UNESCOVENICE Newsletter issue 2 2010

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UNESCOVENICE Newsletter issue 2 2010

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UNESCOVENICE

IN THIS ISSUE

HEADLINES . . . . . . . . .2 .& .3

The Future of Venice & its Lagoon

Venice Lagoon : Model & Land use Planning

SCIENCE

PART 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 . .

Ministerial Round Table on Science & Higher

Education

UNESCO-CERN Partnership

Science Policy Series

PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5

ESOF 2010. Euroscience Open Forum

Quantity Field Theory & Hamiltonian Systems

Awards & Courses

CULTURE

PART 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Second World Conference for Dialogue

among Religions & Civilizations

Sixth Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage

in South East Europe

PART 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Annual Experts Seminar of Experts on Intangible

Cultural Heritage

Ciak Junior 2010

UN JOINT INITIATIVES

PART 1 & 2 . . . . . . . . . . .8 .& .9

Interfaith & Intercultural Dialogue

SPECIAL FEATURE

H2Ooooh! . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Pet Pals raise awareness about Water issues

IN BRIEF . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11

Upcoming Maremetraggio 2010

BackStory

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T H E F U T U R E O F V E N I C E & I T S L AG O O N

The UNESCO Venice Office is coordinating a cross sectoral and multi-stakeholders

activity to provide scientific expertise to the City of Venice and the local authorities

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A consultation process involving

all relevant stakeholders will be

organized as a World Café on the

Future of Venice and its Lagoon.

This participatory approach will identify

concrete actions to be included in the

management plan under preparation.

The World Café process is a simple yet

innovative methodology essential for

establishing and exchanging information

for discussions. The stakeholders

“converse” amongst themselves and

“…between groups, cross-pollinate

ideas, and discover new insights into

the questions or issues that are most

important to the issue.” READ MORE...

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The aim is to develop a shared vision for the protection and sustainable future of Venice

and its Lagoon (WH Site 1987). This common vision will take into account and integrate all

environmental, economic and social issues into a model that can be adapted by other WH

Sites in the SEE and Mediterranean Region.

WORLD CAFÉ

ON THE FUTURE OF VENICE

AND ITS LAGOON

WEB-BASED KNOWLEDGE SYSTEM ON VENICE & ITS LAGOON

© UNESCO/A.MANCUSO

Workspaces will be created so to allow users to

interact on the main issues of the WH Management

Plan so to elaborate concrete proposals for action.

A web-based GIS system for the sharing of knowledge/data/

maps has been relaunched. It is an interactive tool that will

facilitate the consensus building of this WH site.

Its interface has been re-designed. New functionalities for its

management and consultation have been incorporated. Thanks

to the use of web map services (WMS) and web feature service

(WFS), diffused databases and information systems on Venice and

its Lagoon, are easily accessible. The GIS System is a platform for an

open network of data owners and users.

© WORLD CAFE

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HEADLINES


HEADLINES

N E W S

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V E N I C E

I N P E R I L

C O N F E R E N C E

Venice Lagoon Model to be adapted in the

SEE Region

Referring to the extensive network of the WH sites in

the SEE Region that are also coastal cities (Venice,

Dubrovnik, Split, Kotor, Butrint, Ohrid, Corfù), the

Venice Office is planning to convene a special workshop

dedicated to the common challenges (sea level rising and

the protection of historical cities, growth of tourism flows,

rapid urbanization processes, etc.) these sites are facing.

By identifying innovative ways to address shared problems

the elaboration of a WH site Management Plan to be

implemented. This specific activity would also contribute to

a regional initiative on “risk preparedness” related to the

impacts of climate change.

Workshop on Land Use Planning &

Management for Venice & its Lagoon

Several planning exercises are being developed

on Venice and its Lagoon by relevant authorities

(Veneto Region, Venice Province, Municipality of Venice

OLD CITY OF KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

and the Venice Water Authority - Magistrato alle Acque),

dealing with matters of landscape, lagoon morphology,

islands and transportation. Additional proposals will be analyzed so to elaborate specific to be included in the WH site

management plan.

