UNESCO Nominates Pakistani 'Suri Jagek' Tradition Cultural Heritage

Pakistan''s age old Kalash ''Suri Jagek'' tradition was reportedly nominated by UNESCO to be included in its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The decision was taken during the 13th session of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Committee held in Mauritius, geo.tv website posted.

'Suri Jagek' (observing the sun) is a traditional meteorological and astronomical practice based on the observation of the sun, moon and stars in reference to the local topography by the Kalasha indigenous community residing in the Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, province of Pakistan.

'Suri Jagek' plays a key role for the Kalasha community in important social events such as festivals, feasts, rituals, animal husbandry and farming practices.

The Permanent Delegate of Pakistan to UNESCO and Ambassador of Pakistan to France Mr. Moin ul Haque described the nomination of the Suri Jagek tradition by UNESCO as a historical achievement and said that this tradition will be protected as part of the shared human heritage of the entire world and will continue to serve its spiritual and utilitarian purposes.

The ambassador said that the nomination of 'Suri Jagek', being Pakistan's first ever-independent nomination at this forum, was a milestone to ensure a better visibility of the rich folklore traditions and cultural diversity of the country.

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Role of Media Facing Terrorism on Debate at UNESCO

Paris, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) The challenges of the media in dealing with terrorism will focus the debates of a Conference scheduled this Tuesday at UNESCO, the organization stated.

'Terrorism has become one of the most complex issues for the media, presenting difficult ethical questions about reporting conditions, freedom of expression and security,' a statement said.

In that scenario, the text said, 'how can journalists report dramatic and emotion-laden scenes of violence without sensationalism, without playing with the incitement to hatred of terrorists and without reinforcing divisive stereotypes?'

This and other issues will be addressed during the meeting, with the participation of media professionals, representatives of the press regulatory authorities, researchers and representatives of victim associations.

The event is organized by UNESCO and the association that we called 13onze15-Fraternite Verite. The latter is a French non-governmental organization founded after the 2015 Paris terror attacks to support the victims.

The conference will include two roundtable discussions. The first session will address on how media coverage can promote security and respect victims of terrorism.

The second session will focus on how media coverage of these issues can promote tolerance and social cohesion.

France commemorated last week the third anniversary of the November 13, 2015 attacks, in which 130 people were killed and more than 400 were injured.

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Punto Guajiro Highlighted as Humankind's Heritage

The holding of peasant clubs in different scenarios of this central province on Tuesday highlighted Cuba''s Punto Guajiro as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, declared by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Controversies, tunes and improvisations delight every weekend the followers of that musical expression in Ciego de Avila, where the Punto Guajiro has great representation.

Considered an authentic sonorous genre of the nation's cultural identity, Cuba's Punto Guajiro has its origins in the years of Spanish colonization, and although it was always rooted in rural areas, it has spread to the cities today.

The poet Gualberto Dominguez, from Ciego de Avila, told Prensa Latina that every other Saturday in that territory, peasant parties are held at which groups and improvisers from the community and guests from surrounding provinces perform.

One of the most dynamic peasant music clubs is 'Maria, la Matancera', which in recent days celebrated its 10th anniversary with the participation of representatives of the genre from the provinces of Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus.

Different types of Punto Cubano, tunes, son, boleros, guarachas, sucu sucu and controversies, among other expressions of popular art, enliven every peasant party in the province of Ciego de Avila.

As essential instruments, they use the guitar, the tres, the lute, the claves, the bongos and guiro, which together with the interpretation of a poet achieve high poetic level in ten-line-stanza songs.

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Historian of Havana City earns Hadrian Award

Dr. Eusebio Leal, Historian of Havana City, received in New York the Hadrian Award granted by the World Monuments Fund (WMF) in recognition of his efforts to preserve and restore Old Havana, declared Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

During the ceremony a video was shown about the conservationist philosophy that animates the restoration of the Havana Historic Center, its social commitment and the governmental support that the project has received since in 1993 Commander in Chief Fidel Castro conceived and signed Decree Law 143, instrument of great value for the comprehensive rehabilitation of this area of ​​high patrimonial significance for the world.

According to the radio station Habana Radio, Leal thanked the prize that recognizes the effort of Cuba to safeguard for generations to come a legacy of high cultural and identity content, in order to encourage citizen participation in the destination of the present and future city.

The Hadrian Award is granted annually since 1988 to a distinguished person, in recognition of his leadership in promoting the understanding, appreciation and preservation of the world heritage.

WMF is a non-profit organization devoted to the preservation of historical architecture and world cultural heritage sites through field work, promotion, grants, education and training.

Founded in 1965, WMF is headquartered in New York, and has offices throughout the world, where its affiliates identify and develop restoration projects and attract local support to manage them.

Anayansi Rodriguez, Cuban Ambassador to the United Nations, as well as important experts and patrons of the universal heritage, attended the 2018 Hadrian Gala conceived by WMF. (ACN)

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Unesco to Celebrate Day of Universal Access to Information

Paris, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) Unesco announced here the third edition of the event called IPDC-talks, on occasion of the international Day of Universal Access to Information.

