Remarks by US Mission to UNESCO Charge d’Affaires a.i. Chris Hegadorn on the occasion of the U.S. Independence Day

Thank you everyone for being here tonight. We’re here for a number of things, including my farewell, that of my deputy, Michael, and to welcome two new officers to our mission.  I will introduce [them] in a moment and, since that’s not enough, we’re also celebrating the U.S.’s Independence Day. So to begin the formal ...
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United States Explanation of Position on item 202 EX/5 Part 1 (L)

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Three-and-a-half years ago, Russia seized and occupied Crimea. Russia then staged an illegitimate referendum in which residents of Crimea were compelled to vote while heavily armed foreign forces occupied their land. Echoing the joint statement delivered by Sweden at last month’s information session concerning Crimea, the United States joins members of ...
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The United States Withdraws From UNESCO

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 12, 2017 On October 12, 2017, the Department of State notified UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova of the U.S. decision to withdraw from the organization and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to UNESCO. This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects U.S. concerns with ...
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TeachHer Featured at First UNESCO International Symposium on Girl’s Education in STEM

The U.S. Mission to UNESCO showcased the TeachHer public-private partnership at UNESCO’s first international symposium and policy forum on girls’ education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The forum, held in Bangkok, Thailand, examined the social and structural barriers that hinder the education of girls and young women in STEM fields. The TeachHer public-private ...
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2nd TeachHer Regional Training for Africa Launches in Kenya

July 24, 2017 – Over 80 teachers, administrators, and policy makers from 10 African countries have joined the 2nd TeachHer Regional Training for Africa in Nairobi, Kenya this week. The TeachHer Initiative, launched in 2016, is a public-private partnership aimed at training teachers and education leaders to encourage girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts ...
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Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee

Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee Krakow, Poland July 7, 2017 Item 41 COM 8B.1:  Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town   Thank you Mr. Chairman, The decision to inscribe Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town on an emergency basis is divisive, confusing, and impossible to justify.  The site is not under ...
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Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee

Statement by the United States Delegation to the Forty-first session of the World Heritage Committee Krakow, Poland July 4, 2017 Item 41 COM 7A:  Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls   As we have emphasized in the past, these politicized and one-sided resolutions are damaging to the credibility of UNESCO, and greatly hinder the ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hegadorn and Ambassador of Panama to UNESCO briefed the First Lady of Guatemala on TeachHer public-private-partnership

At the request of Guatemala’s Ambassador to UNESCO, on June 9, Chargé d’Affaires Hegadorn, along with Ambassador of Panama to UNESCO Flavio Méndez, and UNESCO Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality Section Chief Justine Sass, briefed the First Lady of Guatemala Patricia de Morales on the TeachHer public-private partnership aimed at encouraging adolescent girls to ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Hegadorn and Swiss Ambassador host a reception in honor of Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse team

  After receiving the Legion d’Honneur from the French President, Bertrand Piccard and the Solar Impulse team were honored at a cocktail reception hosted by Chargé d’Affaires Chris Hegadorn and Ambassador of Switzerland to UNESCO Jean-Frederic Jauslin for their contributions to science, exploration, and education. Chargé Hegadorn highlighted the remarkable achievements made by Bertrand and his ...
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Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/31

Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/31 Statement as delivered on May 2, 2017 The United States regrets that the Executive Board was again presented with a one-sided resolution on which our position is well-known.  It is our view that going forward, Members should engage in a more constructive manner to ...
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Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/30

Explanation of Vote by the United States on item 201 EX/30 Statement as delivered on May 2, 2017   The United States expresses its strong opposition to this agenda item.  While changed somewhat from the draft decision text since the last Executive Board session, these revisions are still insufficient, and the very agenda item itself ...
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U.S. Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 5, Part I (G) at the PX 201st UNESCO Executive Board

U.S. Explanation of Vote on Agenda Item 5, Part I (G) at the PX 201st UNESCO Executive Board As Delivered Paris, April 28, 2017 Echoing the joint statement delivered by Sweden at last month’s information session concerning Crimea, the United States joins members of this Board in restating our unwavering support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity ...
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USUNESCO celebrates International Jazz Day at UNESCO

On April 21, the U.S. Mission to UNESCO, along with the Permanent Delegation of Brazil to UNESCO hosted a Jazz night at UNESCO, with the American jazz band ‘Sangoma Everett Trio, featuring Sulaimain Hakim (Saxophone) Bastian Brison (Piano) Thibaud Soulas (Bass) and Brazilian artist Manu Le Prince. More on International Jazz Day: From UNESCO’s website: ...
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Travel story: Discovering the “Cradle of Mankind” in Tanzania

Recently, as part of her temporary assignment at UNESCO, Hannah M. Hamilton, Ph.D, from the U.S. Geological Survey had the opportunity to visit Tanzania and tour Ngorongoro-Lengai, an aspiring UNESCO Global Geopark. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of ...
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IVLP Testimonial: UNESCO Education Sector Programme Specialist Theophania Chavatzia visits the U.S. on an IVLP

” What a unique professional and personal opportunity it was for me to visit the United States, as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP)! Over a period of three weeks, I visited five different cities across the U.S., from the East to the West Coast, participated in numerous professional and cultural events, visited ...
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UNESCO reaffirms its commitment to expand Holocaust Education and to fight Anti-Semitism

On January 26, UNESCO led the UN community’s International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, reaffirming its commitment to expand Holocaust Education and to fight Anti-Semitism.  A moving nighttime ceremony attended by nearly 500 UNESCO permanent delegation officials, members of the public, and prominent Israeli government representatives culminated a week ...
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Ambassador Nix-Hines’ Luncheon on TeachHer in Zimbabwe with Higherlife Foundation

Higherlife Foundation recently hosted a luncheon where U.S.Ambassador to UNESCO,  Crystal Nix-Hines, talked about “TeachHer” , a program aimed at encouraging adolescent girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math (STEAM) careers. TeachHer runs on four pillars which are Activate, Train, Inspire and Sustain. With women in STEAM careers earning 33% more than ...
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United States Mission to UNESCO Announces the launch of TeachHer Central America

TeachHer Central America Begins On Monday, November 14 at the University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica, a group of 100 educators from all seven Central American countries and the Dominican Republic came together to attend TeachHer, a one-week regional teacher training course on how to train and inspire adolescent girls to pursue careers ...
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Welcome to USUNESCO’s new website

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has sections representing broad topics covered by the United States Mission to UNESCO that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information. If you can’t find what you ...
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National Statement of United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines to the 200th Executive Board

National Statement of United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines to the 200th Executive Board October 10, 2016 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Madam Director-General Bokova, President of the General Conference, Excellencies. We appreciate the condolences for Hurricane Matthew and extend our profound regrets to the people of Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba. The Director General has ...
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San Antonio Missions Dedicated as UNESCO World Heritage Site

On July 5th, at the 39th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committeein Bonn, Germany, The San Antonio Missions were officially inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 23rd World Heritage Site in the U.S, the Missions contain the nation’s largest collection of Spanish colonial architecture in North America. Built in the early 1700s, the Missions ...
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Remarks from United States Delegation

39th Session of the World Heritage Committee July 5, 2015 – Bonn, Germany Remarks from U.S. Ambassador to UNESCO, Amb. Crystal Nix-Hines,Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor. “Merci, Madame la présidente. C’est un plaisir d’être ici pour la première fois. We are honored to receive this inscription, and thank ICOMOS ...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and, in 2015, marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  More than 1.1 million people were killed in Auschwitz, including nearly 1 million Jews and tens of thousands of Poles, Roma and Sinti, ...
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