8 things you may not
know about UNESCO
This month, UNESCO celebrates its 68th birthday. It will also see member states decide on its future work and
role in the ...
Irina Bokova is the first-ever female director-general. The first UNESCO chief, Julian Huxley, was a founding
member of WW...
Although headquartered in Paris (on Place de Fontenoy), UNESCO was born in London, on Nov. 16, 1945.
From there, it moved ...
In 2012, for the first time in many years, voluntary contributions ($391 million) surpassed regular contributions
from mem...
In the 1984, the United States withdrew its membership because it felt “UNESCO’s political and ideological
emphasis and it...
UNESCO houses the “largest artistic heritage” within the U.N. system, with more than 500 artworks that
include those by Pi...
UNESCO maintains partnerships with 373 international NGOs and 24 foundations and similar institutions. The
partnerships ar...
UNESCO has declared nearly 1,000 properties as World Heritage sites. Italy have the greatest number of
properties on the l...
UNESCO offers more than 20 different awards, including cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 per
recipient. In 2012,...
Read more about UNESCO on
Devex.com:
Why education must be central to new goals after 2015
MDG on education in danger as a...
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This month, UNESCO celebrates its 68th birthday. It will also see member states decide on its future work and role in the post-2015 development agenda setting.

Here are a few interesting facts about this U.N. specialized agency.

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  • Idea for the Development in Africa 10 Nov. 2013
    Being from Africa(I know better our situation).
    1. What I get is why we are from bad to the worse or still finding ourselves in Bad situation 'see the Hunger, Diseases and so on..'?
    2. Is that because of the Donations are spent wrongly with not well studied Useful Projects?
    * Please if there are Projects for Africa, let we see what is done and how many is spent;
    ** For the Development please start with giving/creating Jobs for men women by investing for Useful Projects(we need Hygienic Cities with hygienic Houses & with hygienic Roads “give us materials for building them, we have enough manpower” and this will help for ending or reducing so much those chronic Diseases as TB, Malaria, Typhoid and others Tropical diseases, and also it’s reducing Morbidities & Mothers & Children Mortalities in Africa;
    *Let we have Functioning Enough Health Centers with Qualified Doctors “by finding UNV-doctors” instead of getting so expensive International staff or International Consultants;
    *Let we have useful Agriculture Projects for cultivation enough food “giving/creating jobs for agriculture productions not bringing food from outside” and that is (for local outo-sufficiency);;
    *Let we have useful Projects for healthy enough Animals(starting from chickens, sheets, cows & camels) and useful Projects for fishing and their Conservation Items(for local outo-sufficiency);
    *Let we have enough/functioning Universities for a while till creating local/national Professors for future building themselves;
    *Let we have Inter-States Roads for better Communication and exchanging Products/Interests between African States;
    *Let we get help of keeping in our National Intellectuals Fellows (help encouraging offering acceptable salaries which could permit getting acceptable life in their Countries(not encouraging Brain Migration);
    *Let we have discussions all, for the Real African Development;
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  • Yes Development should start through People, increase number of Intellectuals in Africa, Doctors in Agriculture, in Veterenary, In Health Care, in Industries & Business encouraging Private Sectors and give/create Jobs by Investing in Africa(otherwise People without Job is Disaster, is NO-Development, is Hunger, is Diseases and increased Mortality.
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  • Productivity through people ... sustainability through people, inclusive growth through people. Development starts with people, not goods.
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8 things you may not know about UNESCO

  1. 1. 8 things you may not know about UNESCO
  2. 2. This month, UNESCO celebrates its 68th birthday. It will also see member states decide on its future work and role in the post-2015 development agenda setting. Here are a few interesting facts about this U.N. specialized agency.
  3. 3. Irina Bokova is the first-ever female director-general. The first UNESCO chief, Julian Huxley, was a founding member of WWF and an Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker.
  4. 4. Although headquartered in Paris (on Place de Fontenoy), UNESCO was born in London, on Nov. 16, 1945. From there, it moved to the French capital nearly a year later, and was initially housed in Hotel Majestic, where “[w]orking conditions were not exactly ideal. The largest bedrooms were allocated to secretaries, several of whom had to share them and store their files in the wardrobes, while middle-grade professionals were put in disused bathrooms, where the only place to keep their papers was the bathtub.”
  5. 5. In 2012, for the first time in many years, voluntary contributions ($391 million) surpassed regular contributions from member states ($353 million). The United States and Israel have frozen funding to UNESCO due to the admission of Palestine as member in 2011, the same year South Sudan joined the intergovernmental body.
  6. 6. In the 1984, the United States withdrew its membership because it felt “UNESCO’s political and ideological emphasis and its budgetary and managerial tendency have harmed the efficiency of the organization,” alluding to the growing focus then on the so-called New World Information and Communication Order. Said to be influenced by the U.S. decision, the United Kingdom did the same a year after. Singapore also pulled out, citing increasing membership fees. All later rejoined (U.S., 2003; U.K., 1997; Singapore, 2007).
  7. 7. UNESCO houses the “largest artistic heritage” within the U.N. system, with more than 500 artworks that include those by Picasso and span 6,000 years of history.
  8. 8. UNESCO maintains partnerships with 373 international NGOs and 24 foundations and similar institutions. The partnerships are “essentially intellectual and moral” and not financial in nature, though “cooperation with UNESCO can also have financial aspects in the form of activity-financing contracts.”
  9. 9. UNESCO has declared nearly 1,000 properties as World Heritage sites. Italy have the greatest number of properties on the list (49), followed by China (45) and Spain (44). Today, 44 properties are “endangered” due to the effects of natural and manmade disasters, including Timbuktu in Mali, the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, and all six sites in Syria.
  10. 10. UNESCO offers more than 20 different awards, including cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $150,000 per recipient. In 2012, it finally awarded the contentious UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences, which is sponsored by Africa’s longest-serving leader accused of human rights violations, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.
  11. 11. Read more about UNESCO on Devex.com: Why education must be central to new goals after 2015 MDG on education in danger as aid drops From 'resource curse' to education blessing

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