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CAIRO, June 26, 2018 (MENA) - The UNESCO Cairo office on Tuesday launched a project for enhancing national capabilities for safeguarding the intangible cultural heritage in Egypt for sustainable development.

The project will last for 24 months with the support of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (ADTCA) of the United Arab Emirates, according to a statement issued by the United Nations Information office in Cairo.

The initiative is aimed at assisting Egypt to protect its intangible cultural heritage in co-operation with the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.

Within the framework of the 24-month project, UNESCO office hosted last week a workshop on developing policies in the field of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding which was particularly organised to address policy-makers and senior officials whose work is related to intangible heritage in Egypt.

PARIS, June 1, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt was unanimously elected to chair the sub- committee of the 1970 convention on the means of prohibiting and preventing the illicit import, export and transfer of ownership of cultural property for the period from May 2018 to May 2019.

This came during the 6th session of the committee at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

The election makes Egypt the first Arab state to chair the committee since its establishment in 2013.

In press statements, Egypt's Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to UNESCO Ihab Badawi said that this reflects the appreciation of the member states of the convention for the role played by Egypt in promoting international efforts to ban and prevent illicit trafficking in cultural property.

He pointed out that the Egyptian delegation to the UNESCO will intensify its measures to revitalize the work of the committee and achieve a breakthrough in this field at the international level, especially in light of the importance attached by Egypt to recover all the artifacts that were smuggled out of Egypt.

CAIRO, May 22, 2018 - “Africa Week 2018,” organised by Egypt’s permanent delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) started on Tuesday. It is set to run until Friday at the organisation’s Paris headquarters.

Egypt’s Ambassador to France and its permanent delegate to UNESCO, Ihab Badawy, launched the event. It is held under the theme, “Intangible Heritage: Joy and Pride of Africa”.

The Egyptian ambassador, who is also the head of the organising committee, spoke at the inauguration. He said that the African weeks at UNESCO have become, over the years, a major cultural event. They not only highlight Africa’s treasures but further raise awareness of the other UNESCO groups and get them to know more about Africa.

Badawy expressed the hope that more African files would be put on the agenda in the coming years with the aim of preserving such a heritage.

During the opening ceremony, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, inspected the Egyptian pavilion to get acquainted with the Pharaonic artefacts and Egypt’s traditional customs and handicrafts.

For a week, the Africa group at UNESCO, will highlight the richness of the heritage and cultural diversity of Africa through various activities. Exhibitions, conferences, film screenings, African gastronomy and many other activities.

CAIRO, April 23, 2018 (MENA) - Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said on Monday that Egypt will not accept to see the UNESCO honoring a suspected criminal and granting him a prize.

Abdel Aal's remarks came in response to reports of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's intention to grant Mahmoud Shukan, a photojournalist who is facing criminal charges in Egypt, the Freedom of Press Prize.

The UNESCO is getting itself involved in political matters, especially as the charges facing Shukan are connected with some dubious organisations and rogue countries that are well known for their support of terrorism.

The UNESCO should not allow itself to be entangled in politics, he said, urging the organization to focus its efforts on its educational, scientific and cultural mission.

CAIRO, April 22, 2018 (MENA) - The Egyptian Foreign Ministry rejected the UNESCO's plans to bestow an international press freedom award on photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid (Shawkan) who is accused of committing terror and criminal acts.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry's spokesman, Ahmed Abu Zeid, regretted UNESCO's involvement in honouring Shawkan.

He noted that Egypt's permanent delegate to UNESCO will hand over to the international organisation a file containing all details concerning the accusations leveled against Shawkan.

He noted that Shawkan's nomination was motivated by some non-governmental organisations, including some dominated by Qatar which is known for its support of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood group.

He added that politicising UNESCO will prompt Egypt to re-assess its work at the international organisation under its new chairmanship.

CAIRO, March 29, 2018 -The Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO closed yesterday the activities of the second phase of "Empowerment of Marginalised Women and Those with Special Needs" project.
The project is implemented by the UNESCO and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, under the aegis of Higher Education Minister and the head of the Egyptian National Commission for UNESCO Dr Khaled Abdel Ghaffar.
The project aims at raising the awareness about the rights for women, marginalised strata, and the disabled to ensure their engagement in the country's developmental plan.
The first phase of the project has offered training programmes for a number of NGO personnel who are responsible for setting up the policies for the empowerment of women and marginalised strata.

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