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  • UNESCO organizes forum on Gender Equality in education
    27 september 2011 17:07:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) will host a High-Level Policy Forum, entitled “Gender equality in education: Looking beyond parity”, on 3 and 4 October in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Cape Verdian music star ends career
    26 september 2011 22:10:30
    Paris, France (PANA) – Cape Verdian music star, Cesaria Evora, has ended her career for health reasons, her production house, Lusafrica, announced in Paris on Monday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Seun Kuti to tour France in October
    23 september 2011 22:01:21
    Paris, France (PANA) – Nigerian singer, Seun Kuti, will on 12 October begin a tour of France, which will open with a concert in Aucamvillen in Eastern France, official sources told PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • 2 Malian films selected for WAEMU’s international festival
    20 september 2011 13:44:06
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Two Malian films have been selected to feature at the International Short Films Festival, tagged "Clap Ivoire", to be held in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, 30 Nov.-4 Dec. 2011. Full text...

  • Egypt wins Africa’s best tourism destination award
    19 september 2011 09:30:00
    Cairo, Egypt (PANA) - Egypt won the "Best tourism destination in Africa" award during the Oscar Festival for International Tourism in the Indian Ocean and African States, held in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh this week. Full text...

  • UN expert tasks Morocco on cultural rights, diversity
    17 september 2011 17:00:25
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  • Gabonese writer publishes book on FNLA and MPLA
    13 september 2011 22:35:53
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Gabonese writer Jean Martial Arsene Mbah on Monday in Luanda published a book entitled "Les rivalités politiques entre le Front national de libération de l'Angola (FNLA) et le Mouvement populaire de libération de l'Angola (MPLA) (The political rivalries between the Angolan national liberation front (FNLA) and the Angolan people’s liberation movement (MPLA). Full text...

  • 25-year-old Angolan Leila Lopes wins Miss Universe 2011
    13 september 2011 16:43:36
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Twenty-five-year-old Angolan business management student, Leila Lopes, Tuesday became Africa's first Miss Universe, toppling 97 other contestants in the 60th edition of the Miss Universe beauty contest in São Paulo, Brazil. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: A different mood on 9/11 (News Feature)
    11 september 2011 16:07:47
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The rest of the world always remembers 9/11 as an unpleasant day but while Ethiopians may share that feeling, it is not the only thing they think about as the world marks a decade of the gory incident. Full text...

  • 2010 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize goes to Argentine NGO
    08 september 2011 16:51:37
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Argentina) will receive the 2010 Félix Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 14 September, the UN body said in a press statement Thursday. Full text...

  • UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors meet in France
    08 september 2011 14:40:42
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO’s work and how internationally-renowned personalities can help the Organization meet its objectives will be the subject of the 11th annual meeting of UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassadors, on 12 September, at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, the French capital. Full text...

  • Int'l Literacy Day: 793 million adults can neither read nor write, says UNESCO
    06 september 2011 14:11:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - On the eve of this year’s International Literacy Day, celebrated world-wide on 8 September, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said here Tuesday that 793 million adults – most of them girls and women - are illiterate. Full text...

  • Cape Verde creates database on culture
    27 august 2011 19:40:50
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  • 7th Int'l African Youth Camp to begin 5 Sept in Mali
    26 august 2011 15:09:25
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The seventh edition of the African International Youth Camp (CIJ), under the aegis of the Lions International Youth Club, will be held 5 to 10 September in Bamako, the capital of Mali, organizers said here Friday. Full text...

  • Top artists confirmed for South African jazz festival
    24 august 2011 11:16:09
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - Thousands of music lovers will be thrilled from Thursday, 25 August, when the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival begins in Johannesburg, South Africa, according to festival spokesman Mandie van der Spuy. Full text...

  • 24-year-old student crowned Miss Benin 2011
    22 august 2011 19:47:48
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Human resource management and administration student, Miss Sahadath Sorokou, has been crowned Miss Benin 2011. Full text...

  • EU releases 21.5 million euros for cultural programme in Algeria
    17 august 2011 14:48:44
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) has allocated 21.5 million euros to fund a programme in support of cultural heritage in Algeria, according to a press statement issued here Wednesday by the European Commission services. Full text...

