UN brings Sudanese tribes together for historic peace talks  
29 December 2009 - The United Nations has paved the way for historic talks between clashing tribes to bolster the fragile peace in  

Colonial jewel in Peru's capital to be restored with UN help
31 December 2009 - As part of a United Nations-backed plan to restore historical architectural gems that have deteriorated into slums,
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UN hails first female winner of national youth music contest in Liberia  
21 December 2009 - United Nations officials in Liberia have congratulated 19-year-old Vivian Akoto on becoming the first female to win 

Too many migrants continue to be victims of rights violations - top UN official
18 December 2009 - The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights marked International Migrants Day today by drawing
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Young filmmakers honoured at UN-backed festival 
18 December 2009 - Young filmmakers from around the world will be recognized for their efforts to highlight migration, identity and diversity

Google and UNESCO team up to provide virtual tours of World Heritage sites 
3 December 2009 - Internet users can now explore World Heritage sites such as France's Palace of Versailles and the United Kingdom's  
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Top UN official stresses need for Internet multilingualism to bridge digital divide 
14 December 2009 - Multilingualism must be fostered on the Internet to help bridge the digital divide and the United Nations stands in the  
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HM King Mohammed VI congratulates leaders of Islamic countries on New Hegira Year
17 Dec 09 Rabat - HM King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, sent congratulation messages to leaders of Islamic countries on the 
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UN marks Human Rights Day with call to end all forms of discrimination
10 December 2009 - The United Nations marked Human Rights Day today, the 61st anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration 
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Melbourne hosts multi-faith festival  
3 Dec 2009 - Climate change, indigenous rights and the west's relationship with Islam will be the subjects of one of the world's largest
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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There is a Vatican commission with the "daily and dense" task of helping to preserve the

Protecting traditional knowledge among key themes of UN official's visit to India  
13 November 2009 - The head of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) today wrapped up a five-day
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Afro-Brazilians and indigenous groups face serious bias, says UN rights chief  
13 November 2009 - While Brazil has an ?impressive? set of laws and policies to promote human rights and improve socio-economic

Raise the culture, spirituality and voice of the Aboriginals...  open the gates for LIGHT.
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Montreal, 30 October 2009 - Constituting a relatively small portion of the world's 6.3 billion people, indigenous and local communities

UNESCO partners with TripAdvisor to help preserve World Heritage sites  
23 October 2009 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has teamed up with TripAdvisor, 

PARIS, OCT. 22, 2009 (Zenit.org).- A culture doesn't deserve to be called such if it is not based on respect for the person, the Holy

Cultural diversity provides window of opportunity for business world - UN report   
20 October 2009 - Complying with cultural diversity, whether at the management, human resources or marketing level, can reap big 

21 October 2009 On behalf of the Indigenous Peoples of the Pacific Region we give our strong congratulations to the nation of

NEW YORK, OCT. 19, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is urging the United Nations to confront human rights violations in indigenous

VATICAN CITY, OCT. 12, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The president of the Vatican's culture congregation is urging Africans to be on guard

UN cultural body seeks to save drone singing and other dying traditions   
1 October 2009 - A new United Nations-backed initiative to prevent age-old cultural practices from dying out was launched today, with traditions ranging from Latvian female drone singing..

UN inter-cultural initiative helping world get through troubled times - Secretary-General   
26 September 2009 - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the vital role the United Nations initiative to promote inter-cultural understanding plays in building trust and reducing tensions in a world facing multiple crises.

VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 13, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See will once again take part in the annual European Heritage Days, promoted by the Council of Europe.

Ancient wall found in Jerusalem   
A 3,700 -year-old wall has been discovered in east Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologist say.
The structure was built to protect the city's water supply as part of what dig director Ronny Reich described as the region's earliest fortifications.

Australia can do more to improve situation of indigenous peoples - UN expert   
27 August 2009 - Despite strides in improving the situation of indigenous people in Australia, an independent United Nations expert today called on the country to build on that momentum to close the gap of ?indigenous disadvantage.?

Dialogue can spur understanding, says UNESCO head on slavery anniversary   
23 August 2009 - Marking the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today underscored the importance of dialogue in consolidating tolerance. 