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Why the health of the

Venice Lagoon

has implications for the

City’s Heritage

The “Venice in Peril” Private

Committee for the Safeguarding of

Venice organized an international

discussion meeting oriented towards

an integrated assessment of the

City and its Lagoon’s deteriorating

physical and ecological integrity.

The discussions took place on 21 May

2010 at the UNESCO Venice Office.

A position paper highlighting the

interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and

policy options will be drafted. A final version will be presented to

a broad range of policy makers, opinion leaders and stakeholders

in autumn 2010. In collaboration with the University of Cambridge,

studies related to the Lagoon’s morphology and hydrodynamics,

trends in land subsidence and sea level

rising, and the forms of degradation of

the urban fabric associated with human

activities, was co-published. READ MORE...

M I L E S T O N E

La laguna di Venezia (1995)

Venezia la città dei rii (1999)

Venice Lagoon Ecosystem (2000)

VENICE LAGOON : MODEL & LAND USE PLANNING

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UNESCO Venice Office publications :

N E W S


SCIENCE

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© AGIM DOBI

I N F O C U S

MINISTERIAL ROUND TABLE ON

SCIENCE AND HIGHER EDUCATION

FROM BILATERAL TO PAN-EUROPEAN COOPERATION

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: PRIME MINISTER OF ALBANIA S. BERISHA; ALBANIAN MINISTER OF EDUCATION & SCIENCE

M. TAFAJ; E. RUOSS, DIRECTOR UNESCO VENICE OFFICE

P U B L I C A T I O N S UNESCO - CERN Partnership for the

Promotion of Scientific Careers

Outcomes of the International Policy Forum

and High Level Round Table Budva 2008

Proceedings of Chinisau Conference 2008

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E V E N T S

S C I E N C E P O L I C Y S E R I E S

The Ministry of Education and Science of

Albania and the UNESCO Venice Office

convened an expert meeting and the

4th High-Level Round Table of Ministers

responsible for science and higher

education in South Eastern Europe on 21-

22 May 2010 in Tirana, Albania.

The event was dedicated to a reflection on how

bi-lateral agreements of cooperation in science

and research can be better expanded in order

to boost the performance and competitive

basis of scientific research in South East

Europe. This event was aimed at enhancing the

success rate of the South East Europe research

teams in European and international research

programmes. READ MORE...

Through a pilot initiative, the UNESCO Venice Office and

CERN will offer to young scientists from SEE countries

the chance of undertaking a 3-month research period

at CERN, one of the world’s largest and most respected

centres for scientific research.

Subject to the successful performance

of the selected candidates, UNESCO’s

3 month grant will be prolonged with

an additional 3 months by CERN.

The 3 UNESCO grants at CERN will

be awarded to: Ms Angela Gligorova

(The former Yugoslav Republic

of Macedonia), Mr Ivan Nisandzic

(Bosnia & Herzegovina), Ms Valbona

Tahiri (Albania). An additional CERN

research grant has been awarded

to: Ms Emina Dzaferovic - Bosnia &

Herzegovina. READ MORE...

“La Pianificazione dello Spazio Marittimo (MSP) obiettivi comuni europei e indicazioni per le amministrazioni locali” - 4

- 5 June 2010 – Venice Pianeta Acqua International organized a specialized course (conducted in Italian), on the “Maritime Spatial Planning

(MSP)” promoted by the UNESCO Venice Office, CORILA (Consortium for Coordination of Research for the Venice Lagoon System) and the

University IUAV of Venice. This specialized course was aimed at exchanging common experiences related to a new integrated maritime policy of

sustainable development in coastal areas.

MSc course in the “Management of Protected Areas” – University of Klagenfurt The training course designed for planners and

managers of protected areas throughout Europe held a 3 days session in Venice at the Office’s conference facilities from 22 to 26 April 2010.

The UNESCO Venice Office has contributed to the course’s content.

