Baguio is in the running to become a UNESCO creative city

Sep 01, 2017 - 9:01 PM

UPDATED The summer capital s creative culture will hopefully get the recognition it so richly deserves

DepEd partners with UNESCO, KOICA on new ALS project

Jul 19, 2017 - 10:49 AM

The project will focus on Tacloban City and the municipality of Palo in Leyte

ALS PROJECT. According to DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones, the initiative aims to tackle gender inequality in education, and help girls to realize their full potential. All photos by Cielo Esmeria

Pulau Okinoshima yang larang perempuan masuk menjadi warisan dunia, UNESCO dikecam

Jul 11, 2017 - 1:10 PM

UNESCO dianggap menyimpang dari prioritas global untuk kesetaraan gender

Tampak Pulau Okinoshima yang ditetapkan UNESCO menjadi salah satu situs warisan dunia. Foto dari 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

LIVE: World Press Freedom Day 2017

May 04, 2017 - 4:08 PM

Watch the commemoration of this year s World Press Freedom Day in Jakarta Indonesia

Israel trims UN budget again over Jerusalem resolution

May 03, 2017 - 8:40 PM

UNESCO again accepted an absurd resolution yesterday about the status of Jerusalem – the capital of the Jewish people for 3 000 years Netanyahu says at the opening of a cabinet meeting

NETANYAHU. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the prime minister office in Jerusalem on November 18, 2014. File photo by Gil Cohen-Magen/AFP

Sketsatorial: Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia

May 03, 2017 - 2:48 PM

Pada 1 4 Mei 2017 Indonesia dipercaya menjadi tuan rumah perayaan Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia dengan mengangkat tema “Berpikir Kritis di Masa Kritis: Peran Media Mempromosikan Kedamaian dengan Masyarakat yang Aktif dan Terbuka”

Surveillance, security laws hurting investigative journalism

May 01, 2017 - 9:08 PM

A massive study produced by UNESCO encourages journalists to train themselves in digital security educate the public and advocate for institutional changes

Screenshot of the cover page of the UNESCO study

Arti kebebasan berekspresi bagi anak muda Indonesia

May 01, 2017 - 5:42 PM

Setiap 3 Mei diperingati sebagai Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia Rappler dan UNESCO memberikan lokakarya kepada 20 mahasiswa dan jurnalis muda

KEBEBASAN BEREKSPRESI. Iqbal Hariadi, seorang peserta workshop World Press Freedom Day, saat presentasi di hadapan para peserta lainnya di JCC, pada 1 Mei 2017. Foto oleh Abdul Qowi Bastian/Rappler

'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?

Indeks Kebebasan Pers Sedunia: Kerisauan Indonesia dalam peringkat yang lebih baik

Apr 27, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Jakarta akan menjadi tuan rumah peringatan Hari Kebebasan Pers Sedunia pada 1 4 Mei 2017

Call for proposals: Photos on safety of journalists and issue of impunity

Apr 05, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The selected photographs will help to raise awareness on the working conditions of journalists

New flights to cut travel time to Banaue Rice Terraces

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:00 AM

A local airline will offer flights from Clark to reduce total travel time to the popular tourist destination

FAST TRAVEL. The new route from Clark International Airport to Bagabag, Nueva Vizcaya is expected to cut travel time to the Banaue Rice Terraces in more than half.

