Mining giant invests $2.9B in Brazil port

PONTA DA MADEIRA, Brazil, May 26 (UPI) -- Brazilian iron ore giant Vale Doce is investing $2.9 billion to develop the Ponta da Madeira terminal in northern Brazil, making it the largest port in the country by volume.

Chinese pagoda submitted as relic

BEIJING, May 15 (UPI) -- Chinese authorities said Sunday they will finish the application for the Sakyamuni Pagoda to be included on the UNESCO list of cultural relics by 2013.
U.S. mining firm given Bolivian assurance against nationalization

U.S. mining firm given Bolivian assurance against nationalization

LA PAZ, Bolivia, April 25 (UPI) -- Bolivia has assured U.S. Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. it's not a target for nationalization while President Juan Evo Morales rules the country.
Jailed Iranian reporter honored by U.N.

Jailed Iranian reporter honored by U.N.

PARIS, April 7 (UPI) -- An Iranian journalist jailed since his country's disputed 2009 presidential election has won a United Nations award dedicated to press freedom.
Bamiyan destruction anniversary marked

Bamiyan destruction anniversary marked

PARIS, March 1 (UPI) -- The United Nations marked the 10th anniversary of the Taliban destruction of the 1,500-year-old Bamiyan Buddha statues in Afghanistan with a special appeal.

Alert issued over stolen Egyptian relics

PARIS, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- The United Nations has alerted art dealers, collectors and governments around the world to be on the lookout for items reported stolen from Egypt.
Scorn erupts over French wind farm plans

Scorn erupts over French wind farm plans

PARIS, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- U.N. authorities said they were examining French plans to build a wind farm near the French island of Mont Saint-Michel, a world heritage site.
St. Petersburg's historical status changed

St. Petersburg's historical status changed

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Russia's Ministry of Culture says it will redefine the status of St. Petersburg, with just the city's center being deemed historical.

Heritage site residents want change

DJENNE, Mali, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A U.N. cultural organization is trying to preserve the planet's cultural heritage while providing for people in Mali and elsewhere who want modern amenities.
Critics: Pompeii neglected, deteriorating

Critics: Pompeii neglected, deteriorating

POMPEII, Italy, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Italy's ancient city of Pompeii has had years of neglect and mediocre management by the Italian government, archaeologists say.

Rains cause new collapses in Pompeii

POMPEII, Italy, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Two ancient walls in the historic city of Pompeii fell down in heavy rains, making four collapses in less than a month, Italian authorities said.

U.N. summit on saving culture convenes

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- A United Nations convention on preserving the world's cultural heritage convened in Nairobi, Kenya, Monday to select traditions for U.N. protection.

UNESCO cans Tehran World Philosophy Day

PARIS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- The United Nations Educational and Scientific Organization announced Tuesday in Paris its cancellation of World Philosophy Day celebration in Iran.

Italy seeks balance for Pompeii site

ROME, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- A bestselling author on Pompeii, Italy, says the collapse of a ruin illustrates the need for balance between preservation and allowing visitors at such sites.
Israel to cut ties with UNESCO

Israel to cut ties with UNESCO

JERUSALEM, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Israel said it will stop cooperating with UNESCO after it designated Rachel's Tomb, a Jewish holy site outside of Bethlehem as a Muslim mosque, officials said.
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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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