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The Percé Geopark becomes a UNESCO Global Geopark

Percé, April 17, 2018 – The Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Percé Geopark are pleased to announce that the Geopark has just received the prestigious designation of UNESCO Global Geopark. This designation recognizes sites around the world, which, like Percé and its magnificent Rock, represent geological heritage of outstanding international importance. The City of Percé is now host to the first UNESCO Global Geopark in Quebec and the third in Canada. The official request to obtain this designation was submitted by the Gaspé Peninsula group in 2016. Press Release

U of S announces UNESCO Chair in biocultural diversity, sustainability, reconciliation and renewal

Saskatoon, April 17, 2018 – The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) are pleased to announce the creation of a UNESCO Chair in Biocultural Diversity, Sustainability, Reconciliation and Renewal. Press Release

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO reveals the first inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register

Ottawa, March 27, 2018 - The Canadian Commission for UNESCO announced today at a press conference held at the Royal BC Museum six new inscriptions to the Canada Memory of the World Register. The event, intended for media and partners of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and the Royal BC Museum, featured a presentation from collections holders such as the Royal BC Museum, Library and Archives Canada, National Film Board of Canada and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Press Release

A World First: A UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism

Sherbrooke, February 23, 2018 – A world first, the UNESCO Chair on the Prevention of Radicalization and Violent Extremism (UNESCO-PREV Chair) was inaugurated today at Université de Sherbrooke, in partnership with UQAM and Concordia University, and in collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. A number of Quebec and Canadian government stakeholders came together to highlight the importance of the initiative, which directly or indirectly affects millions of people worldwide. Press release

Let's Talk about Reconciliation: Cinema is coming to libraries to promote dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities

Ottawa, February 1st, 2018 - The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) is partnering with several important Canadian institutions – the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the Indigenous Matters Committee of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) – to launch a series of dialogues about reconciliation. Press release

UNESCO Creative Cities Network welcomes 2 new Canadian cities

Toronto, October 31, 2017 — The City of Toronto and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) are proud to announce that Toronto is the first Canadian city to be designated an UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts for its leadership in film, music, digital media, and forms of cultural expression using technology. Toronto joins the 116 existing member cities in UNESCO's Creative Cities Network (UCCN). Press Release

Québec City, October 31, 2017 – Québec City and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO are pleased to announce that the city has been designated a City of Literature by UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. Québec City is the first French-speaking city to earn this distinction. Press Release

Wapikoni Mobile becomes official UNESCO partner

Montréal, November 8, 2017 – The Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) and Wapikoni Mobile are proud to announce the forming of an official partnership between Wapikoni and the Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Press Release


Remarkable additions to the Memory of the World Register

November 1, 2017, Toronto — It is with great enthusiasm that Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL), and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCUNESCO) today welcomed news that the documentary heritage of Marshall McLuhan has been accepted for inclusion in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s prestigious Memory of the World Register. Press Release

Montreal, 27 October, 2017 – The Cinémathèque québécoise and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO take pride in announcing that the documentary series Le son des Français d’Amérique is now listed on UNESCO’s international Memory of the World Register. This honour underscores the international interest and outstanding universal value of documentary heritage. Press Release


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