Oil sands development threatens Canadian nature reserve – UNESCO

Mar 11, 2017 - 12:38 PM

The UN organization vows to add the country s Wood Buffalo National Park to its list of world heritage in danger if corrective measures are not taken quickly

THREATENED. The UNESCO says a massive delta in the heart of the Wood Buffalo National Park is threatened by pollution and water extraction from nearby oil sands mines and hydroelectric dams upstream. File photo from the UNESCO website

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Civil defense offices will rehearse the relaying of tsunami warnings for large quakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru Colombia and Ecuador the Philippines the Solomon Islands Tonga and Vanuatu

DRILL. In this file photo, teachers evacuate children to higher ground during an earthquake and tsunami drill in Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 3, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

ISIS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

Jan 21, 2017 - 11:20 AM

The UN s cultural agency has reacted with outrage calling the fresh destruction a war crime and cultural cleansing

NEW DESTRUCTION. This handout picture provided on January 20, 2017 by UNITAR-UNOSAT and taken on December 26, 2016, shows a close-up of a satellite-detected image of the Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Handout photo by UNITAR-UNOSAT/AFP

Aleppo's famed Old City left 'unrecognizable' by war

Dec 14, 2016 - 9:40 AM

For centuries Aleppo was Syria s economic and cultural powerhouse but now most of the city is in ruins after years of savage conflict

HERITAGE DESTROYED. A general view shows Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in the old city of Aleppo on December 13, 2016, after they captured the area. George Ourfalian/AFP

Fund set up to protect endangered heritage sites

Dec 03, 2016 - 10:37 PM

This is the first time that countries organizations experts and donors have come together to protect the property of humanity and to provide the means to achieve it

NIMRUD. An Iraqi worker cleans up the archaeological site of Nimrud, south of Mosul in northern Iraq, 21 April 2001. Nimrud was built in the 13th century B.C. during Mesopotamia's Assyrian era. Excavations, carried on since the mid-19th century, have revealed remarkable finds, including the palace of King Shalmaneser III (statues in picture). File Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP

Iraqi forces recapture ancient city of Nimrud

Nov 14, 2016 - 1:35 AM

Nimrud which is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site is retaken from the Islamic State

(FILES) This file photo taken on April 09, 2013 shows a partial view of an ancient statue dated from the Assyrian civilization, at the archaeological site of Nimrud that lies on the Tigris River around 30 kilometres (18 miles) southeast of Mosul, Iraq's second city.  Iraqi forces said on November 13, 2016 they had recaptured the Nimrud area, the site of an ancient Assyrian city blown up by the Islamic State group, as they battled the jihadists south of Mosul.   / AFP PHOTO / Hubert Debbasch

Journalist killed every 4.5 days, says UNESCO

Nov 02, 2016 - 7:04 PM

Most deaths – 59 over the last two years of the 2006 2015 report – happen in conflict zones During that period 78 of the 213 journalists killed 36 5 percent were in Arab States


Israel angered as UNESCO adopts Jerusalem resolution

Oct 18, 2016 - 7:38 PM

3rd UPDATE The text has infuriated Israel by referring throughout to the Al Aqsa mosque compound in east Jerusalem s Old City only by its Muslim names: Al Aqsa and Al Haram al Sharif

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP

Japan pulls UNESCO funding over Nanjing row

Oct 14, 2016 - 6:29 PM

Japan suspends this year s contribution totalling 4 4 billion yen 42 million

UNESCO FUNDING. Images from Wikipedia.

APEC education ministers tackle inclusive, quality education

Oct 07, 2016 - 12:42 PM

The APEC ministers agree on the need to develop international cooperation programs and strategic partnerships that will provide economies with the capacity to increase their competitiveness and improve youth employability

Classroom file photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Chinese glass bridge, world's longest, closes

Sep 03, 2016 - 8:05 PM

The bridge is undergoing an internal system upgrade and it is unclear when it will reopen

(FILES) This file photo taken on August 21, 2016 shows visitors crossing the world's highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge above a valley in Zhangjiajie in China's Hunan Province on August 21, 2016. The world's longest glass bridge, over a scenic canyon in China, has been closed on September 3, less than two weeks after it opened after being overwhelmed by a swarm of visitors. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

UNESCO adds 4 new sites to World Heritage list

Jul 15, 2016 - 9:41 PM

The sites include the so called qanat water systems in Iran the Zuojiang Huashan rock art cultural landscape in China and the archaeological site of Nalanda Mahavihara in India

