Seizing the Day: UNESCO in 2012 photo gallery

“The world is changing fast, and UNESCO is actively taking part in this change. […] UNESCO has all it takes to make a difference,” said UNESCO’s Director-General Irina Bokova. In 2011 UNESCO launched important initiatives such as the Global Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education. During the Youth Forum held at UNESCO 210 youth delegates from 127 Member States gathered in Paris bringing with them the voice of change. In 2011 the UNESCO family welcomed new members: the Republic of South Sudan and Palestine. Over 35,000 students worldwide participated in a giant science experiment on water as part of the International Year of Chemistry, led by UNESCO.  This year also marked the 10th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, and the 40th anniversary of the Man and the Biosphere programme. The Tsunami Warning System in the Indian Ocean was launched and is now operational. “2012 will be an opportunity for us to step up our efforts to meet the expectations expressed this year.  We have several major opportunities to seize in 2012,” affirmed Irina Bokova. In 2012 UNESCO celebrates the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the World Heritage Convention.  2012 will also be the year of Rio+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.