Controversial science award dropped

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- UNESCO has effectively canceled a proposed science award named after the president and long-time dictator of Equatorial Guinea, U.S. human rights groups say.

Official: Radical new leadership needed

VALENCIA, Spain, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Business, government, and religious and other institutions worldwide need new leadership to endure severe changes ahead, a Spanish official and scholar says.

Cambodia gets about 100 tanks and APCs

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- In a bid to boost its military capabilities, Cambodia will get almost 100 tanks and armored personnel carriers from Eastern Europe next week.

UNESCO blasts girls' access to education

PARIS, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Less than 40 percent of countries provide girls and boys equal access to education, a UNESCO report indicates.

Moscow to discuss Kyrgyz military ties

MOSCOW, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Russian officials are scheduled to meet with their Kyrgyz counterparts to discuss expanding military ties, the Kremlin announced.

Ancient Roman villa in fact a mansion

ROME, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Italian archaeologists uncovering what they thought was a typical Roman villa say it's much more, calling the complex covering a full block a majestic mansion.

New findings from ancient tomb in Italy

ROME, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A royal tomb in an Etruscan necropolis in central Italy has yielded fresh archaeological finds during a summer dig, researchers say.

U.N. endorses astronomy heritage study

PARIS, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A U.N. committee for the first time endorsed a study in science heritage, one designed to identify important sites in the history of astronomy, officials say.

U.N. names 2 more heritage sites

UNITED NATIONS, July 31 (UPI) -- A U.N. agency Saturday added Sri Lanka's Central Highlands and Hawaii's Papahanaumokuakea islands and atolls to the World Heritage List.

Everglades back on UNESCO threatened list

BRASILIA, Brazil, July 30 (UPI) -- Everglades National Park in Florida was returned Friday to UNESCO's list of threatened World Heritage Sites.

Galapagos Islands removed from threat list

BRASILIA, Brazil, July 30 (UPI) -- The government of Ecuador is to thank for conservation efforts that resulted in the removal of the Galapagos Islands from a sensitive list, U.N. agencies said.

U.N. takes Galapagos off 'threatened' list

NEW YORK, July 29 (UPI) -- A U.N. panel has voted to remove the Galapagos Islands from a list of sites under environmental threat, a move criticized by environmental groups.

Russia searches for energy in deepest lake

MOSCOW, July 12 (UPI) -- Russian submersibles are scheduled this week to explore the bottom of Lake Baikal in search of gas hydrates, officials said.

UNESCO to consider Heritage Site nominees

UNITED NATIONS, July 7 (UPI) -- First-time submissions by Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and Tajikistan will be among the candidates for UNESCO's World Heritage List, the U.N. agency said.

World's deepest lake probed for pollutants

IRKUTSK, Russia, July 1 (UPI) -- Russian deep-water submersibles descended into the world's deepest freshwater lake to test for pollution from a Russian paper mill, sponsors said Thursday.
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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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