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May 22, 2005 | Michael Z. Wise, Special to The Times
When the leading association devoted to the preservation of Modernist architecture held its international conference in Paris three years ago, many of its members were taken aback by conditions at the onetime showplace of 20th century design where they gathered. Warped window frames, grime-streaked concrete, cracked glass panels and peeling paint greeted delegates of the watchdog group Docomomo at the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization headquarters.
September 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
First Lady Laura Bush ushered the United States back into the U.N.'s main cultural agency at its Paris headquarters. The U.S. rejoined the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization after an absence since 1984 from a group the Reagan administration said was corrupted by bad management, wasteful spending and anti-Western views. Mrs. Bush, who was on the second day of a five-day trip, started off at the Elysee Palace with a social call on President Jacques Chirac.
September 12, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The United States will rejoin UNESCO, 18 years after it left to protest alleged mismanagement and overly political policies, a diplomat at the United Nations said. President Bush is expected to make the announcement in his speech to the General Assembly today, the diplomat said. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization was created in 1946 to fight intolerance and racism. The U.S. pulled out in 1984, with then-Secretary of State George P.
December 26, 1998 | REGINA HONG
An instructor at Cal State Fullerton has been named to a new international advisory committee dedicated to fostering a better understanding among the world's religious groups. Honored is Anada Guruge, a part-time faculty member in Cal State's comparative religion department, who once served as Sri Lanka's ambassador to the United States and as an advisor to the director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
March 31, 1998
Athelstan F. Spilhaus, 86, geophysicist and first U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Spilhaus was educated at the University of Cape Town and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was named to the UNESCO post by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954 and served in other scientific posts during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. Link created the U.S.
March 5, 1995 | Reuters
The U.N. cultural body UNESCO is asking Portugal to suspend the building of a dam that would submerge a remote valley containing hundreds, perhaps thousands, of prehistoric rock carvings. The engravings came to the attention of scientists when the state utility company asked an archeologist to research the valley. Secretary of State for Culture Manuel Frexes said the government will make a decision on the matter within three months.
December 28, 1994 | CATHERINE O'NEILL, Catherine O'Neill of Los Angeles does refugee and humanitarian work with U.N. organizations. and
The United Nations is on the ropes. Its "peacekeeping" in Bosnia never kept the peace and U.N. "protective forces" were not able to stop attacks on relief convoys. But assessing the value of the United Nations in military terms misses much of where the United Nations' value lies. Caring for immunization of the world's children, getting relief to refugees and working to protect the oceans signal the way nations come together in the United Nations.
July 15, 1994
D'Arcy Sanger Hayman, 69, head of arts and cultural planning for UNESCO from 1960 to 1980. An artist and teacher, she earned the rank of ambassador in the Paris-based position. She traveled to more than 100 member nations to set up projects and promote the arts for UNESCO. Among her books were "The Arts and Man" and "The Calculus Virgin." Her own art was exhibited in Brazil, England, France, Italy, Mexico and the United States. On June 19 in Los Angeles.
A Clinton Administration task force has recommended that the United States revive its membership in UNESCO, a U.N. agency abandoned by former President Ronald Reagan to signal U.S. dissatisfaction with the world organization. Assistant Secretary of State Douglas Bennet, who headed the task force, said in an interview Monday that the recommendation sets October, 1995, as the proposed date for rejoining. Amid great fanfare and controversy, the United States withdrew from UNESCO (the U.N.
The cavernous halls of the 700-year-old Wieliczka salt mine could use a visit from the Treasurer, the spirit that legend says lives in the mine's depths and makes himself visible when great danger looms. Leaking water and slime are flooding the oldest continuously active mine in the world, threatening not only jobs but an underground trove of elaborate salt sculptures that a U.N. agency has cited as a cultural treasure. Officials have had to close the route along which up to 500,000 visitors a year walked down twisting tunnels, alongside underground lakes, through chapels and into huge galleries with sculptures carved by miners from the translucent salt.
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