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29 April 2004

In Focus


From 9 May to 26 September 2004 the Universal Forum of Cultures is expecting 5 million visitors to its programme of conferences, discussions, expositions, interactive installations and multicultural shows dealing with some of the major questions of our time.


Development, diversity and peace: Universal Forum of Cultures

Parliament of the world’s religions: Pathways to peace

Language and violence: Youth Forum

New forms of ignorance, new forms of literacy: Conference

A card game to save the planet : The “Terra” parlour game

 Barcelona 2004:  Practical information

News and Events

 UNESCO launches Forgotten Slaves programme
23 Apr 2004 - The programme, implemented by the French Marine Archaeology Group (GRAN) with UNESCO support, was inspired by the wreck of the slave ship l’Utile off the shores of the Tromelin Island in the Indian Ocean in 1761. 

Award ceremony of the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Prize
27 Apr 2004 - The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, awarded to Cambodia and Egypt the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Prize for the preservation and promotion of cultural spaces or forms of folk or traditional cultural expression proclaimed "masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity”.

 Workshop for Journalists on the World Heritage Convention
 Emei Mountain, China
29 Apr 2004 - 30 Apr 2004  In anticipation of the 28th Session of the World Heritage Committee , this meeting is being organized jointly by the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO’s Beijing Office at the Emei Mountain, World Heritage Site in Sichuan Province (China), with the support of the Chinese State Administration of Cultural Heritage. 

Cultural Diversity and Globalization. The Arab-Japanese Experience: a Cross-Regional Dialogue
 UNESCO Headquarters, Room XII
06 May 2004 - 07 May 2004  An international panel of experts will participate in this Symposium, which will be the occasion for the Arab world and Japan to foster co-operation and exchange views on the process of modernization and preservation of cultural diversity in a globalized world. 

Anti-piracy training for trainers
 Sofia, Bulgaria
17 May 2004 - 20 May 2004  UNESCO, in the framework of its Global Alliance for cultural diversity, and in collaboration with the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO, the Bulgarian stakeholders in the field of copyright and the international anti-piracy associations in the music and motion picture sectors, organizes an ANTI-PIRACY TRAINING FOR TRAINERS seminar. 

Just Published

Cultural Rights and Wrongs
(book, Russian version) 
Museum Internacional 218
Lo Sagrado en un mundo interconectado (e-journal, in Spanish) 
Masterpieces of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity
Second Proclamation (brochure) 

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