[Reposted from DFA] Secretary Briones Articulates PH Views on Transforming Education

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29 June 2022 – Hon. Secretary of Education Leonor Magtolis-Briones led the Philippine delegation to the Pre-Summit of the Transforming Education Summit held on 28-30 June 2022 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. The Pre-Summit aims to harness the evolving discussions on transforming education and elaborate initial content and recommended actions for the Summit which will be held in September 2022 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.   Sec. Briones participated in the Ministerial Roundtables where the consequences of the pandemic to education was discussed. She conveyed that “we did not only have learning losses… we also Read More
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[Call for Applications] Digital Skills Training on “Mobile Application Development for Environmental Sustainability and Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction”

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UNESCO, with support from Japan-Fund-In-Trust and in collaboration with Universitas Syiah Kuala (USK), Indonesia, will organize a series of activities to provide career options for students in the technology sector through digital skills training. The Mobile Application Development for Environmental Sustainability and Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction Training consists of 25 hours of intensive, hands-on, and assisted sessions that will be conducted in a hybrid modality in August 2022. The training materials will be available online for self-learning within the student’s own flexible time. The training series will then be followed by Mobile Application Regional Competition in September – October 2022. Read More
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[Reposted from DFA] PH Celebrates World Oceans Day with SIDS

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PH CELEBRATES WORLD OCEANS DAY WITH SIDS       08 June 2022 – In celebration of the World Oceans Day, the Small Island States (SIDS) and the Group of Friends of SIDS in UNESCO organized a round table on “Climate Change and Resilience: Bringing Science and Technology to the Ocean in a Manner Consistent with Traditional Knowledge.” PH is a member of the 49-member Group of Friends of SIDS. The roundtable was held in hybrid format, with the participation of experts in the field namely, Mr. Virginijus Sinkevicius (European Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries), Mr. Vladimir Ryabinin Read More
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Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day

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Message from Ms Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Oceans Day 8 June 2022 Each year, between mid-May and early June, UNESCO celebrates three international days focused on subjects that are as vital as they are complementary. This is an opportunity to jointly consider the three systemic pillars of climate change: biodiversity, the environment and the ocean – the theme of this world day. The ocean connects, sustains and supports us all. However, its health is at a tipping point. We need to take urgent and collective action to better understand, preserve and revitalize this global Read More
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08 June is World Oceans Day!

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08 June is World Oceans Day! By its resolution 63/111 of 5 December 2008, the UN General Assembly designated 8 June as World Oceans Day. The concept of a World Oceans Day was first proposed in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro as a way to celebrate our world’s shared ocean and our personal connection to the sea, as well as to raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives and the important ways people can help protect it. To raise awareness about the role the United Nations and international law can play Read More
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[Reposted from NCCA] MOA for updating World Heritage markers in the Philippines signed

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MOA for updating World Heritage markers in the Philippines signed 31 May 2022 – Closing the country’s commemoration of the 2022 National Heritage Month, the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines have signed the Memorandum of Agreement for updating the World Heritage markers in the Philippines to renew the country’s commitment to uphold the principles of the 1972 Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, also generally known as the World Heritage Convention. The said project, which is also part Read More
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May is National Heritage Month!

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May is National Heritage Month! The UNESCO-Philippine National Commission joins the celebration of the 2022 National Heritage Month (NHM). With its theme: “PAMANANG LOKAL: Binhi ng Kulturang Pilipino,” this year’s NHM highlights the importance of preserving and promoting local heritage within a community and its impact on shaping the Filipino cultural identity. It calls on the public to come home to our cultural roots and appreciate the rich legacies passed on from different generations. #UNESCO #UNACOM #PHNatCom #NationalHeritageMonth #NHM2022  
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[Reposted from UNESCO] UNESCO Hands over 100 Alternative Learning System (ALS) Modules to the Department of Education in the Philippines

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                 UNESCO Hands over 100 Alternative Learning System (ALS) Modules to the                           Department of Education in the Philippines April 22, 2022 marks a major milestone on the road to inclusive education for the Philippines, as 100 newly developed Alternative Learning System (ALS) modules are handed-over by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to the Department of Education (DepEd). Attended by UNESCO’s project partners such as representatives from the DepEd, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and other key Read More
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[Reposted from PNA] UNESCO eyes partnership with PTFoMS

