Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity in Europe

1st European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity
Dates: 8-11 April 2014, Florence, Italy
 
Call for abstracts
The Conference Scientific Committee welcomes submission of abstracts for presentations in technical and poster sessions. Submitted abstracts should address one or more of the following Conference themes:

Key Topics
·        Interactions between cultural and biological diversity and identification of linkages between cultural and biological diversity in the European context
·        Historical development of biodiversity patterns associated with “natural” and “cultural” landscapes, including the interacting actors, factors and processes
·        Traditional agricultural and forest management practices related to bio-cultural diversity
·        Development of methods and approaches for the assessment of the links between biological and cultural diversity and the resulting  “bio-cultural” diversity
·        Development of integrated management strategies at landscape level
·        Implementation of international, regional and national agreements dealing with cultural and biological diversity
 
Information to be provided when submitting an abstract
Language: English
Name, organizational affiliation and email address of each author: The author who will present the paper or poster at the Conference must be designated as the Presenting Author.
Title of the paper (less than 20 words long): should clearly summarize the topic  of the abstract.
Key words or phrases: up to 5.
Main text of abstract (170-200 words): Should describe the context and specific problem/topic of study, methods, main results and conclusions in plain writing.
 
Criteria for selection
All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Conference Scientific Committee. Primary selection criteria include scientific quality, topical significance, and relevance to the Conference themes and to the particular topic to which the abstract is submitted.
 
Abstracts will be evaluated after the 15 December 2013 submission deadline. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than 15 January 2014.
 
A selection of papers will be offered to be published in a book with the publisher Springer Verlag. Conference organizers will explore alternative publication options as special issues of journals for papers and/or posters presented in their sessions.
 
All abstract proposals should be submitted online to this address: http://landscapeunifi.it/en/call
 
Registration: the conference has no registration fee. The organization will provide conference materials, buffet and conference dinner at no cost. Participants are requested to pay for their own travel expenses and lodging.
 
If you encounter any problem during the on line submission please send the requested information by e-mail to the conference secretariat: landscape@unifi.it
Mrs. Dr. Phd Valentina Marinai
Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage (coordinator Prof. Mauro Agnoletti) – Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems- University of Florence.
 
Organizers: UNESCO,  S-CBD,  Tuscan Region, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies, Italy, Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage – University of Florence
Patronages: IUFRO, Ministry of Environment, Florens Foundation
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Call for Entries: 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. The Awards recognize the successful efforts of private sector and public-private initiatives in conserving or restoring structures, places and properties of heritage value in the region. The Awards emphasize the importance of the conservation process, including the technical achievements and quality of the restoration, as well as the social impact, including community involvement in the project.
The deadline for receipt of materials is 31 March 2014.

Since the Awards were established in 2000, UNESCO has received 556 entries from 24 countries. A total of 160 projects have received Awards for high achievement in conservation, while 8 have received the Jury Commendation for Innovation.

In 2013 the award cycle received entries from the widest geographic spread to date, with a total of 47 projects submitted from 16 countries across Asia and the Pacific. With support from the Sino-Ocean Charity Foundation the programme will continue this year to expand and explore new and exciting issues related to exemplary heritage conservation practice.

Entries for the 2014 Awards programme must be submitted to UNESCO Bangkok by 31 March 2014 using an official entry form, a description of the project in the official format outlined in the link below, drawings and photographs in hard copy and on CD.
Projects involving heritage properties more than fifty years old which were completed within the last ten years are eligible for consideration in the conservation category. Houses, commercial and institutional buildings, historic towns and villages, archaeological heritage sites and cultural landscapes, for example, are all suitable for entry. The project must be the result of a private sector initiative or a public-private partnership.
Winners will be announced in August 2014, with a selected number of entries receiving the “Award of Excellence”, “Award of Distinction”, “Award of Merit”, “Honourable Mention” and “Jury Commendation for Innovation”. In addition to the conservation awards, the “Jury Commendation for Innovation” will also be considered for newly-built structures which demonstrate an outstanding architectural design that is well integrated into historic contexts. Building annexes, as well as new extensions, buildings, public spaces and structures, such as bridges, are all eligible for consideration.

