U.S. National Commission for Unesco

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The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO is a Federal Advisory Committee housed within the Department of State, which is charged with providing advice to the U.S. Government regarding its activities as a Member State of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization). The Commission is composed of no more than 100 Americans representing NGOs, Federal Government, State/Local Government; there are also several members who serve At-Large. Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State.

Call for nominations: L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards 2019
06/26/2018
Call for nominations: L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards 2019

Call for nominations: L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards 2019

Scientists and scientific institutions around the world are invited to present and nominate the most qualified candidates for the 2019 L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards, until 13 July 2018. Their active participation will ensure that the best female researchers from each continent are re...

03/07/2018

REMINDER: Applications for the LAURA W. BUSH TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP are due no later than Friday, March 9, 2018.

UNODC and UNESCO join up to promote the rule of law through education
02/27/2018
UNODC and UNESCO join up to promote the rule of law through education

UNODC and UNESCO join up to promote the rule of law through education

UNESCO and UNODC have announced the launch of a new partnership to provide Global Citizenship Education in response to some of the world’s most pressing challenges to peace, justice and the rule of law.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE LAURA W. BUSH TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP - Due by March 9, 2018OVERVIEWThe fellowship will help ...
01/11/2018

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR THE LAURA W. BUSH TRAVELING FELLOWSHIP - Due by March 9, 2018

OVERVIEW

The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

ELIGIBILITY

In order to apply for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, applicants:

- Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
- Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
- Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States

SELECTION

Only complete applications received by the application deadline will be considered. A subcommittee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, which shall include a personal representative of Mrs. Laura W. Bush, will conduct an initial review of the applications, conduct phone interviews as needed, and provide recommendations to the entire Commission about which candidates are the most qualified to receive the Fellowship. The number of recipients and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and the funds available. The average fellowship award is $2,500.

EVALUATION CRITEREA

- Originality and feasibility of proposal
- Quality of essay
- Apparent dedication to bridging nations, enlarging freedoms, and promoting democracy through one or more of UNESCO’s fields of competence
- Performance during interview, if applicable

THE APPLICATION PACKAGE

The application cover sheet (form DS-7646), as well as the By-laws for the Laura W. Bush Fellowship can be requested by email at [email protected].

All material must be submitted electronically as a single file (.doc or .pdf where the filename is the first and last name of the applicant) to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Executive Secretariat ([email protected]) by 5:00 pm EST on the application deadline.

Applications are due March 9, 2018 for travel this summer.

The application packet should include:

1) Completed application cover sheet (form DS-7646)

2) One page summary of project, including items that help provide a concise, clear understanding of the proposal, such as:

- Goals/objectives/outcomes
- Timeline
- Budget, funding, and plan for supplementary funding should it
be needed to complete objectives (including letters of support or commitment, if relevant)
- Methodology for monitoring/evaluating success, potential impact and sustainability
- Action plan/ideas for follow-on activities
- Any relevant resources or photos

3) Essay (up to 500 words, double spaced) explaining your interest in being considered for the award and how your proposed project reflects or is related to both UNESCO’s mandate and U.S. interests in promoting peace by sharing advances in education, science, culture, and communications.

4) Current resume

5) One letter of recommendation (from an academic source or another of the applicant’s choosing)

Questions regarding the application process or receipt of applications can be directed to [email protected].

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
01/18/2017

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation

Ancient Egyptian coffins like this one will benefit from a new Egyptian-American project to assess, document, and conserve more than 500 ancient coffins at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo!

UNESCO
01/18/2017
UNESCO

UNESCO

Let's change the world of refugee girls through meaningful and empowering education.

UNESCO and P&G partner to rebuild confidence of refugee girls through #education.