  • Jonathan commiserates with late actor's family (Corrected)
    08 august 2011 19:40:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has extended his heartfelt condolences to the family of renowned stage and screen actor, Sam Loco Efe, who died on Sunday, according to a press release issued by the Presidency on Monday. Full text...

  • Int'l fashion show begins in Rwanda
    31 july 2011 15:44:07
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - An international fashion fair, at which mostly African fabrics are on parade, began in Kigali, the Rwandan capital, Saturday. Full text...

  • Portuguese jazz musician Rui Veloso opens Luanda jazz festival
    30 july 2011 14:04:14
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - With a fusion of blues and funk, Portuguese jazz musician Rui Veloso, here Friday opened the third Luanda International Jazz Festival, being held in the Atlântico Cinema till Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Seun Kuti to tour France
    29 july 2011 12:31:06
    Paris, France (PANA) - Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, son of music legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, will begin a tour of France 4 August with a concert in Sete, in the southern part of the European country, PANA learnt here Friday. Full text...

  • 18 African musicians take part in WOMAD festival in England
    29 july 2011 10:32:39
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Eighteen African musicians are among the 56 from all continents that are taking part in the 28-31 July WOMAD festival in Malmesbury, England, organisers said. Full text...

  • Niamey to host 8th Int'l African Fashion Festival 23-27 Nov
    27 july 2011 14:28:02
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - The eighth International Festival of African Fashion (FIMA) will be held 23-27 November, 2011, in Niamey, promoter Seidnaly Sidhamed, told a press conference here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Renowned author presents 30,000 books to schools in Mali
    22 july 2011 13:30:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian writer and politician, Seydou Badian Kouyaté, has presented 30,000 books to schools in the country, PANA learnt from authorized sources here Friday. Full text...

  • Many African musicians perform at Festival de Thau in France
    21 july 2011 15:58:41
    Paris, France (PANA) - Various African musicians, including Tkien Jah Fakoly of Cote d'Ivoire, and the Malian Mamani Keita, will participate in the 21st Festival de Thau, in southern France, organizers told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Pope expected in Benin from 18-20 November
    19 july 2011 21:53:45
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Pope Benedict XVI is expected in Benin on 18 November for a three-day visit during which he will launch an appeal on behalf of Africa for reconciliation, justice and peace, the Bishop of Abomey, Eugene Houndékon, said on Tuesday in Cotonou. Full text...

  • Mali to host African photography exhibition in November
    18 july 2011 21:10:09
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The ninth edition of the African Photography Biennial will take place from 1-7 November in Bamako, the capital of Mali, sources close to the organisers said on Monday. Full text...

  • US film directors expected at Rwanda Hillywood
    15 july 2011 17:01:42
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Nine American film directors are expected at the sixth annual film festival in Rwanda, which starts 23 July with film makers from a dozen countries participating, PANA learnt Friday from the organizers. Full text...

  • Congo's president justifies decision to halt FESPAM
    12 july 2011 10:57:38
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso has justified his decision to halt the eighth Pan African Music Festival (FESPAM), after the death of seven people in a stampede Saturday night at the entrance of the Felix Eboue stadium, during the opening of the cultural event. Full text...

  • Congo halts FESPAM after stadium stampede killed 7
    11 july 2011 13:53:00
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has halted the eighth edition of the Panafrican Music Festival (FESPAM) following the death of seven persons Saturday night in a stampede at the entrance of the Felix Eboue stadium in Poto-Poto, central Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Jazz legend Herbie Hancock to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    08 july 2011 16:22:38
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate American jazz musician, Herbie Hancock, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in a ceremony at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 22 July. Full text...

  • Francophone academics meet in Brazzaville
    07 july 2011 12:30:30
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - An international conference of the Francophonie is being held in the Congolese capital, Brazzaville, as part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • Five African sites inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    01 july 2011 22:18:08
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Five African sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during the 35th annual meeting of the World Heritage Committee held on 19-29 June in Paris, according to a statement obtained by PANA on Friday. Full text...

  • Malagasy, 9 others named UNESCO's MAB laureates
    01 july 2011 14:29:47
    Dresden, Germany (PANA) - Heriosa Razakanirina of Madagascar Friday emerged one of the 10 persons named laureates of the Young Scientists Awards by the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme of UNESCO (MAB), meeting from 28 June to 1 July in Dresden, Germany. Full text...

