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Climate Change, Water Shortage and Sustainable Development

[Translate to english:] Vortragsprogramm der Bundesregierung

Iran’s biggest inland lake is turning into a salt desert; Tehran is choked by smog: the country has been suffering from the effects of the climate change. How can we reduce further global warming and its consequences? These and other questions will be discussed by Klaus Töpfer, former Federal Minister of Environment and director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Masoumeh Ebtekar, Vice President and director of the Iranian Department of Environment, on 17 July in Tehran.

For the final: "A Global Game" – Episode 7

Just on time for the Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France on 10 July: the seventh and last episode of the ifa-series A Global Game with Andrei S. Markovits. "Losers always get a second chance, an opportunity to recover and make a comeback", writes the political scientist and sociologist. Find more information about sports, culture and foreign policy in the latest edition of the Culture Report/ EUNIC Yearbook 2016.

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A framework for culture in Ireland

This week Ireland published the draft Framework Policy for Éire Ildánach/Culture 2025, the country's first-ever national cultural policy.

Irish Department of Arts | 22.07.2016

Gypsy Fest World Roma Festival

Held under the patronage of the EU Slovak Presidency, the event takes place this year from 21 to 23 July in Bratislava, Slovakia.

EU Slovak Presidency | 21.07.2016

New sites added to the World Heritage List

During its meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, from 10 to 17 July, the World Heritage Committee inscribed 21 sites on the World Heritage List.

UNESCO | 19.07.2016


27.07.2016 | Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte (MUCA), UNAM, Mexiko City
Exhibition opening
30.07.2016, 19:00 – 21:00 h | ifa Gallery Berlin
Performance and workshop
06.08.2016 | Streetlevel Gallery, Glasgow
Exhibition opening
12.08.2016 | Seoul National University Museum of Art, Seoul
Exhibition opening
25.08.2016 | Museo de Arte Moderno La Tertulia, Cali
Exhibition opening

Cultures merge

The ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) is committed to a peaceful and enriching coexistence of people and cultures worldwide.

A Syrian refugee, Muna, 16, makes a phone call outside her family tent located in the desert of Ereinbeh, Jordan on Nov. 14, 2013. © Ed Kashi

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