Welcome to the newsletter of  unesco.org/culture dedicated to UNESCO cultural activities.
5 April 2004.

In Focus.



The 23rd of April will mark the ninth World Book and Copyright Day, which was launched by the UNESCO General Conference on November 15th, 1995. Nine years on, World Book and Copyright Day is well known and recognised in both northern and southern hemispheres by all those working in publishing, who see it as an exceptional opportunity to promote books to new audiences. This day is celebrated in nearly one hundred countries. Information: www.unesco.org/culture/bookday.


 23 April 2004: World Book and Copyright Day.


 An aid to development: Books and reading

 Artists and creators: Protecting their rights.

 On-line consultation: Copyright Bulletin .

 New web site: Collection of national copyright laws .

 A legal instrument: Universal Copyright Convention  .

News and Events.

Second meeting of experts on the preliminary draft International Convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions.
02 Apr 2004 - The Director-General opened, on 30 March, the second meeting of experts on the preliminary draft International Convention on the protection of the diversity of cultural contents and artistic expressions. 

 Monsignor Etchegaray and the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mustafa Ceric to receive UNESCO's 2003 Félix Houphouët-Boigny peace prize
24 Mar 2004 - The Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mustafa Ceric, member of the European Council of Religious Leaders, and the Roman Catholic Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, former President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, were chosen today as laureates of the 2003 UNESCO Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize by an international jury presided by former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Henry Kissinger.

 Kosovo: “Beyond monuments and heritage, it is memory and cultural identity that are being destroyed” declares Director-General of UNESCO
22 Mar 2004 - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, today expressed his great concern over the events of the past few days in Kosovo and the surrounding region, which have provoked the loss of numerous human lives and damaged cultural and religious heritage. 

Conference at the Maison universitaire France-Japan in Strasbourg
 Maison universitaire France-Japan, Strasbourg
06 Apr 2004 - 06 Apr 2004  This conference will present one of the most important safeguarding projects carried out by UNESCO at Angkor over the past 10 years to students, scientists and university teachers.

New Websites.

 UNESCO Office Havana: Inauguration of the Regional Portal on Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

Just Published.

 The Different Aspects of Islamic Culture, Vol V
Culture and learning in Islam (book) 
L'héritage de l'Humanité
Splendeurs du patrimoine mondial (book, French version) 

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