Israel mulls response to UNESCO vote

Israel mulls response to UNESCO vote

JERUSALEM, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Israel may impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority in response to UNESCO's vote to admit it as a full member, officials said.

Serbia asks for heritage site protection

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Addressing UNESCO Monday, the Serbian foreign minister said Serbian Orthodox Church sites cannot belong to the Republic of Kosovo.

U.S. cuts UNESCO funding after PA vote

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The United States decided Monday to cut off funding for UNESCO in response to the agency's decision to grant Palestine full membership.

U.S., Israel slam Palestine's UNESCO bid

PARIS, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Israel and the United States said a decision by the U.N. cultural organization to accept Palestine as a member didn't do anyone any favors.

Ex-UNESCO chief: Change to oneness values

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The rare global concurrence of socioeconomic and political crises is a call to create values fostering the common good, a former UNESCO chief from Spain says.
Spain supports Palestine's statehood ambitions

Spain supports Palestine's statehood ambitions

PARIS, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Spain said it backed the Palestinian initiative for statehood following a nod from UNESCO, though the effort is still up against Israeli allies in Washington.
Palestinians win vote on UNESCO bid

Palestinians win vote on UNESCO bid

PARIS, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Palestinian leaders won a U.N. vote for membership in UNESCO, which U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she found "quite confusing."

S. Korea wants to protect DMZ animals

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- South Korea says it wants to protect endangered species in the demilitarized zone separating it from North Korea.

Naples, Italy, to host U.N. urban confab

NAPLES, Italy, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- A high-level United Nations conference on cities will be hosted next year by Naples, the Italian foreign ministry said.

U.N. to address ocean noise pollution

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations has announced the start of a 10-year investigation into the possible effect of human noise pollution on marine creatures.

U.N. tsunami warning system tested

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- A United Nations-backed North Atlantic and Mediterranean tsunami warning system has passed a first test of its communication network, officials said.

Singer Facundo Cabral killed in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY, July 9 (UPI) -- Facundo Cabral, one of Argentina's best-known singers and songwriters, was gunned down Saturday as he was driven to an airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Thailand scolded over UNESCO move

PARIS, June 27 (UPI) -- Thailand should carefully consider its decision to shun a convention surrounding world heritage sites, a U.N. official said amid border spats with Cambodia.

U.N. puts two rainforests on 'danger' list

PARIS, June 22 (UPI) -- Illegal logging, poaching and other intrusions have put rainforests in Honduras and Indonesia on the U.N. List of World Heritage in Danger, a U.N. agency says.
Whitaker to be UNESCO goodwill ambassador

Whitaker to be UNESCO goodwill ambassador

NEW YORK, June 17 (UPI) -- The United Nations' cultural and education agency UNESCO says it is designating Hollywood actor Forest Whitaker as a goodwill ambassador.
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Bulgarian Irina Bokova gives a speech after she was formally inaugurated as UNESCO Director General in Paris, October 23, 2009. Bokova has become the first woman and the first Eastern European to chair the organization. UPI/Eco Clement

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (French L'Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture : UNESCO; pronounced /juːˈnɛskoʊ/) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its stated purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and the human rights along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.[1] It is the heir of the League of Nations' International Commission on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO has 195 Member States[2] and eight Associate Members.[3][4] Most of the field offices are "cluster" offices covering three or more countries; there are also national and regional offices. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and communication and information. Projects sponsored by UNESCO include literacy, technical, and teacher-training programmes; international science programmes; the promotion of independent media and freedom of the press; regional and cultural history projects; the promotion of cultural diversity; international cooperation agreements to secure the world cultural and natural heritage (World Heritage Sites) and to preserve human rights, and attempts to bridge the worldwide digital divide. It is also a member of the United Nations Development Group.[5]

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