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This site provides information on the latest happenings at UNESCO Bangkok, other UNESCO Offices or at Headquarters, e.g. meetings, conferences, training courses, recent projects and activities, new publications and press releases.

New EFA report says early childhood care and education remains neglected
2007 EFA Global Monitoring Report released on 26 October, Bangkok launch set for 28 November

Half the world’s countries have no early childhood care and education (ECCE) policy for children under age three, according to the latest edition of the annual Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report.  [more...


December 1 World AIDS Day: Guinness Book of Records Attempt

On December 1 (World AIDS Day) UNESCO in collaboration with Thai Red Cross, UNAIDS, Plan Thailand and local NGOs will be hosting a Condom Chain of Life Festival culminating in an attempt to create the World’s Longest Condom Chain. The record attempt will take place at 19:30hrs inside the King Rama VI entrance at Lumpini Park [more...]


Release of UNESCO study 'Innovative practices of youth participation in media'

This study examines how youth get involved with an assortment of media including newspaper and magazine, radio, television and video, the Internet, and personal digital assistants. [more...]


Learning is child's play

Latest Issue of UNESCO Courier, October 2006. [more...]


UNESCO urges Thailand to focus on teachers' welfare

Call made at Thai Education Congress and World Teachers’ Day

UNESCO Bangkok has called on Thailand to continue working for the improvement in the quality of its teachers, the conditions they work in, and the equitable distribution of teachers particularly between rural and urban areas. [more...]


UNESCO survey on e-readiness of 16 Asia-Pacific counties now released

To develop comprehensive ICT training packages for information professionals that build on existing ICT skills is one of the recommendations included in a UNESCO survey to assess the need for ICT training for information professionals in the Asia-Pacific Region that was recently released. [more...]


Director-General inaugurates the celebration of the 2550th Anniversary of the Buddha

On 7 October, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, inaugurated the celebration of the 2550th Anniversary of the Buddha in the presence of distinguished representatives of the global Buddhist community. [more...]


UNESCO/AHPADA Announce Awardees for the Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts

An international panel of judges and experts in design, marketing and handicraft production gathered across four regions in Asia over the last few weeks to judge a record number of entries for the 2006 UNESCO Seal of Excellence in Handicrafts (referred to as the SEAL).  [more...]


ICASE Asian Symposium 2006

28-30 November 2006, Singapore


This symposium will address the challenges of science educators and researchers in connecting Science, Mathematics and Technology education with Community Needs and Development. The topics for discussion will be surrounding the following 3 sub-themes namely: Teachers’ Training; Curriculum Planning & Development, and Technology Aided/ Innovative Student Learning. [more...]


Asia/Pacific Regional Committee for Memory of the World Programme launches website


The Asia/Pacific Regional Committee for the Memory of the World Programme which is a subsidiary of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Programme, has recently launched its official website. [more...]



Thailand to hold symposium on World Teachers' Day
UNESCO Bangkok is co-organizer of this 5 October event


Thailand will host a symposium that will highlight the role and contribution of teachers in society and discuss issues related to education. The international event will coincide with global celebrations to mark World Teachers' Day on 5 October 2006. [more...]


New Gender web site launched!

Gender in Education Programme is pleased to introduce its updated web site. This web site is one of many initiatives that the UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education is undertaking to assist Ministries of Education in mainstreaming gender within their Education for All (EFA) plans and policies, as well as within school and classroom settings. The information and tools presented in this web site can be used by Gender Focal Points, Ministry of Education officials and others who are working to promote gender equality in education. For more information, please visit

UNESCO Bangkok publication wins "Thai Print Awards 2006”

The UNESCO Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts publication has won the “Gold Award”, under the category of leaflets, flyers and folders at the 1st Thai Print Awards 2006, held recently at the Shangri-la Hotel, Bangkok. “I’m very pleased that our publication won the prize. I often hear that UNESCO publications are not attractive to read but this award is a justification that we are trying to improve the quality of printing and design,“ said Sirisak Chaiyasook, Graphic Designer for UNESCO Bangkok [more...]


The Director-General participates in the Second Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions during his second official visit to Kazakhstan

From 10 to 13 September 2006, the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, paid his second official visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan and participated, together with Mr Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, in the opening ceremony of the Second Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions held in the new pyramid-shaped Palace of Peace and Accord in Astana. [more]


The Director-General pays his second official visit to Uzbekistan

From 7 to 10 September 2006, Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, paid his second official visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan. [more]

International Literacy Day 2006 

8 September is International Literacy Day. It is an occasion to give hope to the millions of women, men and children who cannot read or write even their own names. This year’s theme is “Literacy sustains development”. It emphasizes that literacy is not only a positive outcome of development processes but also a lever of change and an instrument for achieving further social progress. Celebrations are taking place throughout the world. [more...]

