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A UNESCO Press Conference Marking its 60th Anniversary
Including the Excluded: Building on UNESCO’s First 60 Years


Friday, 18 November 2005, from 10:00 – 11:00 am

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was established on 16 November 1945, the result of reflection on the causes of the terrible war which had just ended, and of a desire to prevent future conflict by developing the intellectual and moral solidarity of mankind. In celebration of six decades of work towards that goal, the organization has named sixty themes, one of which takes the limelight for each of sixty weeks from 5 September 2005 to 4 November 2006.

 

In furthering the mandate of UNESCO, HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn graciously agreed to serve as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. On 25 November 2005, UNESCO Bangkok will hold its anniversary celebration at the Sirindhorn Anthropology Centre. HRH Princess Sirindhorn will officiate and deliver the keynote address: Including the Excluded: Building on UNESCO’s First 60 Years, following which three prominent individuals, Professor Vitit Muntarbhorn, Monthian Buntan and Susan Malone, will speak on the topic of educational exclusion due to HIV/AIDS status, disabilities, and language barriers.

 

Prior to the event, Sheldon Shaeffer, director of UNESCO’s Asia & Pacific Regional Bureau for Education will announce the anniversary events and brief the press on plans and schedules.


The press conference will also serve to launch UNESCO’s Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report 2006. The report details the comparative progress made by individual countries in meeting their common education commitments through the use of several educational statistics.


The 2006 edition notes that an estimated 771 million people worldwide, the majority of which are in Africa and Asia, lack basic literacy skills. Yet governments and donor organizations have not done enough to raise adult literacy in these areas to a level sufficient to sustain improvements in living standards.

For further information, please contact:

UNESCO Bangkok
Tel: (+66) 2 391 0577
Fax: (+66) 2 391 0866
Ms. Anuje Sirikit, ext. 347, email: a.sirikit
Ms. Alida Pham, ext. 342, email: a.pham

(*please add @unescobkk.org after the above e-mail addresses)

 

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