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UNESCO’s Africa Week

The 2012 edition of Africa Week, is being held at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris from May 21st until May 25th. The event is organized by African Member-States of UNESCO, under the chairmanship of South Africa. Africa Week is an annual event organized by the African permanent delegations to UNESCO with the goal of increasing the visibility of Africa by enhancing the diversity of its cultural and artistic heritage. The focus of this year’s Africa Week is sustainable development.

During the week, a variety of activities are taking place, including film screenings, art exhibitions and themed conferences. Themes such as “Cooperation regarding Climate Change and the Promotion of Sustainable Development” and “Joseph Ki-Zerbo: the Humanist, the Historian and the Intellectual” are being addressed. Particular emphasis is being placed on science in Africa, through a presentation by the Academy of Sciences of the Development World (TWAS, Trieste) and the International Institute of Water Engineering and Environment (Burkina Faso). Three films are screening during the week: “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai”, by Alan Dater and Lisa Merton, “Djanta Halidou” and “…D’argile, les potières de Sejnane”. Among the proceedings, a tribute is also being paid to Wangari Maathai, environmental activist and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize who died last year. The festivities are concluding on Friday with a broadcast message by Boni Yayi, President of the African Union and President of Benin, and a tasting session of traditional African dishes.





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