African Media (UNESCO) -
  • Ghana: President’s maiden press conference, petition to impeach EC chair reported in Ghana
    22 july 2017 05:39:15
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The maiden press conference by Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo and a petition by anonymous workers of the Electoral Commission (EC) to impeach its chairperson, Mrs Charlotte Osei, were some of the stories highlighted by the media this week. Full text...

  • Gambia: Gambia Press Union asks government to establish ownership of Daily Observer
    17 july 2017 16:47:47
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Transparency of media ownership is not only important for media freedom, but also for the protection and promotion of the rights and welfare of it members, the Gambia Press Union (GPU) said on Monday in a statement. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNESCO organises inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island
    15 july 2017 07:39:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As part of its efforts to implement the project: “Emergency measures for the consolidation and protection of Gorée Island: Fighting coastal erosion implementation”, within the framework of the World Heritage Convention, the UNESCO Dakar Office is organizing an inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island, scheduled for Saturday. Full text...

  • Russia: UNESCO, FIFA to enhance access for all to sport
    15 july 2017 06:59:15
    Kazan, Russia (PANA) - FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura on Friday expressed FIFA’s support to the priority policy themes that were identified by UNESCO, including access for all to sport, maximizing the contributions of sport to sustainable development and protecting the integrity of sport. Full text...

  • Ghana: ‘Bugging’ of minister’s office highlighted by media
    15 july 2017 05:41:49
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The twists and turns in the story of the "bugging" of the office of the Minister of Lands and natural Resources dominated the media this week. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO, World Bank collaborate on Culture, Urban Development, Resilience
    14 july 2017 05:45:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Sameh Wahba, Director of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice of the World Bank, on Thursday signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, to reinvigorate the two institutions’ joint commitment to advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development and resilience in an integrated manner.Full text...

  • France: UNESCO moves to protect the right to education for refugees
    12 july 2017 11:26:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - A new UNESCO working paper designed to provide an overview of the international legal framework protecting the right to education of refugees worldwide has been unveiled by the UN education agency. Full text...

  • France: Sites in Angola, Eritrea, South Africa added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    09 july 2017 04:57:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO's World Heritage Committee on Saturday inscribed cultural sites in Angola, Eritrea and South Africa. Full text...

  • US: Int'l confab on Regional Sea Level Changes, Costal Impacts takes place in New York
    08 july 2017 11:37:27
    New York, US (PANA) - Worried that sea level change is already impacting coastal communities globally and will continue to do so, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is organizing a five-day international conference in New York, US, to address existing challenges in describing and predicting regional sea level changes, and in quantifying the intrinsic uncertainties. Full text...

  • Ghana: Commissioning of oil ship, death of illegal miners, contaminated fuel played up in Ghana
    08 july 2017 06:03:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – The media in Ghana this week highlighted the commissioning of an oil ship, the death last Sunday of 22 illegal miners in a pit and the raging contaminated fuel saga.Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana to pilot live parliamentary broadcast
    04 july 2017 10:18:07
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The Speaker of Botswana's National Assembly, Gladys Kokorwe, has announced that the country’s parliamentary discussions will soon be broadcast live. Full text...

  • Ghana: Brouhaha over contaminated fuel, Eid celebrations highlighted in Ghana
    01 july 2017 11:38:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A huge controversy over some five million litres of contaminated fuel and last Monday’s Muslim Eid-ul-Fitr celebration were some of the stories that were highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNESCO launches book on protecting journalists, combating impunity
    01 july 2017 06:13:45
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - "Although attacks on journalists continue unabated, there are examples of successful grassroots and global efforts to stem the tide," says a key message by Albana Shala, Chairperson of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), when she flagged off the IPDC’s latest publication, titled "An Attack on One is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect and Combat Impunity." Full text...

  • France: UNESCO to launch conferences on power of persuasion
    30 june 2017 06:26:46
    Paris, France (PANA) - Determined to fulfill its mission through advocacy for peace and development and through the soft power of persuasion, UNESCO is organizing a series of thematic conferences within the framework of “UNESCO’s Soft Power Today”. Full text...

  • US: 'UNESCO’s #Unite4Heritage Campaign, a permanent exhibit at UN Headquarters'
    30 june 2017 06:20:19
    New York, US (PANA) - From 28 June, 2017, the almost two million visitors that will visit the UN Headquarters in New York, US, in the next two years will have the chance to experience and interact with UNESCO’s #Unite4Heritage campaign and gain exposure to the Organization’s major areas of work. Full text...

  • Switzerland: UNESCO convenes technical workshop on safety of journalists
    30 june 2017 06:15:09
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Saying that successful reporting on the safety of journalists as part of tracking progress on Sustainable Development will depend upon the capacity, independence and integrity of monitoring processes in each country, the UN cultural organisation (UNESCO), in conjunction with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has organised a technical workshop in Geneva, Switzerland. Full text...