According to a communique, the event that takes its name from the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will be held in Tunisia next Thursday, with a wide participation of international experts.

Sessions will focus on 'Good laws and practices for open societies, making sustainable more dynamic through access to information'.

In the venue, professionals of the communication media, journalists and activists will reflect also on key elements to promote the acces of the public to quality information worldwide and locally, as data protection, struggle against corruption, transparency and responsibility.

The IPCD-talks will be held for the third consecutive year to promote access to information and there will also be eight regional events in Afghanistan, Colombia, Gambia, Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia, Pakistan and Palestine.

The objective is to promote a world debate on open societies and the adoption of better laws and practices of access to information.

According to the communique, opinion leaders, experts in communication media, leaders of civil society and pioneers of innovation are invited to share their achievements and discoveries with an audience of global and local actors.

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French FM to Visit Cuba

Havana, Jul 24 (Prensa Latina) French Foreign and European Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit Cuba on July 28 and 29, an ocassion in which he will talk to Cuban authorities, official sources said in this capital.

Le Drian's working agenda includes conversations with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, his host, and a tour of Havana's historical parts of the city. Havana was declared Mankind's Patrimony by the UNESCO in 1982.

Le Drian and Rodriguez held a working meeting in May this year, described as cordial and productive by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba.

According to the Foreign Ministry, the parties then noted 'the positive progress of the bilateral relationship and exchanged points of view on current international issues.'

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Cuban City Celebrates 10 Years as UNESCO Heritage Site

Camagüey, Cuba, Jul 10 (Prensa Latina) The inhabitants of this eastern Cuban city celebrate today the tenth anniversary of the inclusion of its Historic Center in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

The Office of the Historian of the City of Camagüey (OHCC) has developed a special program to promote cultural values and projects in this town, which is growing among the main tourist destinations in the country.

The institution recently prepared a cantata, starring the new generations, at the Ignacio Agramonte Park, located in the area of the founding square or Mayor de la Villa, from 1528.

In the midst of the campaign 'The city I am, the city I live in', the OHCC inaugurated a new book sales space for the El Lugareño label, publications intended to promote and disseminate the values of regional culture, which is distinguished among other Cuban sites with the same distinction.

With a view towards the preservation of the values that identify the Historical Center, the institution is carrying out a series of actions to solidify citizen awareness in pursuit of 'taking care of codes which define us as human groups, with so many cultural nuances', said the director of the OHCC, Jose Rodriguez.

The Historic Center declared a Heritage Site in 2008, has in the OHCC one of the main managers in the care and promotion of regional traditions, considered by the representatives of UNESCO as one of the best preserved among the localities founded by the Spaniards in the Caribbean.

Regarding the 10 years of the Declaration, Rodriguez said that 'it is intended to provide visitors with an infrastructure that allows them to get to know the architectural and urban interior of Camagüey.'

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UNESCO Pays Tribute to Rumba and the Punto Cubano Music

The United Nations for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) venue in Paris, welcomed this Monday homage to rumba and Punto Cubano music. These expressions were declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by this international organization.

Great privilege that of Cuba: two of its most important cultural items join a list endorsed by famed specialists from all over the world.

Easy to say, but if one takes into account the large canvass of arts worldwide, the patrimonial heritage of peoples... you must agree that a relatively small country has contributed dearly to the universal legacy.

Rumba and Punto Cubano music are living arts, paradigms of a resistance culture, with high ethical and aesthetic values. They have also been the voice of the those oppressed. A space of popular creativity.

Doctor Miguel Barnet and journalist Pedro de la Hoz spoke about this in their conferences.

Barnet’s conference was dedicated to the multiple roads of rumba, and that of de la Hoz to the characteristics of the Punto Cubano, with its regional variants.

The fact that UNESCO has acknowledged these two art manifestations it’s cause for joy, but also a responsibility, said the ambassador Dulce Buergo, permanent delegate of Cuba before UNESCO.

For Miguel Barnet their inclusion in this important list speaks of the strength of the Cuban culture, as well as the creative potential of a people.

Barnet’s presence at UNESCO meant a return to the venue of an organization in which he was delegate for several years.

The session this Monday was part of the seventh assembly of the party states of the Convention for the safeguard of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

An important moment was the granting of the official certificate of the inscription of Punto Cubano to the registry of Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

Gladys Collazo, chairlady of the National Council of Cultural Heritage received it from the hands of Tim Curtis, secretary of the Convention.

There is agreement on something: Rumba music and Punto Cubano are just the beginning. Cuba has much more to offer.

"First it was Rumba, after that the Punto Cubano, tomorrow will be Son music, the sprees… Cuba’s heritage is wide, I am very proud of being Cuban, of being part of the people that have given so much to the universal art, and that has used art as a means to face all setbacks it has endured throughout history", said Barnet.

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