© GLIGOROVA

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E U O R O S C I E N C E O P E N F O R U M

H I G H L I G H T

2-7 JULY 2010 TURIN, ITALY

ESOF 2010

UNESCO has

provided travel

grants to young

researchers

from SEE and

Mediterranean

countries who will

attend ESOF2010.

A Selection

Committee

composed of

international

experts evaluated

the applicants CVs

using the following

criteria: Scientific

publications;

Motivation

statement (how participating in ESOF will promote science in

your home country; fluency in English). The selection process

took into account also gender equality principles. Twenty-eight

young scientists were selected. During the ESOForum from 2 to

7 July 2010, representatives from the UNESCO Venice Office

will be pleased to meet with visitors in its stand in the Lingotto

Exhibition Centre in Turin. READ MORE...

Footprint Forum 2010

Meet the Winners of the 21st Century

A W A R D S & C O U R S E S

UNESCO Research Awards in Applied Chemistry

Ten young scientists from Europe have been granted UNESCO research award

for the best research papers in applied chemistry on

the occasion of the 4th European Workshop on Food

Engineering and Technology, Belgrade - Zemun, 27-28

May 2010, organized by the University of Belgrade and

the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary

Research & Studies on Eastern Europe

This 2 year specialized Master of Arts course at the

University of Bologna, School of Political Science, Forlì

Campus (Italy) will focus on the post-socialist countries

in transition (particularly in the SEE Region), the new

EU member states after the enlargements of 2004 and 2007, as well as the

neighbouring new East-European countries.

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Z O O M

Organised by the Global Footprint

Network and the University of Siena

- Ecodynamics Group, in cooperation

with the WWF Mediterranean Initiative

and the UNESCO Venice Office, held in

June 7-12 in Colle di Val D’Elsa where

questions on critical topics, designed to

move the sustainability agenda forward

during a time of increasing resource

constraints were addressed in a highly

interactive Forum. READ MORE... ©GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK

©UNIVERSITY OF BOLOGNA

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© UNIVERSITY OF CRAIVA DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, ROMANIA

7th Spring School in

Quantum Field

Theory

& Hamiltonian

Systems

The event jointly organized by the

University of Craiova Department

of Physics (Romania) and the

SEE-MTP Network (Serbia) from

10-15 May 2010 in Craiova and

Calimanesti, Romania with the

support of UNESCO was intended

to provide the audience with some

basic knowledge in various aspects

of quantum field theory and

Halmitonian systems.

The summer school has been conceived

to foster a closer cooperation among

epistemic groups in SEE in terms of

scientific knowledge advancement and

intercultural dialogue.

Attempt to sustain cross border

cooperation has been pursued also

by appointing representatives from

different countries of SEE as well as

from oversee on the scientific

board of the Summer School,

among which the former commissioner

of Nobel Committee for Physics,

prof. Lars Brink. READ MORE...

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SCIENCE


CULTURE

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2ND WORLD CONFERENCE ON

DIALOGUE AMONG RELIGIONS

AND CIVILIZATIONS

©UNESCO/Z. NASKOVA

C U L T U R A L H E R I T A G E

I N F O C U S

DISCUSSIONS AMONG PARTICIPANTS AT THE 2010 WCDARC

Within the framework of the UN International Year of

Rapprochement of Cultures, the 2nd World Conference

for Dialogue among Religions and Civilizations took place

in the City of Ohrid, in The former Yugoslav Republic of

Macedonia, from 6 to 9 May 2010.

The main discussions of the 2nd conference focused on

“RELIGION AND CULTURE – UNBREAKABLE CHAIN AMONG

NATIONS”. Organized by local authorities and endorsed by

UNESCO and the Government it is a continuation of the dialogue

that was initiated in 2007 in Ohrid. READ MORE...

SIXTH MINISTERIAL CONFERENCE

CULTURAL HERITAGE IN SEE

Numerous Ministers of Culture of South-East European

countries met on 23 April 2010 in Cetinje, Montenegro,

to reaffirm and reinforce regional co-operation for the

enhancement of the shared cultural heritage.

