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Non - paper: KOSOVO IS NOT ISOLATED !

Tuesday, 03 November 2015

UNESCO's activities in Kosovo in accordance with the UN SC Resolution 1244 (1999)

 

These days the argument is often used that „Kosovo" should become a member of UNESCO in order to

be able to participate in the activities of the Organization and in order not to stay "isolated".

Having this in mind, it is important to underline that it is not Serbia's intention to isolate anyone or to

prevent anyone to have access to the benefits of the work of UNESCO. In fact Kosovo and Metohija is

already participating in many activities of UNESCO, in accordance with the UN SC Resolution

1244.

 

For example, the UNESCO document No. 194 EX/4 Part I (A) of 7 March 2014 says in the section titled „Key achievements at regional or sub-regional level":

„ln order to maximize the impact of available Office resources, there has been a focus on regional and sub-regional activities. This has enabled the Office to leverage its available resources to reach a greater number of beneficiaries. Member States regularly invited to or participating in the regional and/or sub-regional activities organized by the Office in Venice include but are not limited to Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Turkey. The countries of Cyprus, Italy, Malta, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as representatives from UNMIK/Kosovo (as defined under UN SCR 1244), also participate on a case-by-case basis."

The same document says: „At the national level, the Office has been active in supporting and following the national-level post-2015 consultations that have been ongoing in Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Ukraine and Kosovo (under UN SCR 1244)." It is added: „The Office continued to implement projects related to the Donor Conference (2005) through UNMIK. UNESCO's link with UNMIK is specifically related to the safeguarding of cultural heritage and in particular to the management of the World Heritage properties. Achievements in 2013 include:

a.  As per "agreement of the Russian Federation authorities, the restoration of the frescos in portico of the
Bogorodica Ljeviska Church in Prizren is being carried out; the works started in December 2013 and
will be completed in January 2014.

b.  The works on the restoration of the Gazi Mehmet Pasha Hammam in Prizren, financed by the
contribution of Turkish Government, were implemented in accordance to the agreed schedule and are to
be completed by July 2014.

c.  The entire restoration activities foreseen for the Catholic Cathedral in Prizren, under the Albanian
contribution were fully implemented and completed in December 2013.

d.  Restoration of 4. Ottoman fountains in historical zone of Prizren was fully implemented in accordance
to the agreed plan of activities; Works were completed in November 2013 thanks to the contribution of
the Republic of Bulgaria.

One million Euro raised for revitalization of Novo Brdo fortress. In addition to the above, UNESCO elaborated a 3-year programme for the Revitalization of Novo Brdo fortress which was approved for funding (1 million Euro) by the European Union. A kick-off site meeting was scheduled on 29 January 2014."'

Also, the UNESCO document No. 191 EX/4 Part I (A) of 15 March 2013 mentions that „Experts and representatives of Kosovo were regularly invited to regional-level activities".

At the web page of the UN Kosovo Team in the section concerning activities of UNESCO it is stated:

 

„Coordinated by its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe based in Venice, Italy, and in close coordination with the UN Kosovo Team and UNMIK, UNESCO in the framework of its overall mandate has placed priority on activities related to culture including intercultural dialogue and the protection and conservation of multi-ethnic heritage, science including environmental sustainable development as well as enhancing education for all opportunities." Also, „АН projects have been implemented together with local experts in cooperation with all partners involved in the protection of heritage, in particularly close cooperation with UNMIK (in accordance to the Memorandum of Understanding of 2006) and the UN Kosovo Team."

 

As the major goals of UNESCO presence in the Province for next 3-5 years are listed:

 

„ 1. Along its five areas of competence - culture, education, natural sciences, social and human sciences and communication and information - UNESCO has identified a range of future priorities:

 

2.  Enhance capacities for the management, safeguarding, and promotion of cultural heritage and cultural
diversity as tools for dialogue, sustainable development, welfare, and prosperity.

  1. Strengthen the science & technology system, improving internal, regional and international collaboration.

  2. Encourage adoption of EU standards in higher education, making education available to all with a particular focus on girls, and promoting life-long learning.

  3. Strengthen sustainable management of ecosystems, freshwater, terrestrial resources, and biodiversity, including strengthening capacities for disaster risk reduction and rural development.

  4. Foster the development of youth and minority policies that give all citizens opportunities for representation and participation.

  5. Support the development of an independent and pluralistic media.

 

Information on some other activities of UNESCO in Kosovo and Metohiia:

 

-   Preparation and revision of the Kosovo Curriculum Framework in cooperation with the UNESCO Intemational Bureau of Education:

 

http://www.ibe.unesco.org/enAhemes/curricular-themes/curriculum-development/countries/kosovo.html

 

1 Detailed information on UNESCO projects In the area of restoration and preservation of cultural heritage are available: http://opendata.une5co.org/proiects/7map ouerv=kosovo

-      Promotion of the media accountability in South East Europe: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-

view/news/european commissionand unesco renew their engagement in promoting mediaaccount ability in southeast europe/#,Vi-SELcve7R

 

-      UNESCO supported the organization of a workshop to discuss the shortcomings of the Press Code of Kosovo regarding online media self-regulation and some potential amendments to the Code, September 2015

 

http://www,unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-

view/news/howtoadjust media ethics to the digital era discussed_in pristina/#.Vi-TuLcve7R

 

-      Roundtable discussion held in Pristina on 5 June 2013 on the topic of hate speech in online media:

 

http://fr.unesco.org/node/133375.

 

All these mentioned and many other practical examples confirm that „Kosovo" is not „isolated" when it comes to the activities of UNESCO. Just to the contrary.

 

This clearly shows that the real aim of the request for membership of "Kosovo" in UNESCO is not participation in the UNESCO activities since it already participates in them in accordance with the UN ŠC 1244 but the affirmation of Kosovo's illegal and unilaterally declared independence and "statehood".