World Philosophy Day, 21 November
World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 established in 2005 by UNESCO to honour philosophical reflection in the entire world by opening up free and accessible spaces; it has been celebrated on the third Thursday of every November since then.
Its objective is to encourage the peoples of the world to share their philosophical heritage and to open their minds to new ideas, as well as to inspire a public debate between intellectuals and civil society on the challenges confronting our society. The Day encourages academic exchange and highlights the contribution of philosophical knowledge in addressing global issues.
UNESCO Philosophy Resources
International Day for Tolerance, 16 November
16 November is the annual International Day for Tolerance; UN Member States are invited to observe the International Day for Tolerance with activities directed towards both educational establishments and the wider public.
The day marks the anniversary of UNESCO’s founding, and its Member States’ adoption of the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance.
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10 Nov- World Science Day for Peace and Development
World Science Day for Peace and Development, is celebrated each year on 10 November. This day offers an opportunity to demonstrate how science is relevant to our daily lives and to engage the scientific community, policy makers and the public.This year’s theme, Science for Water Cooperation: Sharing Data, Knowledge and Innovations, highlights the key role played by Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in addressing global water challenges.
For more information on the day, visit the UNESCO website
World Science Day for Peace and Development, November 10
Established by UNESCO in 2001, World Science Day for Peace and Development is celebrated worldwide on 10 November each year. It offers an opportunity to demonstrate to the wider public why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on related issues. The aim is to ensure that citizens are kept informed of developments in science, while underscoring the role scientists play in broadening our understanding of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our societies more sustainable.
- 2013 UNESCO World Science Forum
- Declaration on Science and the Use of Scientific Knowledge (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish)
- Framework for Action for World Science Conference’s Agenda (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish)
- General Assembly Resolution 43/61 on Science and Peace
- UNESCO’s quarterly A World of Science
UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage
Every year on 27th of October, UNESCO Office in Phnom Penh, in collaboration with Bophana Center, celebrates the UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage.
In 2005, the UNESCO General Assembly approved October 27 as the World Day for AV Heritage to raise awareness of the importance of A-V documents as integral part of national identities and draw attention to the urgent need to protect them.
The audiovisual heritage comprises all forms of moving images and recorded sounds, separately or together, whether or not intended for public distribution, and regardless of the means of creation, preservation or delivery, or the personal or organizational nature of the custodian.
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World Teacher Day, 5 October
5 October is UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day, a day on which to thank teachers for their work toward a better future for all and to support global education needs. For 2013’s observance of World Teachers’ Day, UNESCO and its partners (ILO, UNDP, UNICEF, and Education International) put forth the slogan "A Call for Teachers!"
At UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the focus of the 2013 World Teachers’ Day celebration on 4 October will be on tackling the teacher gap, barriers to better quality education and teachers’ role in developing globally-minded citizens.
Permanent Memorial in Honour of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
On 23 September 2013, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon unveiled the winning design for the Permanent Memorial in Honor of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. “The Ark of Return,” by Manhattan architect Rodney Leon, was selected from 310 entries from 83 nations. Mr. Leon states that “The Ark of Return is a symbolic spiritual space and object where one can interact and pass through for acknowledgement, contemplation, meditation, reflection, healing, education and transformation.” Construction of the Memorial is expected to be completed in autumn 2014.
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International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
23 August is UNESCO’s International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The Director-General of UNESCO invites the Ministers of Culture of all Member States to organize events every year on that date, involving the entire population of their country and in particular young people, educators, artists and intellectuals. It was adopted by the UNESCO Executive Board in Resolution 29 C/40 and has been celebrated since 1998.
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UNESCO Youth Forum Online Discussion Begins
In preparation for the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum, UNESCO invites all young people throughout the world to participate in a pre-forum online discussion going live today, 21 August, and continuing through 30 September 2013.
The preliminary online discussion provides a blueprint for the strategic recommendations to be presented by the youth delegates to the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum (29-31 October). Topics for discussion are:
- Policy formulation and review with the participation of youth
- Capacity development for the transition to adulthood
- Civic engagement, democratic participation and social innovation
International High-Level Conference on Water Cooperation
A High Level International Conference on Water Cooperation is taking place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on implementation of the International Year of Water Cooperation, 2013 (adopted by A/RES/67/204). President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon opened the conference, stating the necessity for trans-boundary water cooperation for reaching the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, and for sustainable development beyond 2015. Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova also attended, marking her first official visit to Tajikistan, and spoke at a high-level panel for the conference.
Conference of State Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport
The 4th session of the Conference of State Parties to the International Convention against Doping in Sport will meet at UNESCO headquarters on 19-20 September 2013 and will cover the various national-level measures taken to fight against the growing issue of doping in sports. This comes four months after the 5th World Conference of Ministers of Sports adopted the Declaration of Berlin toward cleaning up sport. The conference is responsible for ensuring implementation of the International Convention against Doping in Sport of 2005.
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UNESCO Call for Research Proposals on Internet Intermediaries’ Role in Online Freedom of Expression
UNESCO calls for case-study research proposals on the role of Internet intermediaries (such as Internet service providers, search engines, online media, and social media) in protecting freedom of expression on the internet. Proposals should be targeted toward identifying principles for good practices and processes that can protect freedom of expression by ensuring that any of limitations of this right are consistent with international standards.
Proposals should align with the Background Note and General Terms of Reference for the project, and are due by noon (CET) on 13 September 2013. Further details on submission can be found on the UNESCO website.
UNESCO Resources on Internet Freedom of Expression
UNESCO Issues Open Access Guidelines in French and Spanish
Open Access (OA) is the provision of free access to peer-reviewed, scholarly and research information to all, particularly in science fields, and is an ongoing movement.
To bolster its commitment to the OA ideology and to reach out more effective to French- and Spanish-speaking countries, UNESCO is releasing its Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access in French and Spanish. UNESCO supports OA for the benefit of the global flow knowledge, innovation and equitable socioeconomic development. These publications are issued to demystify the concept of Open Access and provide concrete steps on putting relevant policies in place.
Further UNESCO Resources on Open Access:
Sudanese Folklore & Traditional Music Archives to be Digitized
The University of Khartoum’s Institute of African and Asian Studies has finalized a project assessing the needs to safeguard the collection of Folklore and Traditional Music Archives of the University of Khartoum. The collection will be preserved and digitized with aid from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund. The Folklore and Traditional Music Archives constitute a valuable collection containing more than 3,000 audio recordings and photographs of traditional Sudanese music collected since 1963 through many research initiatives on folklore and oral traditions of diverse Sudanese communities.
UNESCO Resources on Intangible Cultural Heritage:
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International Day of Friendship, 30 July
"On this International Day of Friendship, let us cultivate warm ties that strengthen our common humanity and promote the well-being of the human family." (Ban Ki-moon, 2013)
To mark the International Day of Friendship, the UN encourages events, activities and initiatives that promote a dialogue among civilizations, solidarity, mutual understanding and reconciliation.
International Day of Friendship was established by the UN General Assembly in 2011 (A/RES/65/275).
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