October 22, 2005 |
For Hollywood, the decision this week by delegates to a key United Nations agency to back a treaty to promote cultural diversity is reading like the script to a bad sequel. On Friday, the Motion Picture Assn. of America trade group warned in a statement that the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization accord was protectionism in disguise, the latest attempt by some countries to enact barriers that could allow them to restrict the importing of American movies and music.
May 22, 2005 |
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 |
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.
June 26, 2003 |
WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration, citing a report by Yellowstone National Park's professional staff, is asking a United Nations committee to remove the park from a list of World Heritage sites that are "in danger" of losing their grandeur. "Yellowstone is no longer in danger," Paul Hoffman, an Interior Department official, wrote in an April 7 letter to the World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
September 12, 2002 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2001 |
The United Nations canceled an upcoming exhibit of art from around the world after the show's Laguna Beach organizers enlisted the Dalai Lama and his movement-in-exile in arranging the participation of a Tibetan artist, the art foundation behind the show said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1998 |
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 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1994 |
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.