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  • UNESCO DG worried about attacks on World Heritage site in Libya
    23 may 2012 15:16:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, Wednesday called for the protection of Libya’s Old City of Ghadamès, which was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1986. Full text...

  • UNESCO monitors damage to heritage in northern Italy following powerful earthquake
    22 may 2012 15:05:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, Tuesday extended her condolences to Italians following the loss of human lives caused by the earthquake that shook northern Italy on Sunday, 20 May. Full text...

  • Angola's cultural performances "illuminate" South Korean trade fair
    14 may 2012 20:33:13
    Yeosu, South Korea (PANA) - A galaxy of attractive cultural performances, carefully packaged by the Angolan delegation, are attracting both local and international participants on a daily basis to the Angolan pavilion at the international trade fair currently ongoing in Yeoso, South Korea. Full text...

  • UNESCO says world's working-age population to increase by 600 million in 2016
    09 may 2012 15:03:11
    Paris, France (PANA) - Over the next decade, the world’s working-age population will increase by an estimated 600 million by 2016, UNESCO said in a press statement here Wednesday, predicting that "Most of the increases will be in the Least Developed Countries." Full text...

  • CPLP member countries celebrate Portuguese Day
    08 may 2012 12:04:17
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Ambassadors of CPLP Countries in Zimbabwe on Monday in Harare celebrated the Day of Portuguese Language and Lusophone Culture. Full text...

  • UNESCO alarmed at growing threats to cultural heritage in Mali
    06 may 2012 18:51:43
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has expressed concern following the desecration of the graves of Sidi Mahmoud in Mali by the Ansar Dine group on 4 May, 2012, the UN agency said, quoting local Malian reports. Full text...

  • Study recommended on culture contribution to economy of ECOWAS region
    02 may 2012 09:26:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Ad-hoc Committee monitoring the implementation of ECOWAS Regional Culture Development and Integration Programme has recommended that a study on the contributions of culture to the economy of Member States and the region be conducted in the first quarter of 2013. Full text...

  • UNESCO headquarters to host Jazz Day
    26 april 2012 22:11:58
    Paris, France (PANA) - The stage is set at UNESCO's Paris Headquarters for the start on Friday of celebrations for the first International Jazz Day, on 30 April. Full text...

  • Education entrepreneur Sunny Varkey named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    24 april 2012 17:29:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, will name philanthropist, educator and entrepreneur Sunny Varkey as the world body's Goodwill Ambassador for Education Partnerships on Thursday, 26 April, UNESCO said in a press release issued here Tuesday. Full text...

  • South African movie in line for Africa's top award
    20 april 2012 10:27:05
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The South African film “Otelo Burning”, which tells the story of three young township boys who escape their lives by discovering the joys of surfing, is one of the nominations for this weekend’s 2012 Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA). Full text...

  • American musicians in Tanzania for Annual Dar Jazz Event
    20 april 2012 10:18:16
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Promoting cultural exchanges among nations is essential to strengthening partnerships, American jazz musician Bobby Rickets said here Friday as he and his group began a four-day Annual Dar Jazz event that includes workshops for local artistes and performances. Full text...

  • Researchers fail to find remains of last Burundi king
    11 april 2012 21:37:11
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – Belgian genetic scientists on Tuesday left Burundi without locating the grave of the last king of Burundi, Ntare V Charles Ndizeye, who was killed in mysterious circumstances in April 1972 and buried hurriedly at an unknown site, official sources told PANA in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • US dance group to tour 3 African nations
    11 april 2012 09:37:48
    New York, US (PANA) - US dance company Jazz Tap Ensemble is to undertake a tour of three African countries 9 April to 5 May, the State Department said in a press release obtained by PANA here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO to protect Titanic wreckage
    05 april 2012 14:23:22
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic, UNESCO says the ship wreckage has now come under its control, a press statement issued here Thursday by the UN agency indicated. Full text...

  • Cape Verde to finance 4,000 cultural projects over 10 years
    28 march 2012 18:48:58
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The Cape Verdean government intends to raise 15 billion escudos (US$ 1 = 83 Cape Verdean Escudos) with which to finance about 4,000 cultural projects in the country over 10 years. Full text...

  • UNESCO, WB, UNICEF to assist students affected by Brazzaville blast
    14 march 2012 12:22:10
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - UNESCO, the World Bank and UNICEF have pledged to assist students affected by the 4 March munitions depot blast that killed at least 200 in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital. Full text...

  • Francophonie Summit delegation expected in Kinshasa
    12 march 2012 22:36:15
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - The Officer in charge of the Francophonie summit, Ousmane Paye, is expected on 20 March in Kinshasa, DR Congo, at the head of a delegation of the International Francophonie Organization to assess preparations for the XIV Francophonie summit, official sources in the DR Congolese capital said Monday. Full text...

