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  • Ethiopia: Three cultural traditions added to UNESCO heritage protection list
    01 december 2016 05:58:30
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – With the current session of the United Nations committee tasked with safeguarding intangible cultural heritage under way, three cultural elements in Portugal, Uganda and Ukraine have been inscribed to the United Nations list of cultural traditions in need of urgent protection. Full text...

  • US: EU, Egypt sign agreement on cultural property protection
    01 december 2016 05:47:47
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The US and Egypt on Wednesday signed a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding on cultural property protection under which the United States will impose import restrictions on archaeological material representing Egypt’s cultural heritage dating from 5200 B.C. through 1517 A.D. Full text...

  • UN: UN committee on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage opens in Ethiopia
    28 november 2016 20:04:11
    New York, US (PANA) - 11th session of the UN Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage began on Monday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to promote cultural values and artistic skills for sustainable development. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Minister hails revival of centuries-old festival, promises support
    17 november 2016 16:02:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has hailed the revival of the centuries-old ''Ijakadi Festival'' by the Offa Kingdom in north central Kwara State, assuring that the festival will be one of the beneficiaries of the training for festival managers being planned by the Ministry in collaboration with its partners. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Culture minister hails artifact rescuers
    17 november 2016 08:35:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the members of the Artifacts Rescuers Association of Nigeria for playing a strategic role in the preservation of the nation's cultural heritage, saying the ministry will continue to partner with them to retrieve and preserve stolen artifacts. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian government ready to support growth of film industry - Minister
    14 november 2016 11:30:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government has pledged to invest in the necessary infrastructure to ensure the growth of the film industry and complement the efforts of the tireless professionals who built the industry from the scratch. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius launches programme to develop film industry
    21 october 2016 10:49:43
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritian Finance and Economic Development Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Friday said he is convinced that film-making is one of the most promising of the country's nascent industries while highlighting the various benefits associated with the industry in terms of its contribution to the economic, social and cultural development. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO report says culture vital to cities sustainability
    19 october 2016 15:18:19
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has released a new report highlighting the power of culture as a strategic asset for creating cities that are more inclusive, creative and sustainable. Full text...

  • US: Protecting cultural heritage from combatants promotes human rights - Ban
    23 september 2016 06:33:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Safeguarding cultural property that combatants aim to damage encompasses part of larger endeavours to defend human rights and universal values, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Thursday, calling on the international community to intensify efforts to protect such treasures and end their illicit trafficking. Full text...

  • UN: Al-Sisi tasks UNESCO on eliminating destructive ideologies
    21 september 2016 15:12:46
    New York, US (PANA) - Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says terrorism is the cancer of our age that breeds extremism and violence in the minds of people, urging the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to use cultural "weapons" to eliminate destructive ideologies through access to knowledge, transfer of technology and confronting extremist ideologies. Full text...

  • Mali: 'ICC trial over destruction of cultural property in Timbuktu shows need for broader accountability'
    22 august 2016 18:45:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Human rights group Amnesty International says destruction of cultural property constitutes war crimes and those carrying out such attacks must be prosecuted. Full text...

  • Niger: Niger urges UNESCO to extend support to education, sciences and culture
    11 august 2016 13:22:48
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Despite UNESCO’s multiple interventions in in several domains in Niger, challenges still remain in the sectors of education, sciences, culture and communications, the Nigerien minister of Foreign affairs and Cooperation, Ibrahim Yacoubou, said on Wednesday evening during a meeting with the UNESCO Chief, Irina Bokova, who is on a visit to the country. Full text...

  • Tanzania: UNESCO study explores world heritage in high seas
    03 august 2016 18:45:37
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Sunken coral islands, floating rainforests, giant undersea volcanoes or even spires of rock resembling sunken cities: none of these sites can be inscribed on the World Heritage List because they are found in the High Seas, outside of any national jurisdiction, according to a new report released Wednesday. Full text...

