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January 3, 2007
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Museums: New Challenges     

Afghanistan National Museum restored © Unesco/B.Cassar

 Museums serve as unique forums for our collective memory – including some of the most painful chapters of human history. They also constitute extraordinary repositories for cultural diversity's numerous manifestations, whether from the domain of heritage, contemporary creation or from the social arena. To ensure that the widest possible public gains access to cultural heritage and knowledge, which foster social cohesion and mutual understanding among cultures, UNESCO devotes its energies to implementing innovative projects and to stimulating meaningful reflection on the stakes involved. 
News and Events
  • Presentation of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization's project at the Grand Palais Paris, France
    08 12 2006 - 16 03 2007 In the framework of the exhibition “Trésors engloutis d’Égypte” presented at the Grand Palais Museum in Paris, an exhibition space has been allocated to the project of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), which is presently under construction.
  • XI Scientific Workshop on Social Anthropology and Afro-American Culture Havana, Cuba
    05 - 08 01 2007  The workshop features lectures, three art exhibitions, homages to African poetry and to researcher Natalia Bolívar, a book launch and a religious procession through different squares of colonial Havana on the occasion of the twenty-first anniversary of the creation of Africa House. 
  • Cultural Impact Assessment and Maritime Archaeology Galle, Sri Lanka
    09 - 10 01 2007  The Organizing Committee of the 2007 session of this Asian Academy for Heritage Management (AAHM) Field School meets to review the applications for the training event and to finalize the curriculum which will focus on integrated heritage management in a maritime context. 
  • Networking of Interreligious Women’s Associations from East Africa Nairobi, Kenya
    15 - 17 01 2007  Some 100 participants take part in this international conference to exchange best practices and experiences in the field of interreligious dialogue based on the outcome of a series of training-of-trainers workshops carried out in East Africa since September 2006. Topics discussed: the main obstacles and positive responses encountered. 
  • Forgotten Slaves: return of the archaeological mission Paris, France
    17 01 2007   The research and communication project entitled “Forgotten Slaves” centers on the 1761 shipwreck of the slave carrying vessel “L’Utile” and the fight for survival of the slaves that were abandoned on the island of Sable (today known as Tromelin) for over fifteen years. The underwater and land archaeological mission that recently returned from the site will report its findings. 
  • Promotion and Implementation of Three International Conventions in Central Asia Dushanbe, Tajikistan
    19 - 20 01 2007   The objectives of this regional meeting will be to raise awareness, promote the ratification of and improve the implementation of three international conventions in Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
  • Nouveaux Virtuoses Concert Paris, France
    22 01 2007   This series of classical concerts is dedicated to promoting young solo artists at the international level. The Children’s Choir of the Paris Opera (le Choeur d’enfants de l’Opéra de Paris) will perform works by Delibes and Britten, and the featured pianist, 13-year-old Ingmar Lazar, will play Chopin. 
  • Sharing Our Heritages Paris and Val de Loire, France
    22 01 - 01 02 2007  In January 2007, students from the European Union and Australia will have the opportunity to participate in this exchange programme designed to explore other conceptions of heritage and its conservation in an intercultural perspective. 
  • Are Historic Urban Landscapes a Type of Cultural Landscape? St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
    29 01 - 02 02 2007  International and local experts will participate in this regional conference to discuss regional concepts and approaches to Historic Urban Landscape and the Master Plan for the World Heritage Site of St Petersburg.
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