Obra at Pandemya

A collection of poems and artworks from Filipino youth creatives in observance of the World Poetry and Art Days amid the COVID-19 pandemic
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On 50th anniversary of Man and the Biosphere Programme, UNESCO and the UN call for a new relationship with nature

Source: UNESCO MAB Paris, 25 March—Following UNESCO’s Forum on Biodiversity on 24 March, the Organization has called for the mobilization of governments, citizens and civil society, including the private sector, in favour of biodiversity through the a multi-partner fund currently being set up.
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PH NatCom will participate in Day 2 to tackle Creative Cities

The British Council Philippines and the Department of Trade and Industry - Design Center will hold a virtual event from March 16-19, 2021 entitled Drivers of Change. Leaders and changemakers will exchange ideas on the important role of creative hubs in the growth of the creative economy. Register by 15 March 2021.
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Philippines Participates in the 53rd Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

09 February 2021, Paris, France – The Philippine Delegation co-headed by Ms. Aileen S. Mendiola-Rau, Deputy Permanent Delegate of the Philippine Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, and Mr. John Francis S. Herrera, Director at Maritime and Ocean Affairs Office of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA-MOAO), actively participated in the 53rd Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Executive Council, which was held virtually from 01-09 February 2021.
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Webinar Series on Philippine Seas

To raise awareness on the importance, state, opportunities and challenges affecting the ocean, UNACOM-NCMS in cooperation with the University of the Philippines – Marine Science Institute (UP-MSI) organized a series of webinar on Philippine Seas.
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2020 Asia Pacific Futures Network Virtual Conference: “Regenerating Asia 2050: Using Futures Literacy to Transform Governance, Culture, and Economy” 19-21 November 2020

Over a short span of time, our lives as we know it was suddenly changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our usual get-together with friends or family--whether in a mall or in a resort—were restricted during the height of the pandemic as new rules, such as social distancing, were enforced to contain the spread of the virus.
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UNESCO gathers National Commissions for an Online Meeting on COVID-19

On 29 April 2020, the National Commissions for UNESCO joined the first Online Meeting on COVID-19. The main objective of this meeting was to discuss with the National Commissions key initiatives launched by UNESCO to respond to COVID-19 and key activities initiated by National Commissions at national level to respond to this crisis. Some 107
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13 February is World Radio Day!

Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard.
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International Day of Education

The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (UNACOM), led by Officer-in-Charge/Secretary-General Ernesto C. Abella who is concurrently Undersecretary of Strategic Communications and Research at the Department of Foreign Affairs, joins the nation in celebrating the International Education Day. 24 January is #EducationDay! #FuturesOfEducation #RightToEducation
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PH NatCom attends Asia Pacific GCED Network Meeting

Through the initiative of APCEIU and UNESCO Bangkok, the Asia-Pacific Regional GCED Network (APA GCED Network) Partners Updates Meeting was held 5 September 2019 at the APCEIU Building, Seoul, Republic of Korea. The participants in the Asia-Pacific Regional GCED Network Meeting: Solidifying Regional Action for GCED, which convened in May 2018 in Jakarta, were invited to share the progress made in the four action areas outlined in the Network’s Action Plan discussed last
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PH NatCom joins Philippine Delegation to the 4th International Conference on Global Citizenship Education

The 4th International Conference on Global Citizenship Education was held on September 3 to September 4, 2019 at Seoul Dragon City Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. The conference was co-organized by the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding under the auspices of UNESCO (APCEIU), the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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PH NatCom joins the 2019 East and Southeast Asia Meeting of the National Commissions for UNESCO

As a follow up to the 2018 Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of National Commissions held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, the Korean National Commission for UNESCO hosted the 2019 East and Southeast Asia Meeting of the National Commissions for UNESCO with the theme “Strengthening Cooperation among National Commissions” on 28-29 August 2019 in Jeonju City, Korea. This meeting was co-organized by the Ministry
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UNESCO Jakarta and Partners spearhead National Launch of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report in the Philippines

The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom) participated in the launching of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, with the theme: Building Bridges, Not Walls, that was held on 1 August 2019 in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Key education stakeholders who attended discussed trends and implications of migration and displacement to education
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PH NatCom supports bid of Bohol Island as the pioneer Geopark in the Philippines

In 2004, the Global Geoparks Network (GGN), was formed. GGN promotes national geological heritage initiatives that contribute to and benefit from membership of a global network of exchange and cooperation. On 17 November 2015, the 195 Member States of UNESCO ratified the creation of a new label: the UNESCO Global Geoparks (UGG). UGG seeks to express governmental recognition of the importance of managing outstanding geological sites and landscapes in a holistic manner. In 2019, among the 14 contenders for the UNESCO Global Geoparks is Bohol Island. Citizens of Bohol Island pro-actively worked on the nomination dossier together with its partners; Read More
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Secretary General Lila Shahani speaks at the Diplomatic League Global Summit