HERITAGE SITE. The Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art in China is included in UNESCO's heritage list. Photo by Zhu Qiuping, from UNESCO website

Sex education in PH schools still lacking – UNFPA

Jul 09, 2016 - 9:50 AM

According to the latest report on the implementation of the RH law the education department has not yet developed the minimum standards of comprehensive sexuality education that schools should comply with

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

Kariton Klasrum to help senior high school dropouts

Jun 17, 2016 - 1:19 PM

Education Secretary Armin Luistro says the number of dropouts due to senior high school could range from 200 000 to 400 000 students

EDUCATION FOR ALL. A Kariton Klasrum on display during the program's culminating activity on Thursday, June 16, at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Australia removed from UN climate report over tourism fears

May 27, 2016 - 12:15 PM

Recent experience in Australia had shown that negative commentary about the status of World Heritage properties impacted on tourism says the Australian Department of Environment

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout picture made available by Australia's James Cook University (JCU) on January 31, 2016 shows marine life in the Great Barrier Reef, in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by James Cook University/EPA

Sanitary pads and sanitation can keep girls in school

May 20, 2016 - 1:07 PM

For many women and girls in developing countries menstruation increases their risk of infection and makes them vulnerable to bullying and teasing

Netanyahu questions French impartiality after UNESCO vote

May 15, 2016 - 9:17 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says French support for a UNESCO resolution on Jerusalem casts doubt on the impartiality of its Middle East peace initiative a claim Paris denies

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock (L) and the Al-Aqsa mosques (R) in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's old city on November 21, 2014. Thomas Coex/AFP/File

Exploring Unesco world heritage site Mt Hamiguitan and its new natural science museum

Apr 30, 2016 - 6:09 PM

A new interactive facility Mt Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum showcases the wonders of this beautiful Unesco world heritage site

A rare species of frog found in Mt. Hamiguitan, labeled as one of the biological indicators used by the assessment team. If this is missing, something is wrong with the mountain. Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan/Davao Oriental Provincial Information Office

Industry threatens nearly half of natural heritage sites – WWF

Apr 07, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The vulnerable sites include Australia s Great Barrier Reef Peru s Machu Picchu and the US Grand Canyon Natural Park

epa02101737 A picture dated 01 April 2010 shows a general view of the pre-Columbian Inca city Machu Picchu in Cuzco, Peru, after its reopening. The Inca city has been been closed for two months due to strong rains. EPA/PACO CHUQUIURE

Suara Mahasiswa: Ketika minat membaca dan berdiskusi menurun

Apr 04, 2016 - 5:37 PM

Ospek jangan hanya dijadikan momen pengenalan kampus dan segregasi senior junior saja

Syria troops press advance after blow to ISIS in Palmyra

Mar 28, 2016 - 8:56 PM

UPDATED Syria s military turn their attention to other ISIS held towns as they push towards Raqqa the jihadists de facto capital

PALMYRA STANDS. A general view shows the remains of the entrance to the iconic Temple of Bel that was destroyed by ISIS group jihadists in September 2015 in the ancient city of Palmyra, after government troops recaptured the UNESCO world heritage site from the IS group on March 27, 2016. Photo by Maher Al Mounes / AFP

Syria forces retake Palmyra in major victory over ISIS

Mar 27, 2016 - 1:47 PM

6th UPDATE Syrian President Bashar al Assad hails the victory as an important achievement while UN chief Ban Ki moon says he is encouraged by Palmyra s recapture

The Temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria is threatened by ISIS. File photo Joseph Eid/ AFP

Vigan City stays walkable despite influx of tourists

Mar 27, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Vigan City famous for its old Spanish style houses and cobblestone streets considers sustainable transportation an important part of its heritage conservation and preservation

FAMOUS STREET. Tourists and locals troop to Calle Crisologo, Vigan City's famous cobblestoned street. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/ Rappler