Bolivians look to ancient farming   
18 August 2009 - Poor farmers in the heart of Bolivian Amazon are being encouraged to embrace the annual floods - by using the centuries-old irrigation system for their crops.

UNICEF chief joins call for greater protection of indigenous people 
10 August 2009 - The world's 370 million indigenous people remain among the most vulnerable members of our societies, warned the head of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF),

Bolivian Indians in historic step.
03 Aug 2009, Bolivia has become the first country in the history of South America to declare the right of indigenous people to govern themselves.

Migrants increasingly vulnerable due to global recession, says UN trade body
29 July 2009 - Surging global unemployment triggered by the economic crisis is significantly affecting migrant workers, many of whom have lost their livelihoods and are returning to their home countries, experts said at a United Nations trade arm meeting today.

UN refugee chief honoured with prestigious rights award
22 July 2009 - António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), has been awarded this year's Calouste Gulbenkian International Prize for his efforts to promote human rights and inter-cultural dialogue.

Philippine singing group named Artist for Peace by UNESCO
24 July 2009 - The award-winning Philippine Madrigal Singers have been selected as the newest Artist for Peace by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Iraq: ancient Babylon archaeological site damaged by military activity 
9 July 2009 - The ancient site of Babylon - home to the Hanging Gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - has been signi?cantly damaged due to its use as a military base by coalition forces in Iraq from 2003-2004,

UN nuclear agency helps unlock secrets buried with Egyptian mummies
6 July 2009 - The United Nations nuclear agency is using its expertise to help archaeologists unearth millennia-old secrets, from the supposed murder of King Tutankhamun to the mysterious death of Great Pharaoh Ramesses II, from Egyptian mummies.

Alliance of Civilizations - Youth Projects
Youth has been identified as one of the key priorities for the work of the Alliance of Civilizations. The AoC Secretariat is actively trying to involve youth directly in its work by collaborating with broad networks of youth organizations.
Mapping Media Education Policies in the World
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations - UNESCO European Commission, Grupo Comunicar 2009
Visions, Programmes and Challenges
Alliance of Civilizations - Plural+ Festival 
Posted 6th July 2009
Are you a young person between the ages of 9-25? Are you passionate about building a more inclusive, tolerant society? Do you think media messages can help?  If so,PLURAL+ is for you!
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Australia pledges millions to Aborigines 
AFP July 3, 2009, 7:33 pm
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia announced a 155 million US dollar package for isolated Aboriginal communities on Friday, after a new report revealed shocking levels of child abuse among the downtrodden minority.
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Sacred Chinese mountain among sites inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List  
28 June 2009 - A sacred Buddhist mountain in China and a British aqueduct and canal are among several sites that can now boast membership on the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scienti?c and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
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UNESCO to consider 27 new sites for World Heritage List  
23 June 2009 - The annual gathering of the committee that examines requests for inclusion on the World Heritage List is underway in Spain, with 27 new sites up for consideration, the United Nations Educational, Scienti?c and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today. 
Islamic law major in?uence on modern global refugee law - UN study 
22 June 2009 - The 1,400-year-old Islamic custom of welcoming people ?eeing persecution has had more in?uence on today's international refugee law than any other traditional source, accordingto a new study sponsored by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Bridging the West and the Muslim world
Laura Schuurmans ,  Jakarta   |  Wed, 06/10/2009 1:02 PM  |  Opinion
After successfully addressing the Muslim World in Egypt last Thursday, US President Obama has sought a new beginning to relations between the West and the Muslim World.
UNESCO chief highlights importance of cultural diversity on World Day
21 May 2009 - Cultural diversity offers a wealth of opportunities for mutual exchanges and borrowings, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, calling for nations to boost efforts to foster dialogue among cultures.
Warriors don't always get the girl
May 12 , 2009 - Courtesy Penn State University and World Science staff
Some anthropologists have considered aggressive, vengeful behavior among certain South American tribesmen as a way for them to obtain more wives and children.
UNESCO and its partners launch online library to celebrate world cultures
21 April 2009 - In a bid to celebrate the world's myriad cultures, the United Nations Educational, Scienti?c and Cultural Organization(UNESCO) and dozens of partner institutions today launched the World Digital Library, a Web site featuring cultural materials from libraries and archives worldwide, free of charge.
Home The Second Forum of the Alliance of Civilizations
On6-7 April 2009, the second Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations was held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum is the world's premier event aimed at advancing intercultural understanding.
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Scholars at odds over mysterious Indus script
19:00 23 April 2009 by Ewen Callaway
An as yet undeciphered script found on relics from the Indus valley constitutes a genuine written language, a new mathematical analysis suggests. The ?nding is the latest chapter in a bitter dispute over the interpretation of"Indus script".
Turkey: " Alliance of Civilizations" Forum to be held in Istanbul
06. April 2009.  The Istanbul forum will bring together politicians, academicians, businessmen, journalists, and representatives of NGOs from all around the world and will coincide with US president Barack
Obama visit to the country. 
Obama in Istanbul: Test for the West
April 6 2009, ISTANBUL - "If we can show that a big Muslim nation can modernize itself with the help of friends," former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer has argued on behalf of Turkey's admission to the European Union, "it demonstrates that a strong civil society...
Holy See Calls For Human Centered Development
VATICAN CITY, APRIL 2, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See is calling for a human centered approach to achieving the international millennium goals, underling the issues of stabilizing the population and
the need to foster development.
In the attached, you'll find links hundreds of recipes from 40 different ethnic groups.
Ethnic recipes
Also articles related to Macedonian festival and ethnicity.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
For The Wedding Ethnic Traditions
As people migrated to America, they brought their traditional customs with them.  Since America is the true melting pot of the world, "next generations" tended to not only follow the old traditions, but seemed to expand them to include other ethnic ideas.___________________________________________________________________________________________________________
CHINESE - "A good breakfast is no substitute for a large dinner."
Chinese Proverb
Bao Ji: stuffed steamed or baked buns (manapua)
Bird's Nest Soup: congealed bird saliva, cooked in chicken broth
Black Bean Sauce: fermented black beans with ginger, garlic, rice wine and other ingredients
'White, blue-eyed people caused crisis'
The global financial crisis was caused by "white people with blue eyes", says Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Standing next to visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown at a news conference in Brasilia, Silva harshly criticised the world's top economies, blaming them for sparking the crisis.