  • Togo begins process to select Miss Togo 2012
    11 march 2012 13:12:59
    Lome, Togo (PANA) - The West African state of Togo on Saturday began the process to select Miss Togo 2012, a major event on the cultural calendar of the country since 1995. Full text...

  • UNESCO honours Lebanese, Brazilian for raising Arab Culture awareness
    21 february 2012 14:50:27
    Paris, France (PANA) - In recognition of their efforts in raising awareness of the Arab culture around the world, UNESCO is to honour Lebanese author, Elias Khoury, and Brazilian publisher, João Baptista de Medeiros Vargens, at a ceremony on 27 February at its headquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Private sector urged to participate in education and training in Africa
    17 february 2012 22:24:03
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The participants at the triennial meeting of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) in Ouagadougou have urged the private sector to become a stakeholder in education and training in African countries. Full text...

  • "Festival on the Niger" opens in Mali
    17 february 2012 10:45:19
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The eighth edition of the 'Festival on the Niger" opened Thursday in the Malian town of Segou, about 240 kilometres from the capital, Bamako, with many personalities, including ministers witnessing the opening session, PANA learnt from a reliable source. Full text...

  • Construction of Denis Sassou Nguesso University to begin April in Congo
    10 february 2012 11:51:34
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The construction of the Denis Sassou Nguesso University in Kintele, a suburb of Brazzaville, the capital of Congo, will begin in April and will end in 2015, Jerome Courbon, Chief Executive Officer of Unicon group which is handling the project, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Global recording artist, Sarah Brightman, designated UNESCO Artist for Peace
    06 february 2012 15:20:15
    Paris, France (PANA) - British performer Sarah Brightman, one of the world’s few artists to top both pop and classical music charts, will be named UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony in Paris, France, on 8 February. Full text...

  • Int'l Institute for Peace joins forces with UNESCO
    03 february 2012 19:42:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - The International Institute for Peace (IIP), co-founded by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker, will formally join forces with the Organization on 7 February with the signing of an agreement between UNESCO, the Institute, the Rutgers University in New Jersey, US, and the US government, the UN agency said in press statement here Friday. Full text...

  • Angolan Reggae musicians remember Bob Marley
    03 february 2012 13:52:55
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Reggae artistes in Angola, under the Association of Reggae Music Friends (NARA), will organize an international show in Luanda, the Angolan capital, 6 February to mark the 67th birthday anniversary of the "King of Reggae music", the late Bob Marley. Full text...

  • Uruguayan football manager named UNESCO Champion for Sport
    27 january 2012 17:16:50
    Paris, France (PANA) - Óscar Washington Tabárez, the Uruguayan national football team manager, will be named UNESCO Champion for Sport by the Director-General of the UN agency, Irina Bokova, on 30 January, UNESCO disclosed here Friday in a press statement. Full text...

  • Africans urged to promote their culture, tradition
    26 january 2012 14:01:42
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - African leaders have been urged to restructure the educational system in their countries so it can inculcate the promotion of indigenous African culture, arts and tradition in the younger generation in order to sustain the continent’s rich cultural heritage. Full text...

  • African education ministers move to promote national languages, French
    25 january 2012 15:40:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Education ministers from several African countries and the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) on Wednesday, in Bamako, the Malian capital, launched a language education project aimed at promoting African national languages alongside French, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Second edition of project to cater for young African prisoners launched
    18 january 2012 15:34:18
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A Canadian musician of Cameroonian origin, Olivier Cheuwa, has launched the second edition of the project 'Soul Care', aimed at raising money to cater for young African prisoners. Full text...

  • Symposium on creation of art institutions in Africa opens in Dakar Wednesday
    17 january 2012 12:53:38
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - An international symposium on the creation of art institutions in Africa, being organized by the Raw Material Company, is due to open in Dakar, Senegal, on Wednesday, according to Ms. Koyo Kouoh, the company's artistic director. Full text...

  • Senegalese choreographer forms new dance company for women
    06 january 2012 11:43:59
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A new contemporary dance company composed exclusively of women and called "Jigéen Jant-Bi" has been established by Senegalese choreographer and dancer Germaine Acogny . Full text...

  • National festival on cultural diversity opens in Noukchott
    28 december 2011 15:19:31
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A National Festival on Cultural Diversity began Tuesday in Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital, under the theme "Our cultural diversity: a wealth". Full text...

  • Top Senegalese musician advises colleagues on piracy
    23 december 2011 12:02:36
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Switzerland-based Senegalese musician Nana Cissokho has urged other musicians to do everything possible to secure their albums against piracy. Full text...

  • UNESCO chief laments death of renowned Cape Verdean singer
    20 december 2011 16:08:16
    New York, US (PANA) - The UNESCO Director-General, Ms. Irina Bokova, on Tuesday expressed her deep sorrow over the death of the internationally-renowned Cape Verdean singer, Ms. Cesaria Evora, who passed away at the age of 70. Full text...

