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Workshop on Preparing International Assistance Requests and Nomination files
The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States is continuing its implementation of the 24-month project “Strengthening national capacities for safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Egypt for Sustainable Development”, generously supported by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (ADTCA) of the United Arab Emirates. From 8- 12 September 2019, UNESCO Cairo is launching the last of a series of capacity-building workshops. The training will focus on the preparation of international assistance and nomination files as an international mechanism under the 2003 Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the national level in Egypt. Benefiting approximately 30 stakeholders of different professional backgrounds the workshop will be held at the premises of UNESCO Cairo Office in 6th of October. Having completed the introductory training on the 2003 Convention and its key concepts during the month of June 2018; a national policy strategy tailored for the successful implementation of the 2003 Convention under the framework of sustainable development by October 2018; a national training of trainers workshop in September 2018; a community based inventorying workshop in March 2019; a workshop on the preparation of safeguarding plans in August 2019; and an interactive educational toolkit on Intangible Cultural Heritage for children, this workshop seeks to continue strengthening national capacities on how to utilize the international cooperation mechanisms available under the 2003 Convention for State Parties. The aim of the workshop is to train participants on how to prepare coherent and good quality international assistance requests and nomination files for inscription on the intangible cultural heritage lists. This training was specifically requested by the national partners of the project.
New aspiring sites striving to join the ArabMAB network and future Arab Geopark Network
April 16, 2019 UNESCO Cairo Office organised a workshop under the patronage of his H. E. Najib Ali Rawass, Minister of Environment and Climate Affairs on April 16, 2019 in Muscat, in Oman. The 1-day workshop was held in partnership with the Omani Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs (MECA) and in close cooperation with UNESCO National Commission (NATCOM). It brought together members of the National Committee of the Man and Biosphere Reserve (MAB) Programme and UNESCO NATCOM as well as participants from various government agencies. The Ultimate goal of the workshop resided in strengthening the ArabMAB network and fostering the establishment of the Arab Geopark Network. The agenda of the workshop included the introduction of the MAB Programme and Global Geoparks, MAB Strategy 2015-2025 and Lima Action Plan as well as the designation process of both Biosphere Reserves and Global Geoparks. The development of the nomination dossier for both aspiring sites and application procedure were presented and discussed with around twenty-five (25) participants including experts on Protected Areas management and governance, land degradation and caves as well as lawyers and representatives from the MECA, Ministry of Mining, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Municipalities and Water Resources among many other institutions. The workshop ended with a dialogue around the recommendations of the MAB Advisory Committee pertaining to the application of Jebel Semhan as Biosphere Reserve. It also brought up details on the advancement of work on the nomination file of the three (3) aspiring Geopark sites that were presented during the ‘2nd Regional Workshop on Aspiring Geoparks in the Arab Region’ held in Kuwait, in August 2018. Links on social media:  
Innovative and engaged youth help safeguard intangible cultural heritage in Egypt
Engaging youth in preserving cultural heritage leads to better informed and active young persons capable of linking the past through the present and spreading mutual understanding and respect across generations. On this basis, an accelerator training program entitled “Ideathon: Toward Innovative and Engaged Young Intangible Heritage Safeguards” was organized between 30 March and 3 April 2019 in Cairo by the UNESCO regional office in cooperation with the Ministry of Youth and Sport. The training program aimed to provide a platform for youth to develop and grow their intangible cultural heritage initiatives, increase the social impact and influence of their initiatives by using technologies, to easily disseminate their ideas with and across relevant audiences. Through the training program, 29 participants acquired knowledge and skills about the 5-step process of design thinking. The workshop provided practical activities, which included building prototypes for their proposed solutions in order to demonstrate functionality of the overall project. Through an organized study visit to the Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage affiliated to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, participants were introduced to creative multi-media application features of high technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality, hologram, 3D modeling, and development of web portals. Through hands-on activities, participants learned about each technology and discussed how to choose and utilize each tool to better serve their initiatives and accomplish their objectives.

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UNESCO Cairo Office, established in 1947, is the Regional Bureau for Sciences in the Arab States.  It is also the Cluster Office for Egypt, and Sudan. The UNESCO Cairo Office is one of 52 field offices worldwide. 

Its mission, like all other UNESCO field offices and units, is to contribute to peace and security in the world. 

This is done by promoting intellectual cooperation among nations through education, science, culture, social and human sciences and communication.In view of its current mandate, the UNESCO Office in Cairo serves as a regional UNESCO office for Science & Technology in Arab states.  


The Regional Bureau supports Arab member states, individually and collectively, to establish policies, action plans, partnerships, and alliances that facilitate: enhanced access to knowledge diffusion mechanisms; the bridging of technological gaps; the adoption of proven technologies; and the acceleration of building human and institutional capacities in relevant fields.

The Bureau focuses its support on areas of science and technology that are identified as most essential for the realization of the sustainable development agenda in the Arab region.

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"We are living in a unique period in human history. The dawn of a technological revolution, combined with climate challenges, heralds a major anthropological transition. These changes raise questions about humanity itself. Faced with technological developments, environmental changes, and at the risk of these transformations deepening inequalities between and within societies, we must now, more than ever, cultivate, preserve and transmit what makes us human.

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