Following is the text of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's message for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, on 21March: On this day in 1960, 69 peaceful protestors were gunned down by police in the South African township of Sharpeville as they demonstrated peacefully against the apartheid "pass laws". 
UNESCO on-line atlas seeks to save dying languages
19 February 2009 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today launched an interactive electronic version of its atlas cataloging some 2,500 endangered languages worldwide.
Iraqi PM calls for stronger, non-sectarian govt
BAGHDAD - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Saturday called for an end to the practice of distributing top government jobs along religious and ethnic lines, saying the system leads to weakness and mismanagement.
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Palestinian PM submits resignation
The Palestinian prime minister submitted his resignation to help pave the way for an elusive power-sharing deal between moderates and militants. Salam Fayyad was appointed prime minister by Western-backed Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas in June 2007 in response to the violent takeover of Gaza by the Islamic militant Hamas.
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US wants dialogue with Pyongyang: envoy
SEOUL (AFP) - The new US envoy on North Korea said Saturday Washington wants dialogue with Pyongyang, amid concerns about the communist state's possible plans to test-fire a missile progress on denuclearisation.
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Clinton heralds new era in US foreign policy
ELIZABETH JACKSON: Hillary Clinton has become the most senior American visitor to the European Parliament since Ronald Regan back in 1985. The US Secretary of State held a question answer session with young people overnight in Brussels.
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Languages make a difference, stresses senior UN official on International Day
21 February 2009 - The United Nations pursues multilingualism as a means of promoting, protecting and preserving the diversity of the world's languages and cultures, the world body's top official responsible for its communications said in a message marking International Mother Language Day.
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Google Ocean: Has Atlantis been found off Africa?
A "grid of streets" on the seabed at one of the proposed locations of the lost city of Atlantis has been spotted on Google Ocean.
The perfect rectangle, which is around the size of Wales, was noticed on the search giant's underwater exploration tool Photo: GOOGLE EARTH.  The network of criss-cross lines is 620 miles off the coast of north west Africa near the Canary Islands on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.
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A Message for Parinirvana
To everyone celebrating Parinirvana, I send my very best wishes.
This celebration marks the day when Buddha died, and when he reached full liberation. Buddhists celebrate the death of Buddha, because they believe that having attained Enlightenment he achieved freedom from physical existence and its sufferings.
Gaza ceasefire must be followed by renewed efforts for Palestinian unity, says Tony Blair
Quartet Representative Tony Blair said that the ceasefire should now be followed by renewed efforts for Palestinian unity But he said it must be on the right terms and consistent with an Arab peace initiative and the two-state solution.
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Secretary Clinton and Tony Blair hold Middle East talks
Quartet Representative Tony Blair and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held their first face to face talks in Washington DC today to discuss the latest on the Middle East.


