Thursday, May 24, 2007

Cooperation between Greece and UNESCO

Cooperation between Greece and UNESCO has always been close in the field of culture.

Delphi, Temple of Atenía, The Tholos

© UNESCO/Niamh Burke

The latter has been a privileged partner in the organization by Greece of the Cultural Olympics which aimed to add a more permanent value to the world of Olympic sports through a series of memorable and highly visible cultural events and initiatives, in order to promote the universal values of the world’s diverse cultures. If the Cultural Olympics reached its high point in 2004, year of the Athens Olympic Games, the two partners have, nonetheless, expressed their desire to continue the project. In addition, Greece has contributed significantly to the preservation of the Afghan cultural heritage by participating in the reconstruction of the Kabul Museum. It was also involved in protecting the cultural heritage of Kosovo (Serbia and Montenegro). Greece joined UNESCO on November 4, 1946. There are several UNESCO Chairs in the country, the most recently established being the UNESCO Chair in intercultural policy for an active citizenship and solidarity, established in 2004 at the University of Macedonia. Greece hosted the 4th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport, held in Athens from December 6 to 8, 2004. The conference was dedicated to the draft of the International Convention Against Doping in Sport and on the strategy to reinforce physical education and sports in educational systems. Another aspect of cooperation between UNESCO and Greece is the Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes. The prize is named after a woman who is seen as a pioneer in the field of sustainable development. Awarded every two years, it rewards outstanding examples of action to safeguard and enhance the world’s major cultural landscapes. In 2005, the Prize was awarded to the village of Maymand in southern Iran.

World Heritage
Greek sites listed on the World Heritage List

The International Convention Against Doping in Sport

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