Shigar Fort Palace in Pakistan wins 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards

Shigar Fort Palace in Skardu, Northern Areas, Pakistan has been honoured with the Award of Excellence in the 2006 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards for Culture Heritage Conservation. [more...]



Regional seminar to examine state of teachers in Asia-Pacific

The quality of education in any country depends largely on the quality of its teaching force. This is why UNESCO Bangkok is organizing a seminar that will examine the plight of teachers in the region focusing on a review of the current situation of teacher education, teachers’ status and working conditions, and educational dialogue. The Regional Seminar on the Status of Teachers: Attracting, Developing and Retaining Effective Teachers will be held from 1 to 3 August 2006, in Bangkok.  more


Young Minds in Action: UNESCO Youth Envisioning Contest


UNESCO Bangkok is encouraging students in the Asia and Pacific region to creatively explore the concept of sustainable development. Young Minds in Action is a Youth Envisioning Contest that invites young people to express their views on sustainable development through art, music or writing! more


Cities for an inclusive urban society

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and UNESCO will jointly organize the Regional Conference of Cities for an Inclusive Urban Society on 3-4 August 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand. more

World Heritage grows richer

The latest issue of UNESCO Courier, July-August 2006. more

Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System up and running

Eighteen months after the tragic tsunami of December 2004, the entire Indian Ocean region has a warning system capable of receiving and distributing tsunami advisories around the clock. [more]


UNESCO SchoolNet Workshop: Sharing Lessons Learned
UNESCO will hold the SchoolNet “Sharing Lessons Learned” workshop at the Bangkok office from 26-28 June. This workshop will provide an opportunity for representatives from the eight ASEAN countries participating in the SchoolNet project to exchange their experiences and lessons learned. These findings will be compiled at the workshop and published in the third and final edition of the SchoolNet “Lessons Learned” series. more



Logo Competition for Online Exhibit of Free Expression in Southeast Asia


UNESCO and SEAPA invite art students to take part in a logo-design competition for the project A S.E.A. of Dangerous Words. The Project aims to raise awareness and discussions for free expression issues in Southeast Asia, in line with UNESCO and SEAPA's annual celebrations of World Press Freedom Day. The winning entry will receive a prize of 5,000 Thai Baht. Deadline for entries is 7 July 2006. more



10th APEID International Conference "Learning Together for Tomorrow"


The Asia Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) will organize the 10th APEID International Conference "Learning Together for Tomorrow: Education for Sustainable Development" in Bangkok (Thailand) from 6 - 8 December. This is to promote the United Nations Decade for Sustainable Development (DESD) from 2005-2014 and to strengthen UNESCO’s role as the lead agency for DESD. more



100th anniversary of the birth of the Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikkhu (1906-1993)

The centenary of the birth of the Venerable Buddhadasa Bhikku officiated by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, is celebrated at Buddha Monthon, Nakorn Pathom, Thailand, 27 May. more


Just Published!

May Issue of UNESCO Bangkok Newsletter.  more




Exercise Pacific Wave 06 seeks to consolidate tsunami warning system

The first-ever region-wide drill for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System carried out during 16 and 17 May. Sponsored by UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the exercise, known as Pacific Wave 06, has taken on even greater importance following the major earthquake in the region earlier this month that highlighted the strengths and identified several weaknesses in the system. more


Press Freedom not a decadent Western value, but a human right

BANGKOK, May 2006 - In his 10th May address to UNESCO staff in Bangkok, Philippe Latour, South-East Asia Representative of Reporters Sans Frontières, reminded the public that so far this year, the world has witnessed the deaths of 63 journalists and 5 media assistants. “More than 800 were arrested; more than 1300 physically attacked or threatened and 1000 media outlets were censored.”  more


Regional Workshop on Educational Materials for Natural Disaster Preparedness

UNESCO Bangkok and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) will co-host a regional workshop for the project: Education for Natural Disaster Preparedness in Asia-Pacific in the context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) on 1 June, 2006. The objective is to present, promote and disseminate ideas, lessons and training products to the Workshop participants and to discuss and stimulate new initiatives to develop educational materials concerning disaster preparedness in the Asia Pacific region. more



UNESCO Freedom of Information and the Press : Discussion Series

BANGKOK, APRIL 2006 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Bangkok office will hold a special Freedom of Information and the Press Discussion Series during April and May 2006. The discussion series will be in celebration of World Press Freedom Day. more


UNESCO Expands Efforts to Prevent HIV/AIDS Among Men Having Sex with Men in Cambodia, Thailand and Viet Nam

The American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have provided an additional grant to UNESCO to continue ongoing pilot interventions, research and coordination efforts to improve HIV prevention, care and support services for men having sex with men (MSM) in Thailand, Cambodia and Viet Nam. The new funds complement ongoing funding provided by CDC and UNAIDS.


