53th Annual General Meeting (2-4 May 2013)

Over 180 people came together in Toronto from May 2nd to 4th for the 53nd Annual GeneralMeeting (AGM) of the Canadian Commission forUNESCO.  The themes of the AGM included; “Post-2015 Development Agenda: From international priorities to the Canadian context including the North”; ”Science and Technologies for Knowledge Societies”; “Social Inclusion, Innovation and Transformations for Sustainable Societies”; “Water Security and Cooperation for Peace and Sustainable Societies”;” Towards a Notion of Cultural Citizenship. Global Citizenship and Creativity for Sustainable Societies” (for more information, see the program).

The Commission also continued the reflection started at the 52nd AGM on the future orientations for the Commission. In that context, members participated in a priority-setting exercise aiming at defining main streams of action for the Commission based on the “UNESCO-Draft Medium-term Strategy-2014-2021” and on the “UNESCO Draft, Programme and Budget for 2014-2017”

His Excellency Mr. Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Canada to UNESCO, and Mrs. Michèle Stanton-Jean, Representative of the Government of Québec within the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, both addressed participants at the opening session of the 52nd Annual General Meeting. 

Saturday Morning session, with Simon Brault, Vice-President, Canada Council for the Arts (Photo credit: Paméla Bisson)

The AGM in pictures

Video inspired by the AGM, and produced by Ms. Paméla Bisson, member of the Youth Advisory Group of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

List of the videos presented at the 53rd AGM

L’esprit du Nord

In the past few months, Télé-Québec disseminated a TV series entitled ”Objectif Nord’’, allowing the general public to discover the Northern region and the people who live and work within its territories. The third episode entitled ”L’esprit du Nord’’, provides an overview of the only example of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the northern environment of Canada: Manicouagan-Uapishka, North shore of Quebec.

2013 International Year for Water Cooperation

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2013 the International Year for Water Cooperation in 2010, following a proposal from Tajikistan. At the request of UN Water, UNESCO was given the responsibility of leading the year’s events, in cooperation with United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and with the support of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA).

Journeys to schools

Every day in their quest for education, children set off on their journeys to school. For some, it’s just a stroll around the corner, for others, it means braving deserts, rivers, and neighborhoods marked by conflicts. In this video, UNESCO shows us their reality.

UNESCO-Tribe of One

This past year, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO was fortunate to partner with Tribe of One, a national collective of Canadian artists, who fuse the rich heritage of indigenous cultures with modern forms of artistic expression. “UNESCO promotes the diversity of cultural expressions as a path for fostering social inclusion and building a culture of peace.” As you will see, Tribe of One’s performances are the embodiment of this statement. The following video was filmed in the context of the Kizuna Bond student exchange programme between Japanese and Canadian students. A collaboration between the Government of Japan and the Canadian Commission for UNESCO

UNESCO Creative cities network

The Creative Cities Network connects cities that want to share experiences, ideas and best practices for cultural, social and economic development (video in French only).

Introducing UNESCO's Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

The Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity fosters partnerships between public, private and civil society actors in cultural industries in developing countries. This initiative is an operational project of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, which reaffirms the importance of promoting innovative partnerships responding to the needs of developing countries.

UNESCO Schools Navigators for Peace, 2013

UNESCO celebrates in 2013, the 60th anniversary of the international UNESCO Associated Schools Network while the Canadian Commission for UNESCO is celebrating 10th year of the Canadian Network. To highlight these milestones and to help foster better understanding of what UNESCO schools stand for, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO asked students from 7 schools throughout the country to answer the following question: “What does it mean to be part of a UNESCO School?”  This video is made of excerpts filmed entirely by the students themselves.

Development Goals, Ethics and Development (2011) - John Crowley, Ethics of Science and Technology Section - UNESCO  

The Education for All Crowdsourcing Challenge: Universal Primary Education (2012)

I want to protect our oceans (UNESCO)