Save the Children UK
Always UK & Ireland
World Economic Forum
#WEF2017 #LIKEAGIRL

UNESCO
01/18/2017

UNESCO

The education sector, together with other sectors/stakeholders, has a responsibility to protect children & young people from violence in & around schools. A comprehensive education sector response to #schoolviolence & #bullying is needed http://bit.ly/2iZP83k & http://bit.ly/2jLZf02

UNESCO
01/17/2017

UNESCO

#Schoolviolence often occurs in playgrounds & classrooms; whereas #bullying is more likely to occur in toilets, changing rooms & other locations where children & adolescents aren’t supervised http://bit.ly/2iZP83k & http://bit.ly/2jLZf02

UNESCO
01/09/2017

UNESCO

How can you become involved in UNESCO’s work to improve education in emergencies and crises? Only 2% of humanitarian aid supports education, which is vital for breaking cycles of violence and conflict. Mobile Learning Week 2017 examines ICT’s potential to make education accessible and sustainable, especially for those displaced by conflict.

20-24 March at Paris HQ
Register to attend or propose to present your relevant work in this field: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/mlw

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science
01/09/2017

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science

Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2017 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program! Please see our website for more information and a link to the application: lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience

UNESCO Youth
01/05/2017

UNESCO Youth

(2/3) "Fortunately, I was given the opportunity to join a school where many students were also former child soldiers like me. There, I was able to recover from my trauma and eventually join the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative where I have been trained in both business and mediation." Monday Collins #YouthOfUNESCO Forest Whitaker UNESCO

UNESCO
01/05/2017
UNESCO

UNESCO

Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, will be awarded with the 2017 Crystal Award at the opening of the 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on 16 January 2017. >> http://on.unesco.org/2jeuErz

International Writing Program
01/05/2017
International Writing Program

International Writing Program

We are thrilled to see this nice review in Breac of a small anthology Alan Hayes and Christopher Merrill put together to celebrate Irish writers in the International Writing Program and the ties between two UNESCO Cities of Literature--Dublin and Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature.

U.S. Department of the Interior
01/04/2017

U.S. Department of the Interior

National parks are some of the most beautiful places in America, and we need your help keeping it that way. This year, take the #YellowstonePledge to help protect the natural beauty of Yellowstone National Park: go.nps.gov/YellowstonePledge.

Check out more tips on how to be good stewards of Mother Nature: https://on.doi.gov/2i6R35L

Photo by National Park Service.

https://fr.unesco.org/creative-cities/sites/creative-cities/files/creative%20cities%20for%20web.pdf
12/22/2016
UNESCO Creative Cities

https://fr.unesco.org/creative-cities/sites/creative-cities/files/creative%20cities%20for%20web.pdf

Paducah Creative City
12/19/2016

Paducah Creative City

#makeheritagefun - Paducah's UNESCO Creative City designation was anchored by quilting heritage and contemporary fiber art partners. Go behind the scenes at the National Quilt Museum to discover the art of quilting, and with "A Creative Stitch" take your inspiration to the classroom to learn the creative processes - hands-on!
Quilter or not, the National Quilt Museum deserves a spot on your bucket list! 📝 #creativepaducah

https://www.facebook.com/paducahcvb/posts/10154834668398288
12/18/2016

https://www.facebook.com/paducahcvb/posts/10154834668398288

Explore your heritage! We're joining GoUNESCO's global #makeheritagefun campaign this Sunday to explore, document and share 5 "Paducah Signature Experiences" that make heritage fun in our Creative City.

Stay tuned for engaging ideas, and share your own cultural experiences by tagging #creativepaducah!

