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Tesla round table at UNESCO Headquarters

Human Rights Day at UNESCO Headquarters

07/12/2013 by FFC UNESCO

Under the auspices of UNESCO and FFC UNESCO, UNESCO Club Sorbonne had organized a round table dedicated to Nikola Tesla.

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 TESLA round table

7/12/2013  UNESCO, Paris  10:00 – 12:30

 

Aleksandar Protic – Introduction : Tesla, life, legacy, importance 

Tesla Project in India at Sustainable Leadership Summit

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TESLIANUM Centar by Nataly Vukobrat

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 Novi Sad – Tesla’s town by Aleksandra Stajic

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 The International Tesla Congress by Slobodan Ivetic

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 Tesla performance

created by  Ugo Venel and Louis-Pierre Duval

actors: Pierre Londiche (Edison) and Sergey Filipenko (Tesla)

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Club UNESCO Sorbonne had also organized the art exhibition dedicated to Tesla. Following artists had exposed Tesla paintings : Mila Gajin, Aimé Venel, Roberto Letana, Samuel Moucha

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Furthermore, following Cross-cultural ambassadors had received their title :
Michele Paris, Boris Vukobrat, Jean-Francois Sabouret and Bojan Zulfikarpasic.

 

 

 Human Rights Day 2013 

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

This is Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

As the first universal instrument recognizing the inherent dignity of every member of the human family, the Declaration embodied centuries of thinking – it marked also the start of concerted global efforts to realise human rights in all circumstances.

A major step was taken in 1993, with the creation of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Adopted 20 years ago, the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action remain sharply relevant today, reaffirming the universality of human rights, their inter-relatedness and importance for development. Great strides have been taken since then, but full respect for the exercise of human rights remains elusive.

In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals set an ambitious humanist agenda, which has catalysed significant progress in many countries. However, 2.7 billion women and men still live with just over 2 dollars a day. Access to quality education is still a dream for millions of girls and women. The most disadvantaged parts of societies continue to be victim to exclusion, abuse and violence. At the same time, the rule of law remains weak in many countries, and freedom of opinion and expression face rising threats.

To realise freedom and equality in dignity and rights for all women and men, we must do everything to support countries in meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. We need to meet the promises made in 2000, while setting a new ambitious sustainable development agenda to follow, concentrating on the elimination of extreme poverty across the world. Poverty elimination is a foundation for lasting peace and sustainable development – this is a key lesson of the last 65 years. This should be our new global agenda for human rights, with a special focus on the rights of women and their empowerment.

The 20th anniversary of Vienna Conference is an opportunity for all Governments, societies, women and men to rally together and look forward. Great progress has been made since 1948 and 1993, but much hard work still lies ahead to make dignity and rights a reality for all.”

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of Human Rights Day, 10 December 2013

Ishaq Badis Boutaleb : Tesla article

Nikola Tesla, a common name, but a unique story. Whenever I hear this name, my mind gives me allocations of a spark, electric power, X-rays and radio frequencies used in different fields such as Science, Medicine and Environment. These inventions are not of actuality indeed, but how many minds did they challenge? How many lives did they save and change? And more importantly, who gave the chance to humankind to enter an era of new technologies?

The contribution of his genius to science particularly and humanity in general can only be seen by those who know to appreciate, Tesla is everywhere around, from the light at our places, to the smart phones we daily use. Tesla did not just set the technology basis; but he radically changed our habits to forever. His limitless imagination led him to be the starter of nowadays industrialized civilization, even if he was always misunderstood and criticized, his only mistake was that he has been born ahead of his time. When once he announced that he could develop a ‘’wireless energy” and “remote controlled machines”, his peers said he was crazy, but the fact was that he could visualize his inventions, and our present adoption of his inventions witnesses and confirms the truth of his statements almost a century later.

As an Operations Research Engineer, Nikola Tesla inspires me by his:

Humanity:

The main researches he made were in order to give to humanity a better life, he was constantly determined to provide power equally to everyone on earth, and this value caused him disagreements with his investors and put him into permanent conflicts with the competitors of his time, but he never gave up on his personal mission.

Resilience:

His life has not been that easy that we could imagine. Being able to stand out of a crowd composed of Edison and Einstein is enough said to describe his genius, he believed in his work when nobody did. He got fired, insulted, his alternating current model was rejected, treated as a fool, his laboratory was even burned but he kept trying. His answer to his enemies was not a word, but master pieces of like no other inventions. When the world elite were impressed by relativity and quantum mechanics, he declared: “The present time is theirs, but the future is mine!”.

