ILO welcomes first global agreement on professional footballers’ rights

The UN’s labour agency welcomed on Monday, the first ever global agreement on working conditions and rights of professional football players in both the men’s and women’s game. “Free, independent, strong and representative employers’ and workers’ organizations, together with trust, commitment and respect by the governments for the autonomy of the social partners are key… Continue reading ILO welcomes first global agreement on professional footballers’ rights

Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan

Girls in Afghanistan have been forced out of high school, ever since the Taliban returned to power a year ago. A United Nations-backed initiative is training girls to help others in their situation, educating their peers until they are able to return to formal schooling. year after the Taliban takeover, 17-year-old Mursal Fasihi is still… Continue reading Forced out of school, but refusing to give up on education in Afghanistan

Education transformation needed for ‘inclusive, just and peaceful world’ – UN chief

“I regard myself as a lifelong student…Without education, where would I be? Where would any of us be?”, he asked those gathered in the iconic Generally Assembly Hall.   Because education transforms lives, economies and societies, “we must transform education”.   Downward spiral  Instead of being the great enabler, the UN chief pointed out that education is… Continue reading Education transformation needed for ‘inclusive, just and peaceful world’ – UN chief

Afghanistan: UN repeats call for Taliban to allow girls full access to school

Marking one year since Afghanistan’s de facto rulers decreed that girls should be excluded from high school, UN chief António Guterres has urged the Taliban “to “let them back in” without delay. In a strong personal appeal, the UN Secretary-General tweeted on Sunday that the past 12 months represented “a year of lost knowledge and… Continue reading Afghanistan: UN repeats call for Taliban to allow girls full access to school

Education financing is imperative for “peaceful, prosperous, stable societies’ – UN chief

Education systems around the world need “more, not less money” the UN chief told journalists on Saturday during a joint press stakeout on the Transforming Education Summit and the International Finance Facility for Education. Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking alongside his Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, drew attention to the critical issue of innovative… Continue reading Education financing is imperative for “peaceful, prosperous, stable societies’ – UN chief

Transforming Education Summit: Halt the crisis, or risk failing an entire generation

Just a few hours before the start of the crucial Transforming Education Summit, UN Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday, warned that globally, only a third of 10-year-olds are estimated to be able to read and understand a simple written story. This shocking statistic represents a 50 per cent decrease from pre-pandemic estimates. “Under resourced schools, underpaid and under-qualified… Continue reading Transforming Education Summit: Halt the crisis, or risk failing an entire generation

Reimagining education in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Resident Coordinator Blog

As the Transforming Education Summit kicks off on Friday, during the opening week of the 77th UN General Assembly session in New York, Ingrid Macdonald, the UN Resident Coordinator in Bosnia-Herzegovina, reflects on the important progress that the United Nations has made in supporting the authorities efforts to advance more equitable and inclusive education across… Continue reading Reimagining education in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Resident Coordinator Blog

Brazilian artist’s mural ‘for the planet’ proves big draw for UN General Assembly

World leaders arriving at UN Headquarters for next week’s High Level General Assembly meetings, will be greeted by a powerful and striking new mural from renowned Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra, focusing attention on climate change and stewardship of the planet. Spreading along the First Avenue entrance just above New York’s iconic 42nd Street, and rising… Continue reading Brazilian artist’s mural ‘for the planet’ proves big draw for UN General Assembly

INTERVIEW: Transform education, and avoid a global learning crisis

One of the centrepieces of the opening week of the new General Assembly session is an event aimed at focusing fresh attention on the global crisis surrounding learning, and proposing solutions to make education fit for the Twenty-First Century. Ahead of the event, UN News spoke to Leonardo Garnier, the Special Advisor charged with making… Continue reading INTERVIEW: Transform education, and avoid a global learning crisis

Girls being ‘failed by discrimination’ and stereotyping in maths class: UNICEF

The report features new data analyses covering more than 100 countries and territories, which reveal in headline terms, that boys are up to 1.3 times likely to get the maths skills they need, compared to girls. False expectations No girl should be left behind. We must help every child learn the foundational skills they need to… Continue reading Girls being ‘failed by discrimination’ and stereotyping in maths class: UNICEF