  • 250 artistes expected at 3rd int'l festival of Timbuktu
    30 june 2011 19:29:50
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Over 250 participants from around the world will take part in the third international festival of Timbuktu (TIF), scheduled for 3 to 5 July, organizers told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • 18 new Biosphere Reserves added to UNESCO’s MAB programme
    30 june 2011 14:43:45
    Dresden, Germany (PANA) - The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), meeting in Dresden (Germany) from 28 June to 1 July, has added 18 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR), which now numbers 580 sites in 14 countries, including Ghana and Togo. Full text...

  • Bangkok designated World Book Capital 2013
    29 june 2011 09:40:13
    Paris, France (PANA) - Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, has been designated the World Book Capital 2013, according to UNESCO which indicated that the city was selected by a committee of representatives from the three main branches of the publishing world and UNESCO. Full text...

  • 25 new properties inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    29 june 2011 09:01:19
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has inscribed a total of 25 sites, five of them in Africa, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, including three natural properties, 21 cultural sites and one mixed one, the UN agency said Tuesday in a press statement from its Paris, France, headquarters. Full text...

  • Sites in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, others inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    27 june 2011 15:23:33
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Konso Cultural Landscape in Ethiopia, the Fort Jesus, Mombasa in Kenya, and the Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe in Sudan have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Full text...

  • Senegalese artist, wrestling promoter Mbassou Niang dies
    27 june 2011 11:42:43
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Manager of Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, Oumar Niang, popular known as Mbassou, died Sunday evening in Dakar at the age of 56, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Senegal’s Saloum Delta inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    24 june 2011 19:04:27
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has inscribed Saloum Delta (in Senegal) and its vestiges of more than two millennia of human occupation on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the UN agency announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan lake inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
    24 june 2011 14:45:05
    Paris, France (PANA) - The World Heritage Committee has inscribed the Kenya Lake System in the Great Rift Valley and Australia’s Ningaloo Coast on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Full text...

  • UNESCO joins iTunes U
    22 june 2011 18:43:32
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO has joined "iTunes U" with a wealth of new educational material providing free access to UNESCO’s rich multimedia content, the UN organization announced from its hedquarters in Paris, France. Full text...

  • Arts exhibition opens in Kigali
    21 june 2011 20:53:36
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – A week-long exhibition by young Rwandan painters and other craftsmen has opened in Kigali to mobilize actors from the sector to work with professionalism and promote the export of their products, local sources told PANA on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNESCO wants national education system developed in South Sudan
    21 june 2011 13:42:14
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) - On the eve of South Sudan’s independence, UNESCO has called on the international community to act with a greater sense of urgency in supporting the development of a national education system, the UN body said in a press statement, released Tuesday in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Full text...

  • UNESCO scrutinizes World Heritage sites
    20 june 2011 14:45:35
    Paris, France (PANA) - The future of the World Heritage Convention ahead of its 40th anniversary next year and the growing challenges of heritage preservation were the key themes Monday at the opening addresses of the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee at UNESCO in Paris, France. Full text...

  • American film star to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    16 june 2011 19:26:08
    Paris, France (PANA) - UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will designate American actor, director and producer, Forest Whitaker, as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation, the UN organization said in a press statement from its headquarters in Paris, France, Thursday. Full text...

  • Senegalese President rejects summit against Françafrique in Dakar
    16 june 2011 18:44:52
    Paris, France (PANA) - The President of Senegal, Abdoulaye Wade has turned down requests to hold an international summit in Dakar against Françfriquea, insisting that the subject was too sensitive on the eve of the 2012 presidential election in the country, reliable sources told PANA here Thursday. Full text...

  • Ivorian reggae star holds African week in France
    14 june 2011 18:16:21
    Paris, France (PANA) - The Ivorian reggae star, Tiken Jah Fakoly, is holding an African week in France, marked among others by film screenings, book presentations and concerts. It will run till Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigerian business agency, film industry signs MOU
    14 june 2011 11:12:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) has pledged its support for the development of the film industry in Nigeria, through the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND), according to the agency's Director-General, Muhammad Nadada Umar. Full text...

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