  • Russia: Ministers move to make sports more ethical, inclusive and sustainable
    29 june 2017 12:28:12
    Kazan, Russia (PANA) - Sports ministers and senior officials representing 100 UNESCO Member states will attend the 6th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sports (MINEPS VI), in Kazan, Russia, from 13 to 15 July 2017. Full text...

  • France: Princess Dana Firas of Jordan named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    29 june 2017 12:21:56
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will designate Princess Dana Firas of Jordan as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, France, later on Thursday. Full text...

  • Romania: UNESCO meeting on int'l convention against Doping in Sport opens in Romania
    29 june 2017 08:26:09
    Bucharest, Romania (PANA) - The fourth Bureau meeting of the 5th session of the Conference of Parties to UNESCO's International Convention against Doping in Sport will be held in Bucharest, Romania, on Thursday, 29 June, 2017. Full text...

  • US: UNESCO seeking to make quality education for all a reality
    29 june 2017 08:14:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The Steering Committee of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)-Education 2030 begins a two-day meeting in New York, US., seeking to provide a forum to coordinate global education efforts and guide action at country levels. Full text...

  • France: Migration crisis dominates proceedings at Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize award
    28 june 2017 15:38:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - Migration crisis took the centre stage at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize award ceremony on Tuesday at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, with speakers stressing the need to welcome refugees with respect for their dignity and humanity. Full text...

  • France: Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to be awarded on Tuesday
    27 june 2017 06:28:28
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Jury of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize has decided to award the Prize to Mrs Giuseppina Nicolini, Mayor of Lampedusa (Italy), and to the non-governmental organization, SOS Méditerranée (France), for their work to save the lives of refugees and migrants, and to welcome them with dignity. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO-organized annual meeting on security management holds in France
    26 june 2017 18:16:47
    Paris, France (PANA) - At the annual meeting of the UN Security Management Group (SMG), featuring seven heads of UN agencies and security focal points, in France, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has underlined the need to continuously adapt security measures to the changing environment, saying the SMG members must engage in stronger Inter-Agency cooperation and information sharing. Full text...

  • Ghana: Supreme Court rulings played up in Ghana media
    24 june 2017 05:47:58
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – A series of landmark rulings by the Supreme Court and outdooring of a post-election report by the former ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) dominated the Ghana media this week. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO Chairs in human rights, urban inclusion and migration meet in Paris
    21 june 2017 15:33:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - A Meeting of UNESCO Chairs in human rights, urban inclusion and migration began on Wednesday at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • France: 'World poverty could be halved if all adults complete secondary education' - UNESCO
    21 june 2017 15:21:47
    Paris, France (PAN) - "A new UNESCO policy paper shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, new data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) show persistently high out-of-school rates in many countries, making it likely that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come." Full text...

  • France: 'Shortfall in financial contributions crippling UNESCO'
    21 june 2017 08:10:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - Worried by the huge financial crisis facing UNESCO, Director-General Irina Bokova has summoned her management team to a meeting on Wednesday to discuss the protracted critical financial situation faced by the Organization as a result of the current shortfall in cash flow, stemming from the non-payment of major contributors to the Organization.Full text...

  • Gambia: Opposition party decries closure of Gambian daily
    19 june 2017 18:05:03
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Closure of Gambia's Daily Observer by the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has a bearing on some ulterior motive to stifle the newspaper, besides being an affront to press freedom in the country, the opposition Gambia Democratic Congress (GDC) charged on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Arrest of kidnap kingpin makes headlines in Nigeria
    17 june 2017 12:34:55
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The arrest of Mr. Chukwudi Onuamadike, known in crime circles as Evans, was the major story in Nigeria this week.Full text...

  • France: UNESCO, Global Partnership for Education support countries to push Education 2030 agenda
    16 june 2017 11:29:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - A newly-established joint programme between UNESCO and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) will support countries in maximizing Education Management and Information Systems (EMIS) to implement SDG 4 – Education 2030. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO adopts guidelines to protect artists, diversify cultural content on the internet
    16 june 2017 11:16:07
    Paris, France (PANA) - Representatives from 144 countries, plus the European Union (EU), have approved a set of guidelines on contemporary culture in the digital environment to help countries ensure that artists and producers benefit fully and fairly from the information technologies’ potential at the stages of creation, production and distribution. Full text...

  • South Sudan: UNESCO Juba Office refurbish Aweil Women Multi-Purpose Learning Centre
    16 june 2017 11:03:32
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - As part of its ongoing support to the national and state level Directorates of Alternative Education Systems (AES) of the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI), and as its contribution to the effort being exerted to improve the literacy situation in South Sudan, the UNESCO Juba Office has refurbished the Aweil Women Multi-Purpose Learning Centre (AWMLC) at a cost of close to US$76,000. Full text...

  • Gambia: Tax officials shut down Observer newspaper operations over unpaid taxes
    15 june 2017 12:44:53
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has asked the Daily Observer newspaper, owned by former President Yahya Jammeh, to cease operations with immediate effect over unpaid taxes. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO, UN University organize conference on "The Human Face of Migration"
    14 june 2017 12:28:29
    Paris, France (PANA) - Analysis of historical contexts, testimonies, experiences and lessons learned are to be featured during a joint UNESCO-United Nations University (UNU) conference on "The Human Face of Migration: Historical Perspectives, Testimonies and Policy Considerations", holding at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 15 June, 2017. Full text...