The Conference organized within the framework of the regional

initiative “Cultural Heritage - a Bridge Towards a Shared Future”,

supported by UNESCO through its Venice Office and the Italian

Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

These yearly

ministerial

consultations are

a continuation

of the regional

cooperation

started in Mostar

in 2004.

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CULTURAL CONFERENCE OF MINISTERS , CETINJE

© UNESCO/L.SANTATO

F Y R M A C E D O N I A

© UNESCO/Z.NASKOVA

C O N S U L T A T I O N

The Macedonian President

Gjorge Ivanov met with the

UNESCO and UNRC delegations

at the presidential summer residence

in Ohrid, in the framework

of the Second World Conference for

Interreligious and Intercivilization

Dialogue, and supported by UNESCO

through the MDG-F Joint Programme

“Enhancing Interethnic Community

Dialogue and Collaboration”.

From left to right: Ljupco Gjorgjinski, Joint Programme Coordinator;

Jordan Plevnes, Advisor of the President for cultural issues;

Zoja Naskova, National Professional Officer - Project Antenna FYR

Macedonia; Gjorge Ivanov, Macedonian President, Engelbert Ruoss,

Director UNESCO Venice Office, Deirdre Boyd, UNRC in FYR

Macedonia and Anthony Krause, Programme Specialist Culture

UNESCO Venice Office

P H O T O E X H I B I T I O N

Culture Heritage : a Bridge

towards a Shared Future

ACTIVITIES 2005-2010

On 23 April 2010, as a side event of the

Ministerial Conference on Cultural Heritage

in SEE, the UNESCO Venice Office organized

a photographic exhibition at the Atelier

Dado, intended to present the activities

carried out in the period 2005-2010 within

the project. All activities were defined and

implemented in close collaboration with

the Ministries of Culture of the 9 partner

countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

Bulgaria, Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Moldova,

Montenegro, Romania, and Serbia), who

also contributed to their co-financing as a

further evidence of the virtuous cooperation

generated by the project. READ MORE...

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H I G H L I G H T

ANNUAL EXPERTS SEMINAR

INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

IN SOUTH EAST EUROPE

The Ministry

of Culture

and National

Heritage

of Romania

with the

support

of the

UNESCO

Venice Office

hosted

the annual

seminar of

ROMANIAN CULTURAL HERITAGE

the South

East European Experts Network on Intangible Cultural

Heritage, held in Râmnicu Vâlcea, 3-7 May 2010.

© UNESCO/L. DESTEFANI

The Seminar focused on supporting regional cooperation and the

sharing of knowledge and good practices for the protection and

promotion of the intangible cultural heritage in SEE. Discussion

on the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the

Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003) in the

Region were presented.

The programme included sessions dedicated to: revitalisation of

intangible cultural heritage; cultural tourism and ICH: risks and

opportunities; coordination between the UNESCO Conventions

on the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972) and on the

Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression

(2005). Participants representing the ministries of culture and

other relevant institutions from 16 SEE countries attended.

Previous meetings of this annual Seminar have been convened in

: Zagreb, Croatia (2009); Safranbolu, Turkey (2008); Arbanassi,

Bulgaria (2007). READ MORE...

J U S T P U B L I S H E D

The official minutes of the Discussion and final conclusions

of the Seminar of the South East European Experts Network on

Intangible Cultural Heritage 2010 are available ONLINE

MACEDONIAN YOUTH AT CIAK JUNIOR 2010

Prior to the CIAK Junior Festival, members of the UNESCO Venice Office and the

Gruppo Alcuni selected the winning

storyboard submitted by 7 schools

from The former Yugoslav Republic of

Macedonia related to the H2Ooooh!

Water Project. The winning

storyboard clearly expressed “…

the concept of shared responsibility

towards water. Water is an essential

element of our lives, which we are

often aware of only when it lacks.”

