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2009 CI News and Events

  • DCM Stephen Engelken and ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom (UNESCO)
    UNESCO and ICANN Sign Partnership Agreement to Promote Linguistic Diversity on Internet

    December 2009 - The cooperation agreement followed the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)'s decision to introduce IDNs, or Internationalized Domain Names, in non-Latin script.  

  • Google and UNESCO Announce Virtual Visits to World Heritage Sites
    Google and UNESCO Announce Virtual Visits to World Heritage Sites

    December 2009 - On December 3, Google and UNESCO announced a strategic alliance to allow virtual visits to nineteen World Heritage sites, with more to follow next year. Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List - the Palace of Versailles in France, the historic centre of Prague in the Czech Republic and the old town of Cáceres in Spain, for example - can now be explored online.  

  • U.S. Submission Added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register
    U.S. Submission Added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register

    July 2009 - The John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000 (USA) was among thirty-five documentary heritage items of exceptional value added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, on the recommendation of experts during a 3-day meeting of the Memory of the World Program’s International Advisory Committee (IAC) in Bridgetown, Barbados, from July 27 - 31, 2009.  

  • Library of Congress Launches World Digital Library
    Library of Congress Launches World Digital Library

    April 2009 - Librarian of Congress Dr. James Billington and a Library of Congress team traveled to Paris to launch the World Digital Library (WDL) with UNESCO and 32 partner institutions, on April 21, 2009, during the semi-annual meeting of UNESCO’s Executive Board. 

  • U.S. Participation in the 53rd Meeting of IPDC Bureau
    U.S. Participation in the 53rd Meeting of IPDC Bureau

    February 2009 - Marguerite H. Sullivan, director of the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy and a member of the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO, traveled to Paris to join U.S. delegation members in the 53rd annual meeting of the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC), held at UNESCO Headquarters. The Bureau allocated almost $2 million to projects around the world.