The Diplomatic League Global Summit (DLGS), on its fifth run at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), gathered more than 100 International Relations and Foreign Service students from 35 universities in the Philippines on 29 May to 01 June 2019. Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) Secretary General Lila Ramos Shahani, along with her senior colleagues at the Department, was invited to introduce their youth programmes and initiatives to the delegates. SecGen Shahani also gave an exciting glimpse into future careers in diplomacy for aspiring young leaders through her Read More
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PH NatCom, ABS-CBN celebrates International Day of Light

In celebration of the UNESCO International Day of Light last 16 May 2019, PH NatCom Secretary Lila Ramos Shahani joined the Liter of Light Foundation, G Diaries and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya at the turnover programme of the 100 solar lamp bottles to the communities in Tawi-Tawi, Cotabato, Benguet, and Zamboanga with no access to electricity. During her opening remarks, Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) SecGen Shahani highlighted the many roles of light and how it has revolutionized society through communications, science, and culture. Meanwhile, Ms. Gina Lopez of Read More
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Philippines hosts the 12th Inter-Governmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific

In line with UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), the Philippines aims to further develop ocean governance by strengthening the institutional capacity of Member States in marine scientific research and ocean management. The 12th Inter-Governmental Session of the IOC Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC-XII) was hosted by the Philippine Government and funded by UNESCO and the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM). The Intergovernmental Session, held every two or three years, is the decision-making body of the Sub-Commission composed of national representatives. The session provides a venue for Member Read More
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PH NatCom joins the Preparatory Meetings for the Kulturweit Programme Volunteers

As a partner host country to German Commission for UNESCO’s Kulturweit Programme, the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), welcomed young volunteers from Germany for six months at the Albay Biosphere Reserve. Volunteers, Ms. Luzie Doering and Ms. Daria Wienen, engaged in meetings with their local hosts. PH NatCom organized and coordinated preliminary discussions from 14-16 March 2019 about Albay Biosphere Reserve (BR) in addition to other existing and aspiring BRs in the Philippines. The in-depth discussion featured cultural, local, and organizational information about their host site. Kulturweit is Read More
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PH NatCom joins DepEd, KOICA in the National Forum for Alternative Learning System

The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), in partnership with UNESCO Jakarta Office, Department of Education (DepEd), and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), gathered 150 teachers, partners, and stakeholders for a National Forum on Alternative Learning System (ALS) entitled “NO ONE LEFT BEHIND: Better Life for Out-of-School Girls to Fight Against Poverty and Injustice in the Philippines — Hindsights, Insights, and Foresights” on 28 February, 2019. The national forum generated recommendations from teachers, school heads, and relevant stakeholders on the development of new ALS learning modules and teachers’ Read More
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World Leprosy Day and Turnover of Regional MOW Certificate to CSGH

PH NatCom Deputy Executive Director Lindsay Barrientos delivered a speech to the Culion community, highlighting the role of Culion Sanitarium and General hospital as an exemplar for Leprosy treatment in the Philippines and abroad. Culion, in partnership with local and national government, has sought to preserve the island’s heritage. Culion represents the medical and colonial history of the Philippines through its many landmarks, recently restored through a collective effort with National Historical Commission of the Philippines. The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), turned over the Memory of the World Read More
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POSITION, DESIGNATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION

UNESCO NATIONAL COMMISSION OF THE PHILIPPINESEmail Address: secretariat@unesco.gov.phTel No. 02-8834-3447; 8834-4887; 8834-4843Facsimile No. 02-88318873 OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL Lindsay A. BarrientosDeputy Executive Director IIHead, Technical Personnel and Administrative and Financial Services Division Josefina V. EscuetaAdministrative Assistant II / SecretaryCoordinator, Associated Schools Project Network TECHNICAL PERSONNEL DIVISION Gay Alfred A. BlancoDevelopment Management Officer IV /Program Officer for Science and Technology Committee, National Committee on Marine Sciences, Man and the Biosphere andIntergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Rex A. Ubac Jr.Development Management Officer III /Program Officer for Social and Human Sciences Committee and Alternate Focal Point for Associated Schools Project Network Michelle A. DulayDevelopment Management Read More
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CITIZEN’S CHARTER

UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines   Frontline Services   Processing of Endorsement for Customs Duties Exemption under the UNESCO Florence   Agreement   The Agreement on the Importation of Educational, Scientific and Cultural Materials (also known as the Florence Agreement) is a 1950 UNESCO treaty whereby states agree to not impose customs duties on certain educational, scientific, and cultural materials that are imported. The Philippines is a State Party to this Agreement, which has a major purpose to make it easier to import educational, scientific and cultural materials between contracting State Parties. The parties reduce tariff, tax, currency and trade obstacles to the international Read More
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