  • Sudan: Sudanese welcomes recognition of its Red Sea natural site as a world heritage
    03 august 2016 18:25:49
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) – Recognition of the first Sudanese natural site as the World Heritage is a historical achievement of the country, Sudan’s Minister of Education and Chair of the National Commission for Education, Science and Culture, Dr. Souad Abdulrazig, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO says 5 World Heritage Sites in Libya in danger
    15 july 2016 15:44:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has placed the five World Heritage sites of Libya on the List of World Heritage in Danger, citing damage caused by the conflict affecting the country and the threat of further damage it poses. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO adds Old Towns of Djenne in Mali to List of World Heritage in Danger
    13 july 2016 22:01:11
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) late Wednesday said its World Heritage Committee, which establishes the locations that are listed as "UNESCO World Heritage Sites", has added the Old Towns of Djenne in Mali to the List of World Heritage in Danger, due to insecurity, which is affecting the area and preventing the implementation of protective measures for the site. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian artist, Victor Ehikhamenor, inches closer to 2016 Emerging Voices Global Art Prize
    11 july 2016 13:29:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Victor Ehikhamenor is the only Nigerian artist to make the top 10 list in this year's "Emerging Voices Awards in the Arts", a highly-competitive art, film and literary competition, now in its second year, and sponsored by the Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Renowned Sculptor, El Anatsui, named one of 6 judges for 2016 "Emerging Voices Awards in The Arts" contest
    11 july 2016 13:12:29
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  • UN: UNESCO, UNOSAT team up to protect cultural heritage
    01 july 2016 14:03:39
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT), under the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), on Friday signed an agreement to protect cultural and natural heritage sites by using the latest geo-spatial technologies, including a satellite imaging system. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO, ICC join forces to checkmate cultural heritage destruction
    14 june 2016 16:50:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Criminal Court (ICC) are working together in the fight against the deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, which could constitute a war crime. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Prestigious Harvard University honours famous Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui
    02 june 2016 12:52:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Renowned Ghanaian Sculptor, El Anatsui, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree by the prestigious Harvard University in the US at its 26 May, 365th Commencement ceremony for 2016. Full text...

  • UN: UN report says climate change affecting World Heritage sites
    27 may 2016 19:19:34
    New York, US (PANA) - Some 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 Full text...

  • UN: UN says cultural diversity tool to boost sustainable development
    21 may 2016 15:56:41
    New York, US (PANA) - Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), says cultural diversity is an outstanding source of exchange, innovation and creativity, and has the enormous potential to accelerate sustainable development. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO photo exhibition marks African World Heritage in Paris
    15 may 2016 11:40:00
    Paris, France (PANA) - A photo exhibition, under the theme "The African World Heritage: a horizon for development", will be opened on 18 May on the railings of UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Libya, international partners unite for action plan for Libya’s heritage
    13 may 2016 13:57:14
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The UN Cultural Organization (UNESCO) says it was joined by key partners to approve a new action plan to address emergency and short term interventions for safeguarding Libya’s cultural heritage following a three-day international expert meeting in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, this week. Full text...

  • Togo: Togo announces first 'Biennial of Arts and Culture' for September 2018
    07 may 2016 08:22:26
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo will organize in September 2018 the first Biennial of Arts and Culture, an internationally oriented event, which should position Lomé as a platform for contemporary art in Africa, it was officially announced here Friday. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO chief hails poetry as an 'expansion of our common humanity'
    22 march 2016 08:36:43
    Paris, France (PANA) – By paying tribute to the men and women whose only instrument is free speech, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognized the value of poetry as a symbol of the human spirit's creativity as she marked the annual observance of World Poetry Day. Full text...

  • UN: Cultural goods remain economic driver in digital age – UNESCO report
    10 march 2016 16:30:00
    New York, US (PANA) - Trade in cultural goods doubled from 2004 to 2013 despite a global recession and a massive shift among consumers of movies and music towards web-based services, according to a UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report Full text...

  • US: UN expert welcomes ICC decision to charge offences against cultural heritage
    04 march 2016 19:32:32
    New York, US (PANA) - Destruction of cultural heritage is a violation of human rights, a United Nations-appointed expert said Friday, as the International Criminal Tribunal (ICC) began a pre-trial procedure for the first-ever case in which charges were brought against the destruction of cultural and religious sites. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Chinese language added to Tanzania school curriculum
    29 february 2016 06:42:03
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) – Tanzania’s Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training has introduced a Chinese language teaching programme saying the move is aimed at meeting local market demands for innovation in science and technology. Full text...

  • France: UNESCO underlines quality education in mother languages for success of 2030 Agenda
    21 february 2016 15:40:04
    Paris, France (PANA) - Mother languages are essential to providing quality education, which in turn supports the achievement of the new global development agenda, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said Sunday as the United Nations marked the International Day established to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Mauritians mark International Mother Language Day 2016
    18 february 2016 12:56:14
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) — Mauritius Thursday organised several activities in Port-Louis to mark the International Mother Language Day (IMLD) 2016 in a bid to sensitise the population on its rich and diverse culture and in a broader sense the importance of preserving the languages used around the world. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO, Italy to create task force for cultural heritage conservation in crises
    15 february 2016 16:16:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) plans to sign an agreement with the Government of Italy on Tuesday to establish a task force Full text...

