January 21, Room IV, 4.p.m.
50th birthday of the review Diogenes
The review Diogenes will publish its 200th issue, focussing on the dialogue between civilisations, as well as Chamanismes, a special publication in the Collection Quadriges series (Presses Universitaires de France-PUF), which is a revised and expanded reprint of a 10-year-old issue of Diogenes on the subject.
Roberte N. Hamayon, editor of Chamanismes, will take part in a round-table discussion ON WHAT? along with Pierre Sané, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Maurice Aymard, secretary-general of the International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies (ICPHS), and Michel Prigent, managing director of PUF, in the presence of UNESCO General Conference President Ahmad Jalali (a contributor to the 200th issue) and Jean d'Ormesson, of the Académie française, who was editor of the magazine from 1982 to 1998.
Diogenes has been put out by PUF and published since 1952 by the ICPHS with UNESCO's support. It was founded by Roger Caillois, who wanted to make it truly wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary and who edited it until 1978. It is published in English, French, Spanish and Arabic and anthologies are brought out in Japanese, Portuguese, Chinese and Hindi.
Contact: Diogenes, Paola Costa Giovangigli, editor, tel. +33 (0)1 45 68 27 34.

January 23, Room I, 8.30 p.m.
Concert of Arab-Andalusian music
As part of the Algerian Year in France, this concert will be given by the Constantine Ensemble (playing music in the Seville tradition) and feature musicians Hamdi Benani, Abdelmoumen Bentobal and El Haj Mohamed Tahar Fergani. By invitation. Contact: Algerian permanent delegation to UNESCO, tel: +33 (0)1 4568-2963/64.

January 28, Room II, 6 p.m.
21st Century Talks: The Future of Water
This 23rd session of the 21st Century Talks will feature Mahmud Abu-Zeid, Egyptian Water Resources and Irrigation Minister; Claude Allègre, geophysicist and former French Education, Research and Technology Minister; Michel Camdessus, former IMF Director-General, presently head of the Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (a financial taskforce for the forthcoming World Water Forum); and Charles Vorosmarty, of the US University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space. The session, organized by UNESCO's Division of Foresight, Philosophy and Human Sciences, in cooperation with the Science Sector, is part of the International Fresh Water Year (2003) and will be attended by Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura.

January 30, Room IV
"Civilazations in the Eye of the Other II" Symposium
This second international symposium, organized by UNESCO and the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (EPHE), will gather academics and intellectuals from all continents to continue discussions begun at the first conference held at UNESCO in December 2001 as part of the UN Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations.
It will include three round-tables: Conflicts or dialogue among civilizations, chaired by the philosopher Blandine Kriegel; The historical dimension to the current debate on the dialogue among civilizations, chaired by Arab-Islamic specialist François Déroche; and Overcoming obstacles to dialogue among civilizations, chaired by Jocelyne Dakhlia, a social scientist specializing in Islam.

January 31, Room I, 8.30 p.m.
Concert of Arab-Andalusian music
As part of the Year of Algeria in France, the concert by the Algiers Ensemble with Mohamed Kheznadji, Zerrouk Mokdad and Sid-Ahmed Serri, will feature a programme of music of the Cordoba tradition. By invitation.
Contact: Algerian Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, tel: +33 (0)1 4568-2963/64.

Away from Headquarters

January 6, Al Balqa University (Jordan)
Inauguration of SESAME, Middle East Centre of Scientific and Technological Excellence.
UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will attend the opening ceremony of the International Centre for Synchotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications for the Middle East (SESAME), near Al Balqa University, 30 km from Amman. Germany donated the decommissioned (in 1999) synchotron-light facility, which will be used for training and research in structural biology and environmental and materials science, including medical and other applications. For young scientists and doctoral students using SESAME, the Middle East has always been synonymous with conflict and war, said UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura. Through working together as scientists, they will be in the forefront of the political reconciliation the region needs so badly, he said. The Centre would also help fight against "brain drain."

