Events canceled/postponed - Coronavirus Outbreak

When :

from Tuesday 3 March, 2020
to Sunday 31 May, 2020

In conformity with the recommendations of the French authorities, UNESCO is taking emergency measures in an attempt to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  In this regard, please be informed that the events below, scheduled to take place at Headquarters, have been canceled/postponed :

List of Events

Title Dates Status
Meeting on inscription mechanisms Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage 16 to 18 March 2020


UNESCO Netexplo Forum 16 to 19 March 2020

Postponed 21-23 September

Headquarters Committee

17 March 2020 Postponed

13th Global Summit of National Ethics/Bioethics Committees (Lisboa, POrtugal)

18 to 20 March 2020 Postponed
Technical meeting of the IHP Bureau 18 to 20 March 2020


2nd Planning meeting of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 18 to 20 March 2020


Information meeting: Preview presentation of the World Water Development Report 2020 "Water and Climate Change" 20 March 2020


Presentation of the 2020 World Water Development Report 

20 March 2020 Canceled

Sommet des consciences - Conference on indigenous peoples and the environment

22 March 2020 Canceled
Visit from Hersby Gymnasium and Lycée d'Arsonval 23 March 2020


Education Session for the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the Dissemination of a Culture of Peace 23 March 2020


Launch of the World Water Development Report 2020 in Geneva

23 March 2020 Canceled
Consultation meeting in the framework of the Program Memory of the World 23 to 25 March 2020


209th Session of the Executive Board

23 March to 4 April 2020 Postponed
Baghdad office photo exhibition 23 March to 6 April 2020


Exhibition "Greek antiquities and works of art" 23 March to 10 April 2020


World Water Development Report 2020: Water and Climate Change

24 March 2020 Canceled

Award Ceremony of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa AI-Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education

25 March 2020 Postponed
"Women and Creativity" 27 March 2020


"Rotary and the United Nations - A long-standing relationship at the service of building peaceful societies" 27 March 2020


Steering Committee Al-Nouri Mosque 28 March 2020


Campus - Gender Equality 30 March 2020


Conference "Professor of the 21st Century: At the Foundation of a Trusted, Inclusive and Sustainable Society" 30 March 2020


Experts Meeting on Addressing Hate Speech through Education 30 to 31 March 2020


Round Table on Multilinguism

31 March 2020 Canceled

Célébration de la Journée internationale de la francophonie (20 mars)

31 March 2020 Canceled
Campus on Sport 2 April 2020


Exhibition: « Piqueras - Iniciando los años 60 » (Delegation of Peru) 2 to 14 April 2020


Award Ceremony of Excellence to Malian Students (Delegation of Mali) 3 April 2020


Bureau of the Committee Safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage 6 to 7 April 2020


39th Session HLCP 6 to 9 April 2020

Canceled - Via S4B

WSIS Forum 2020

6 to 9 April 2020 Postponed to 31 August - 4 September 2020
Screening of a documentary on the Notre Dame fire 7 April 2020


Spring Session of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

11 to 12 April 2020 Canceled
Sharjah Prize Exhibition and Ceremony 14 to 23 April 2020


Artworks by students and graduates of the Federal Higher School of Folk Arts in Saint Petersburg 14 to 24 April 2020

Pending Event

World Art Day 15 April 2020


Workshop "Futures of Literacy" (Delegation of Austria) 15 April 2020

Initially 12 March 2020

10th Anniversary of the "Résidence voyager" programme for the craft industry 15 April 2020


Donors Advisory Group meeting of the Heritage Emergency Fund 16 April 2020


Experts meeting on World Heritage (Delegation of Republic of Korea) 16 April 2020


Exhibition (Delegation of Turkey) 16 to 27 April 2020


Meeting for States Parties and STAB on evaluation of 2001 Convention 20 to 24 April 2020


Strengthening Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and data for increased resilience to crises 21 to 23 April 2020


Information session on Disaster risk reduction 22 April 2020


World Press Freedom Conference 2020: Journalism Without Fear or Favour

22 to 24 April 2020 Postponed to 18-20 October 2020

World Press Freedom Conference - Forum of Legal Actors

22 to 24 April 2020 Postponed to October 2020 - TBC (During World Press Freedom Conference)
Plenary meeting of the GRULAC 23 April 2020

Pending Event

Girls in ICT Day - Workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI)

23 to 24 April 2020 Postponed to 29-30 July 2020
WHC Open-Ended Meeting 28 April 2020


Concert on the occasion of the Day of the Non-Aligned Movement (Delegation of Azerbaijan) 28 April 2020


Caribbean Forum on Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities to Accelerate Sustainable Development for Human Progress

28 to 29 April 2020 Postponed (no exact dates)

Southeast Asia World Press Freedom Day 2020

30 April to 1 May 2020 Postponed to Mid-October

Central Asia: World Press Freedom Day

4 May 2020 Postponed to 18 October 2020

2nd Global Policy Forum on Memory of the World

12 to 13 May 2020 Postponed (no exact dates)

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

2 to 6 June 2020 Postponed (no exact dates)

32nd session of the Man and the Biosphere Programme International Co-ordinating Council

22 to 26 June 2020 Postponed

Training Workshop on “River Basin Sediment Monitoring and Management”

7 to 11 September 2020 Pending Event


Due to the health situation related to COVID-19, please refer to the prevention guide.

The guided tour services are suspended for the moment. 

On an individual level, make sure to:


  • avoid handshakes and hugs
  • wash your hands very regularly with soap, or use a hydro-alcoholic solution,
  • cough and sneeze into your sleeve or into a disposable handkerchief,
  • stay at home in case of fever and consult a doctor,
  • wear a surgical mask only in case of fever and cough


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