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August 7 2006
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Traditional Knowledge
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Traditional knowledge systems are part of humanity’s cultural heritage and their protection and promotion are an ethical imperative. Their content, worldviews and transmission constitute an invaluable resource for enhancing individual and collective identity, human dignity, intercultural dialogue and sustainable development.
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  • Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts Programme in Asia: Call for Candidatures Bangkok, Thailand
    01 06 - 31 08 2006  Entering its sixth year, the Seal of Excellence continues to recognize handicrafts products that are culturally authentic and have been manufactured in a socially responsible manner with respect for the environment. 
  • Call for candidatures for the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture 2006 Paris, France
    07 07 2006 - 31 08 2006  The Sharjah Prize rewards the efforts of a national of an Arab Member State and a national of any other country, each of whom have contributed, through artistic, intellectual or promotional pursuits, to the development and diffusion of Arab culture in the world.
  • World Heritage Committee adds 18 new sites to the World Heritage List 2006 Vilnius, Lithuania
    08 - 16 07 2006  Among the 18 new sites inscribed on the World Heritage List this year were the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries (China) and Agave Landscape and Ancient Industrial Facilities of Tequila (Mexico), the Strade Nuove and the system of the Palazzi dei Rolli in Genoa (Italy) and Aflaj Irrigation Systems (Oman). The Committee also approved extensions for three cultural sites and one natural site. 
  • Modifications to the List of World Heritage in Danger Vilnius, Lithuania
    08 - 16 07 2006  In consideration of improved site conservation the World Heritage Committee removed Cologne Cathedral (Germany), Djoudj National Bird Sanctuary (Senegal), the Group of Monuments at Hampi (India) and Ichkeul National Park (Tunisia) from the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Committee also added two sites to the List in Danger: the Dresden Elbe Valley (Germany) and Medieval Monuments in Kosovo. 
  • “On the Silk Road” Exhibition La Chapelle Urée, Bay of Mont Saint Michel, France
    08 07 - 27 08 2006  The exhibition takes a pedagogical approach to the Silk Road along which East met West over thousands of years to exchange ideas and techniques, arts and crafts and ways of life.
  • World Heritage Committee adopts strategy on heritage and climate change Vilnius, Lithuania
    12 07 2006  The World Heritage Committee adopted recommendations on ways to respond to the threat of climate change to many World Heritage sites such as Mount Everest (Sagarmatha National Park in Nepal), Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Venice (Italy).
  • UNESCO Caucus for Vajrayana Buddhist Project Sites Leh, Ladakh, India
    26 07 - 01 08 2006  The Caucus is part of the multi-sectoral project “Cultural Survival and Revival in the Buddhist Sangha: Documentation, Education and Training to Revitalize Traditional Decorative Arts and Building Crafts in the Temples of Asia”, initiated in 2000 by UNESCO with the support of the Government of Norway.
  •  Worldwide photography project launched in support of World Heritage Paris, France
    01 08 2006 A new partnership to promote UNESCO World Heritage sites has been launched with the signing on 19 July of a Memorandum of Understanding between UNESCO and the New Zealand-based company GSP Our Place-World Heritage (GSP OP-WH Ltd). 
  • The Director-General convenes a special session of UNESCO Middle East Task Force to discuss UNESCO’s response to the crisis in Lebanon Paris, France
    02 08 2006 On 31 July, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, convened a special session of the UNESCO Task Force on the Middle East to discuss the current crisis in Lebanon. The aim of the meeting was to co-ordinate UNESCO’s response to the current situation and to prepare the Organization’s contribution to future recovery and reconstruction efforts by the Lebanese authorities. 
  • Young creators make digital urban installations San José, California, United States of America
    07 - 12 08 2006  Within the framework of the UNESCO “Young Digital Creators (YDC)” Programme of DigiArts, 10 young delegates have been invited to participate in the YDC Workshop, which has been designated as one of the major youth programmes of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts 2006 (6-13 August). 
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