In 2013, the Phra Borommathat Maha Chedi and Pharin Pariyattithammasala of Wat Prayurawongsawas, the Chedi (reliquary Buddhist stupa) and its attached hall in Wat Prayurawongsawas Worawihan temple, Bangkok, Thailand was honoured with the Award of Excellence. The three Awards of Distinction were given to the Great Serai in Kabul, Afghanistan; the Lal Chimney Compound in Mumbai, India and the Khaplu Palace in Baltistan, Pakistan. The six Awards of Merit were won by the Maryborough Railway Station in Victoria, Australia; Enjoying Snow Yard in Beijing, China; the Tai O Heritage Hotel in Hong Kong SAR, China; the Royal Bombay Yacht Club Residential Chambers in Mumbai, India; the Otaki Town Hall in Chiba Prefecture, Japan; and the Historic Buildings in Duong Lam Village in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Two Honourable Mentions were also awarded to the Sailmaker’s Shed in Broome, Australia and the Lost Bomb Shelter of the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, Viet Nam.

To apply for the 2014 Awards: www.unescobkk.org/culture/heritageawards 
For more information: Culture Unit, UNESCO Bangkok
Tel: (6 2) 391-0577 Ext. 509 Fax: (66 2) 391-0866
Email: culture.bgk@unesco.org / j.davies@unesco.org

Linking Biological and Cultural Diversity in Europe

1st European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biological and Cultural Diversity

Dates: 8-11 April 2014, Florence, Italy

Call for abstracts

The Conference Scientific Committee welcomes submission of abstracts for presentations in technical and poster sessions. Submitted abstracts should address one or more of the following Conference themes:

Key Topics

  •  Interactions between cultural and biological diversity and identification of linkages between cultural and biological diversity in the European context

 

  • Historical development of biodiversity patterns associated with “natural” and “cultural” landscapes, including the interacting actors, factors and processes

 

  • Traditional agricultural and forest management practices related to bio-cultural diversity

 

  • Development of methods and approaches for the assessment of the links between biological and cultural diversity and the resulting  “bio-cultural” diversity

 

  • Development of integrated management strategies at landscape level

 

  • Implementation of international, regional and national agreements dealing with cultural and biological diversity

 

Information to be provided when submitting an abstract
Language:
English

Name, organizational affiliation and email address of each author: The author who will present the paper or poster at the Conference must be designated as the Presenting Author.

Title of the paper (less than 20 words long): should clearly summarize the topic  of the abstract.

Key words or phrases: up to 5.

Main text of abstract (170-200 words): Should describe the context and specific problem/topic of study, methods, main results and conclusions in plain writing.

Criteria for selection

All abstracts will be reviewed and evaluated by members of the Conference Scientific Committee. Primary selection criteria include scientific quality, topical significance, and relevance to the Conference themes and to the particular topic to which the abstract is submitted.

Abstracts will be evaluated after the 15 December 2013 submission deadline. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than 15 January 2014.

A selection of papers will be offered to be published in a book with the publisher Springer Verlag. Conference organizers will explore alternative publication options as special issues of journals for papers and/or posters presented in their sessions.

All abstract proposals should be submitted online to this address:

http://landscapeunifi.it/en/call

Registration: the conference has no registration fee. The organization will provide conference materials, buffet and conference dinner at no cost. Participants are requested to pay for their own travel expenses and lodging.

If you encounter any problem during the on line submission please send the requested information by e-mail to the conference secretariat: landscape@unifi.it

Mrs. Dr. Phd Valentina Marinai

Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage – Department of Agricultural, food and Forestry Systems- University of Florence.

Organizers: UNESCO,  S-CBD,  Tuscan Region, Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry Policies, Italy, Laboratory for Landscape and Cultural Heritage – University of Florence

Patronages: IUFRO, Ministry of Environment, Florens Foundation

UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environmental Preservation

The purpose of the UNESCO Sultan Qaboos Prize for Environment Preservation is to afford recognition to outstanding contributions by individuals, groups of individuals, institutes or organizations in the management or preservation of the environment, consistent with the policies, aims and objectives of UNESCO, and in relation to the Organization’s programmes in this field, i.e. environmental and natural resources research, environmental education and training, creation of environmental awareness through the preparation of environmental information materials and activities aimed at establishing and managing protected areas such as biosphere reserves and natural World Heritage sites.

