As part of the effort to mark the 40th anniversary of UNESCO's World Heritage Convention, our Commission is teaming up with the National Park Service, the American Council for Historic Preservation, and History to accept submissions for a video challenge!
If you or anybody you know would like to speak out about why American World Heritage sites are important for the world, send in a submission! Find out more here!
14th Annual L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science
Princeton Professor Bonnie Bassler
Last Thursday 3/29, five outstanding women scientists from five continents were honored during the 14th annual L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science.
Through a series of programs for the last 14 years UNESCO and L'Oreal have maintained a partnership designed to recognize women researchers who contribute to overcoming global challenges of tomorrow.
Five Women in Science Awards, each of which includes a $100K grant, are given to five outstanding women scientists - one from each continent.
This year's awardees included Professor Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University for her work towards better understanding chemical communication between bacteria and opening new doors for treating infections.
You can read more about this year's awardees here.
Please note! The application deadline for the 2013 L'Oreal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science is Wednesday 5/30. If you know of any fantastic American women scientists who should be considered for the North American award, please send them here.
The UNESCO Center for Peace - one of our UNESCO clubs based in Frederick, MD - is working through UNESCO's South Asian Regional Office to offer 12 scholarships to students in Bhutan, India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka. The scholarships would permit 12 students (ages 14-22) from those nations to attend the Center's International Model United Nations Camp in Frederick this July.
This annual summer camp serves as a forum in which students from around the world gather every summer to discuss some of the major challenges facing the world today in fields such as international peace, economic progress, human rights and security. It aims to educate participants about civics, effective communication, globalization and multilateral diplomacy. The partnership between the UNESCO's Regional office in India and the UNESCO Center for Peace will be formalized when Center Director Guy Djoken visits India in May.
Don't Mess With Texas
The Inter-Americas UNESCO Club of Houston (based in Houston, TX) recently became one of our nation's newest
Pictured above are Secretary Tiffany Daniel, VP Judge Manuel Leal, U.S. Commission Clubs Working Group Chair Guy Djoken, President Manuel Davila, VP Adan Trevino, and Treasurer Victor Arroyo.
Congratulations again Inter-Americas UNESCO Club of Houston!
International Education Resources Series:
UN Association of the USA Global Classroom
This is the second installment of a series from our Commission's Youth Working Group about International Educational Resources you might not know about.
The United Nations Association of the USA's Global Classrooms is an educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials.
Global Classrooms cultivates literacy, life skills and the attitudes necessary for active citizenship. At the core of Global Classrooms is Model United Nations, wherein students step into the shoes of UN Ambassadors and debate a range of issues on the UN agenda.
Global Classrooms is distinguished by its teacher and student resources that develop critical thinking, conflict resolution and communication skills. The UN Association provides curriculum tailored to fostering the global citizenship of middle and high school students through its Global Classrooms program. For more information,go here.
UNESCO IIEP Youth Policy Forum
UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning has recently announced that they intend to convene a forum on Youth Policy this coming October.
Plans for the forum are still in the works, but if you'd like to see a concept note about the upcoming proposed event, check it out here.
Invitation from the Ural-Siberian Federation of UNESCO Clubs
The Ural-Siberian Federation of UNESCO Clubs has invited artists 18 and younger to participate in a contest they are holding this spring.
This contest centers around the theme "Talk to the World!" and invites participants to make submissions in a variety of formats. The deadline is Fri 4/20. To find out more, go here.
2012 Ibsen Scholarships
Norway's Delegation to UNESCO has asked us to spread the word about the 2012 Ibsen Scholarships.
The Ibsen Scholarships award innovative projects in the field of drama and performing arts, and projects that act as incentives for critical discourse related to the existential and societal related subject matter addressed by Henrik Ibsen and his plays.
Approximately $170,000 will be awarded to projects worldwide. The application deadline for this year is Monday 4/30/12.
If you know of any American Thespians who might be good candidates for this scholarship. Please send them here!
To Russia, With Love
The Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Program and the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre, along with a number of other partners are convening a conference in Moscow between Mon 6/25 and Wed 6/27 entitled "Media and Information Literacy for Knowledge Societies."
Our Commission has been invited to designate an American expert to attend the conference. Would you, or do you know somebody in the field, who would like to go?
Sorry to say we can't help with travel costs, but we will gladly put you in touch with the conference organizers. It would be great to have the U.S. represented at this conference! See more information here.
If you or someone you know is interested, please let me know. Deadline for signing up for the conference is Sunday 4/15.
The Tokyo based Goi Peace Foundation is calling for submissions to it's International Essay Contest for Young People.
This program is open to participants 25 and younger - the theme of this year's essay contest is: "Creating the Future We Want."
1st Prize for this year is 1300 bucks - and there are a bunch of other prizes after that. If you're short enough in the tooth (young enough to participate) or know anyone who is that might be interested, please send them here.
Deadline for submissions is Sat 6/30/12. You can see last year's prize winning essays here.
The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNACOC) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) are calling on youth (25 or younger) to submit original and creative videos - 5 minutes or less - focusing on migration, diversity, and social inclusion as part of a video conference.
Winners will get a free trip to New York to present their submissions to the Plural+ Youth Video Festival in December.
The deadline for video submissions is 7/1/12. For more information, go here!
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