UNESCO 70 LogoOnce a month, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information sends a letter to Non-Governmental Organizations, official partners of UNESCO. As ACUNS holds Associate Status with UNESCO, these letters are shared on the ACUNS website.

October 2016

  • 30 November – 2 December 2016 – Roundtable “Youth at the Heart of the 2030 Agenda: The Case for Space”, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2 December 2016 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 6-9 December 2016 – Internet Governance Forum meeting, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
  • 12-15 December 2016 – Tenth ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France
  • 30 November 2016 – Deadline for submission of requests for admission to associate status
  • UNESCO Publications
  • UNESCO’s Global Report on Culture for Sustainable Development – Culture: Urban Future – is the first report of its kind, intended as a policy framework document to support governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda. The report analyses the situation, trends, threats and existing opportunities in different regional contexts, and presents a global picture of urban heritage safeguarding, conservation and management, as well as the promotion of cultural and creative industries, as resources for sustainable urban development. The report is available in English on this link, and will be published in French and Spanish shortly.

  • The publication Water, Megacities and Global Change. Portraits of 15 emblematic cities, co-published by UNESCO and ARCEAU-IdF, present cities (Beijing, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo) that share a number of common characteristics: expansive size, disparities between rich and poor districts, environmental and industrial demand that strains the natural resources of an entire region and a wide range of cultural, scientific and educational resources. The publication is both the result of concrete scientific presentations and a call for general mobilization to devise the sustainable urban policies the world needs, and you can download it here in its English version. It is also available in French.

  • Published by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the International Society for the Study of Harmful Algae, the book Toxic and Harmful Microalgae of the World Ocean is the first ever global compendium on harmful algal blooms. It provides data identifying 174 algal and 100 toxin-producing species grouped in 24 chemically different classes responsible for 11 different human health conditions. It also examines trends in the spread of these toxic marine microorganisms and evaluates policies to contain them. Written in both English and French, the compendium can be found on this link.

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