The Prize is awarded every two years. As of 2013, the financial Prize reward is USD 70,000, a donation graciously made by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said of Oman.

Please note that the deadline for submitting nominations for the 2013 Prize is 10 September 2013.

The Prize will be awarded for the 12th time at a ceremony that will take place during the World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), from 24 to 27 November 2013.

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UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development

A message from the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Secretariat
Un message de la part du Secrétariat de la Décennie des Nations Unies pour l’éducation au développement durable
Un mensaje de la Secretaria del Decenio de las Naciones Unidas de la Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible.

The monitoring and evaluation process for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD) is designed to capture a variety of activities related to ESD and take stock of the growth of ESD throughout the DESD. The final assessment and report will summarize and highlight the accomplishments of the DESD, convey lessons learnt and point the way for post-Decade efforts.

In order to help UNESCO prepare the final DESD report, please provide UNESCO with your inputs by answering before 31 October 2013 the online questionnaire.

Key Stakeholder — Questionnaire UN Decade of ESD Final Report

https://secure.unesco.org/survey/index.php?sid=87242&lang=en

Thanks in advance for your participation.

UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development Secretariat 
2014 UNESCO World Conference on ESD — http://www.unesco.org/new/en/esd2014

 

Le processus de suivi et d’évaluation de la Décennie des Nations Unies pour l’éducation au service du développement durable (DEDD) vise à cerner toute une série d’activités relatives à l’EDD et à faire le bilan des progrès de l’EDD tout au long de la Décennie. L’évaluation et le rapport finals récapituleront et mettront en évidence les réalisations de la Décennie, feront état des enseignements tirés et montreront la voie que les initiatives devront emprunter à l’issue de la Décennie.

Afin d’aider l’UNESCO à établir le rapport final de la Décennie, veuillez faire parvenir vos contributions avant le 31 octobre 2013 au questionnaire en ligne :

Acteurs clés — Questionnaire Rapport final de la DEDD

https://secure.unesco.org/survey/index.php?sid=87242&lang=fr

Merci par avance de votre participation.

Secrétariat de la Décennie des Nations Unies pour l’éducation au développement durable

Conférence mondiale 2014 de l’UNESCO sur l’EDD — http://www.unesco.org/new/fr/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

 

El proceso de seguimiento y evaluación del Decenio de las Naciones Unidas de la Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible (DEDS) apunta a dar cuenta de distintas actividades relacionadas con la EDS y hacer balance del crecimiento de la EDS a lo largo del DEDS. La evaluación y el informe finales resumirán y pondrán de relieve los logros del DEDS, transmitirán las enseñanzas extraídas e indicarán el camino para las iniciativas posteriores al Decenio.

Para ayudar a la UNESCO en la tarea de preparar el informe final del DEDS, solicitamos su contribución con el envío de sus respuestas a las preguntas antes del 31 de octubre de 2013 que se encuentran en el cuestionario en línea:

Actores claves — Cuestionario Informe Final del Decenio de las Naciones Unidas de la EDS

https://secure.unesco.org/survey/index.php?sid=87242&lang=es

Agradecemos su participación.

Secretaria del Decenio de las Naciones Unidas de la Educación para el Desarrollo Sostenible

Conferencia Mundial 2014 de la UNESCO sobre la EDS — http://www.unesco.org/new/es/unesco-world-conference-on-esd-2014/

Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2013

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2013

On Nelson Mandela International Day, I join women and men across the world in honouring a man whose strength, vision and magnanimity changed South Africa and the course of the 20th century.

A UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, Nelson Mandela once said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The life of Nelson Mandela is an education to us all – an example of perseverance in overcoming adversity, of courage in braving the steepest challenges, of moral clarity in promoting reconciliation and peace.

Nelson Mandela has taught the world that the dignity of women and men is the only foundation on which to build just societies. He has shown us that peace is not an ideal, or something abstract, but a way of living, a way of interacting with others and with the world.

