UNESCO names Rio its 2020 'World Capital of Architecture'

2019-01-19 07:18

The UN culture and education agency has recognized Rio de Janeiro as the "World Capital of Architecture" for 2020.

Unesco launches Holocaust education website

2018-11-19 21:26

The UN culture and education agency is teaming up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism

Unesco tracks inquiries into journalist killings

2018-11-07 08:00

The UN's culture and education watchdog says it has created a database for tracking investigations into the murders of journalists around the world as calls rise for authorities to be held accountable for attacks on the press.

Kogelberg under threat from City of Cape Town drilling programme

2018-09-30 09:25

Two reports have confirmed the City of Cape Town's borehole drilling programme is posing an environmental threat to the protected Kogelberg biosphere, raising concerns that provisions of the National Environmental Management Act, have been ignored.

PICS: In Nigeria, thousands celebrate Osun, goddess of fertility and water

2018-08-20 12:16

"I'm dressed like a river," says priestess Osundele Okugbesan as she shows off her flowing white strapless dress and long beaded necklaces cascading down her chest.

PICS: Eritrea dares to dream of change as Ethiopia peace dawns

2018-07-26 16:58

Crushed tanks and trucks destroyed in Eritrea's war for independence from Ethiopia are piled up on the outskirts of Asmara, a rusting testament to a long and bloody history of conflict.

Kenya's Lake Turkana put on World Heritage danger list

2018-06-28 21:06

A Unesco panel has added Lake Turkana, a conservation hotspot in Kenya and a candidate site for the birthplace of mankind, to the list of endangered World Heritage Sites.

Jailed Egyptian photographer wins UN press freedom prize

2018-04-23 13:30

Detained Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, widely known as Shawkan, will be awarded Unesco's World Press Freedom Prize, the United Nations' cultural body says.

Let's talk about sex, babies

2018-01-21 05:46

Young people will have sex... It is up to us to make sure they are ready for that responsibility and can protect themselves.

'Inspiration' Marrakesh hosts Yves Saint Laurent museum

2017-10-15 10:00

A fusion of Moroccan traditions and contemporary flair that inspired Yves Saint Laurent, a museum to the famed fashion designer is set to be unveiled in his beloved Marrakesh.


Tanzania agrees to construct $3bn dam in wildlife park

2018-12-12 20:05

Tanzania has signed a $3 billion agreement with Egyptian companies to construct a huge hydroelectric plant in a game reserve that is a Unesco World Heritage site.

The Terminator will be back - this time to talk about Day Zero

2018-11-16 11:36

Arnold Schwarzenegger is back – and heading to Cape Town to talk about Day Zero.

Egypt struggles to restore Cairo's historic heart

2018-11-06 18:23

Workers perched on scaffolding delicately repair Cairo's 13th-century al-Zahir Baybars mosque, a vital restoration project in the Egyptian capital's neglected Islamic quarter.

City of Cape Town's borehole drilling programme threatens Kogelberg's Unesco status

2018-09-28 06:20

The City of Cape Town's drilling programme is threatening the Unesco status of the Kogelberg biosphere, says the chairperson of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Company.

Fears for historic city of Agadez as flooding continues

2018-08-15 20:49

Authorities in Niger have said floods threatened the historic centre of the 15th-century city of Agadez after weeks of heavy rain.

Two baby mountain gorillas born in DRC's Virunga park

2018-07-26 10:10

Virunga Park, the nature preserve in the east of the DRC famous for its endangered mountain gorillas, says a mother has given birth to two babies, bringing to nine the number of infants born so far this year.

Death toll from Tunisia migrant shipwreck rises to 52

2018-06-05 20:18

The Tunisian navy has recovered four more corpses from a deadly shipwreck of migrants over the weekend, bringing the official number of victims to 52, the interior ministry has said.

Seychelles opposition to block India military deal

2018-03-20 20:00

Seychelles' opposition coalition, which holds a majority in parliament, has said it would not ratify a deal signed with India to build a military base on one of the archipelago's outlying islands.

UN draws anger after naming Mugabe goodwill ambassador

2017-10-21 07:14

The United Nations has faced criticism after naming Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a "goodwill ambassador" to promote health causes, despite the country's dire health crisis under his rule.

New dictionaries to help preserve SA’s language heritage

2017-10-15 06:00

South African indigenous languages may be saved from the list of those identified by the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) as likely to disappear at the end of this century.

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