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UNESCO eyes partnership with PTFoMS MANILA – Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), met with representatives of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) led by Mohamed Djelid, Director and Representative of UNESCO Office in Jakarta, Indonesia, to discuss possible cooperation on capacity building projects on human rights during a courtesy visit in Malacañang, Manila on March 25. Egco presented the accomplishments of PTFoMS since its inception in 2016 and its pivotal role in ensuring media freedom in the Philippines by protecting the life, liberty and security of media workers Read More
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MARCH 21 is World Poetry Day!

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MARCH 21 IS WORLD POETRY DAY! UNESCO declared March 21 of every year as World Poetry Day during its 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999. This is to support linguistic diversity through poetic expression and increase the opportunity for endangered languages to be heard. With this, the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the Philippine Permanent Delegate to UNESCO are launching the Open Call for Filipinos, especially the youth, in the Philippines and in France to submit poems that tackle any of the following topics: • Empowering women empowering humanity • Supporting creativity for equity • Safeguarding heritage Read More
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[Reposted from DFA] PH Reaffirms Commitment to Harness Power of Culture as a Tool for Prosperity and Sustainability at 41st UNESCO General Conference

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PARIS, 25 November 2021 – Following its re-election to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board, the Philippines reaffirmed its commitment to harness the power of culture as a tool for prosperity and sustainability in the Philippines. Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Ambassador to France Junever Mahilum-West, Head of the Philippine Delegation to the 41st UNESCO General Conference, and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Commissioner for Cultural Heritage and Head of Subcommission on Cultural Heritage Architect Michael Manalo, supported by the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (UNACOM), actively participated in the Culture Commission Read More
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[Reposted from DFA] Philippines Re-Elected as Member of the UNESCO Executive Board

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On 17 November 2021, the Philippines was re-elected as member of the UNESCO Executive Board. The Executive Board is one of the three constitutional organs of UNESCO (the others being the General Conference and the Secretariat) and it is elected by the General Conference. Acting under the authority of the General Conference, the Board examines the programme of work for the Organization and corresponding budget estimates submitted by the Director-General. The 58 Member States in EB will each have a four-year term of office.
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[Invitation to Join] COVID-19: Reopening and reimagining universities

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Registration open In the wake of the worldwide pandemic caused by the COVID-19, UNESCO conducted a survey from December 15, 2020, to February 12, 2021, entitled: COVID-19: Reopening and Reimagining Universities. This survey was addressed to the 193 UNESCO Member States and its 11 Associates Members and aimed at providing an evidence-based overview of the current situation of the higher education system at national and global levels. Sixty-five countries submitted responses, 57 of which were found valid and used for the following analysis. It is to be noted that almost half of the responses received came from high income countries Read More
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[Call for Participation] Asia-Pacific Regional Conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the UNESCO 1970 Convention

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The UNESCO Office in Bangkok is organizing a regional conference from 29 to 30 June 2021 as part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 Convention on Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The Asia-Pacific Regional Conference will take stock of the region’s achievements to date and to collectively debate and agree upon a set of regional priorities. This conference will include a series of panels focusing on the key themes concerning the implementation of the convention, including national legislation and administrative structures, capacity-building, cross-sectoral cooperation, law enforcement, international cooperation and mechanisms, Read More
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[Reposted from UNESCO] Intergovernmental Meeting related to the draft Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

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The Intergovernmental special committee meeting of technical and legal experts will be convened in April and June 2021 to examine the draft text of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The negotiated and approved text will be submitted to Member States for the adoption by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 41st session. If adopted, the Recommendation will be the first global normative instrument in this critically important field. WEBCAST AVAILABLE HERE (in the 6 official languages of UNESCO) At its 40th session in November 2019, UNESCO’s General Conference decided to develop an international standard-setting instrument Read More
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[Reposted from UNESCO] First Regional Meeting for Africa of the Megacities Alliance for Water and Climate