Four students from the winning school

accompanied by their teacher, Mr Ilco

Simovski also participated in the numerous CIAK Jr events.

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© ILCO SIMOVSKI

Ciak Junior

Festival

The UNESCO Venice Office was

once again the proud partner of the

21st edition of the CIAK JUNIOR

Film Festival held over 24-29 May

2010 in Treviso, Italy.

Children and TV broadcasters from

Belgium, Croatia, France, Germany,

Hungary, Israel, Italy, the Czech Republic,

the People’s Republic of China, Romania,

and Slovenia participated in the 2010

edition. After an arduous selection

task of the international jury, the 2010

UNESCO-Fellini Medal was awarded to

the Romanian movie, “The Lucky Star”

which best promoted ideals of UNESCO’s

mandate. READ MORE...

© ALEXANDER FOL CENTRE OF THRACOLOGY

THE UNESCO-FELLINI MEDAL RECIPIENTS “THE LUCKY

S P O T L I G H T

Bulgarian museum to display

winged solar disc in exhibition

of new Thracian findings

Bulgarian .media .Focus .News .Agency .features .a .

press .article .concerning .an .interesting .discovery .

occurred .during .the .implementation .of .an .

activity .supported .by .UNESCO .Venice .Office, .

as .part .of .the .sub-regional .project .“Cultural .

Heritage .– .a .Bridge .towards .a .Shared .Future” .

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CULTURE


UN JOINT INITIATIVES

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NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE ON

INTERFAITH & INTERCULTURAL DIALOGUE

like theirs.

The Joint Programme on “Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue

and Collaboration”, funded by the Spanish Government through the

MDG Achievement Fund, is being implemented by the Secretariat for

Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement; the Ministries of

Education and Science, Culture, and Local Self-Government; ZELS; the

municipalities of Struga, Kicevo and Kumanovo; varied members of civil

society; and supported by UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO. READ MORE...

C O M M U N I T Y D I A L O G U E

I N F O C U S

NATIONAL YOUTH CONFERENCE SHARED VISIONS WEBSITE

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MACEDONIAN YOUTH ACTIVITIES

Under the auspices of UNESCO and with the support of the

joint programme on “Enhancing Inter-ethnic Community

Dialogue and Collaboration” supported by the Millennium

Development Goals (MDG) Spanish Achievement Fund,

the Community Development Institute (CDI) from Tetovo

organized the national youth conference on “SHARED

VISIONS” in Skopje from 15 to 16 May 2010.

The National Youth Conference gave the opportunity for young

people between 16-24 years old from different parts of The former

Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to talk openly and without any

prejudice about ethnicity and religion. By getting together, learning,

working, socializing and having fun, they will have an opportunity

to overcome the barriers

that exist among young

people and to start to feel

the positive aspects of

the possibility to live in a

country rich in diversity

© UNESCO/Z. NASKOVA

PHOTO CONTEST WEBSITE

P H O T O C O N T E S T

SHARED VISIONS

Organized by The School of Journalism and

Public Relations in cooperation with the

Institute for Community Development from

Tetovo, under the auspices of UNESCO

and supported by the joint programme

on “Enhancing Inter-ethnic Community

Dialogue and Collaboration” supported by

the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)

Spanish Achievement Fund.

The contest was aimed to promote, celebrate

and cultivate cultural diversity among different

cultures, ethnic and religious communities in the

country.

The awards ceremony was held on 15 May 2010

during the Youth Conference on interfaith and

intercultural dialogue in Skopje. READ MORE...

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BILINGUAL PUBLICATION

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE

NATIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM IN ALBANIA

RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROPOSED NEXT STEPS BY THE

ADVISORY BOARD

Transforming the National

History Museum in Tirana

into a modern institution is

the flagship activity of the

MDG-F Joint Programme

on `Culture and Heritage

for Social and Economic

Development` which is

being implemented jointly

with UNDP under the

leadership of UNESCO in

close cooperation with the

Ministry of Tourism, Culture,

Youth and Sports of Albania.