On this day, let us pay tribute to Nelson Mandela by upholding and sharing the values that inspire him. In a world where all societies are transforming and every woman and man faces rising pressures, let us all stay true to the moral compass set by Nelson Mandela. Respect, mutual understanding and reconciliation are the strongest foundations for peace and freedom. In this spirit, we must help others, we must reach across all dividing lines, and we must cherish the world we live in. This is UNESCO’s message today.

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Message de la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale Nelson Mandela, 18 juillet 2013
En cette Journée internationale Nelson Mandela, je me joins aux femmes et aux hommes du monde entier pour rendre hommage à un homme qui, par sa force, sa clairvoyance et sa magnanimité, a transformé l’Afrique du Sud et changé le cours du XXe siècle.
Ambassadeur de bonne volonté de l’UNESCO depuis 2005, Nelson Mandela a un jour déclaré : « L’éducation est l’arme la plus puissante que l’on puisse utiliser pour changer le monde ».
La vie de Nelson Mandela est une leçon pour nous tous. Elle nous offre un exemple de persévérance dans l’adversité, de courage face aux défis les plus épineux, de clarté morale dans la défense de la réconciliation et de la paix.
Nelson Mandela a enseigné au monde que la dignité des femmes et des hommes est le seul fondement sur lequel bâtir des sociétés justes. Il nous a montré que la paix n’est pas un idéal, ou une abstraction, mais un art de vivre, une manière d’interagir avec les autres et avec le monde.
En cette journée, honorons Nelson Mandela en défendant et en partageant les valeurs qui l’inspirent. Dans un monde où toutes les sociétés sont en pleine mutation, où chaque femme et chaque homme subit des pressions grandissantes, veillons tous à garder le cap moral que nous a fixé Nelson Mandela. Le respect, la compréhension mutuelle et la réconciliation sont les plus solides fondations de la paix et de la liberté. Dans cet esprit, nous devons aider les autres, transcender toutes les lignes de fracture et chérir le monde qui est le nôtre. Tel est le message que veut délivrer l’UNESCO aujourd’hui.

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Call for action projects driven by young people

Be part of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum:
 
Are you member of a youth-led or youth-focused organization, a project leader or a young entrepreneur who is active in an established NGO?
Have you got creative and innovative ideas related to one of the 7 themes of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 29 to 31 October 2013 (social inclusion, civic engagement and participation, social entrepreneurship and innovation, prevention of violence and conflicts, intercultural dialogue, democracy and skills development)?

Then, read this message attentively and share it with your friends!
The following information will interest you!
 
You can become one of the young actors driving social change, as part of the UNESCO Youth Forum, by sending us your proposal for an innovative action project tobe implemented in your community, country or region, by 12 August 2013  ̶  International Youth Day!
 
For the first time in its history, the UNESCO Youth Forum will be placed under the global theme “Youth and Social Inclusion: civic engagement, dialogue and skills development”, will select 15 youth-led action projects, representing all of the world’s regions, and award them witha UNESCO Youth Forum Label. The label will be a mark of quality and feasibility, and a concrete recognition of the young initiators of the winning projects, offering a boost in their work. It will also be a starting point for the implementation of the projects, by helping to mobilize support, funds, partnerships and international visibility.
 
By the end of September 2013, out of all the proposals received from 15 July to 12 August 2013, an international independent jury will pre-select 45 projects and their initiators will be invited to submit an original and creative one-minute video describing their project so that these 45 short films can be visible online by mid-October 2013. The 45 pre-selected projects will then be discussed by the young participants of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum. Finally, 15 youth-led action projects (3 youth-led action projects per the five UNESCO regions) will be selected to be announced on 31 October 2013 and presented to the 37th UNESCO General Conference in November 2013.

To submit a project proposal, fill in the on-line form
 
Allowing young people to submit recommendations to 195 UNESCO’s Member States’ representatives at the highest decision-making level, the UNESCO Youth Forum brings together, every two years, at the eve of the UNESCO General Conference, around 400 young participants  from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, detect common preoccupations and problems.
 
As expounded in its UNESCO Youth Strategy 2014-2021, UNESCO recognizes youth as key drivers of peace and development and agents for positive change. The Organization strives to promote youth-led actions across the globe by offering face-to-face support and help in putting ideas of young women and men into practice.
 
For any questions, please write to youth@unesco.org