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This event invites the key water stakeholders from the megacities in Africa region to exchange experience and share knowledge. After the sharing session, the discussion will help lead to the first step for developing the Africa regional cooperation framework and pave the way to Mayors’ Congress at the Second International Conference “Water, Megacities and Global Change”.   African continent is expected to house most of the new Megacities in the world in this century. Currently only three cities, Cairo, Kinshasa and Lagos are considered Megacities whereas the Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan when considered within the Gauteng Province, reaches the mark. Prior Read More
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[Reposted from UNESCO] 2nd Meeting of the Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages (IDIL 2022-2032)

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During the International Decade, global attention on the critical situation of many indigenous languages will be raised at international, regional and national levels, and resources will be mobilized for the preservation, revitalization and promotion of indigenous languages. The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of the Indigenous Languages (IDIL2022-2032) and invited UNESCO to serve as the lead UN Agency for its organization, in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and other relevant agencies including The Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Global Task Force provides Read More
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[Reposted from UNESCO] UNESCO launches first Ocean Decade Actions to drive ocean knowledge revolution

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Paris, 8 June – In the context of global celebrations for World Oceans Day, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission announced the first Actions officially endorsed as part of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030 (the ‘Ocean Decade’).   “From restoring the Great Barrier Reef to mapping 100% of the ocean floor in high resolution, these innovative programmes and contributions make up the first set of Ocean Decade Actions that will contribute to help deliver the ocean we want by 2030” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Led by diverse proponents from science, government, civil society, United Nations agencies, Read More
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Embracing diversity emphasized in Creative Talks’ last session

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI) installed the last session of the webinar series, Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for Our Everyday Life. In his opening message, UNACOM Officer-in-Charge Usec. Ernesto Abella provided a brief summary of the topics and key takeaways of the previous three sessions. He shared his reckoning that the talks emphasized that the creative process is not just a specialized artist centered activity but a collective human experience that involves technology, community, and the stream of daily life.   With the title, Designing with Clients: Read More
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UNACOM and BACCI hold last leg of the Creative Talks Series: Design-led Creative Thinking for Our Everyday Life

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  The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. will install the fourth and last webinar of Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for Our Everyday Life. The session entitled, “Designing with Clients: A Mutual Understanding” will immerse you on strategies to have effective collaborations with your clients. UNACOM Officer-in-Charge Usec. Ernesto C. Abella will give his opening message. Register here: https://up-edu.zoom.us/…/WN_UvYkbHQ6RrC_xoA9x9mZew… Once registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom ID, passcode, & link. For queries and other concerns relative to the webinar, please do not hesitate to Read More
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UNACOM celebrates its 70th Anniversary, underscoring on the importance of mental health in pandemic

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) organized the webinar-workshop entitled, “Reshaping Filipino Minds, Dedicating Talents Toward an Enduring Peaceful Global Community” as part of UNACOM’s 70th anniversary celebration. The event served as a platform to recollect the milestones since its establishment, to recognize UNACOM’s loyal public servants in terms of their number of years in Government service; and ultimately, to heighten awareness and engage UNACOM partners, from all ages and abilities, on art therapy to emphasize the value of our mental health especially amid the on-going crisis. UNACOM Officer-in-Charge Usec. Ernesto C. Abella expressed his gratitude to all Read More
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Accessibility and Connectivity of Creative Spaces stressed in UNACOM-BACCI’s third Creative Talks session

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI) installed the third session of the webinar series, Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for Our Everyday Life. Former UNACOM Programme Officer for Culture Ms. Joana Bagano-Nuque who is a native of Benguet opened the session in emphasizing that the concept of creative circuit can be both a driver and the outcome of the on-going narrative. She also emphasized the importance of integrating indigenous knowledge and systems in the process of making Baguio a more sustainable city. With the title, Imagining a Creative Circuit: Read More
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UNACOM and BACCI conduct the third installation of the Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for our Everyday Life

