» Sustainable development is at the heart of UNESCO’s Africa Week
18.05.2012 - UNESCOPRESS

Sustainable development is at the heart of UNESCO’s Africa Week

UNESCO/Ania Freindorf

Film screenings, art exhibitions and themed conferences will mark the 2012 edition of Africa Week, to be held at UNESCO’s headquarters from May 21st to the 25th. The event is organized by African Member-States of UNESCO, under the chairmanship of South Africa. A tribute will also be paid to Wangari Maathai, an environmental activist and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize who died last year.

Africa Week will be officially launched at 11am, May 21st in UNESCO’s main foyer. The Week will be marked by various activities, including conferences on topics such as “Cooperation regarding Climate Change and the Promotion of Sustainable Development”, “Joseph Ki-Zerbo: the Humanist, the Historian and the Intellectual” and “Reviewed, corrected and reconstituted Yoruba Mathematics: Archaeology and anthropology of knowledge in Verbal culture.” Particular emphasis will be placed on science in Africa through a presentation by the Academy of Sciences of the Development World (TWAS, Trieste) and the International Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (Burkina Faso).

The film Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai, by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton will be screened along with two documentaries: Djanta Halidou and …D’argile, les potières de Sejnane. Other events include Children’s African dress show, cultural exhibitions and a gala evening. The festivities will end with the broadcast of a message by Boni Yayi, President of the African Union and President of Benin, followed by a tasting of African dishes.  

Africa Week is an annual event organized by the African permanent delegations to UNESCO. It aims to increase the visibility of Africa by enhancing the diversity of its cultural and artistic heritage.


Journalists wishing to cover events organized as part of Africa Week are requested to obtain accreditation.

             Media contact: Isabelle Le Fournis, Press Services of UNESCO

                 Tel : +33 (0)145681748, i.le-fournis(at)unesco.org


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