  • Mali: Timbuktu mausoleums re-consecrated
    05 february 2016 06:19:47
    Timbuktu, Mali (PANA) - A consecration ceremony of the Timbuktu mausoleums, last held in the 11th century, was celebrated on Thursday at the initiative of the local community, the final phase of the United Nations-backed cultural rebirth of the age-old Sahara city after the destruction wrought by radical Islamists in 2012. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nobel Laureate endorses govt's anti-corruption fight
    10 january 2016 08:04:27
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka has endorsed the much-trumpeted anti-graft battle of the Muhammadu Buhari administration, saying the government has taken the fight beyond where it met it. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria says will not sell iconic National Theatre
    28 december 2015 17:48:09
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government assured on Monday that it will not sell the iconic National Theatre, purposely built for the 1977 World Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) which the country hosted in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt plans 365 cultural festivals in a year
    28 december 2015 17:34:44
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's Federal Government has announced a plan to unveil a Calendar of arts and cultural festivals that will include one festival per day all year round, as part of efforts to pep up the culture sector, encourage tourism and diversify the economy away from oil. Full text...

  • Algeria: Role of cinema to find solutions to illegal migration highlighted
    08 december 2015 10:07:57
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) – Participants at a conference devoted to the phenomenon of "Illegal Immigration in the Mediterranean", held on Monday at the Annaba film festival, have stressed the importance of cinema in the launch and strengthening of the debate on the phenomenon and its tragic, social and economic consequences in a bid to find solution to it. Full text...

  • Libya: Speaker of Libyan Parliament attends 38th UNESCO Conference in Paris
    16 november 2015 12:20:18
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Speaker of the Libyan parliament, Aguila Saleh Gueider, is taking part in the 38th Conference of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris to support France's fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • UN: Malian suspect makes first appearance at ICC
    30 september 2015 12:17:23
    New York, US (PANA) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) said Wednesday at the Hague, The Netherlands, that the Malian alleged to have led the destruction of culture and Islamic monuments in north Mali, Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, appeared before the single judge of ICC Pre-Trial Chamber I, Judge Cuno Tarfusser. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rave reviews after SA comedian debut as host of major US show
    29 september 2015 07:58:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Tributes are pouring in from around the world for South African comedian Trevor Noah, who made his debut as the host of Comedy Central’s hugely popular The Daily Show on Monday night. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO hails war crimes trial for suspect in destruction of historic monuments in Mali
    27 september 2015 20:37:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO, the UN body entrusted with safeguarding the world’s cultural heritage, on Sunday welcomed the transfer to the International Criminal Court (ICC) of an alleged extremist for trial on charges of destroying religious and historical monuments in Timbuktu, Mali. Full text...

  • UN: UN agency, BMW Group call for entries for Intercultural Innovation
    19 august 2015 14:30:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the Germany auto mobile Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Burkina launches programme to support musicians
    18 august 2015 21:25:57
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Burkina Faso's ministry of Culture and Tourism has launched a programme called "Ten video clips operation" and "Spring singles operation" in a bid to strengthen the promotion of music in the West African country. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisian, foreign intellectuals meet in Tunis for terrorism conference
    11 august 2015 20:57:24
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunis will on Wednesday host a national conference of Tunisian intellectuals and university professors to discuss the fight against terrorism. Full text...

  • South Africa: Rare South African artwork recovered in London flat
    23 july 2015 10:37:53
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - An extremely valuable painting which was put up for auction in the early 1960s to raise money for the lawyers representing Nelson Mandela and his co-accused during the famous Treason Trial has been discovered in a London flat. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO praises Timbuktu people for rebuilding heritage sites
    20 july 2015 21:04:42
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday praised the people of Timbuktu for reconstructing cultural heritage sites destroyed Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: US, Cote d'Ivoire sign pact on information centre
    16 july 2015 10:26:23
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - US Ambassador to Côte d’Ivoire Terence P. McCulley and the Governor of the Autonomous district of Abidjan Robert Beugré Mambé have signed an agreement for the opening of an information and activity centre in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Congo: 10th FESPAM edition on 18-25 July in Brazzaville
    13 july 2015 20:12:37
    Sibiti, Congo (PANA) – The 10th edition of the Pan-African music festival (FESPAM) will be held from 18 to 25 July in Brazzaville, Congo, under the theme, "The dynamics of African music in the diversity of cultural expressions", Congolese national radio reported on Monday. Full text...

  • UN: UNESCO urges protection of sites targeted for destruction
    29 june 2015 18:29:19
    New York, US (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has appealed to the international community to help counter the emerging threat of violent extremism Full text...

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