Voices UNESCO in Asia and the Pacific, November 2013

Issue 51 | ISSN: 2075-5147

Together We Stand: UNESCO Initiatives in Asia-Pacific on the International Day for Tolerance (16 November)
Many initiatives undertaken by UNESCO share the core desires to foster tolerance and to promote the principle of “learning to live together”. Here is a small sampling of some of these initiatives.


Director-General expresses her condolences and pledges UNESCO’s support for victims in Philippines



You will be dearly missed Khun Etienne! Interview with our Deputy-Director

UNESCO Bangkok’s Deputy-Director, Mr Etienne Clément, will move to Samoa to head UNESCO’s Office in Apia from 3 December 2013. We asked Etienne to reflect on his years in the Bangkok Office on both a professional and personal level as well as speak about his vision in the Pacific.



UNESCO-MHURD Joint Forum on the Occasion of the 40th Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention “World Heritage and Sustainable Development: Realising the Role and Potential of Local Communities” – Forum Proceedings   The Proceedings include presentations, principles and recommendations on how to bring stakeholders together for responsible and integrated management of World Heritage, and how sustainable development can have ‘win-win’ outcomes for local communities and World Heritage properties. 


UNESCO-Monaco Cooperation “Capacity-Building for the Fight Against the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Objects in Mongolia”  Policy Recommendations 2003-2011  These recommendations are addressed to Mongolian authorities and all institutions sharing a common responsibility in the fight against the illicit traffic of cultural objects.


UNESCO-Monaco Cooperation “Capacity-Building for the Fight Against the Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Objects in Mongolia”  Achievement Report 2009-2011 (Phase I)  The Achievement Report provides a comprehensive overview of activities carried out to protect Mongolian cultural objects against their illicit trafficking, including the six training workshops organized under the first phase of the project.


Social Inclusion of Internal Migrants in India
The document provides an overview of existing innovative practices that increase the inclusion of internal migrants in society and acts as a living docu­ment that would inspire and assist professionals and governments officials in their attempts to facilitate the social inclusion of migrants in India.


The Sacred Garden of Lumbini. Perceptions of Buddha’s Birthplace  The book provides comprehensive analyses of the variety of perceptions on Buddha’s birthplace. 


Making the Case with Strategic Information: A new resource for improved policy-making and planning for young key populations


Safeguarding Lo Manthang and the cultural landscape of Upper Mustang (1-2 November 2013, Kathmandu. Nepal) 

Science Film Festival 2013 in Cambodia: Sustainable Energy    
(1-20 November 2013, Phnom Penh, Kompong Thom and Kampot, Cambodia)

Multilingual Education Forum: Speaking the Language of Change in Asia-Pacific (6-8 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Second Technical Training Workshop on Religion, Art and Cultural Statistics of Thailand (11-13 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Strategic Partner Meeting on Flexible Learning Strategies to Reach Out-of-School Children in Asia and the Pacific (14-15 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Regional Technical Workshop: National EFA 2015 Reviews in Asia-Pacific (20-22 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

International symposium: Revisiting Kathmandu. Safeguarding living urban heritage (25-29 November 2013, Kathmandu, Nepal)

5th South and Central Asian MAB Network (SACAM) Meeting on Harmonizing Community Livelihood with Biodiversity Conservation (26 - 28 November 2013, Islamabad, Pakistan)



» Strengthening Internal and External Quality Assurance (IQA and EQA) in Higher Education

» The Role of ICTs to Improve the Quality of Life for Persons with Disabilities Discussed in Beijing
» South-South Cooperation in Climate Change Adaptation and Technology Transfer

» UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and Human Habitat
» Strengthening Open Access in India

» Regional Seminar on ICT integration sees revitalized network of UNESCO Resource Centres 

» Mongolia National Media Conference Reviews Assessment Based on IPDC’s Media Development Indicators

Providing Access to Information, Building Knowledge Societies

New Zealand
New Zealand joins the Protocols of the Hague Convention

Innovating for Girls' Education
» Multi stakeholder's consultation seminar on Breast Cancer Awareness

Republic of Korea
» UNESCO advocates for access to information at the ICEGOV2013 in Seoul

Samoa joins ICH Convention

» Moving towards a Better and Higher Learning
» Community-based tourism in Mae Hong Son: one cultural step at a time

» Managing and planning Cultural World Heritage properties

Viet Nam
» Launch of "As We Grow Up" exhibition on gender, love and safe sex


New Phase for Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan


The 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (18-22 November 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Global Forum on Media and Gender (2-4 December 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Asia Conserved: Lessons Learned from the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation (Volume II)


UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education: Preparing learners for the challenges of the 21st Century (2-4 December 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Thailand National Consultation on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (4 December 2013, Bangkok, Thailand)

Closing event “Biosphere Reserves for Environmental and Economic Security Initiative in Viet Nam” (5 December, Ha Noi, Viet Nam)

Entrepreneurship Education for Global Prosperity (10-12 December 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

A National Workshop on Building a Learning Society in Viet Nam: From Vision to Action (17-18 December 2013, Ha Noi, Viet Nam)


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