Humble spirit:

Tesla was aware of his outstanding potential, he knew how unique his researches were but he never overestimated himself. He asked for advices and involved other people in his works, and when the world praised his inventions, he modestly commented: “I am not an inventor, I am a discoverer”.

In his memory, I would like to say: thank you Nikola Tesla not for enlightening our daily life, but for enlightening our minds.

Ishaq Badis BOUTALEB

University of Science and Technology of Algiers – Algeria

TESLA & The LAMPLIGHTER – 3D animated short film

“An animated fairytale about dreams that celebrates ingenuity of one of the greatest inventors – Nikola Tesla!

WHY ARE WE MAKING THIS MOVIE

Our main goal is to raise interest in Tesla’s work and life.

Nikola Tesla was one of the smartest people in history. You can find his discoveries in your lights, computer, TV, radio, cell phone, hair dryer, washing machine, vacuum cleaner, car… even in the satellite that transmit this message to you… but still he is unknown to many people. He dedicated his life to the well-being of humanity, trying to make life on earth better for all and always emphasized the importance of environmental protection … more than a century ago.

So, the more people, especially the young, find inspiration in Tesla’s work the better it will be for all of us.

This year we could see how one artist raised a lot of interest for Tesla; when comic artist Oatmeal helped to raise money for buying the land on Long Island for the first American Tesla museum. You can check his delightful illustrated story “Why Tesla was the greatest geek who ever live“.

There are a lot of things still required to actually build the Museum. As our film is closely related to the old Tesla’s Long Island laboratory,  we’ll give our best to promote the importance of this Museum.

Our second goal is to show the movie on as many festivals as we can and after that to make the great number of  theatrical and TV screenings.”
More about this project can be read under the following link:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2102536418/tesla-and-the-lamplighter-animated-short-movie

Lisa Bluhm about Nikola Tesla

Ere many generations pass, our machinery will be driven by a power obtainable at any point of the universe. Throughout space there is energy.  — Nikola Tesla, 1892

Nikola Tesla can be regarded as one of the most influential scientists of today. Nikola Tesla was a pioneer in many fields and his ideas were beyond their time but they allowed him to invent technology that paved the way for the future of modern society. Nikola Tesla invented and patented the rotating magnetic field, the basis of most alternating-current machinery. He also developed the three-phase system of electric power transmission. He invented the Tesla coil, which is an induction coil widely used in radio technology. Tesla was a pioneer in many fields.  The Tesla coil, which he invented in 1891, is widely used today in radio and television sets and other electronic equipment. Among his discoveries are the fluorescent light, laser beam, wireless communications, and wireless transmission of electrical energy, remote control, robotics, Tesla’s turbines and vertical take-off aircraft. Tesla is the father of the radio and the modern electrical transmissions systems. He registered over 700 patents worldwide. His vision included exploration of solar energy and the power of the sea. He foresaw interplanetary communications and satellites. Without Nikola Tesla’s inventions and Patents one must ask themselves if we would live in the same world and society today. Nikola Tesla has given to this world much more than any man of wealth and power could. He has provided this world and modern day society with things like Alternating current, X-rays, Radio, Remote Control, Electric Motors and Lasers. He has changed the face of the planet in more ways than one man ever could. The electric motor has been one of Tesla’s inventions that have an impact of almost everybody in the world. Ranging from household appliances such as a kitchen blender or a washing machine to power tools in garage. Everybody in the world to some small extent has come into contact or has been influenced by one of Nikola Telsla’s inventions. Motor Cars, ceiling fans, power tools, weaponry used in wars. Nikola Tesla affects the daily lives of so many people around the world.  Nikola Tesla’s Alternating Current induction motor is utilised throughout the world in industry and household appliances. It sparked the industrial revolution at the turn of the century.  Electricity today is generated, transmitted and converted to mechanical power by forms of his inventions. Nikola Tesla’s greatest achievement is his polyphase Alternating Current system, which is today lighting the entire world. Nikola Tesla was a true visionary and because of his inventions society has been able to move forward into a technological age where people can have more freedom to be able to listen to their car radio on their way to work, watch the evening news on their TV, children using ceiling fans in school on a hot day, using appliances in the kitchen to help prepare a meal or simply turning on the light switch to light a room on a dark evening. Nikola Tesla helped create, shape and revolutionise the world we live in today. Lisa Bluhm Griffith University Gold Coast Queensland Australia