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The Canadian Commission for UNESCO operates within the Canada Council for the Arts . The Commission act as a forum for governments and civil society, mobilize the participation of Canadian organizations and committed individuals in UNESCO's mandated areas: education, natural and social sciences, culture and communication and information.
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson Pays tribute to Women in Radio
February 13 is World Radio Day. On this occasion, former Governor General of Canada the right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson joins the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and invites Canadians to celebrate the power of this media as a means to achieve cultural outreach, freedom of expression, and social transformation.
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L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO honoured Canadian women researchers
On November 28, distinguished Canadian women researchers were honoured and rewarded by L’Oréal Canada and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO as part of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme. The 11th National Awards Ceremony, who took place at the Embassy of France, showcased the work of the 2013 laureates, Dr. Évemie Dubé and Dr. Laura McKinnon, and highlighted their scientific excellence in research. Both outstanding and talented scientists were recognized for the contribution of their research, their commitment to overcome the global challenges of tomorrow and for their contribution to the advancement of UNESCO’s ideals in science. A Mentor fellowship was also awarded to a UNESCO associated schools student. For more information on the programme, visit the For Women in Science website, and watch the 2013 promotional video.
Let's celebrate the 150th anniversary of Constantine Cavafy!
The Embassy of Greece, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Parnassos Hellenic Cultural Society of Ottawa, in collaboration with the Museum of Classical Antiquities of the University of Ottawa, are pleased to invite you for an evening of poetry in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933). UNESCO is associated with this celebration because Cavafy was instrumental in the revival and recognition of Greek poetry. He is also credited with establishing many facets of 20th century European poetry.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO participates at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO participates at the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum from Oct. 29th to 31st 2013 in Paris, France. Check out the Blog of the Canadian Youth Delegation, Betsy Leimbigler and Claire Paetkau who will be taking you step by step through the process of preparation and consultation for the Youth Forum, and also providing updates as the Forum takes place.
The Canadian Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association and the University of Saskatchewan has produced a publication aimed at demonstrating how collective efforts and knowledge sharing can be beneficial to biodiversity conservation, sustainable development, and education. The publication entitled Learning from each other: proven good practices in Canadian Biosphere reserves will be launched on the occasion of the EuroMAB 2013 conference, to be hosted by the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, in Brockville, Ontario, from October 15-19, 2013.
International Day of Peace! Education for Peace!
21 September is International Day of Peace (IDP). Education is the foundation of any lasting peace. ''Education fosters the culture of dialogue that is necessary to resolve conflicts.''-Message from Irina Bokova on the occasion of IDP 2013 . Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. To learn more about this initiative and be inspired, visit the United Nations website.
Happy United Nation's International Youth Day to all !
This year’s theme of “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward” is set to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities that migration presents for young people globally. The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is proud to support youth engagement across the country. One way of doing it is through the participation of its Youth Advisory Group’s composed of 25 members. This fall, the Commission will provide support for two youth delegates to travel to Paris in order to attend the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum and carry the voices of Canadian youth.The Commission is also proud to support the Associated Schools Project Network’s (ASPnet) 62 member schools in Canada as the program celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013. Through this commitment, youth are being inspired, engaged and given the opportunity to speak up and participate in building both their communities and a world of peace.
To learn more, visit: United Nations International Youth Day.
The Alberta Museums Association (AMA) and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are pleased to present the AMA’s 2013 Conference dedicated to the exploration of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, from September 19th-21th, 2013. The conference entitled ’’Landscapes to languages: What shapes us?’’ will cover topics such as oral traditions and expressions, performing arts and social practices, traditional craftsmanship, and knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe. On this occasion, the Commission will be leading a symposium aimed at fostering the discussion around the importance of culture in our society and will be featuring presentations by recognized experts including members of the Commission. For more information about the program, please visit the event page.
53rd AGM, Toronto 2-4 May 2013
"Reflections on Future Directions of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, 2013-2017" [PDF, 246 KB]
Annual Report of the [PDF, 3.6 MB]
An Appeal for UNESCO-Donate now
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Freedom of Expression in Broad Strokes
Travelling Exhibition [PDF, 107.6 KB]
Report for Canada in Arts Education
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