UNESCO in News Current Affairs 2022

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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.

About UNESCO

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.

Also, See Category-wise Latest Current Affairs 2022

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)

Q1. Which Indian festival has recently been added to the UNESCO list?

Answer: Kolkata’s Durga Puja

Q2. UNESCO has adopted which date as World Poetry Day which is now observed annually?

Answer: March 21

Q3. Which city in Kerala has been named as ‘City of Literature’ under the UNESCO programme?

Answer: Kozhikode

Q4. Which Indian state is known for its living root bridge, which is under UNESCO World Heritage Site?

Answer: Meghalaya

Q5. Which scheme of India 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?

Answer: e- Vidya scheme

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