Syria regime forces close in on ISIS-held Palmyra

Mar 24, 2016 - 3:24 PM

Syria s ancient city of Palmyra seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015 is an archeological treasure that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980

ISIS-HELD. This file photo taken on March 14, 2014 shows a partial view of the ancient oasis city of Palmyra, 215 kilometres northeast of Damascus. Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, which was seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015, is an archeological treasure that was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980. File photo by Joseph Eid/AFP

Albay declared UNESCO biosphere reserve

Mar 21, 2016 - 11:15 AM

Albay becomes the 3rd biosphere reserve in the Philippines areas cited as prime examples of sustainable development and biodiversity

NATURE AND TOURISM. Tourists at Albay's Lake Sumlang, with the Mayon Volcano as the backdrop. Photo by Rhaydz B Barcia

UNESCO adds 20 new sites to list of biosphere reserves

Mar 20, 2016 - 8:53 PM

The status is conferred during a two day meeting in Lima that ended Saturday March 19 bringing the total number of biosphere reserves to 669 across 120 countries

BIOSPHERE RESERVES. A general view of the final session of the Fourth Biosphere Reserves World Congress in Lima, Peru, March 17, 2016. Photo by Ernesto Arias/EPA

Do Southeast Asia, PH have gender equality in education?

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:56 PM

Education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia is generally equal for boys and girls – until they reach secondary education

PARITY? Although primary education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia is relatively equal for boys and girls, the gap widens when they reach secondary education

Destruction of Timbuktu goes before ICC judges

Feb 28, 2016 - 10:10 AM

Timbuktu founded in the 11th century was one of the great centers of Islamic learning in the world a center of civilization at a time when Europe was in the dark ages

HERITAGE. Workers begin the reconstruction of 15th-16th century mausoleums in Timbuktu, Mali in 2014. File photo courtesy of UNESCO

One killed in shooting at UNESCO site in Russia's Caucasus

Dec 30, 2015 - 6:09 PM

The incident occurs on Tuesday night near the fortress in Derbent which claims to be Russia s oldest city

Kosovo fails in UNESCO membership bid

Nov 09, 2015 - 9:45 PM

Ninety two UNESCO member states voted in favor with 50 against and 29 abstentions Kosovo needed 95 votes for its bid to succeed

In this file photo, a Kosovo-Albanian child is seen through the Kosovo flag in Pristina on February 16, 2014. Armend Nimani/AFP

Oil confirmed under Africa's oldest wildlife park Virunga – DRC gov't

Nov 07, 2015 - 9:22 AM

UNESCO has warned several times that any exploration for oil in the park would be incompatible with its heritage status

HERITAGE SITE. An access to the Virunga National Park is seen near Rutshuru on June 17, 2014.  File photo by Junior D. Kannah/AFP

Japan hits out as UNESCO archives Nanjing massacre documents

Oct 10, 2015 - 11:03 AM

The massacre often referred to as the Rape of Nanjing is an exceptionally sensitive issue in the often tense relations between Japan and China with Beijing charging that Tokyo has failed to atone for the atrocity

POLITICIZED? This picture taken on February 19, 2014 shows a staff member (R) holding documents concerning the 1937 Nanjing Massacre during a tour organized by the Chinese Foreign Ministry for the foreign media at the archives office in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province. File photo by AFP

UNESCO says ISIS 'terrified by history' after Palmyra destruction

Oct 06, 2015 - 9:09 AM

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

DESTROYED. The file picture dated November 12, 2010 shows a general view of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria. Youssef Badawi/EPA

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

Women’s group protects turtles by turning trash into eco-purses

Oct 03, 2015 - 2:31 PM

The recycling project of a women’s group is not only providing livelihood it is also helping Tawi tawi s green sea turtles thrive

Albay shows how caring for the environment can be profitable

Sep 27, 2015 - 11:41 PM

The Albay Green Economy has catapulted the province into the center of the Philippine tourism boom says it governor