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines and the Baguio Crafts and Arts Council, Inc. bring you the third installation of the Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for our Everyday Life. The webinar on “IMAGINING A CREATIVE CIRCUIT: Dream or Reality?” will be held on May 26, 2021 (Wednesday), from 6:00-7:00 PM. PRE-REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Just click the link below: https://up-edu.zoom.us/…/WN_UvYkbHQ6RrC_xoA9x9mZew… Once registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom ID, passcode, & link. For queries and other concerns relative to the webinar, please leave them at the comment section, or send via email Read More
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Integrating technology in the creative value chain explored in the second installment of UNACOM-BACCI’s Creative Talks

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI) installed the second session of the webinar series, Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for Our Everyday Life. UNACOM Deputy Executive Director Lindsay Barrientos opened the session through her message about the importance of continuing dialogue efforts in protecting heritage and culture while fostering creative industries such as the first session on ethnographic mapping of creative assets of Baguio City. She emphasized its value in further improving Baguio’s capacity as a UNESCO Creative City that has become a space for lifelong learning, cross-cultural sharing, Read More
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UNACOM and BACCI showcase another webinar on “THE FUTURE IS HANDMADE: Product Design and Craftmanship in the Digital Age”

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Come and join us tomorrow for a webinar on “THE FUTURE IS HANDMADE: Product Design and Craftmanship in the Digital Age” which will be held from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Pre-register now! Just click the link below: https://up-edu.zoom.us/…/WN_UvYkbHQ6RrC_xoA9x9mZew… Once registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation email containing the Zoom ID, passcode, & link. For queries and other concerns relative to the webinar, please do not hesitate to send us a message here on our Facebook page: Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc, or send us an email at baccincorporated@gmail.com. #CreativeBaguioCity #Crafts #Arts #UNESCO #CreativeCity #BaguioCity #UNACOM Read More
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Manpiyaan Kito, Kaidan!: UNACOM and BACCI install a webinar series to strengthen the capacity of Baguio as a Creative City of Crafts and Folk Arts in revitalizing the creative economy

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) and The Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI) launched the webinar series on “Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for our Everyday Life” on 12 May 2021. UNACOM Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Usec. Ernesto Abella welcomed the participants in its first session on Ethnographic Mapping of Creative Assets of Baguio City. In welcoming the participants, Usec. Abella stressed the strong role of innovative design in product development of the handicraft sector which must be feasible and user-centered to make them more appealing in the market. In the case of Baguio city, its cultural and Read More
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[Reposted from DENR-BMB] Month of the Ocean 2021: DENR Underscore Role of Science to Prompt Behavior Change Towards A Healthy Ocean

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As the country celebrates the Month of the Ocean (MOO) in May, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy A. Cimatu highlighted the role of ocean science as a key to spur relevant behavior change towards the marine environment. With this year’s theme, “The Science We Need for the Ocean We Want,” the DENR takes inspiration from the banner message of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) that aims to “strengthen the international cooperation needed to develop the scientific research and innovative technologies that can connect ocean science with the needs of society.” Read More
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UNACOM joins the celebration of the 2021 National Heritage Month

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines joins the celebration of the 2021 National Heritage Month (NHM) This year, the NHM celebration carries the theme, “VICTORY AND HUMANITY: Upholding Filipino Heritage and Identity” in solidarity with the commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Victory at Mactan (27 April 2021) and the 500th anniversary of the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world (16 March – 28 October 2021). The theme underscores the need to strengthen public awareness and explore initiatives on advocating for the conservation and promotion of Philippine cultural heritage and the Filipino identity in this Read More
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UNACOM and the BACCI invite you to a series of Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for our Everyday Life

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The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) and the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. (BACCI) invite you to a series of Creative Talks: Design-led Creative Thinking for our Everyday Life. Live every Wednesdays of the months of May and June via Zoom, Facebook, and Youtube pages of the Baguio Arts and Crafts Collective, Inc. See you there! #UNESCO #UNESCOPH #UNACOM #PHNatCom #CreativeCities #BaguioCreativeCity #CreativeTalks #CreativeBaguio
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[Call for Submissions] EIU/GCED Best Practices 2021