January 10 - February 5, Oslo (Norway)
Illustrations from the UNESCO-BIB 2001 workshop (exhibition)
These illustrations were prepared during the UNESCO-BIB (Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava) Albin Brunovsky Workshop for children's book illustrators. The work of 20 participants from various countries will be on show.

January 13 and 14, Helsinki (Finland)
Science, technology and innovation: a parliamentary perspective
This international round-table organized by UNESCO and the Finnish parliament will gather presidents of parliamentary science committees from more than 50 countries along with scientists, ministers of science, representatives of the private sector and the media. The Finnish Prime Minister will attend the opening ceremony.

January 13-15, Tokyo (Japan)
Asian regional conference for the World Summit on the Information Society
This preparatory ministerial meeting, organized by the Japanese government and several UN agencies, will enable Asian countries to formulate proposals for the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva 2003, Tunis 2005). On January 13 (10.30 a.m.) UNESCO will stage a panel discussion on cultural and linguistic diversity. More information:

January 15, Beijing (China)
Presentation of the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Landscape Architecture
The winners of are four Chinese architecture students, Zhang Lu, Han Pingyue, Li Zhengping and Liu Yanzhuo. The topic for the 2002 prize was the use and conservation of water. The award ceremony is organized by the UNESCO office in Beijing and the Beijing Forestry University. The US $3,500 prize was set up in 1989.
Contact: Geneviève Domenach-Chich, e-mail g.domenach-chich@unesco.org, Diane Menzies, secretary-general of IFLA, di.menzies@clear.net.nz

January 19-28, Porto Alegre (Brazil)
UNESCO participation in the World Social Forum
- From January 19-23, in Porto Alegre (Brazil) UNESCO and civil society partners are organizing the annual meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All in Porto Alegre this year to coincide with the Forum. The meeting will assess civil society participation in the formulation and implementation of education policies and develop strategies for the future. One of the highlights will be a session on the theme "Alternative Discourse in Education: Towards new notions of quality to promote lifelong learning for social transformation" organized in conjunction with the World Education Forum of Porto Alegre. Well-known civil society personalities from all regions, including the writer and political activist Aminata Traore from Mali, will animate the discussion. The Meeting will also look at how to combat violence in schools and encourage lifelong learning for peace and justice.
- From January 23-28, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Human and Social Sciences, Pierre Sané, will lead the UNESCO delegation to the 3rd World Social Forum. UNESCO's contribution will focus on education for all and cultural diversity, with the goal of meeting active members of civil society, consolidating existing partnerships and building new ones, acting as an intermediary between civil society and political decision-makers and reaffirming UNESCO's commitment to a different kind of globalisation. A round-table will also be held on cultural diversity, dialogue and sustainable development.

January 20-23, Baoding, Hebei province (China)
International symposium on rural education
About 150 formal and non-formal education experts from all over the world specializing in basic, higher and adult education in rural areas will discuss how changes in the countryside affect education there.
Contact: Beijing.ed@unesco.org or Beijing@unesco.org

January 30-31, Paris (France).
Symposium on governance
Sponsored by UNESCO, the Colegio de Mexico and the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI) of France's National Political Science Foundation. Researchers and teachers from both sides of the Atlantic will discuss the concept of governance at this conference and another in Mexico in June 2003. Taking a historical, theoretical, semantic and comparative approach, they will try to define and categorise the word governance. Those taking part will include: Ali Kazancigil, former head of UNESCO's Management of Social Transformation (MOST) programme, Guy Hermet, Jean Leca, Richard Balme of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris, Celia Toro, Jean-François Prud'homme and Soledad Loaeza, of the Colegio de Mexico.
At CERI, 56 rue Jacob, Paris 75006, January 30 (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and January 31 (9 a.m.-3.30 p.m.): tel. (+33) (0)1 58 71 70 00 ; fax. (+33) (0)1 58 71 70 90 ; e-mail info@ceri.sciences-po.fr

