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Montevideo, July 16th 2024 - 12:08 UTC


  • Wednesday, June 26th 2024 - 08:45 UTC

    UNESCO calls on Australia for 'utmost priority' in protecting the Great Barrier Reef

    UNESCO did not recommend placing the reef on its endangered heritage list, but did ask Australia to update protection efforts by early next year.

    UNESCO has cautioned that the Australian Great Barrier Reef “remains under serious threat,” calling on the country to take immediate action to protect the world's largest coral system. “Urgent and sustained action is of utmost priority,” the United Nations' cultural organization said in a draft decision released this week.

  • Monday, April 8th 2024 - 10:08 UTC

    UNESCO recognizes yet another Brazilian geopark

    Brazil now has six geoparks (geographical areas with geological heritage of international significance, according to UNESCO)

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has granted the Terra dos Gigantes (Land of the Giants) geopark in Uberaba, in the Triângulo Mineiro region of Minas Gerais State, the status of “geopark,” Agencia Brasil reported. With this appointment, the South American country now has six archaeological sites of global significance.

  • Friday, May 26th 2023 - 09:29 UTC

    Unesco to create spaces for Latin American reporters at risk

    Costa Rica will be “a pilot instance” to be replicated throughout Latin America, said Weibel

    The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced that the global project Supporting Safe Spaces for Journalists in Conflict Situations will reach Latin America, starting in Costa Rica in the second half of 2023, it was reported Thursday.

  • Monday, January 23rd 2023 - 18:50 UTC

    Religious intolerance on the rise in Brazil

    Mãe Gilda became a symbol for the religions of an African matrix after her home in Salvador was attacked

    According to the “II Report on Religious Intolerance: Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean,” a publication by the Center for Articulation of Marginalized Populations and the Observatory for Religious Freedoms, with support from the Representation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in Brazil, an increase in cases of religious intolerance has been detected in the country, Agencia Brasil reported. The survey was conducted as part of the Jan. 21 National Day Against Religious Intolerance.

  • Thursday, November 3rd 2022 - 20:40 UTC

    One-third of the world's glaciers will be soon gone, UNESCO warns

    UNESCO is calling for a reduction in gas emissions and for additional funding to monitor glaciers

    A UNESCO study released Thursday has shown that one-third of the glaciers worldwide are bound to disappear due to global warming.

  • Wednesday, June 8th 2022 - 09:54 UTC

    UN Message on World Oceans Day, revitalization and collective action

    The ocean produces at least 50% of the planet’s oxygen, it is home to most of earth’s biodiversity, and main source of protein for more than a billion people

    The World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 every year across the globe. Oceans cover over 70% of the planet. It is our life source, supporting humanity’s sustenance and that of every other organism on earth.

  • Tuesday, December 7th 2021 - 09:00 UTC

    World Bank-UNESCO-UNICEF report lays out the magnitude of the education crisis and costs for future generations

    Simulations estimating that school closures resulted in significant learning losses are now being corroborated by real data.

    This generation of students now risks losing US$ 17 trillion in lifetime earnings in present value, or about 14% of today’s global GDP, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic-related school closures, according to a new report published today by the World Bank, UNESCO, and UNICEF. The new projection reveals that the impact is more severe than previously thought, and far exceeds the US$ 10 trillion estimates released in 2020.

  • Tuesday, October 20th 2020 - 08:30 UTC

    Peruvian archeologists uncover a 37 meter long cat in the Nazca Lines

    The figure with a long body, striped tail and head with distinctive pointed ears, predates some better known-figures such as a hummingbird, spider and a human

    Peruvian archaeologists have uncovered a 37-metre-long cat etching in a little-explored area of the country's celebrated Nazca Lines UNESCO heritage site which is home to hundreds of gigantic geoglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years.

  • Friday, January 24th 2020 - 08:18 UTC

    Peru promises to protect Machu Picchu when building a new airport in the region

    UNESCO has said that though the airport will be built outside of the archeological areas, it is necessary to study how a potential increase in tourists would affect them.

    Peru's government promised on Thursday to protect the Machu Picchu sanctuary and other Inca ruins when building a new airport to serve the ancient civilization's capital of Cusco. Machu Picchu and the Inca road system are UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the UN agency has previously expressed concerns over the proposed airport at Chinchero, less than 60 kilometers from the Inca sanctuary that was built in the 15th century.

  • Tuesday, January 7th 2020 - 08:52 UTC

    Iran and US must observe the convention to preserve cultural sites, UNESCO says

    Trump said US would target some sites “at a very high level and important to Iran and the Iranian culture” if Tehran attacked American personnel or assets

    Both Iran and the United States must observe a convention obliging states to preserve cultural sites, the UN's cultural agency said on Monday, after President Donald Trump threatened to target Iran's cultural heritage.