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Forum UNESCO: University and Heritage

The World Heritage Centre of UNESCO, Hanoi People's Committee, Hanoi Architectural University (HAU), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), and the Organizing Committee are pleased to announce the forthcoming twelfth Forum UNESCO - University and Heritage (FUUH) International Seminar to be held from 5 to 10 April 2009 at the National Convention Centre (NCC) in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

The Organizing Committee invites scholars, heritage practitioners, and experts to present their papers which fall into the overall theme of this international seminar, "Historic Urban Landscapes: A New Concept? A New Category of World Heritage Sites?"

Abstracts should allow the academic community and international heritage conservation professionals to discover new, innovative ways of integrating contemporary architecture in a historic urban landscape through applied research or projects that will open up a wealth of possibilities not previously explored. These new proposals should aid heritage practitioners in their mission as well as civil society.

For more information about the forum, please visit their website at: or contact the seminar secretary at:



UNESCO Announced the Winners of Award of Excellence for Handicrafts

UNESCO Bangkok announced 144 new products recognised with the UNESCO Award of Excellence on 14 October 2008. The list of products includes 29 from East Asia, 40 from South Asia, 15 from Southeast Asia and 60 from West and Central Asia. UNESCO would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the 580 applicants for their efforts in submitting their products this year.

The programme, formerly known as the Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts, was established in South-East Asia in 2001 by UNESCO and the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association. It aims to set quality standards, raise international awareness and strengthen the promotional potential for Asian handicraft products. Winners will benefit from a range of capacity-building and promotional support.

For more details and the list of awarded product, please see the programme website at:



Tajik Sculptor Amri Aminov Designated UNESCO Artist for Peace

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura designated Tajik sculptor Amri Aminov UNESCO Artist for Peace at a ceremony on 17 September 2008 at UNESCO Paris, France within the framework of the visit of Tajikistan's Foreign Affairs Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi.

Mr Aminov received this designation "in recognition of this contribution to spreading UNESCO's message of peace and tolerance through his artistic activities and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization".

UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO's message and programmes. Among them are musician Manu Dibango (Cameroon), actress Patricia Velasquez (Venezuela), musician Gilberto Gil (Brazil), dancer Miyako Yoshida (Japan), soprano singer Sumi Jo (South Korea), singer and founder of the musical group Gypsy Kings Chico Bouchikhi (France) and conductor Valery Guergiev (Russian Federation).

For more information, please visit the website at:


UNESCO-Asahi Shimbun Partnership Launched

Under the Media Partnership Agreement signed with UNESCO on 28 August, the Asahi Shimbun, one of the leading newspaper publishers in Japan, has published the first English news article on 5 September to increase public awareness of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) among its readers.

As the first print media to join the coalition of UNESCO's major private sector partners, Asahi Shimbun agreed to utilize its expertise and ability to promote ICH through its circulation of over 8 million copies distributed nationwide and through the English edition it publishes jointly with the International Herald Tribune. Asahi Shimbun will provide UNESCO with photographs and English translations, for use on UNESCO's website and for the benefit of communities whose ICH is concerned. UNESCO and Asahi Shimbun will also work together to hold international symposiums, seminars, exhibitions and other activities to increase the visibility of ICH worldwide in the future.

For more details about this partnership, please visit the website at:


UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme 2009
UNESCO-Aschberg is announcing the call for applications for the 2009 UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists.
As an implementation instrument of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the programme promotes the mobility of young artists through sojourns in art residencies abroad so as to foster creativity and cultural diversity. It recognizes the important contribution of artists in the creative process and their central role in nurturing the diversity of cultural expressions.
Artist-in-residence bursaries are being offered in institutions around the world in the following three fields: visual arts, creative writing and music.
For more information regarding the list of bursaries being offered for 2009, please visit the website at There, you will find direct links to institutions and full instructions on the application requirements and necessary dates.
If you have further enquiries, please contact Aschberg[at] 


2008 UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts for Southeast Asia
Established to encourage craft-workers to use traditional skills and materials, the Award of Excellence programme for Southeast Asia aims to ensure the continuation of traditional knowledge and skills and the preservation of cultural diversity in Southeast Asia.

Craftspeople granted with the “Award” will be presented with certificates and gain support and advice from UNESCO, the ASEAN Handicraft Promotion and Development Association (AHPADA), and the Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (SACICT) on capacity-building and promotional opportunities including national and international trade fairs.

All interested artisans and craft producers are encouraged to visit the website at: or contact their partner organization to obtain an application form and further information.


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