ACCU-UNESCO Centres of Excellence Programme and Innovation Programme launched


In response to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, ACCU and UNESCO Bangkok will jointly implement the 2006 – 2010 ACCU-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Centre of Excellence Programme and the 2006-2007 ACCU-UNESCO Asia-Pacific Innovation Programme for ESD.



Latest Adolescence Education Newsletter available online
The December 2005 edition (Vol. 8, No. 2) of Adolescence Education Newsletter (AEN) provides a comprehensive overview of the socio-demographic and reproductive health situation of adolescents including available evidence about the health risks and challenges that young people face in Asia and the Pacific region. Also included is an “EduTools” insert featuring module 3 and 4, excerpted from HIV/AIDS teacher training manual used in the school setting, originally developed by UNESCO Bangkok.


UNESCO training course on Digital Libraries in Education

21-24 February 2006


IITE UNESCO is launching in Bangkok the first in a series of Digital Libraries in Education training. The four days workshop is hosted by the UNESCO Office Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education.


UN agencies, development organizations join together in support of EFA progress review


As countries prepare to review progress towards the Education for All goals, UN agencies, donors, NGOs, development organizations and other relevant stakeholders will meet in Bangkok to set the course for a coordinated regional support to nationally-driven assessments of EFA. A regional strategic planning meeting for the EFA Mid-Decade Assessment will take place in Bangkok from 27 to 29 March 2006, together with an internal global UNESCO meeting on 26, and on 30 and 31 March.


Workshop on managing information systems for non-formal education
Invited UNESCO staff to meet from 23 to 26 January 2006

UNESCO’s Section for Literacy and Non-Formal Education, and UNESCO Bangkok’s AIMS and APPEAL Units are organizing a workshop on “Developing Sub-national Non-Formal Education Management Information System (NFE-MIS).”

UNESCO organizes the first Pacific Region Workshop on Inclusive Education
Participants see need to strengthen inclusive approaches in the Pacific

A workshop on inclusive education was held from 23 to 25 November 2005 in Apia, Samoa. The workshop, a collaborative effort between UNESCO Paris, Bangkok and Apia offices was held in conjunction with an EFA coordinators’ meeting for the Pacific Region.


UNESCO workshop to train teachers in SchoolNet telecollaboration activities


As part of the “Strengthening ICT Use in Schools and SchoolNet” project, UNESCO will convene a five-day workshop in Chiang Mai, Thailand from12 to 16 December 2005. The workshop aims to enhance teachers’ understanding of telecollaboration and enable them to coordinate UNESCO SchoolNet online activities effectively.


UNESCO Bangkok hosts meeting to help countries assess progress towards achieving quality education for all


Representatives from 21 countries in East, South and South-East Asia met in Bangkok from 24 to 29 October 2005 to examine each country's progress in meeting the EFA goals and what remains to be done to meet these targets.


Literacy: a right still denied to more than 500 million adults in Asia and the Pacific
Data from 2006 EFA Global Monitoring Report shows


Over three million Thais aged 15 and above (almost 8% of the adult population) do not have the basic skills to read and write with understanding, and two-thirds, or over two million of them, are girls and women.


Teacher-Educator Training Workshop to be Convened in Beijing
14-18 November 2005

As part of the UNESCO ICT in Education programme in the Asia-Pacific region, a workshop will be convened entitled “National Training Programme for Teacher Educators on ICT-Pedagogy Integration”, in Beijing, China, between 14 and 18 November 2005.

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.


Thai Prime Minister plead for quality education
Speech made during UNESCO's General Conference

The Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Thailand, H.E. Thaksin Shinawatra addressed UNESCO’s General Conference in Paris on Tuesday 11th October, pleading in favour of quality education.

UNESCO Bangkok to host joint National EFA Coordinators’ Meeting and EFA Mid-Decade Assessment Planning
Representatives from 21 countries to attend meeting set for 24 to 29 October

This year's National EFA Coordinators’ Meeting will focus on the progress made in the region regarding EFA implementation, with a special focus on Early Childhood Care and Education as well as planning for the Regional Mid-Decade Assessment of progress towards meeting the EFA goals.

Winners Announced for the 2005 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards
Bangkok, 1 September 2005

Houkeng Timber-Arched Corridor Bridge (China) and Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum (India) win Awards of Excellence in the UNESCO 2005 Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards.

