Irina Bokova - updates

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U.S. pulls out of UN cultural body, citing 'anti-Israel' bias

Oct 12, 2017 - 9:25 PM

(UPDATED) 'This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at UNESCO, the need for fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO,' US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says in a statement

UNESCO. A logo of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is displayed in front of the organization headquarters on September 14, 2011. File photo by Miguel Medina/AFP

Mosul minaret destruction 'deepens wounds' of Iraqis – UNESCO

Jun 22, 2017 - 8:26 PM

The head of the UN s cultural agency says This new destruction deepens the wounds of a society already affected by an unprecedented humanitarian tragedy

BOKOVA ON IRAQ DESTRUCTION. Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Irina Bokova speaks during a session of the Belt and Road Forum at the China National Convention Center (CNCC) in Beijing on May 14, 2017. File photo by Mark Schiefelbein/AFP

'Fake news' is not journalism

May 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

UNESCO chief Irina Bokova: Where does the responsibility lie for ensuring that fact based debate is not stifled?

Security Council powers weigh in to pick new UN chief

Oct 05, 2016 - 3:03 PM

There are currently 10 candidates for the top post including frontrunner Antonio Guterres the former prime minister of Portugal who was UN refugee chief for a decade

DIPLOMACY'S HEART. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors Entrance, September 23, 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

UNESCO set to expand World Heritage list at Istanbul meeting

Jul 07, 2016 - 11:18 AM

Candidates include 350 million year old fossils and works by Franco Swiss architect Le Corbusier

ON THE HERITAGE LIST SOON? In this file photo, a visitor looks at Notre-Dame-du-Haut chapel designed by Le Corbusier on September 9, 2011 in Ronchamp. Sebastien Bozon/AFP

UN holds first-ever hearings to pick world's top diplomat

Apr 12, 2016 - 11:00 PM

Over the next 3 days 8 contenders are expected to take the podium before the General Assembly s 193 nations to lay out their vision for the job and answer questions

DIPLOMACY'S HEART. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors’ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

UNESCO says ISIS 'terrified by history' after Palmyra destruction

Oct 05, 2015 - 11:18 PM

Irina Bokova says the UN s scientific and cultural body would make every effort to ensure that the perpetrators of the destruction are brought to justice

A file picture taken on March 14, 2014 shows visitors walking near the famous Arch of Triumph of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of the Syrian capital Damascus. Islamic State extremists have blown up the famous Arch of Triumph in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, said an activist and monitoring group, as the jihadists press their campaign to tear down the treasured heritage site. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID

Gaps remain as PH misses 2015 education goals

Apr 11, 2015 - 1:53 PM

The country has already put in place the Education for All Acceleration Plan 2015 It will join the rest of the world in setting new education targets for 2030 during the World Education Forum in South Korea

Only a third of countries reach 2015 education goals – UN

Apr 09, 2015 - 8:41 AM

Millions more children are in school than would have been had the trends of the 1990s persisted UNESCO s chief says but governments need to prioritize the poorest – especially girls

In this file photo, Filipino pupils get handed their papers in an overloaded classroom during the first day of school at the President Corazon Aquino Elementary School in Quezon city, east suburban Manila, Philippines, June 2, 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

UN condemns 'destruction' of ancient Iraq city of Hatra

Mar 08, 2015 - 3:43 PM

UNESCO: The destruction of Hatra marks a turning point in the appalling strategy of cultural cleansing under way in Iraq

Members of the ICDC patrol around the ruins of al Hatra city in Iraq on Saturday, 03 January 2004. The city was built in approximately 150 BC by the Assyrian King Santrug I. Shawn Baldwin/EPA

Education for all by 2015? Not happening, says Unesco

Apr 10, 2014 - 1:09 PM

According to the UN agency countries still lagging behind their goals must spend more on education

US, Israel 'lose UNESCO voting rights'

Nov 09, 2013 - 3:45 AM

With the US and Israel withdrawing their contributions UNESCO s budget falls from 653 million to 507 million