There's Room for All in Holy Land, Says Pontiff
Follows Situation in Gaza With "Trepidation"
VATICAN CITY, JAN. 18, 2009 (Zenit.org).- As a team of world leaders begins to negotiate a lasting peace in Gaza, Benedict XIV affirms that there is room for everybody in the Holy Land.
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Expert: African Culture Backs Family Educative Role
Urges Participation of Catholics in Shaping Cultural Framework
MEXICO CITY, JAN. 16, 2009 (Zenit.org).- The role of families in the education of children is backed not only by the Church, but also by traditional cultures, says an economics professor from Uganda.


The first international Congress Pre-Cyrillic Slavic Written Language and Pre-Christian Slavic Culture
The Congress took place from 12 - 14 May 2008 in St Petersburg at the Leningrad State University named after Pushkin. Over one hundred people attended it. They represented ten countries and fourteen Russian towns. They have made a total of ninety-two reports.


Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone is 3 feet 9 inches long and 2 feet 41/2 inches wide - (114x72x28cm). It is dark grey-pinkish granite stone (originally thought to be basalt in composition) with writing on it in two languages, Egyptian and Greek, using three scripts, Hieroglyphic, Demotic Egyptian and Greek. Because Greek was well known, the stone was the key to deciphering hieroglyphs.


Ptolemy I Soter, The First King of Ancient Egypt-s Ptolemaic Dynasty
In the ancient world, there is no surprise that military men often became rulers. These men, most of whom rose through the military ranks, usually had considerable administrative skills and had proved themselves to be leaders. Almost certainly the first man to unite Egypt at the dawn of civilization was a military man who became king, and this tradition has been followed throughout the history of the world, up unto our present times.  Alexander the Great built an empire


Cleopatra VII- Ptolemaic Dynasty
In the springtime of 51 BC, Ptolemy Auletes died and left his kingdom in his will to his eighteen year old daughter, Cleopatra, and her younger brother Ptolemy XIII who was twelve at the time. Cleopatra was born in 69 BC in Alexandria, Egypt. She had two older sisters, Cleopatra VI and Berenice IV as well as a younger sister, Arsinoe IV. There were two younger brothers as well, Ptolemy XIII and Ptolemy XIV.
Much older scripts than the "demotic" (Macedonian) script of the "Rosetta Stone", found in Macedonia
Nothing unusual, I say. Macedonians in Macedonia, Macedonians in Egypt - same literacy. :-)
Two discoveries - one at Kokino, north Macedonia, the other at Mariovo in the south of (Republic of) Macedonia, discovered many years ago, but since the deciphiring of the so called "demotic" script of the "Rosetta Stone" by the two Macedonian academics Trentov and Boshevski couple of years ago as a Macedonian script, they have been found to contain the same script (lettering) as those found in the script of the "Rosetta Stone" discovered in Aleksandria in 1799.  These (stone) discoveries, according to academic Trentov cause a "positive problem" for their "Rosetta Stone" work - they are 2800 years older than the "Rosetta Stone".
Antic Macedonian alphabet revealed on Rosetta Stone
After almost ten years of work on the Rosetta Stone, Academian Tome Bosevski (MANU) and Prof. Dr. Aristotel Tentov
revealed the unknown text and alphabet on the Rosetta Stone.  We have defined the alphabet, it completely matches the consonants of the modern Macedonian language. Today, with little effort, we could understand the language of the Antic Macedonians", said Tome Bosevski as they unveiled the script from the Rosetta stone. Read more.
Sensational Uncovering by two Macedonian Scientists - 2,200 year old Macedonian letters and text
Two Macedonian scientists after some years of investigation have deciphered the center text on the -Rozetta Stone- which for 200 years has been a mystery for the world experts. Academic Tome Boshevski from M.A.N.U. (Macedonian Academy of Arts and
Science) and Professor Dr. Aristotel Tentov from the Technical Computer and Information Institute of the Electro-Technical Faculty in Skopje, a while ago deciphered the mysterious text and wrote a book -Po Tragite na Pismoto I Jazikot na Antichkite
Makedontsi- (Tracing the Ancient Macedonian Writing and Language).
A-62nd-Session of UN-Pope Benedict XVI Urges World Leaders To -Act Jointly- On Global Problems Support
SRGJANKERIM, President of the General Assembly, welcoming His Holiness PopeBenedict XVI, said the word -Ecclesia- stood for both an assembly and achurch.  He expressed his sincere feelings of appreciation on  behalfof the United Nations Ecclesia towards Pope Benedict XVI, as thesupreme shepherd of all Catholics...

