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7 Reasons to Include Galapagos Islands on Your Bucket List

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 04.10.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

Traveling to Galapagos Islands has been on my bucket list for a very long time, and I was finally able to cross it off last month. The Islands are undoubtedly the most unique place I have ever been to, and here's why it needs to be on your bucket list, too.

At Risk: Egypt's Heritage -- and Our Own

Deborah Lehr | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Deborah Lehr

There is a crisis unfolding in Egypt: some of the world's most precious archaeological sites and artifacts are being senselessly looted.

Why We Need Women to Advance in Science

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 03.24.2014 | Science
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Women have been investigating the natural world since antiquity -- but probably a lot of people would be hard-pressed to name a female scientist besides Marie Curie.

The Private Sector Tackling Education in Emerging Economies

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Anyone who really wants to understand what is happening with education in emerging economies should look to Sunny Varkey. Born to expat Indian teachers in Dubai, Varkey is now head of the largest operator of private K-12 schools in the world, GEMS Education.

Delisting Tasmanian Wilderness Impoverishes Australia

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 03.27.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

When Tasmanian Liberal Senator Richard Colebeck said there would be "minor boundary modifications" to Tasmania's World Heritage Wilderness Area, I was...

Lebanese Media and Elections Coverage in UNESCO Book

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.11.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Lebanese-Iraqi Sharro's scathing comments and biting humor came to mind when I wrote about the media's mixed bag coverage of Lebanon's presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections for a just-released UNESCO publication.

An Open Reply to Bernard-Henri Lévy

Irina Bokova | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
Irina Bokova

This exhibition has not been cancelled. It has been postponed -- this was a difficult decision to make -- and it will be inaugurated in the month of June of this year.

Ocean Traffic

Peter Neill | Posted 03.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Only within the past few years have maritime museums around the world addressed human trafficking as part of the larger maritime story.

UNESCO and the Jews: Shame

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

UNESCO has long had on its schedule an exhibit titled "People, Book, Land: The 3,500-Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land." The content of the exhibit had been approved by archaeological experts and met all pertinent scientific criteria. But less than a week from its opening, the exhibit was suddenly put on hold.

UNESCO Jewish Exhibit Delayed

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

PARIS (AP) — The U.N.'s cultural agency says it's delaying for six months a disputed exhibit on Jewish connections to the Holy Land after objections...

This Place Is Unreal

Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel

Take one look at Pamukkale and you'll understand why it means "cotton castle." It looks like it comes right out of a fairytale. The Turkish UNESCO ...

At the UNESCO Forum On Global Citizenship Education, Youth Reveal a Fierce Commitment to Change

Sofia Gomez-Doyle | Posted 03.01.2014 | Impact
Sofia Gomez-Doyle

During a time of technological change, youth unemployment, rising university costs and civil conflict, we recognized the need for GCE, not only as a method of teaching in the classroom, but also as a mindset.

South Sudan's Peace Unravelling -- The Misery Continues

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

It has taken decades of work and the loss of millions of lives for African countries like Rwanda to recover from bloody civil wars. It is unconscionable that the people of South Sudan be left vulnerable to a similar fate.

Political Issues On Hold So Urgent Repairs On Church Of Nativity Can Proceed

Religion News Service | Michelle Chabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Two weeks before Christmas, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Middle East in a century dumped several inches of sn...

Jesus' Birthplace Gets Urgent Repairs

AP | DANIELA BERRETTA | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — As visitors descend upon Bethlehem this holiday season, they will notice a different look for the Church of the Nativity...

Startup Diplomacy, the Next Big Thing for American Soft Power

Startup Weekend | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Startup Weekend

The following is an article by David T. Killion, United States Ambassador to UNESCO The United States has long drawn on American culture to advance...

Academic Freedom in Turkey Under Seige

Michael Shank | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Michael Shank

It appears that Fethullah Gülen, a U.S.-based Islamic preacher from Turkey who promotes peace and tolerance, and the schools associated with his religious Hizmet movement can't get a break.

DCMF's Future Questioned After Head Toppled

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.07.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

The first blow came with news Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Center for Media Freedom (DCMF), was told he was canned, with no reason given for his d...

Incredible UNESCO Sites You May Never See Again

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Of the 981 properties included on UNESCO's World Heritage List, some 44 are categorized as in-danger, for reasons ranging from political instability to irresponsible tourism.

UNESCO Matters

Irina Bokova | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Irina Bokova

This is not just about funding. It is about shared values -- this is why UNESCO matters for the U.S. today, and a recent survey showed that 82 percent of Americans agree.

In Losing UNESCO Vote, U.S. Punishes Own Citizens

Peter Yeo | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Peter Yeo

Sweeping prisoner executions have kept Iraq prominently placed in national headlines for the past several months. However, one story behind Iraq's str...

American Influence In Culture, Science And Education Takes A Hit

AP | THOMAS ADAMSON | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

PARIS — PARIS (AP) — American influence in culture, science and education around the world took a high-profile blow Friday after the U.S. auto...

Existential Journalism Revisited

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Here we go again. What is journalism? Who is a journalist? How do you educate journalists? It's an existential question that's becoming more pertinen...

Malek Jandali: "The Voice of the Free Syrian Children" Speaks in New York

Todd Fine | Posted 12.19.2013 | New York
Todd Fine

"I believe that everyone has the tools to help, but each person's tools are different. Mine happen to be music and art, and I feel very blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to use my music to help the children of Syria in this way."

Sighișoara, Romania

Robert Schrader | Posted 12.18.2013 | Travel
Robert Schrader

A blend of ancestral Latin identity cut with a history of Hungarian, Ottoman and Soviet imperialism, modern Romania's intoxicating composition manifests itself in language, cuisine, architecture and social cus