Lewis Hamilton lines up with UNHCR in equality drive for refugee children’s education

Racing driver Sir Lewis Hamilton, seven-time Formula 1 world champion, is backing a fresh call from the UN on Tuesday for all refugee children and youth to be given access to a full quality education. He’s one driving force behind the release of a new report from UN refugee agency, UNHCR, revealing the urgent need… Continue reading Lewis Hamilton lines up with UNHCR in equality drive for refugee children’s education

Classrooms must be places of ‘peace and learning’, UN chief says on education protection day

Education is a fundamental human right and “an essential driver for achieving peace and sustainable development”, Secretary-General António Guterres underscored on Friday, the International Day to Protect Education from attack. “Unfortunately, this right continues to fall under attack, especially in conflict-affected areas,” he said in a statement commemorating the day. “Classrooms must remain places of peace and… Continue reading Classrooms must be places of ‘peace and learning’, UN chief says on education protection day

Visa refusal for UN human rights staff in Palestine part of wider ‘worrying trend’: Bachelet

The development is occurring in a context where Israeli authorities are increasingly limiting what she called human rights “eyes and ears on the ground”.  Search for solutions  Although the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) in Palestine has been operating for 26 years, the 15 international staff there “had no choice but to leave” in 2020,… Continue reading Visa refusal for UN human rights staff in Palestine part of wider ‘worrying trend’: Bachelet

UN fund reports ‘solid results’ empowering girls and boys in crises with opportunity of quality education

On Tuesday, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, issued its Annual Results Report, which revealed that despite global upheaval, the fund and partners have continued to expand their response. Results to Date  The Report indicates that ECW investments have reached close to 7 million children… Continue reading UN fund reports ‘solid results’ empowering girls and boys in crises with opportunity of quality education

UN chief’s Youth Day message: People of all ages need to ‘join forces’ for a better world

International Youth Day celebrates “the power of partnerships across generations,” the UN chief said in his message for the day. Commemorated annually on 12 August, Secretary-General António Guterres noted that this year’s theme – “Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages” – reminds us of “a basic truth” that “we need people of all… Continue reading UN chief’s Youth Day message: People of all ages need to ‘join forces’ for a better world

Young workers have been hit hardest by COVID fallout, says UN labour agency

According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), the pandemic has caused many additional problems for 15 to 24-year-olds who’ve experienced “much higher” unemployment losses than older workers since the global health emergency was declared in early 2020. Young women have struggled more than their male counterparts to find work, while Arab nations are expected to… Continue reading Young workers have been hit hardest by COVID fallout, says UN labour agency

Children affected by conflict cannot wait for their education

From Ethiopia to Chad and Palestine, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), the UN’s fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, is helping millions of boys and girls affected by conflict around the world to pursue their dreams. ECW offers affected children and youth an opportunity to learn free of cost – in safety and without… Continue reading Children affected by conflict cannot wait for their education

UN and partners roll out #LetMeLearn campaign ahead of key education summit

Amid the education crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the United Nations is partnering with leading children’s charity Theirworld and others in the sector, to launch the #LetMeLearn campaign, urging world leaders to listen to the voices of young people and put in place the plans and finance required to provide a quality education for every… Continue reading UN and partners roll out #LetMeLearn campaign ahead of key education summit

Guterres hails healer and ‘mentor to generations’, Nelson Mandela

The UN chief in his message to mark Monday’s International Day in honour of Nelson Mandela, hailed the first Black President of post-Apartheid South Africa and racial justice icon, “a giant of our time”, who remains a “moral compass” for us all. Secretary-General António Guterres described the champion of a free and democratic South Africa who spent nearly… Continue reading Guterres hails healer and ‘mentor to generations’, Nelson Mandela

Champion young people as ‘drivers of change’, UN chief urges

Young people must be recognized around the world as “drivers of change” and empowered to become “fully engaged in decisions affecting their future,” said Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday, World Youth Skills Day. From climate change to conflicts to persistent poverty, young people are “disproportionately impacted by interlinked global crises,” his Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake,… Continue reading Champion young people as ‘drivers of change’, UN chief urges