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The “EIU/GCED Best Practices” is APCEIU’s key programme to explore and encourage innovative practices of EIU/GCED. APCEIU is delighted to invite educational practitioners from all around the world to take part in this programme this year by submitting their initiatives on EIU/GCED. Selected applicants will be granted USD 1,000 upon the submission of the required report to continue carrying out their EIU/GCED programmes. The selected cases will also be published by APCEIU and distributed throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Applicants are required to submit their EIU/GCED practices to the National Commissions for UNESCO, UNESCO Field Offices, or designated APCEIU Read More
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[Reposted from UNESCO] UNESCO, KOICA and DepEd Lead Ceremonial Groundbreaking to Kick Off Construction of Girls Education Center

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UNESCO, KOICA and DepEd Lead Ceremonial Groundbreaking to Kick Off Construction of Girls Education Center   Leyte, Philippines – The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, together with the Korea International Cooperation Office (KOICA) and the Philippines’ Department of Education, held a groundbreaking ceremony on 14 April 2021, celebrating the start of the construction of the Girls Education Center (GEC) in Palo, Leyte, Philippines. “The Government of the Republic of Korea, through its development cooperation agency KOICA, supports the enhancement of learning opportunities for young women in vulnerable communities around the world. In the Philippines, Korea is glad to Read More
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UNACOM joins UNESCO in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme

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The Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom or UNACOM) joins UNESCO in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme. “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Dr. Jane Goodall DBE “Each UNESCO biosphere reserve is an open sky laboratory for sustainable development, for concrete and lasting solutions, for innovation and good practices. They seal a new alliance between the world of science and youth, between humans Read More
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[Reposted from UNESCO] UNESCO holds Forum on Biodiversity

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  The year 2021 is a crucial year for biodiversity, during which new objectives and new commitments will be made for the coming decade. UNESCO, as a laboratory of ideas and a guardian organization of knowledge and know-how respectful of biodiversity, has an important role to play in helping to shape and fuel a dialogue on environmental challenges and their implications, both ethical and for peace in the world. This is the goal of its Biodiversity Forum to be held online today. Wednesday, 24 March 2021 from 1:00 p.m (Paris Time). The Biodiversity Forum will welcome prestigious guests from all Read More
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National Online Workshops for the Philippine Participation in the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting of the World Heritage Convention (Session 3)

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  National, regional, and site representatives convened for the final session of the National Online Workshops for the Philippine Participation in the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting of the World Heritage Convention last 18 March 2021. National Focal Points reported the substantial completion of each site’s inputs: 100% Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), 99% Mount Hamiguitan Wildlife Range Sanctuary (Hamiguitan) and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PP), 95% Historic City of Vigan (Vigan), and on-going for the Baroque Churches of the Philippines (The Churches) and the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras (Rice Terraces). Site managers also shared their Read More
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UNACOM participates in British Council Philippines’ Drivers of Change to tackle Creative Cities

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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. Moderated by Creative Innovators Fellow Kae Batiquin of Holicow PH, join the conversation with global leaders to learn more about how their creative hubs were instrumental in their respective cities becoming members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network on 17 March 2021. Register by 15 March 2021: https://www.britishcouncil.ph/creativeinnovatorsdti/events/drivers-of-change Illustrations by Dani Go of Read More
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National Online Workshops for the Philippine Participation in the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting of the World Heritage Convention (Session 1)

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    The UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM) organizes the National Online Workshops for the Philippine Participation in the Third Cycle of Periodic Reporting of the World Heritage Convention during the entire month of March 2021. The first session of the workshop series was virtually held last 2 March 2021. Representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)’s Biodiversity Management Bureau – National Parks Division (DENR-BMB-NPD), and of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) participated in the said workshop. The said agencies serve as the national focal points for both the natural and Read More
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Philippines Participates in the 53rd Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)

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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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UNACOM joins World Celebration of Radio Day

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  Happy #WorldRadioDay! Radio allows us to #ShareEducation. Radio allows us to #ShareScience. Radio allows us to #ShareKnowledge. Radio allows us to #ShareInformation. Radio allows us to #ShareCulture. In a time where we must rely on science & education, radio is proving stronger and more vibrant than ever with its ability to reach the remotest areas under the toughest conditions. Here is a message from Undersecretary Ernesto C. Abella, Officer-in-Charge of the UNACOM, on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of the World Radio Day. #WorldRadioDay #RadioDay #WRD2021 #WRD #NewWorldNewRadio #UNESCO #UNACOM #PHNatCom
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[Reposted from UNESCO] Future priorities and strategic transformation of UNESCO at the heart of discussions of the 7th Interregional Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO

