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18.04.2014

MINSK (BelTA) A solemn session of the National Commission for UNESCO will take place at the National Library of Belarus on 18 April. The session will be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Belarus membership in the organization and will be chaired by Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova is set to take part in this session. Members of the National Commission for UNESCO will review the results of Belarus cooperation with UNESCO and discuss cooperation prospects with the UNESCO Director General.

Taking part in the session will be senior officials of the Education Ministry, Culture Ministry, Information Ministry, Nature and Environmental Protection Ministry, National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, representatives of the Belarusian public, including youth organizations.

 

04.12.2013

MINSK, 4 December (BelTA) - The Belarusian National Commission for UNESCO has established five thematic committees on key areas of its work, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.

These are the committees on education, culture, information, science and natural science education and the committee Young people and UNESCO clubs". Such a decision was due to the level and intensity of the interaction between Belarus and UNESCO, said the ministry.

A meeting of the National Commission, which adopted a number of important decisions for further action, was chaired by Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.

According to Vladimir Makei, the new organization will make the cooperation with UNESCO more efficient. This approach will allow involving more professionals to this work, including from the private sector.

The members of the commission discussed the status of implementation of some UNESCO programs in Belarus. The commission gave a positive assessment of the activities of the National Committee under the UNESCO program "Man and Biosphere, supported the initiative of the Belarusian State University to establish a national committee under the UNESCO program Information for all.

Efforts to increase the presence of the Belarusian heritage in the prestigious UNESCO list were highlighted as a very important area of work of the National Commission for UNESCO.
The members of the commission exchanged views on the preparation of proposals for the inclusion of the Belarusian sites in the UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage lists and the list of intangible cultural heritage.

The National Commission for UNESCO paid particular attention to the preservation of the Belarusian documentary heritage and its inclusion in the UNESCO register "Memory of the World in the light of the proposals of the National Library of Belarus to develop the state program Memory of Belarus". The National Commission agreed that such a program is important for the country and agreed to work towards its adoption, the press service of the Foreign Minsitry informed.

 

20.11.2013

Olga Khabibulina, a manager of the international programmes of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs, has become a member of the Executive Board of the European Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations /EFUCA/, BelTA learnt from Secretary General of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs Dmitry Subtselny.

According to him, to become a member of the EFUCA Executive Board, which is composed of ten representatives of various countries, is a very important event for the Belarusian organization.

As of today, there are more than 4,800 centres, associations and clubs of UNESCO in the world. The World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations /WFUCA/ was founded in 1981.

The Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs was founded in 1991. At present, there are 62 UNESCO clubs in Belarus which number more than 2,000 members.

 

13.11.2013

GRODNO, 12 November (BelTA) - Youth Festival of UNESCO Clubs will be held in Grodno on 16-17 November, BelTA learnt from Yuri Grutsa, Chairman of the Grodno regional branch of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs.

The forum will bring together 14 youth clubs from the city of Grodno and Grodno Oblast, other regions of the country, and the Secretariat of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs.

Young people will attend educational workshops and participate in interactive games to discuss youth values. The program also includes the fair of UNESCO clubs, project presentations, a concert program and excursions.

The first autumn festival in Grodno was held in 2000 to familiarize young people with programs and ideals of the United Nations and UNESCO. The festival aims to promote the development of young peoples leadership, cohesion in the process of problem solving. The main task of the festival is to provide new information in the interactive form which could be interesting and applicable for further practical work in the clubs.

The festival has been organized by the Grodno regional branch of the Belarusian Association of UNESCO Clubs in conjunction with the department of ideology, culture and youth affairs of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee and the department of ideology, culture and youth affairs of the Grodno City Hall.

 

27.06.2013

XX International Conference "Crimea 2013"

XX Anniversary International Conference "Crimea 2013" took place on 10-14 June 2013 in Sudak (Crimea, Ukraine). The conference was organized within the framework of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

The conference was opened by Advisor to the Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Anatoly Akimov, Head of the Department of Culture of Moscow, Sergei Kapkov, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Anatoly Mogilev, Deputy Head of the Crimean parliament, Grigory Ioffe, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine, Boris Deutsch, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in Crimea, Viktor Placidus, Minister of Culture of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Alain Placidus, Sudak Mayor, Vladimir Serov, as well as other representatives of the governments of Russia and Ukraine, experts and heads of libraries, publishing houses, museums, archives, information centers, educational institutions, business, law, scientific and cultural institutions.

The anniversary conference was titled 20 Years of The Conference Crimea: Results and Perspectives of Library and Information Integration and Cooperation. Participants of the Conference discussed digitization projects of scientific and educational materials, library technology and software, copyright and open access to information, information literacy, etc. at 14 sections. In parallel with the conference a photo exhibition, panel intellectual discussions games have been organized.

The Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme and the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation organized a Day of the UNESCO "Information for All" Programme on 11 June. Within this session, Svetlana Knyazeva, Head of the Department of Open Educational Resources and Digital Technologies (UNESCO IITE), delivered a report Activities of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education in Promotion of Media and Information Literacy and Open Educational Resources".

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