Sanctions having negative impact on scientific research, rights experts warn

Scientific research and academic freedom are under threat, they warned, following reports that research submitted by scholars from sanctioned countries were being disqualified from publication.  “We are gravely concerned at the growing negative impact of existing sanctions regimes on academic and scientific research, as well as on initiatives of international academic cooperation, adversely affecting the… Continue reading Sanctions having negative impact on scientific research, rights experts warn

222 million crisis-hit children currently require educational support

A shocking new UN report released on Tuesday indicates that the number of crisis-impacted school-aged children requiring educational support has grown from an estimated 75 million in 2016, to 222 million today. The UN global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises, Education Cannot Wait (ECW), outlines that of those 222 million girls and boys, as… Continue reading 222 million crisis-hit children currently require educational support

Kazakhstan: ‘Only together’ can ‘silent pandemic’ of gender-based violence be overcome, says Deputy UN chief

It was the fourth stop of her tour of Central Asia, having previously visited Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Coalitions must be built “According to official statistics, one in three women has experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives”, said the Deputy UN chief, opening a meeting with representatives of civil society organizations involved… Continue reading Kazakhstan: ‘Only together’ can ‘silent pandemic’ of gender-based violence be overcome, says Deputy UN chief

Middle East and North Africa: addressing highest rates of youth unemployment in the world

More than 33 million new jobs need to be created by 2030 in the Middle East and North Africa region by 2030, if the world’s largest unemployment hot spot is to be substantially improved, four United Nations agencies said on Monday. The joint-release by the UN labour agency, ILO, the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the… Continue reading Middle East and North Africa: addressing highest rates of youth unemployment in the world

UN officials call for probe into killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

An investigation must be held into the killing of well-known Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh, senior officials from across the United Nations said on Wednesday.  The veteran Palestinian-American journalist, 51, was fatally shot while reporting on an Israeli military operation in the West Bank town of Jenin.  We are appalled at the killing of… Continue reading UN officials call for probe into killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh

New UN campaign aims to bring more young voices to halls of power

“The intergenerational gap in power, influence and trust constitutes one of the biggest challenges of our time”, said UN Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake. The Be Seen, Be Heard campaign, which partners with The Body Shop International, seeks to create long-term structural changes that foster the inclusion of youth in decision-making. “With the climate crisis, global… Continue reading New UN campaign aims to bring more young voices to halls of power

Collective bargaining in the workplace, essential for global recovery: ILO

In the fast-changing world of work, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) highlighted on Thursday just how important dialogue between workers and management is to the global post-pandemic recovery – and to keeping people’s wages fair. After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns and amid increasing pressures on the classic “9 to five” business model – from zero-hours… Continue reading Collective bargaining in the workplace, essential for global recovery: ILO

Ukraine war: Reports reveal women are stepping up, impact on education

The study by UN Women and the international humanitarian organization CARE, is based on surveys and interviews with people in 19 regions in Ukraine, conducted between 2 and 6 April.  After more than two months of war in #Ukraine, women & minorities are facing immense hardship when it comes to health, safety & access to… Continue reading Ukraine war: Reports reveal women are stepping up, impact on education

Threats to media workers’ freedom ‘growing by the day’, UN chief warns

Journalists and media workers are facing “increasing politicization” of their work and threats to their freedom to simply do their jobs, that are “growing by the day”, said the UN chief, marking World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday. The day shines a spotlight on the essential work they do, bringing those in power to account, with transparency,… Continue reading Threats to media workers’ freedom ‘growing by the day’, UN chief warns

Girls’ performance in maths ‘starting to add up to boys’, says UNESCO

The UN published promising news in the global fight for gender equality and opportunity on Wednesday, showing that when it comes to mathematics, girls are now performing as strongly as boys in the classroom – although there are plenty of barriers holding them back. The finding, from the UN agency UNESCO, followed analysis of primary… Continue reading Girls’ performance in maths ‘starting to add up to boys’, says UNESCO

Young innovators win video competition with ideas for a better future

Selected among 142 entries from 63 countries, the top three winners come from Syria, Ghana, and China, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) winners sent the message globally that young people are stepping up to innovation challenges, using their energy and creativity to steer a course towards a better future. Smart devices, rice threshers and… Continue reading Young innovators win video competition with ideas for a better future