UNESCO Bangkok's AIMS Unit trains Nepalese officials on rapid annual school census reporting
Training part of building Nepal’s capacity in EFA monitoring and evaluation

UNESCO Bangkok's Assessment, Information Systems, Monitoring and Statistics (AIMS) Unit hosted and trained officials from the Nepal Ministry of Education (MoE) as part of the Flash Report Method on conducting annual school census at the AIMS office, UNESCO Bangkok.


UNESCO Paris and UNESCO Bangkok join hands to build consensus on Inclusive Education
The UNESCO head office in Paris and UNESCO Bangkok are working together to promote and advance a broader view on Inclusive Education, as a special United Nations committee discusses a proposed treaty to protect the rights of persons with disabilities.


UNESCO Prepares to Launch New ICT Teacher Training Project
Recognizing that teachers are central to successful learning, UNESCO has supported the professional development of teachers for nearly 60 years. UNESCO’s most recent initiative is the Next Generation of Teachers (NET) Project which is designed to assist Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in the Asia-Pacific region to prepare the next generation of teachers to judiciously use technologies for teaching and learning.


Thailand's Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai Forest Complex is among seven natural sites added to UNESCO's World Heritage List
14 July 2005, Durban (South Africa), The World Heritage Committee chaired by Themba Wakashe, South Africa’s Deputy Director-General for Heritage and National Archives, inscribed seven natural sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The new sites inscribed are: South Africa – Vredefort Dome; Egypt - Wadi Al-Hitan Whale Valley; Japan – Shiretoko; Norway – West Norwegian Fjords Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord; Mexico - Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California; Thailand - Dong Phayayen - Khao Yai Forest Complex; and Panama - Coiba National Park and its Special Zone of Marine Protection.


First National Training Programme for Teacher Educators on ICT-Pedagogy Integration
6-10 June 2005, Penang, Malaysia

UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education envisions that by the year 2008 all the member states of UNESCO in the Asia-Pacific region will have ICT-integration in Pedagogy as a component in pre-service teacher training at all levels.

EFA working group to hold 16th meeting
Meet set on 3 June 2005

The inter-agency Thematic Working Group (TWG) on EFA will hold its 16th meeting on 3 June (9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.) at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok.

UNESCO Bangkok Director Sheldon Shaeffer will preside over the meeting, which will be attended by Education for All specialists from UNESCO, UNICEF, UNESCAP, ILO, FAO and other concerned agencies.

UNESCO's AIMS Unit to draft guidelines on getting children with disabilities into schools
Mainstream education essential to give children with disabilities a normal life

Aekasit Donsaeng, fondly called Mos by his family and friends, is a smart, jolly kid. At 10, he already knows how to use a computer, a skill not common for children his age, especially in rural Thailand.

Mos, however, uses his feet instead of his hands to type words into the computer. He has cerebral palsy, a sickness that creates a brain dysfunction making it difficult for him to move around and control his motor skills. He uses a special wheelchair and has great difficulty using his hands and arms .

UNESCO Bangkok’s Response to the Tsunami Disaster

This site provides information on latest activities, links and resources related to Tsunami Response of UNESCO Bangkok, UNESCO Headquarters, as well as a new site operated by UN Thailand.

New issue of UNESCO-UNEVOC Bulletin

The April 2005 issue of the newsletter of the UNESCO-UNEVOC International Centre is now out. It reports on the follow-up to the recent Experts Meeting on progress made by countries in technical and vocational education and training. More




Rapid growth in secondary education, according to Global Education Digest


Four out of every five of the world’s children aged between 10 and 15 are today enrolled in lower secondary education according to UNESCO’s Global Education Digest 2005.

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New agreement on HIV/AIDS prevention education
May 3, 2005 - UNESCO and L’Oréal Professional Products today signed an agreement under which they will work together on an HIV/AIDS prevention education programme. According to UNAIDS, half of the 4.3 million adults infected with HIV each year around the globe are young people aged 15 to 24. Women now represent half of the 37 million people infected worldwide. More

ICT for Capacity Building: Key success factors

11-13 May 2005

UNESCO and the Club of Rome are co-organizing a three-day ”World Conference on Harnessing the Potential of ICT for Capacity Building” from 11 to 13 May at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The event is one of UNESCO’s thematic meetings in preparation for the second meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (Tunis, Tunisia, 16-18 November 2005).

International Forum on the Social Science – Policy Nexus
5-9 September 2005

The Forum proposes to reshape the linkage between social science research and social policy. The challenges of global society far exceed social science, but without social science they simply cannot be met.