Check out the latest news about UNESCO, which was in the News recently. Here we cover the latest UNESCO-related topics in 2022 important for various competitive exams.
• UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) whose mission is to promote world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, science, and culture.
• It has 193 member states and 12 associate members, as well as private, intergovernmental, and private sector partners.
• Headquartered at the World Heritage Centre in Paris, France.
UNESCO in News (January to November 2022)
• Recently, Mawmluh Cave of Meghalaya has been listed as UNESCO’s one of the ‘First 100 IUGS (International Union of Geological Sciences) Geological Sites’ in the world.
• Recently, UNESCO released a survey of 18,600 glaciers at 50 World Heritage Sites.
• Recently, Franca Ma-ih Sulem Yong won the 2022 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize.
• Recently, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated the UNESCO-India-Africa Hackathon 2022 at Gautam Buddha University in Greater Noida.
• Recently, Mumbai’s Byculla station received the Merit Award at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Asia-Pacific Awards 2022 for Cultural Heritage Conservation.
• Recently, the UNESCO-MONDIACULT 2022 World Conference was held in Mexico City, Mexico.
• UNESCO has released a list of 50 exclusive and iconic heritage textile crafts of India under the title “Handmade for the 21st Century: Safeguarding Traditional Indian Textile”
• The Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) has underlined some green norms for the UNESCO World Heritage Site ‘Living Root Bridge’ in Meghalaya.
• Indian Hotels Company (IHCL) has partnered with UNESCO to preserve the intangible cultural heritage of India.
• UNESCO has adopted March 21 as World Poetry Day which is now observed annually.
• On the occasion of World Water Day (22nd March), National Mission for Clean Ganga, UNESCO released three animation films under its initiative “H2Ooooh! – Water Wise program for the Children of India”.
• The Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) has named the city of Kozhikode as a ‘City of Literature under a UNESCO program.
• The Sri Veerabhadra Swamy Temple and the Monolithic Bull (Nandi) of Andhra Pradesh have been included in UNESCO’s tentative list of world heritage sites in India for 2022.
• Geoglyphs from the Konkan region of India are part of India’s provisional list to qualify for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
• UNESCO commemorates April 7 as the International Day of Remembrance of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.
• Bihar has sent a fresh proposal seeking UNESCO’s heritage tag for the 2,500-yr-old ‘Cyclopean wall’.
• The Khuvsgul Lake National Park of Mongolia has been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO.
• e- Vidya scheme has been awarded UNESCO’s King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize, for the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education for the year 2021.
• India has been selected as a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the 2022-2026 cycle.
• Recently, the 106-year-old astronomical observatory of Bihar‘s Langat Singh College was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Observatories.
• India has nominated the Garba dance form of Gujarat to be inscribed on UNESCO’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
• So far, 14 elements from India have been inscribed on UNESCO's List of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Humanity. • Kolkata's Durga Puja is the latest addition to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
• UNESCO and Royal Enfield join hands to promote and protect India’s cultural heritage from the Himalayas.
• Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the UNESCO Peace Prize 2022.
• Recently, 3 Indian cities have joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).
The Three Indian Cities are: 1. Warangal (Telangana) 2. Nilambur (Kerala) 3. Thrissur (Kerala)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Answer: Kolkata’s Durga Puja
Answer: March 21
Answer: e- Vidya scheme