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 30 September 2004

In Focus

Music, being an expression of cultural diversity and of the dialogue between cultures and human creativity, a factor of understanding and of peace, and an instrument of economic development, is continually reinventing life.

(Henri Matisse)
© Succession H. Matisse 2004

Music@UNESCO: 1 October, International Music Day
Traditional Music of the World: UNESCO Collection
Training Youth: UNESCO Music Education and Career Prospects World Directory
Socio-professional status of artists: Recognizing their rights
Intellectual property: Rights to be protected
Assisting the music industry, fighting against piracy: The Global Alliance
Promoting young talent: The Aschberg Bursaries for Artists
News and Events
Interparliamentary Conference on Culture São Paulo, Brazil
21 10 2004 - 22 10 2004  The Conference is chiefly intended to contribute meaningfully to achieving the objectives of Latin American countries in terms of development and integration through the channel of culture.

The Safeguarding of Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage: Towards an Integrated Approach Nara, Japan
20 10 2004 - 23 10 2004  UNESCO and the Japanese Agency for Culture have decided to organize jointly an international conference on this theme in Japan. 

UNESCO National Workshop on the Implementation of the 1970 Convention and the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention
Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea
20 10 2004 - 22 10 2004  A National Workshop on the Implementation of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Owernship of Cultural Property (Paris, 1970), and the UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects (Rome, 1995) is being organized in co-operation with the DPRK's National Commission for UNESCO. 
The UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts Bamako, Mali
18 10 2004 - 22 10 2004  This Prize will be the object of a Pan-African Visual Arts Competition being organized by the Mali National Museum in Bamako in co-operation with the UNESCO Office and the Division of Arts and Cultural Enterprise, and will contribute to promoting cultural diversity in the field of plastic arts. 
 Young Digital Creators Programme and Computer Space 2004 Sofia, Bulgaria
13 10 2004 - 13 10 2004  The Young Digital Creators (YDC) Programme, an online initiative of UNESCO DigiArts targeting youth, is to be presented at Computer Space 2004 being organized under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr Georgi Parvanov.

Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage Buenos Aires, Argentina
11 10 2004 - 15 10 2004  Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage is a worldwide network of universities created in 1995 by the UNESCO Culture Sector. Its Secretariat is managed by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain).

Culturally Appropriate IEC (Information, Education and Communication) for HIV/AIDS Prevention in the three Caucasus Countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
05 10 2004 - 14 10 2004  Mid-term Workshops
Nabi Digital Storytelling Competition of Intangible Heritage Seoul, Republic of Korea
02 10 2004 - 08 10 2004  International Competition for digitalization of the intangible heritage: Nabi Centre in co-operation with UNESCO and AVICOM.

2004 UNESCO Performing Arts Award Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation
30 09 2004 - 10 10 2004  The 2004 UNESCO Prize for the Promotion of the Arts in the Performing Arts category is being awarded at the "Baltic House" International Theatre Festival. 

2004 Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to be awarded on October 1 UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
28 09 2004 - UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura, will present the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture to the two 2004 laureates, Tunisian researcher Abdelwahab Bouhdiba and Spanish historian Juan Vernet Ginés, at a ceremony to be held at Headquarters on October 1 (7 p.m., Room II). 

UNESCO's Executive Board to meet at UNESCO Headquarters,from September 28 to October 14 Paris, France
27 09 2004 - UNESCO’s Executive Board, chaired by Ambassador Hans-Heinrich Wrede (Germany), will hold its 170th session. 

Conventions against Illicit Traffic of Cultural Property Cape Town, South Africa
27 09 2004 - 30 09 2004  The meeting includes participants from approximately 20 African States, as well as international experts from INTERPOL, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the World Customs Organization (WCO), and several African experts.

Second International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony Tbilisi, Georgia
23 09 2004 - 01 10 2004  The Second International Symposium on Traditional Polyphony and the accompanying Festival of Gurian Song, is being organized jointly by UNESCO and the Georgian Government in Georgia.

First Intergovernmental Meeting on the preliminary draft International Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
20 09 2004 - The Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, together with the President of the General Conference and the Chairman of the Executive Board, attended the opening session of the First Intergovernmental Meeting on the preliminary draft International Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions. 

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World Heritage Review (periodical, n° 37)
Chogha Zanbil (multilingual brochure in Persian, Japanese and English)

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