  • Mauritania to host National Festival on Cultural Diversity 27-29 Dec
    19 december 2011 19:18:59
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - A National Festival on Cultural Diversity (FNDC) will be held in Mauritania from 27 to 29 December, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and that of Commerce, Handicrafts and Tourism. Full text...

  • Tunisian publishing house wins "Alioune Diop Prize" in Senegal
    18 december 2011 13:04:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Tunisia's publishing house, Eliza, Saturday won the "Alioune Diop Prize" for the promotion of book publishing in Africa, according to results of the contest announced at the opening of the 13th international Book and teaching materials Fair (FILDAK) holding 17-22 December in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • 50 exhibitors feature at int'l book fair in Dakar
    18 december 2011 12:57:41
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Some 50 exhibitors from 10 countries in Europe, Asia and Africa are taking part in the 13th edition of the International Book and educational materials Fair (FILDAK) which started Saturday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, under the theme: "the cultural industries as drivers of development: Place and prospects for the book". Full text...

  • 13th Book Fair opens in Dakar Saturday
    15 december 2011 11:07:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The 13th edition of the International Book Fair of Dakar (FILDAK) is due to open on Saturday in the Senegalese capital, according to a statement from the Ministry of Culture. Full text...

  • Tunisia to host 2nd int'l festival of culture, sports tourism
    14 december 2011 12:35:03
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The second International Festival of Saharan and sports tourism will be held from 29 December, 2011, to 2 January, 2012, in the governorates of Kebili and Tatatouine, Tunisia. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches mobile learning programme, "from text books to telephone"
    09 december 2011 17:56:30
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will hold an international experts’ meeting and symposium at its Headquarters in Paris, France, from 12 to 16 December to promote the potential contribution of mobile telephones to education, the UN agency said in a press statement Friday. Full text...

  • 2 Tunisians win prize for translating dictionary from French to Arabic
    08 december 2011 17:34:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - Two Tunisians -- Abdelkader Mhiri and Hammadi Sammoud -- have won the Ibn Khaldoum-Senghor prize for translating the "New encyclopedic dictionary of linguistics" from French to Arabic, PANA learnt Thursday from official sources. Full text...

  • UNESCO marks 10th year of convention on protection of underwater heritage
    01 december 2011 14:59:36
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The world’s leading academics, experts and underwater archaeologists will look at ways to improve the protection of underwater heritage at a meeting to be held at the Belgian Royal Library in Brussels from 13 to 14 December, according to a press statement from UNESCO in Paris, France, obtained by PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Angola's Int'l Cinema Festival begins
    18 november 2011 13:16:13
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The fourth edition of the International Cinema Festival (FIC-Luanda), whose objective is to promote Angolan and international Cinema, as well promote the exchange of experiences between Angolan and foreign film makers, got underway Friday in the Angolan capital, Luanda. Full text...

  • Angola's Int'l Cinema Festival begins Friday
    17 november 2011 16:11:41
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - The fourth edition of the International Cinema Festival (FIC-Luanda), whose objective is to promote Angolan and international Cinema, as well promote the exchange of experiences between Angolan and foreign film makers, begins here Friday. Full text...

  • UNESCO's Intangible Heritage Committee considers new inscriptions
    17 november 2011 14:48:20
    Paris, France (PANA) - More than 80 nominations, including Saman Dance from Indonesia, Fado from Portugal and Mariachi music from Mexico, will be considered for inclusion in the UNESCO Intangible Heritage lists at the sixth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22-29 November, 2011. Full text...

  • France grants Burundi 300,000 euros to promote French language
    17 november 2011 13:14:29
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The French government will release 300,000 euros for the promotion of the teaching of French in Burundi, according to an agreement signed between officials of the two countries in Bujumbura, the Burundi capital. Full text...

  • UNESCO launches Women Philosophers’ Journal 17 Nov
    16 november 2011 14:55:12
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO will launch the Women Philosophers’ Journal, an online publication available in English and French, as part of this year’s celebration of the World Philosophy Day, at its headquarters here on Thursday, the UN agency said in a press statement Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali hosts 8th Festival on River Niger in Feb 2012
    14 november 2011 14:45:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The eighth edition of the Festival on the River Niger will be held from 15 to 19 February, 2012, in Ségou, Mali, PANA learnt in Bamako from the festival organizing committee. Full text...

  • Gabon donates US$ 2m to UNESCO emergency fund
    11 november 2011 15:26:39
    Paris, France (PANA) – Gabon became the first country to make a financial donation to the Emergency Multi-Donor Fund, launched Thursday by the UNESCO Director General, Irina Bokova, a press statement from the UN agency here indicated. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch book on the universe
    08 november 2011 17:21:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Large Hadron Collider, a book about a machine designed to study the beginning of the universe, will be launched at UNESCO on 10 November, the UN agency said in a press statement from its Paris, France, headquarters. Full text...

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