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unesco sessiaUNESCO’s General Conference has set the direction for UNESCO’s work over the next eight years.

The new Medium Term Strategy (2014-2021) adopted by the Conference positions UNESCO to play a leadership role in defining the development objectives that will replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the areas of education, science, culture, communication and information.

unesco3On 19 and 20 November 2013, the Regional Forum “Dialogue as a Way to Understanding” took place in Moscow. It was dedicated to the International Day for Tolerance 2013. The purpose of the Forum was to organize a multilateral dialogue with the involvement of mass media promoting mutual understanding in multicultural societies through social inclusion policies.

The event was jointly organized by Etnosfera Centre for Cross-Cultural Education and UNESCO Chair on International Education and Integration of Migrant Children in School of the Moscow Institute of Open Education (MIOO), with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office.

christiana figueresThe coal industry must radically transform and diversify to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, a senior United Nations official said today at a meeting in Poland, stressing that companies must assess the risks of doing business as usual.

Addressing industry chiefs gathered in Warsaw for the International Coal and Climate Summit, organized by the Polish Government and the World Coal Association, Christiana Figueres said her presence at the meeting is neither a tacit approval of coal use nor a call for the immediate end to its use.

CO2 2The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2012, continuing an upward trend which is driving climate change and which will shape the future of the planet for hundreds and thousands of years, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The agency’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that between 1990 and 2012, there was a 32 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on the climate – because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping long-lived gases such as methane and nitrous oxide.

bokova2UNESCO’s General Conference today elected Irina Bokova for a second four-year term as Director-General of the Organization. She was nominated for the position by UNESCO’s Executive Board on 4 October.

Born on 12 July 1952 in Sofia (Bulgaria), Irina Bokova was first elected Director-General of UNESCO on 15 November 2009. Her first term has been marked by a major reform of UNESCO, to make the Organization more efficient and relevant to challenges facing peace and development today, in a world of diversity that is increasingly interdependent.

posysaev 051113On November 5, 2013 the Executive Director of International Sustainable Energy Development Centre under the auspices of UNESCO Mr. Yury Posysaev presented a Ыгььфкн Report on the ISEDC’s activities for 2012-2013 at the 37th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris.  

On November 5, 2013 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, on the first day of the 37th session of the General Conference, a Summary Report on the ISEDC’s main activities for 2012-2013 and information on the most important implemented projects and programmes was brought to the attention of the official delegates of UNESCO Member States during the ISEDC presentation.

unesco1Several Heads of State and some 150 ministers and delegates from all 195 UNESCO Member States will gather in Paris over the next 15 days for the Organization’s General Conference. This 37th session will shape the Organization’s strategy and direction for the next eight years.

The Conference is also expected to confirm another four-year term for Irina Bokova as Director-General. She was nominated for a second term by UNESCO’s Executive Board last month.
This session of the General Conference is held at a particularly critical time for UNESCO. The Organization is in the midst of a major reform, aimed at making UNESCO more relevant, more effective and more performing in response to global challenges to peace and development.

students 7The seventh session of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-sponsored fellowships Programme 2013 for specialists from developing countries and countries in transition has been successfully implemented from 1st to 25th October 2013.

The fellowships programme was held on the basis of higher educational institution – Ecological Faculty at Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, which is located in Moscow.  

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