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Future priorities and strategic transformation of UNESCO at the heart of discussions of the 7th Interregional Meeting of National Commissions for UNESCO   The four-days meeting aimed to contribute to the ongoing elaboration process of the next Draft Medium-Term Strategy for 2022-2029 (41 C/4) and the Draft Programme and Budget for 2022-2025 (41 C/5) of UNESCO and provide platform for exchanging views on the role of National Commissions in the implementation of the Organization’s programmes and its Strategic Transformation. This Interregional meeting was also an opportunity to exchange experiences on actions undertaken or initiatives planned by the National Commissions, including those that are Read More
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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

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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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[Repost from DFA] Permanent Delegate to UNESCO delivers the Philippine national statement at the 209th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board

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PH to UNESCO Executive Board: Only by Working Together Can We Emerge Stronger and More Resilient: https://bit.ly/3f4EVzQ Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Philippine Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro delivered the Philippine national statement at the opening plenary of the 209th Session of the UNESCO Executive Board on 02 July 2020. Ambassador Lazaro expressed the Philippines’ condolences to all victims of the COVID-19 pandemic and solidarity with Member States. She noted that the crisis revealed the weaknesses of the international system and aggravated social tensions and inequalities. She highlighted that technical capabilities and internet connectivity had “become even greater barriers Read More
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Call for Applications: Youth As Researchers

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Do you want to be a researcher? Join UNESCO’s Youth As Researchers project & explore how young people are impacted by #COVID19 in these areas! 👐 Well-being✍️ Learning🤳 Use of technology🙌 Human rights🤝 Youth action Deadline is on 12 Jul 2020. For more information, please read https://bit.ly/YaRCallYR.                        
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Call for Applications: ESD Okayama Award 2020

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The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Okayama Award 2020 is now open for applications. The award to be conferred by the Okayama City and ESD Okayama Award Steering Committee will reward outstanding ESD practices in local communities around the world and organizations promoting and carrying out ESD activities. Eligibility: Organizations based in any country, including Japan, implementing ESD activities in local communities are eligible to apply for the Global Prize. The deadline for applications is on 31 July 2020. Please check the website for more details: http://www.okayama-tbox.jp/esd/pages/10654
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[Repost from DFA] Effective International Cooperation and Governance Needed to Address COVID-19 Crisis – PH at UNESCO Executive Board Special Session

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PARIS 09 June 2020 – Philippine Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate Ma. Theresa P. Lazaro delivered the Philippine Statement during the first virtual Special Session of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board on 08 June 2020.          Ambassador Lazaro expressed the Philippines’ solidarity with all Member States and the Secretariat.  She called for enhanced international cooperation and multilateral approaches to achieve fair and inclusive solutions amidst the global crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic. “In a post-pandemic environment, the global community must work to keep channels open, build trust and renew faith in the United Nations Read More
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[Webinar Invitation] New partnerships in education governance during COVID-19

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Time: May 20, 2020 13:00 Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, ViennaJoin Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/889172374Meeting ID: 889 172 374 The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) cordially invites you to a webinar on new partnerships in education governance during COVID-19. Many of the 173 UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) members around the world have had to quickly adapt local educational provision due to the coronavirus. With the sudden closure of schools, adult education institutions and community learning centers, a surge in online and distance learning, and now the partial reopening of education institutions in some contexts, cities and traditional learning providers Read More
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[Special Webinar] Science to Enable and Empower Asia Pacific for COVID 19 Response

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The COVID19 pandemic poses significant challenges for Asia and the Pacific. It is anticipated that millions will be pushed back into poverty, while progress towards the SDGs will be drastically impacted. UNESCO’s thematic and inter-disciplinary science networks, supported by Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) and the Malaysia Funds-in-Trust (MFIT) span the region and have the potential to play a critical role in mobilizing science communities across Asia and the Pacific, enhancing the sharing of lessons from Member States and advancing international cooperation. As an important member of these networks, UNESCO now asks you to make your voice heard. In order to take Read More
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13 February is World Radio Day!