The programme intends to

establish a new governance and

management structure for the

Museum as well as to upgrade

the presentation, conservation and security level of the objects and

artefacts in its trust. Education and communication with the public

will constitute one of the new dimensions in the new governance

and management structure that will be eventually introduced in the

National History Museum in Tirana.

FINAL NHM AB recommendations English (pdf, 1.5 MB)

FINAL NHM AB recommendations Albanian (pdf, 1.4 MB)

© MDGFUND.ORG

TURKEY

INTERNATIONAL MINSTREL’S FESTIVAL

With the contribution and support of the Ministry of Culture and

Tourism and the UN Joint Programme “Alliances for Culture

Tourism in Eastern Anatolia”, the 5th edition of the Kars

International Minstrel’s Festival organised by the Municipality of

Kars was held over 7-10 May 2010.

Minstrelsy Tradition, included in 2009 to

the Representative List of the UNESCO

Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity,

is a very important part of Turkey’s rich

cultural heritage.

The towns of Sarıkamış and Kagızman also

hosted numerous events such as contests,

special performances and duets.

Within the scope of the UN Joint

Programme, an album entitled “Living

Minstrelsy Tradition: Masters of Music

and Lyrics Minstrels of Kars Region”

containing works of 10 minstrels from

Kars will also be released. READ MORE...

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© MDGFUND.ORG

SHARING MDG-F EXPERIENCES

WORKSHOP ON

CAPACITIES BUILDING

FOR CULTURAL

OPERATORS

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

The Workshop “Capacities building

for cultural operators” for cultural

administrators and managers of local

organizations and municipal staff

from different regions of Bosnia and

Herzegovina took place from 19 to

21 May 2010, in the City of Trebinje,

Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Within the implementation of the joint

project with UNDP “Community

reconciliation through poverty

reduction” financed by the UN Human

Security Trust fund

the reconstruction of the

old city’s south door initiated

in May 2010. READ MORE...

Bosnia and Herzegovina meets Spain

A visit organized in Madrid in May 2010 by the

Spanish Cooperation for Development and the

UN MDG-F JPs, was aimed at encouraging the

transfer of knowledge and experiences from

cultural Spanish institutions to 16 representatives

from key government institutions in BiH

in charge of cultural affairs. Representatives of

3 UN agencies, UNICEF, UNESCO and UNDP

also participated in the visit. READ MORE...

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© GRUPPO ALCUNI

T H E P E T P A L S

R AISE AWARENESS ABOUT WATER ISSUES

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An estimated 884 million people

worldwide do not have access to safe

water. Almost 1.5 million children die

every year from water-borne diseases.

Population growth and increasing

urbanization, chemical pollution and

invasive species are the main factors

contributing to the deterioration of

water quality. The consequences for

the environment and for mankind are

considerable.

In the frame of H2Ooooh!

Water project, Gruppo Alcuni in

collaboration with UNESCO and

RAI Fiction has developed the 3-D

animated television series “PetPals

present H2Ooooh!” with the 6 Pet

Pals as protagonists focusing on the

issue of water protection.

Visit the H2Ooooh! Water page

The realization of the 3-D animated TV series “The Pet Pals present H2Ooooh!” saw the active involvement

of 6,000 students ages 6 to 16 from 280 Italian schools to realize short stories and storyboards on the water

subject. 26 storyboards were selected, each becoming a 60-second short animated film.

The episodes are broadcast on Italian TV channel RAI Due from 24 May-28 June 2010.

“Water should be freely accessible. Water is an essential element necessary for survival. But a large portion of our

Earth’s water is unsuitable for human consumption. Therefore, water becomes a privileged commodity.” E. Ruoss

SHOTS FROM SELECTED EPISODES THAT TEACH ALL OF US AN IMPORTANT LESSON: WATER IS AN INESTIMABLE RESOURCE AND RESPECT FOR IT IS ESSENTIAL, HOW TO INTERVENE BECAUSE THE NATURAL

WATER CYCLE IS BECOMING POLLUTED AND TO CLEAN THE WATER SO FISHES CAN BREATHE AGAIN ; AND MUCH MORE.

