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Polish bison staring down the barrel of cull

Poland’s endangered bison herds could be subject to a cull if environmental lawyers fail in their bid to overturn a decision by the country’s head of environmental protection.
Global Europe 10-09-2018

Mosul reconstruction to give UNESCO chance to revive fortunes

The United Nations’ cultural agency wants to use the reconstruction of Iraq’s second city Mosul as a way to restore its credibility and show how a fraying multilateral order can be revived, its director general said on Monday (10 September).
Languages & Culture 16-01-2018

EU urged to help expand internet domain names in different languages

Researchers and officials working on internet governance have urged EU institutions to help expand the use of internationalised domain names, which contain letters from alphabets including Cyrillic or Greek, or accented letters like in the word “café”.
Global Europe 13-10-2017

US, Israel leave UNESCO for good

The United States and its ally Israel said yesterday (12 October) they were pulling out of the UN's culture and education body in a move that underlined Washington's drift away from international institutions.

Poland, Commission clash in top court over ancient forest

The European Union executive asked the bloc's top court yesterday (11 September) to fine Poland for violating a ban on logging in an ancient forest, but Warsaw said it was only trying to preserve unique woods.
Enlargement 21-08-2017

Kosovo’s election deadlock blocks funds, recognition

Kosovo's failure to establish a government two months after an election is stalling its bids for greater international recognition and blocking funds for the poverty-stricken country.
Central Europe 06-07-2017

UNESCO urges Poland to stop logging ancient forest

UNESCO on Wednesday (5 July) "strongly" urged Poland to stop logging the older parts of the ancient Białowieża forest, a world heritage site that includes some of Europe's last primeval woodland.
Elections 22-06-2017

Poland says primeval forest should not be UNESCO natural heritage site

Polish Environment Minister Jan Szyszko, whom green activists have criticised for allowing large-scale logging in the ancient Bialowieza forest, called on Wednesday (21 June) for the woodland to be stripped of UNESCO's natural heritage status, banning human intervention.
Agrifood 09-01-2017

Neurological study: Mediterranean diet helps brain health

Older people who don’t follow a “Mediterranean diet” are more likely to have a higher loss of total brain volume over time, new scientific research has found.
Languages & Culture 01-12-2016

Belgian beer culture added to UNESCO’s heritage list

Beer culture in Belgium was inscribed yesterday (30 November) on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Languages & Culture 06-09-2016

Turkey punishes Austrian archaeologists for sins of its politicians

The Turkish government has rescinded Austria's excavation licence for the ancient city of Ephesus. The seemingly politically-motivated decision has caused outrage in the archaeological community. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Bokova deplores ‘undignified’ campaign against her UN bid

Irina Bokova, Bulgaria’s candidate for UN Secretary General, has deplored the ‘undignified campaign’ against her, which according to former Irish Minister for European Affairs Dick Roche 'seems to be part of a crude effort to 'strong arm' Bulgaria to replace Bokova with Kristalina Georgieva, the Commission Vice-President, in the race for the UN top job."
Global Europe 10-06-2016

UNESCO’s Bokova praises Commission’s new cultural protection strategy

UNESCO’s Director General Irina Bokova yesterday (9 June) praised the new strategy to put culture at the heart of EU international relations adopted on Wednesday, saying it represented “an important message to the world”.
Global Europe 12-04-2016

Eastern Europe braces for the top UN job

Today (12 April) in New York the hearings of the eight candidates for the position of the next UN Secretary-General will begin. Seven of them are from Europe, and six from the Eastern part of the continent, a region which has never produced a UN Secretary-General thus far.
Central Europe 03-11-2015

Georgieva to run for UN Secretary-General

EXCLUSIVE/ Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva plans to run for the job of UN Secretary-General, to replace Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December 2016.
Enlargement 20-10-2015

Serbia confirms it will not recognise Kosovo

Serbia plans to implement all the agreements it has made with Kosovo, but does not intend to recognise Kosovo’s independence. EURACTIV Serbia reports.
Development Policy 28-08-2015

Illiteracy will cost global economy $1.2tn in 2015

Illiteracy is “a worldwide crisis” that will cost the global economy $1.2tn (£760bn) this year, the World Literacy Foundation (WLF) has warned. More than 796 million people are either completely illiterate, meaning they can’t read or write, or functionally illiterate, meaning they can’t perform basic tasks such as reading a medicine label, the WLF said in a report released on Monday (pdf).
Languages & Culture 19-05-2015

Azerbaijan positions itself as promoter of multiculturalism

Baku is hosting a world forum on intercultural dialogue, conveying the message that if multiculturalism was failing in some European countries, it is alive and kicking in Azerbaijan and could be an example to the world. EURACTIV reports from Baku.
Development Policy 09-04-2015

Education goal far from reached, UNESCO warns

Only a third of the world's governments have acccomplished all of the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals set in the 2000 MDGs, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today (9 April).
Development Policy 26-03-2015

Mimica: ‘I will be the most vocal male feminist’

Development Commissioner Neven Mimica said that he would be the most vocal defender of gender equality in his work on Thursday (26 March), two days after he returned from a global forum in Addis Ababa dedicated to the role of women in politics.
Development Policy 13-03-2015

Universal education will cost €20.7 billion a year, says Unesco

Ambitions to achieve universal education and improve teaching quality in the world’s poorest countries will be jeopardised, unless the $22bn (€20.7bn) funding needed every year is found, a UN agency has warned. 
Global Europe 13-01-2015

Bulgaria puts forward Bokova’s candidacy for UN Secretary-General

The race for the post of UN Secretary-General is now open, after Bulgaria announced the candidacy of Irina Bokova for the post of UN Secretary General.
Irina Bokova, photo Georgi Gotev
Global Europe 19-06-2014

Bulgaria nominates Bokova for UN Secretary General

The Bulgarian government has nominated Irina Bokova, the current director-general of UNESCO, to be the next Secretary General of the United Nations, after the second mandate of Ban Ki-Moon expires in 2016.
Development Policy 28-03-2014

Tax evasion fight may help finance education in the Global South

A new report by UNESCO suggests that financing for education in developing countries can be found through reforming taxation and combating tax evasion. EURACTIV France reports.

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