Sport, Race and Ethnicity: Building a Global Understanding, 30 Nov - 2 Dec 2008.
TheSport, Race and Ethnicity Conference provides a forum within which toengage the sport industry, journalists and academics in proactivediscussion about issues of diversity, equity and capacity in thecolourful world of global sport. Sport has, of course, long been aparadoxical environment with respect to issues of 'race', indigeneity,ethnicity, and social diversity.

Pope: No Room in Church for Narrow Minds
TheChurch doesn't have room for narrow minds and ethnic conflicts, andneeds to work toward unity in the face of diversity, says Benedict XVI.The Pope said this Saturday when he received in audience bishops fromNigeria at the conclusion of their five-yearly visit to Rome.

Vatican: Migrants Are Family
Thestarting point for addressing the problem of migration is recognizingthe unity of the human family, says the secretary of the PontificalCouncil for Migrants and Travelers. Archbishop Agostino Marchetto saidthis Friday in Rome at a symposium on the theme "Human Dignity andHuman Rights in the Time of Globalization," sponsored by the KonradAdenauer Foundation in cooperation with the Community Sant'Egidio. 

Culture and Development in the framework of the UNDP/Spain MDG Fund
In the framework of the Spanish Master Plan for International Cooperation,Spain has decided to establish a Spanish Millennium Development Goals Fund to strengthen the UN reform process. The UNDP/Spain MDG Achievement Fund (MDG-F), launched in early 2007, injected a new dynamic dimension into country-level programming, giving the lead to UNESCO.....

Dialogue among civilizations - UNESCO
In a world where no country is entirely homogenous, demands for recognition of different ethnicities, religions, languages and values are increasingly arising. There is an urgency of developing a sense of respect for the Other that will provide a basis for mutual understanding, friendship and learning. Cultural diversity and heritage are vectors of identity...

Dialogue Among Civilizations
Bucarest and Sibiu, Romania 7 and 8 June 2007
Five years ago, eight Heads of State of South-East Europe met for the first time in Ohrid to join hands under the banner of the dialogue among cultures and civilizations and to further develop a partnership based on mutual understanding, peace and intensified regional cooperation...

Empowered Dialogue Can Bring Wisdom to Democracy
An emerging form of democracy offers hope for generating the wisdom our cultures need to survive the 21st century and co-evolve into higher levels of awareness and aliveness.  The new democracy is grounded in the power of true dialogue among diverse people to help The People (asa whole) transcend the limits of personal perspectives and resonate with each other and the world..

One of last remaining uncontacted tribes spotted in Brazil
Officialsin Brazil released photographs Friday of what is believed to be one ofthe last groups of indigenous people in the world that hasnt hadface-to-face contact with outsiders.  Brazils National IndianFoundation, known as Funai, spotted members of the group during flightsover the far western Amazon jungle near the Peruvian border...

The Hunza Health Secrets
Probably the most dramatic proof of how the body is affected by the quality of foods ingested was furnished by the British medical researcher,Major-General Sir Robert McCarrison, former chairman of the post-graduate Medical Education Committee in the University of Oxford and director of research on nutrition in India...

What is "Intercultural Dialogue-?
At the outset of the study, the ERI Carts team and experts discussed different concepts of intercultural dialogue, noting that there is currently no universal definition in use by public or private actors.The following definition was developed and combines elements of different approaches....