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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

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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 and WHITRAP partner on extensive World Heritage Capacity-Building Series

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Over 60 local government officials, site managers, their staff, and representatives from national agencies attended the 2019 International Capacity-Building Series for World Heritage Sites and Tentative List held at Midas Hotel, Pasay City from 21-25 October 2019.
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PH NatCom attends Asia Pacific GCED Network Meeting

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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PH NatCom and German Commission for UNESCO explore Partnership for the Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion Programme

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The Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) program training for designated teachers of the Bicol University commenced in June 2019 through the joint initiative of the German and the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), Leuphana University and BASF Foundation. STEP aims to equip university students from multi-disciplinary backgrounds with the relevant entrepreneurial, employable, and soft skills towards businesses management in their respective communities. The STEP program selects and supports developing countries across the globe; the program has since been implemented in ten countries, including Kenya, Uganda, and Mexico. Read More
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Secretary General Lila Shahani speaks at the Diplomatic League Global Summit

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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

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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

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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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Albay Biosphere Reserve hosts the 12th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network Meeting

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The Philippines, as an active member of the Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network (SeaBRnet), hosted the 12th SeaBRnet meeting with the theme “Strengthening Networks for Sustainable Management of Biosphere Reserve” from March 26 to 28, 2019 in Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines. The Provincial Government of Albay and the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), otherwise known as UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines (UNACOM), presented a special session of the Asia-Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (APBRN). The sessions, which gathered 120 participants, were supported by the SeaBRnet Secretariat at UNESCO Office Jakarta and the Japan Funds-in-Trust (JFIT). During the event, Read More
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PH NatCom joins the Preparatory Meetings for the Kulturweit Programme Volunteers

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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

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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

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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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German and Philippine National Commissions for UNESCO Cooperate for the “Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) Programme” Roll-Out in the Philippines

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The German Commission for UNESCO, in cooperation with the Philippine National Commission for UNESCO (PH NatCom), Leuphana University of Lüneberg, and BASF Stiftung, launched the Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP) Programme at the Bicol University (BU) on 14 November 2018 in the Philippines. STEP aims to equip university students in multi-disciplinary backgrounds with the relevant entrepreneurial and soft skills to effectively set up and manage businesses in their respective communities and increase their employability. With a strategy to select and support developing countries across the globe, STEP has until now been implemented in ten countries, including Kenya, Uganda, and Read More
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PH NatCom joins Baguio’s newest Creative Arts Festival

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Opening Message of Secretary General Lila Ramos Shahani during the opening of ENTACool: 2018 Baguio Creative Festival last 10 November 2018 Naimbag nga rabii, naglaing kayo amin! Undersecretary Edwin Enrile, Tourism Promotions Board COO Venus Tan, CCP Chairperson Margie Moran, Benguet Governor Cresencio Pacalso, Congressman Mark Go, Mayor Mauricio Domogan, Laida Lim, artists, heritage workers, and the people of Baguio, ladies and gentlemen, good evening. I am thrilled to be back in Baguio, the Philippines’ first UNESCO Creative City! As I said during the launch of the Creative City title last February, “I remember being fresh from university graduation in 1989 Read More
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PH NatCom conducts Education for Sustainable Development Youth Leadership Training

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55 youth leaders all over the Philippines participated in the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Youth Leadership Training last 12 February 2018 at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City. UNESCO, through the Global Action Programme, has been dedicated to generating and scaling up ESD action at all levels and areas of education. Last November 2017, the Philippines had been selected to take part in the Asia Pacific ESD Leadership Training organized by UNESCO in Asia and the Pacific, Goi Foundation, and Earth Charter International. As one of its commitments to the Global Action Programme on ESD, PH NatCom Read More
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#UNDayPH2016

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Last 24 October 2016 was a successful #UNDayPH celebration at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall. The event was graced by the Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay who underscored the importance of the United Nations to growth and development of the Philippines as a nation.
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