  • Egypt: Rights group slams Egypt for blocking news sites in digital censorship
    14 june 2017 05:32:21
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - The Egyptian authorities have shifted their onslaught against media freedom to the digital sphere, blocking access to more than 40 news sites without justification in recent weeks, in an attempt to eliminate the country’s last remaining spaces for criticism and free expression, says Amnesty International. Full text...

  • Gambia: ARTICLE 19 seeks to re-establish trust between Journalists, Security forces
    12 june 2017 13:51:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - “It is important to underscore the need to re-establish trust and professional working relationships between security forces and the media in The Gambia,” the words of Fatou Jagne Senghore, Regional Director, Article 19 West and Central Africa, at the closing ceremony Monday of the training session for the second batch of members of the Gambian security forces on "freedom of expression and the safety of journalists”.Full text...

  • France: 144 Countries, EU set guidelines to protect, promote diversity of cultural expressions
    10 june 2017 06:03:26
    Paris, France (PANA) - Representatives of countries that have ratified UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions will examine ways to apply the guiding principles of the Convention in the digital environment, at their biennial meeting in Paris, France, from 13 to 15 June. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO meeting to designate new biosphere reserves
    08 june 2017 15:55:40
    Paris, France (PANA) - Members of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme will designate new biosphere reserves when they hold their annual meeting at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, from 12 to 15 June. Full text...

  • Gambia: EU envoy underlines press freedom in building democracy
    05 june 2017 19:55:04
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - European Union (EU) Ambassador to The Gambia, Attilas Lajos, on Monday told members of the country's security forces that a free press is always essential to democracy, no matter how young or old it may be.Full text...

  • France: UNESCO moves to declare 2021-2030 "Int'l Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development"
    26 may 2017 12:54:52
    Paris, France (PANA) - Stakeholders meeting at the UN Ocean Conference in New York, US, from 5-9 June, will be calling for 2021-2030 to be declared the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, according to a UNESCO press statement, received here Friday by PANA. Full text...

  • Morocco: King Mohammed, UNESCO Chief celebrate Islamic culture as source of dialogue, peace
    24 may 2017 15:29:16
    Rabat, Morocco (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, and His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco, on Tuesday jointly visited the Al Quaraouiyine University, the oldest institution of higher learning in the world, within the framework of the national plan on the prevention of violent extremism through education and culture. Full text...

  • Italy: UNESCO Chief supports UNICEF's agenda on protecting refugee, migrant children
    23 may 2017 18:35:03
    Taormina, Italy (PANA) - On the eve of the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has expressed her support to the six-point agenda put forward by UNICEF in its new report: 'A Child is a Child: Protecting children on the move from violence, abuse and exploitation'.Full text...

  • France: UNESCO's Africa Week to showcase Africa through cultural, artistic heritage
    21 may 2017 14:36:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the occasion of Africa Day, celebrated every year on 25 May, the African Member States group at UNESCO is organizing an African Week, which will run from 22 to 24 May, 2017. Full text...

  • Ghana: Controversial discharge of pro-government militia members reported in Ghana
    20 may 2017 08:06:06
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The controversial discharge last Wednesday of eight members of a pro-government militia group that stormed an court in Ghana's second largest city, Kumasi, and freed 13 colleagues who are being tried for a violent action was one of the main stories reported in Ghana this week. Full text...

  • Kenya: UNESCO's Africa Week in Paris to focus on youth
    17 may 2017 12:08:54
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Investing in the youth of Africa will be the theme of the 2017 edition of UNESCO’s Africa Week, which will be held at the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, France, from 22 to 24 May. Full text...

  • Egypt: African Women Journalists discuss role of women in media
    08 may 2017 19:19:22
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Female African media specialists have gathered in Cairo, Egypt, for a 12-day workshop discussing the role of women in "African Media Today". Full text...

  • Nigeria: Sunday papers filled with release of more Chibok girls by Boko Haram
    07 may 2017 08:47:26
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Sunday papers in Nigeria are awash with stories on the release, on Saturday, of 82 Chibok girls from the lot abducted on 14 April, 2014, by the Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Buhari's health status dominates front pages in Nigeria
    06 may 2017 09:25:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The health status of President Muhammadu Buhari since he returned from London in March on a vacation and medical check up dominated front pages in Nigeria this week. Full text...

  • Ghana: May Day, World Press Freedom Day celebrations reported in Ghana
    06 may 2017 08:06:03
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) – Two important international celebrations this week – Workers’ Day (May Day) and the World Press Freedom Day – were highlighted by the Ghanaian media this week. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Rights group urges Tunisian govt. not to harass, intimidate journalists
    05 may 2017 15:53:01
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Amnesty International, a human rights group, on Friday urged the Tunisian authorities to end harassment of independent media. Full text...

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