January 31-February 1, Geneva (Switzerland)
Globalisation and gender relations (conference)
Taking part will be representatives of UNESCO's MOST programme, the Institute of Advanced Latin American Studies (Paris) and Women in Development Europe (WIDE).
The conference is organized by the University Institute for Development Studies (IUED) (Geneva), with the Swiss development aid agency and the Swiss national commission for UNESCO.
Conference at Rue Rothschild 22, c.p. 136, 1211 Genève 21. Contact: At IUED, Christine Verschuur and Fenneke Reysoo, tel: (+41) (0)22 906-5904, fax: (+ 41) (0)22 906-5969, www.iued.unige.chcolloquegenre@iued.unige.ch

Press contact

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Official visits by the UNESCO Director-General

· Jordan, January 5 and 6
· Malta, January 6 and 7
· Peru, January 15-19
· Chile, January 20-22

New from UNESCO Publishing

Janvier 2003

In English

Arts and Artists from an Economic Perspective
By Xavier Greffe, translated from French by Latika Saghal and Xavier Greffe
312p., 24 x 16 cm, 92-3-103834-6 29,12€
Available also in French

The art of living in peace
Guide to education for a culture of peace

By Pierre Weil
122 p., 24 x 17 cm, 92-3-103804-4, 13 €
Available also in French

Education for All - Is the world on track?
EFA Global Monitoring Report 2002

New annual publication, 310 pp., 28 x 21,5 cm, 1st edition, charts, tables, photos, text boxes
92-3-103880-X 24 €
Executive summary in English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian available upon request

Globalization and the Market in Higher Education
Quality, Accreditation and Qualifications

Edited by Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic
212p., 24 x 15,5 cm, 92-3-103870-2 22 €

Tell me about the World Heritage
The notion of heritage explained to younger generations

47 p., 21 x 15 cm, 92-3-103873-7 4.57 €
Also available in French and Spanish

World Heritage - Archaeological Sites and Urban Centres
Prepared by Skira Editore and UNESCO
383pp., 29 x 25 cm, hardcover, colour photographs, 92-3-103869-9, 50 €

World Heritage in Young Hands
To know, cherish and act - An educational resource kit for teachers
Booklet 178pp., 29,7 x 21 cm + 26 colour plates, map, poster & other components in a plastic slipcase,
92-3-103843-5, 30 €
Also available in French

En espagnol

Háblame del patrimonio mundial
La noción de patrimonio explicada a los jóvenes

Texto de Jean López
47 p., 15 x 21 cm, 92-3-303873-4 4,57 €
También disponible en inglés y francés

Los niños de Thula Mntwana (video)
Crecer en la ciudad

Director: Shaun Cameron
Video, 26 min, PAL, 92-3-303866-1 11,43 €
También disponible en inglés y francés

En français

L'éducation tout au long de la vie
Défis du vingt et unième siècle
Conclusion par Jacques Delors
181 p., 14,5 x 21 cm, 92-3-203812-9 14 €
Disponible aussi en anglais

Les enfants de Thula Mntwana
Grandir dans la ville

Réalisation: Shaun Cameron
Vidéo, SECAM, 26 minutes, 92-3-203875-7 11,43 €
Disponible aussi en anglais et espagnol

Le patrimoine mondial entre les mains de jeunes
Connaître, aimer, agir - Kit éducatif à l'usage des enseignants

Manuel 179 p., 21 x 29,7 cm + 26 photos couleur grand format, affiche, carte + autres outils pédagogiques
92-3-203843-9 30 €
Disponible aussi en anglais

Raconte-moi Le Patrimoine mondial
La notion de patrimoine expliquée aux jeunes

Texte de Jean Lopez
47 p., 15 x 21 cm, 92-3-203873-0 4,57 €
Disponible aussi en anglais et espagnol


Contact: Cristina Laje, e-mail : c.laje@unesco.org, tel: 01 4568-4930