12/14/2016
UNESCO

UNESCO

“You don't know what you have until it's gone.”
These past days, our community has shared their #HeritageStory, starting a conversation about the value of heritage.
Today, Syrians and many other populations face the loss of their heritage.
We ask you all to #Unite4Heritage for the generations to come. Be part of the movement, here: http://www.unite4heritage.org/
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UNESCO
12/14/2016

UNESCO

We close the #16days #orangetheworld campaign, but we need you to speak up against gender-based violence every day via UN Women

More info: http://on.unesco.org/2geSkru

Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Mali
12/05/2016

Ambassade des Etats-Unis au Mali

Lors de la visite au Mali, la Secrétaire d’Etat Adjointe chargée des Affaires Africaines, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a visité la ville historique de Tombouctou où elle a rencontré le Gouverneur de la ville, le maire de Tombouctou, les responsables de la MINUSMA à Tombouctou, les anciennes participantes au Programme de Leadership de la Jeunesse Panafricaine (PAYLP) et aussi des groupements de femmes. L’ambassadeur Thomas-Greenfield a aussi visité la mosquée Djingareyber où elle a eu droit à une visite guidée avec les responsables de la mosquée avant de se rendre au centre Ahmed Baba que le gouvernement américain a récemment soutenu pour la préservation des manuscrits anciens. Notre Secrétaire d’Etat Adjointe chargée des Affaires Africaines, a terminé sa visite dans la cité des 333 Saints par une conférence de presse lors de laquelle elle a évoqué les raisons de sa visite à Tombouctou, l’importance de la paix pour atteindre les objectifs de développement et a aussi remercié les habitants de Tombouctou pour l’accueil chaleureux dont elle a bénéficié à Tombouctou.

11/30/2016
Cities leverage UNESCO Designated sites to contribute to sustainable development | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/venice/about-this-office/single-view/news/cities_leverage_unesco_designated_sites_to_achieve_sustainab/

The workshop is part of the ‘International Academy on Sustainable Development’, launched in 2015 on the occasion of the 3rd World Forum on Local Economic Development in Turin and the International EXPO 2015 in Milan. The first edition committed to the management of food-productive landscapes in UNES...

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science
11/28/2016

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science

Applications are NOW OPEN for the 2017 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program! Please see our website for more information and a link to the application: lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience

UNESCO
11/04/2016

UNESCO

#Onthisday: 70 years ago, the UNESCO Constitution came into force, on 4 November 1946.

The term “laboratory of ideas” is not an empty slogan: it identifies an essential function for UNESCO. Since its inception UNESCO has constantly experienced with ideas, concepts and approaches to achieve its objectives, to reconcile lofty dreams with very practical work. Not always successfully but what emerges from archival researches is the immense creativity over the years. UNESCO had to go high because right from the outset expectations, as set out in the Preamble to the Constitution, were very high. Holistic approaches to basic education, sustainable development, the importance of culture for development, the understanding of histories, memories and heritage as shared by humanity as a whole, the concept of a culture of peace in which peace is understood as a behaviour, the preservation of the diversity of cultural expressions, the freedom of expression as an intrinsic and fundamental right.

UNESCO’s history has always evolved in a world of paradoxes. It is in interaction between apparently opposing forces that the work of the Organization takes shape and evolve. UNESCO strives to realize universal values, and at the same time defends diversity. UNESCO is an intergovernmental organization, but at the same time it reaches out to civil society, probably more than any other UN agency, through its unique National Commissions, the UNESCO Clubs, the Associated Schools, the creation of multiple NGOs and close cooperation with so many others, partnerships with a vast variety of private businesses and associations. UNESCO has an extremely ambitious purpose and raison d’être, and a very limited budget. And there are other paradoxes. What is fascinating when you work with the archives is how they reveal the complex interplay between these contrasts, how it is sometimes possible to achieve amazing synergies, for instance in the teaching of human rights in very different cultural contexts, and how the contrasts sometimes create tensions, for example when support to fight against racism or support of independence movements for some time led to conflicts with certain governments.

* The Universal Copyright Convention, the creation of CERN, the global recognition that human and natural heritage and memory has value for humanity as a whole, the acknowledgment that quality education for all, women and men, is an indispensable condition for development – these and many more achievements can to a very large degree be attributed to UNESCO’s work. More >> http://en.unesco.org/news/taking-stock-and-looking-forward-unesco-70

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