Young people key for COVID recovery and a sustainable future

“From the streets of every corner of the world to the online arena, we have seen powerful demonstrations of youth commitment to equality, climate action and human rights,” she said, adding that they are demanding a seat at the table and holding Governments and businesses to account for their inaction. UN experts joined youth leaders,… Continue reading Young people key for COVID recovery and a sustainable future

Success of Colombia peace process hinges on ending violence: Mission chief

Carlos Ruiz Massieu, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, said armed groups in some parts of the country are targeting the very communities who were most victimized during the half-century-long civil war, which officially ended with the signing of a historic Final Peace Agreement in 2016.  “Violence is… Continue reading Success of Colombia peace process hinges on ending violence: Mission chief

‘Decisive steps’ needed to keep boys in school – UNESCO report

Although girls have more difficulty accessing education and make up most out-of-school children at the primary level, challenges facing boys are increasing at later stages, according to a report published on Wednesday by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Leave no child behind: Global report on boys’ disengagement from education, sheds light on… Continue reading ‘Decisive steps’ needed to keep boys in school – UNESCO report

UN’s rights council adopts ‘fake news’ resolution, States urged to take tackle hate speech

At the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, Member States adopted a plan of action to tackle disinformation, at the request of Ukraine and with widespread – but not universal – support. Officially sponsored by Ukraine, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the UK and US, the draft resolution presented to the Geneva forum emphasised the primary role that… Continue reading UN’s rights council adopts ‘fake news’ resolution, States urged to take tackle hate speech

COVID-19: Education risks becoming ‘greatest divider’

Now entering its third year, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued to hold back some 405 million school children worlwide from a full return to the classroom, according to a new report released on Wednesday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). And as 23 countries have yet to fully re-open schools, many children are at risk of… Continue reading COVID-19: Education risks becoming ‘greatest divider’

UK border reform bill treats vulnerable newcomers like criminals: Bachelet 

The UN’s top rights official  urged the United Kingdom on Friday to reconsider proposed changes to its border policy, warning that suggested reforms would criminalize vulnerable people for entering the country irregularly.  The draft law was introduced as the Nationality and Borders Bill in the House of Commons last July by Home Secretary Priti Patel,… Continue reading UK border reform bill treats vulnerable newcomers like criminals: Bachelet 

Social media poses ‘existential threat’ to traditional, trustworthy news: UNESCO

The business model of the news media is ‘broken’ and with it, our fundamental right to information is at risk, a new UNESCO report examining global trends in freedom of expression warns.  In the past five years, both news audiences and advertising revenues have moved in huge numbers to internet platforms, with only two companies… Continue reading Social media poses ‘existential threat’ to traditional, trustworthy news: UNESCO

Crash in family incomes during COVID will increase inequality for generations

The report, Impact of COVID-19 on the welfare of households with children, presents findings from data collected in 35 countries, and notes that households with three or more children were most likely to have come up short, with more than three-quarters experiencing a reduction in earnings. Going without food “Families cannot afford food or essential healthcare services.… Continue reading Crash in family incomes during COVID will increase inequality for generations

Drag queen story hour: tales of acceptance and dreams

In full costume and make-up, drag queen Madame Bonjour JohnJ, is teaching children that it’s ok to be different, during storytelling sessions in their native Tokyo. Born Jun Araki, JohnJ never felt comfortable in the female gender they were born into. At elementary school, they would wear trousers under their school uniform skirts and on… Continue reading Drag queen story hour: tales of acceptance and dreams

New initiative to improve nutrition standards for school meals

A new project launched on Monday by two UN agencies aims to improve the diet of school-age children by supporting the development of nutrition standards for school meal programmes. In many countries school meals represent a significant portion of children’s daily diets, the partners said, and it is vital that they directly contribute to nutrition… Continue reading New initiative to improve nutrition standards for school meals

Protect linguistic diversity on International Mother Language Day

Audrey Azoulay, the UNESCO Director-General, highlighted how four out of 10 children worldwide do not have access to education in the language they speak or understand best, meaning the foundation for their learning is more fragile. Cultural and linguistic diversity is of the utmost importance to build sustainable societies. For #MotherLanguageDay, we want to see… Continue reading Protect linguistic diversity on International Mother Language Day