SCIENCE IS TRANSFORMED INTO FUN AND CAN BE TAUGHT BY CHILDREN

“PetPals present H2Ooooh!” deals with some very topical themes connected to water, encouraging

youngsters to actively give their creative contribution to such issues and enabling them to share their

own experience and their proposals for the protection of the environment.

The animated storyboards are an important creative contribution to science education where children around the

world can share in a new and fun way their experiences and proposals towards the protection of the environment.

M E E T T H E P E T P A L S

DIVA A vain and

impulsive duckling, with

a passion for fashion!

HOLLY A shrewd

kitten who has a

no-nonsense

approach to things

MOBY A very wise and

intellectual little dog

NAMELESS A little

chick whose actions

speak louder than

words!

PIO An eccentric

and dramatic thespian

frog who knows a

multitude of funny

TOP HAT An

athletic, but clumsy

and bungling rabbit

who gets easily

carried away

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SPECIAL FEATURE


MAREMETRAGGIO

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FILM FESTIVAL

C O M I N G E V E N T

THE FUTURE OF VENICE & ITS

LAGOON

in the context of Global Change

In renewing its tradition of providing scientific expertise

to the safeguarding of Venice and its Lagoon, the

UNESCO Venice Office is planning to convene in 2011, an

international conference on “The Future of Venice and its

Lagoon in the context of Global Change”. International

and local experts and representatives will be offered the

possibility to share their experiences and views related to

the main challenges decision makers and managers have

to face in such a context.

P R I Z E A W A R D I N G C E R E M O N Y

GRAND PRIX AFEX 2010

French architecture in the world

Awarding ceremony on 27 August 2010 in the presence

of Frederic Mitterrand, France’s Minister of Culture

and Communication to winner : Woman’s University

EWHA Seoul, Korea, DOMINIQUE PERRAULT

ARCHITECTURE, 2008.

An exhibition will be mounted and dedicated to the

winner and the other 10 preselected projects.

M O R E H I G H L I G H T S

The Summer exhibitions scheduled at Palazzo Zorzi within the frame of the Venice Biennale

of Architecture 2010 will include : Republic of SAN MARINO (Courtyard, from 20 August

through 30 September 2010) and MONTENEGRO (to be defined).

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Nine days of cinema with the eleventh

edition of Maremetraggio – International

Short and debut works Film Festival, in

programme the screening of the best

European shorts and Italian debut works.

Within the framework of its action for the

safeguarding of cultural diversity and contemporary

creativity, and their expressions in the field of

cinema, UNESCO Venice Office supports the

eleventh edition of the “MAREMETRAGGIO-

International short and debut works Film Festival”

to be held from 25 June through 3 July 2010 in

Trieste (Italy). The festival will propose conferences

and meetings with actors and directors, but also

entertainment. High quality works with a unique

pan-European coverage, with special attention to

works from countries of low capacity production,

young professionals and intercultural dialogue will

be screened to the audience. READ MORE...

U N E SCOVENICE QUARTE RLY N E WS LE T TE R

©UNIVERISTY OF CALIFORNIA/UNESCO WH

B A C K S T O R Y

The UNESCO Venice

Office would like to

congratulate the newly

appointed Assistant

Director Generals for

NATURAL SCIENCES

Gretchen Kalonji (USA)

is the new UNESCO

Assistant Director-General

for Natural Sciences.

CULTURE

Francesco Bandarin (Italy)

is the new UNESCO

Assistant Director

General for Culture. His

longstanding collaboration

with the Office dates back

to his directorship of the

World Heritage Center.

UNESCO.ORG Websites

Culture

http://www.unesco.org/culture

Science

http://www.unesco.org/science

CONTACTS :

Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930

30122 Venice - Italy

Tel: +39 041 260.15.11

Fax: +39 041 528.99.95

veniceoffice@unesco.org

www.unesco.org/venice

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