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2 February 2005
UNESCO employs countless training and promotion activities to reserve, propagate and promote intercommunication between craft skills old and new that bring personal satisfaction and community development. The results of this encounter between creative craftspersons and designers are the subject of an exhibition to be held at the “Maison et Objet” Salon in Paris from 28 January to 1 February.

Thai pottery© A. Clayson/Unesco
Talented prizewinners – FabDesign Competition
Crafts and Design for Development

UNESCO Regional Crafts Prize

To read: Artists in Development

News and Events
Implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the Gulf region Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
25 02 2005 - 01 03 2005  Two representatives (one cultural heritage expert and one natural heritage expert) from each of the following States Parties will participate in the training workshop: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 
Asia-Pacific Creative Communities - a Strategy for the 21st Century Jodhpur, India
22 02 2005 - 26 02 2005  In co-operation with UNIDO, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, the Office of the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific will convene a Senior Expert Symposium.
Dialogue between youth and religious personalities in the South-Asian Association for Regional Co-operation Region Auroville, India
20 02 2005 - 27 02 2005  As part of UNESCO’s Interreligious Dialogue Programme, this meeting is included in the cycle of conferences which began ten years ago and have since taken place in several parts of the world. 
Promotion of the Convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage Roseau, Dominica
17 02 2005 - 18 02 2005  The eighth Regional Meeting for Promotion of the “Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage” will take place in Roseau (Dominica) on 18-19 February on the occasion of the official visit of the Director-General of UNESCO to Dominica. This regional meeting will concern the Member States in the Caribbean. Several important regional representatives will also be present. 
Inter-Parliamentary Conference of Arab States: Parliamentarians, UNESCO Partners Beirut, Lebanon
13 02 2005 - 14 02 2005  This meeting is being held in co-operation with UNESCO, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Lebanese Parliament and the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.
Promoting the Return of Cultural Property to its Countries of Origin or its Restitution in case of Illicit Appropriation Paris, France
06 02 2005 - 09 02 2005  The Intergovernmental Committee, composed of 22 States Members, meets every two years to discuss cases and issues concerning the return and restitution of cultural property, and the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property. 

Second session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions
31 01 2005 - 12 02 2005 The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened on Monday, 31 January the second session of the intergovernmental meeting of experts on the Preliminary Draft Convention on the Protection of the Diversity of Cultural Contents and Artistic Expressions which is being held under the chairmanship of Professor Kader Asmal (South Africa).

Interim tsunami alert system for the Indian Ocean
29 01 2005 - UNESCO and its Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) are in the process of developing an interim tsunami alert system in the Indian Ocean which will cover the region while a longer-term fully-fledged system is put in place. 
FabDesign Paris-Nord Villepinte, France
27 01 2005 - 31 01 2005  In the framework of the "Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity", UNESCO and Ateliers d'Art de France launched the first edition of "FabDesign" project.
Protection of cultural heritage in Kosovo Paris, France
24 01 2005 -Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, had a meeting with Mr Soren Jessen-Petersen, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) for Kosovo and Head of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo.
Applied Course in Management of Heritage Sites Bosra, Syria
25 01 2005 - 03 02 2005  Within the framework of UNESCO's programmes for capacity-building in the field of tangible heritage conservation, in cooperation with the ICCROM's programme for the conservation of archaeological heritage in the Arab Region - "ATHAR", UNESCO Beirut Office, ICCROM and the Syrian Directorate of Antiquities organized this applied course. 
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