Making a Difference: Seventy Years of UNESCO Actions

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"Education is the great engine of personal development". Nelson Mandela

What has been the impact of UNESCO’s ideas and initiatives? How have UNESCO’s values and ideals been translated into practice over the past 70 years? Why does history matter for UNESCO? These are the questions that 17 historians address during this 70th anniversary history conference, covering a wide range of topics, from world heritage conservation to post-conflict reconstruction, from peace building to dissemination of knowledge. The objective is to gain a better understanding of UNESCO’s relevance and its capacity to help building the defences of peace in the minds of men and women.


9.30-10.30: Opening Ceremony
• Mr Getachew Engida, Deputy Director-General of UNESCO
• H. E. Mr Mohamed Sameh Amr, Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO
• Mr Hao Ping, President of the General Conference of UNESCO
• Her Royal Highness Princess Marie of Denmark, Protector of the Danish National Commission for UNESCO.
• Projection of historical images and sound

10.30-10.45: Introduction
• Poul Duedahl (Aalborg University, Denmark): Out of the House: On the Global History of UNESCO, 1945-2015

10.45-12.30: Sub-theme: Routes of Knowledge
• Edgardo C. Krebs (Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA): Popularizing Anthropology, Combating Racism: Alfred Métraux at the UNESCO Courier
• Céline Giton (Chartreuse de Neuville, France): Weapons of Mass Distribution: UNESCO and the Central Role of Books
• Suzanne Langlois (York University, Toronto, Canada): And Action!: UN and UNESCO Coordinating Information Films, 1945-1951

14.30-16.00: Sub-theme: Rebuilding a World Devastated by War
• Samuel Boussion (Université Paris-8, France), Mathias Gardet (Université Paris-8, France) & Martine Ruchat (Université de Genève, Switzerland): Child Victims, UNESCO and the Promotion of International Model of Children’s Communities after World War II
• Takashi Saikawa (Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan): Returning to the International Community: UNESCO and Postwar Japan, 1945-1951
• Miriam Intrator (Ohio University, USA): Pursuing Peace through a ‘Library-Minded’ World

16.00-17.30: Sub-theme: Experts on the Ground
• Jens Boel (UNESCO Archives, France): UNESCO’s Fundamental Education Program 1946-1958: Vision, Actions and Impact
• Josué Mikobi (Université Pédagogique Nationale and Université Protestante au Congo, Kinshasa, D.R. Congo): Education for Independence: UNESCO in post-colonial Congo
• Anabella Abarzúa Cutroni (Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina): The flow of UNESCO experts towards Latin America: On the asymmetrical impact of the missions, 1947-1984
Thursday 29 October 2015


9.30-10.30: Keynote Speaker
• Elikia M'Bokolo (École des hautes études en sciences sociales de Paris, France): Why History? Reflections on the Relevance of the Historical Sciences for UNESCO’s Activities

10.45-12.30: Sub-theme: Implementing Peace in the Minds
• Thomas Nygren (Uppsala University, Sweden): UNESCO Teaches History: Implementing International Understanding in Sweden
• Inés Dussel (Departamento de Investigaciones Educativas del Centro de Investigación y Estudios Avanzados, Mexico) & Christian Ydesen (Aalborg University, Denmark): UNESCO and the Improvement of History Textbooks in Mexico, 1945-1960
• Aigul Kulnazarova (Tama University, Japan): UNESCO’s Role in East Asian Reconciliation: Postwar Japan and International Understanding

14.00-15.30: Sub-theme: Practicing World Heritage
• Aurélie Elisa Gfeller & Jaci Eisenberg (The Graduate Institute, Switzerland): UNESCO and the Shaping of Global Heritage
• Agnès Borde Meyer (Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, France): Safeguarding Iran and Afghanistan: On UNESCO’s Efforts in the Field of Archaeology
• Celine Lai (Chinese University of Hong Kong, P.R. China): UNESCO and Chinese Heritage: An Ongoing Campaign to Achieve World-Class Standard

15.30-15.45: Concluding Remarks
• Chief Archivist Jens Boel, UNESCO & Professor Poul Duedahl, Director of the Global History of UNESCO Project

15.45-16.00: Closing of the Conference
• Chairperson of the Danish National Commission for UNESCO, Professor Linda Nielsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


The conference will be moderated by Vincent Defourny, Director of UNESCO’s Division of Public Information


Details

Type of Event Special Event
Start 28.10.2015 08:30 local time
End 29.10.2015 15:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Boel, Jens
Organizer KMI/ALR in cooperation with ERI (70th anniversary event)
Contact j.boel@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 125, Avenue de Suffren
Room Room X
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 300
Official Website
Link 1 Online registration
Link 2 Programme
Link 3 A new vision of the History of UNESCO
Link 4 Is UNESCO changing the world? Poul Duedahl's response

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