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Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention

Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention

The Eighth Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property will take place at UNESCO (Room I) Headquarters on 27 and 28 October 2020. This session will be organized on the basis of the functions assigned to the Subsidiary Committee by the Meeting of States Parties (art.14.6 of the Rules of Procedure of the Meeting of States Parties). In 2020, the theme will revolve around the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Convention. Working and information documents will be published online shortly.
Oct 27, 2020 , Source: unesconews
The history of humanity from the visions of the original peoples of Latin America

The history of humanity from the visions of the original peoples of Latin America

UNESCO presents with CLACSO the pre-publication of the book "Retornar al Origen: narraciones ancestrales sobre humanidad, tiempo y mundo" ("Return to Origin: Ancestral Narratives on Humanity, Time and the World".)
Sep 18, 2020 , Source: unesconews

Lebanese artists express hope for the future during UNESCO ResiliArt debate

On 10 September 2020, UNESCO, in the framework of its #LiBeirut initiative, organized the ResiliArt Lebanon: Defending cultural diversity through creativity online debate to discuss the current situation of the creative sector in Beirut following the deadly explosions that shook the Lebanese capital on 4 August last. The debate was moderated by Ernesto Ottone R, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Culture and featured seven prominent artists and culture professionals from Lebanon and the Lebanese diaspora: Ziad Doueri (filmmaker), Omar Abiazar (director of the Zoukak theatre collective), Karen Chekerdjian (designer), Nadine Touma (editor), Nadine Labaki (film director), Khaled Mouzanar (musician, composer) and Maya de Freige (President of the Fondation Liban Cinema). The participants discussed the many challenges artists in Lebanon currently face and reflected on the way forward and the support needed, also in light on the current COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis. In the words of Karen Chekerdjian, “we cannot let this tragedy take away the dreams of the creators, the work of a lifetime. The studios, houses and cultural spaces must be rebuilt.” Nadine Labaki stressed the need to support cultural professionals by providing them with necessary social and economic support. Nadine Touma encouraged the decision makers to listen to artists and cultural actors across Lebanon, as they form an essential part of the country’s rich cultural mosaic that enriches society and also contributes to jobs and the economy. The panelists stressed the social aspects of arts and culture and expressed the need to organize music concerts or other cultural activities in public open air spaces, while waiting for the rehabilitation of cultural venues and the end of the health crisis. UNESCO launched # Li Beirut initiative, to mobilize support for the reconstruction and recovery of the Lebanese capital. UNESCO rallies various culture actors to continue reflecting on how to build back better Lebanon’s cultural heritage and creative sector through the three-part series of ResiliArt Lebanon debates. The second debate on 17 September will focus on the role of museums and art galleries for the future of cultural life in Beirut and beyond, while the third debate on 24 September will invite built-heritage professionals to survey the damages of the explosions on historical structures as well as their future reconstruction. The 10 September debate Defending cultural diversity through creativity can be followed here
Sep 18, 2020 , Source: unesconews
Offering youth civic engagement opportunities in a traditional Tunisian city: Selim’s Venture

Offering youth civic engagement opportunities in a traditional Tunisian city: Selim’s Venture

Selim Fredj (29) is from Nadhour, a traditional city in Tunisia with a population of nearly 43,000. In December of 2019, Selim founded the cultural café “Coin D'élite” (Elite corner), a café that welcomes both women and men - a rare occurrence in the historical part of the city - and offers a variety of cultural and civic engagement activities for the neighborhood's youth. Selim's project is ambitious, since he intends to engage the youth in an area that usually lacks clubs and cultural activities. In order to do this, he organizes cultural and musical activities, and sometimes he organizes board game activities, such as the game called Loup Garou, "which helps build the capacity of young people and creates a sense of social cohesion among members of the community", Selim says. He also develops initiatives that focus on skill building, such as improving personal skills and soft skills. To date, Coin D'élite has 20 active members. For its members, particularly the women and girls of Nadhour, for whom it is sometimes frowned upon to gather and go to coffee shops, it is an opportunity to engage with others in a public and safe space. Selim explains that "while some regions of Tunisia are very progressive with regard to the status of women, in Nadhour, although women are now forced to work because of the rising cost of living, the mentality remains the same, and they are not always allowed to go out to see friends at the cafés, as it is essentially considered to be a hobby ‘for men.’ That is why I am leading this initiative: I have to try to change things, and I do this through cultural events, such as by hosting film screenings or book clubs, which are more readily accepted as a hobby.” © UNESCO Coin D'élite is located right next to a high school, which allows Selim to attract students. When the school was in session (before the pandemic), students would go to the café, exchange ideas and study there. Debates sometimes took place, which is one of the reasons why Selim opened the café. "In Nadhour, the curriculum strictly focuses on academic materials. There are no clubs, cultural activities, events or trainings. There is only academic coursework, which does not teach young people to engage in civil society or to develop their critical skills. The only way I could attract young people to engage in these kinds of activities was by setting up a café.” Recently, the members of Coin D'élite participated in a UNESCO activity about the prevention of violent extremism through youth empowerment, where they discussed the role of formal and informal education in the prevention of violent extremism, as well as the key role of youth in the development of more peaceful societies. This idea came to Selim after his participation in international debates organized by iiDebate in the framework of the UNESCO and UNOCT project on the prevention of violent extremism. © UNESCO In addition, before the lockdown, he organized an innovative event: the screening of the film "Dachra," a popular film in Tunisia. Along with several other members, Selim also engaged in activities during the quarantine period, such as volunteering in public spaces and distributing food to the most vulnerable families of the community during Ramadan. Another reason why Selim feels that it is so important to have a space like Coin D'élite is because, since there are no youth activities in Nadhour, terrorist groups often take advantage of this vulnerability to recruit young people. Selim, himself, knows people who have moved to Syria or Libya to join terrorist groups. He says, "They are intelligent people, good students, but the problem is that they lack supervision at school and hope for their future.” However, initiatives such as Coin D'élite allow young people to further develop their critical thinking skills, making them less likely to be recruited by terrorist groups.     "My dream is to build and sustain this space where everyone can discuss and debate peacefully, and where we can also have fun. I'm looking to incorporate social impact into my work, and I don't want to wait for public authorities to change things in my community. One day, I hope to open Coin d’Elite cafés in other regions of Tunisia. My café is not just a place to drink coffee; it is a place where young people come together to build the future. © UNESCO *** For more information: - Learn more about Coin D'élite: https://www.facebook.com/CE.nadhour   - Learn more about iiDebate: https://www.facebook.com/iidebate  
Sep 18, 2020 , Source: unesconews
Creative Youth at the Time of Pandemic: Wear your Mask and Support Your Heritage!
Asia-Pacific Online Regional Consultation Towards a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science
Request for Proposal for Regional Science, Engineering, Technology and Innovation (SETI) Needs and Assets Mapping
Request for Proposal for Science For and With Society in Dealing with Global Pandemic
UNESCO IFAP set to deliberate on challenges in building inclusive knowledge societies in the age of COVID-19

UNESCO IFAP set to deliberate on challenges in building inclusive knowledge societies in the age of COVID-19

UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) looks to the future and begins shaping a new strategic plan as its Intergovernmental Council meets for the 11th time since the programme’s creation in 2001. From 22 to 25 September, experts, specialists and diplomats from the 22 Member States composing the IFAP Council will come together online and explore future orientations in the implementation of the Programme.
Sep 17, 2020 , Source: unesconews
Beyond the barriers of disability

Beyond the barriers of disability

Sep 17, 2020 , Source: unesconews