Friday, December 10, 2004

UNESCO: The New Courier, October 2004.

UNESCO: The New Courier, October 2004.:

The October Issue of UNESCO's The New Courier has just hit the Internet.

The statistics on HIV/AIDS are heartbreaking, the human distress each case represents even more so. Two decades after the start of the pandemic, the New Courier takes stock and devotes its “Focus” dossier to shedding new light on this devastating epidemic. Improving medical treatment is crucial to limit damages, but the principal keys to checking the spread of the disease remain preventive action and education. Victories large and small – depend mainly on partners joining forces. Brazilian authorities, for instance, were able to:
-- put together the capacities of NGOs’ to contact marginalized populations,
-- rely on the competence of UNESCO’s office in Brasilia, and
-- involve the media, including directors and producers of extremely popular television series.

"The articles in this issue of the New Courier testify, each from a different angle, to UNESCO in action, illustrating its multitude of links to organizations of all kinds, corporations or individuals who want to act with it. We go to Kazakhstan, where innovative solutions using distance education are needed to alleviate the side-effects of nuclear testing. Then to Barcelona, where the first Universal Forum of Cultures mixed and mingled multiple forms of cultural expression for four months. Then to the 34 new sites just inscribed on the World Heritage List. We will meet Navarre Scott Momaday, Manu Dibango and Miyako Yoshida, recently appointed �Artists for Peace�. Everywhere, UNESCO pursues its ideals, seeking to build step by step the defenses of peace in people�s minds. "

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