Training offers a way out of poverty for young victims of Colombian conflict

Camilo Vergara is one of hundreds of young Colombians benefiting from a UN programme aimed at pulling victims of the country’s former conflict out of poverty, and into stable employment. Camilo Andrey Vergara was born in 1989 in a rural area of Antioquia, in western Colombia. Raised among coffee and cocoa plantations, his early life… Continue reading Training offers a way out of poverty for young victims of Colombian conflict

Radio: The universal medium that leaves no one behind

To better understand this decision, and on the occasion of World Radio Day on 13 February, which is being celebrated under the theme “Radio and Trust”, UN News spoke to the ITU‘s Director of Radiocommunication, Mario Maniewicz, who began by explaining the medium’s importance in Africa. This interview was conducted in French and has been… Continue reading Radio: The universal medium that leaves no one behind

Veterans reflect on past, present and future of radio at the UN

To mark the occasion, the birthday in 1946 of the United Nations Radio service, we reached out to two veteran broadcasters and journalists, who recently retired from UN News.  Elena Vapnitchnaia was Chief of our Russian Unit, and Jerome Longue, the former Chief of our French Unit – both have served for many years in… Continue reading Veterans reflect on past, present and future of radio at the UN

Lebanon crisis robbing young people of their futures: UNICEF

More than four in 10 young Lebanese over just a 12-month period, reduced spending on education to buy basic food, medicine and other essential items, and nearly a third, have been forced to stop studying altogether. These are some of the disturbing statistics contained in a new report published on Friday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF)… Continue reading Lebanon crisis robbing young people of their futures: UNICEF

UN remembers ‘unprecedented horror and calculated cruelty’ of the Holocaust

In remembering the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, along with the Roma and Sinti, and countless other victims of its “unprecedented horror and calculated cruelty”, he reminded that “our very name was coined to describe the alliance fighting the Nazi regime and its allies”. “The United Nations must always be on the… Continue reading UN remembers ‘unprecedented horror and calculated cruelty’ of the Holocaust

‘Global learning crisis’ continues says Guterres; millions still hit 

“Unless we take action, the share of children leaving school in developing countries who are unable to read could increase from 53 to 70 per cent”, António Guterres warned in a video message marking the International Day of Education, on Monday. The UN chief remembered the “chaos” that COVID-19 caused in education worldwide, noting that, at the pandemic’s… Continue reading ‘Global learning crisis’ continues says Guterres; millions still hit 

Interview: As millions fall behind, how can we bridge the growing education gap?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on education, laying bare a crisis that was already causing widespread concern well before the spread of the virus. Robert Jenkins, the Director of Education at the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling for a transformation in learning, amid warnings that the current system is failing millions… Continue reading Interview: As millions fall behind, how can we bridge the growing education gap?

55 journalists killed in 2021, impunity ‘alarmingly widespread’ – UNESCO 

Fifty-five journalists and media professionals were killed last year, latest UN data showed on Thursday, with nearly nine in 10 killings since 2006 still unresolved.  Impunity is “alarmingly widespread”, said the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  “Once again in 2021, far too many journalists paid the ultimate price to bring truth to light”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.   “Right now, the world needs independent, factual information more than… Continue reading 55 journalists killed in 2021, impunity ‘alarmingly widespread’ – UNESCO 

Former ISIL prison transformed to bring joy and support to youth

Once used as a prison by the ISIL terror network in Iraq, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency and partners have converted a former grim detention centre into a sunny space for youth. The UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Iraq Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Governorate of Anbar re-opened on 25 December, the… Continue reading Former ISIL prison transformed to bring joy and support to youth

COVID-19: Students face $17 trillion loss in lifetime earnings

The projection is among the findings of The State of the Global Education Crisis: A Path to Recovery, published by the World Bank, the UN Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).  $17 trillion. That’s how much this generation of students risks losing in lifetime earnings due to COVID-19 school… Continue reading COVID-19: Students face $17 trillion loss in lifetime earnings

DreamWorks Trolls join UN campaign for healthier eating, sustainable living 

The colourful characters from  DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls movie franchise are encouraging their fans to become food heroes through eating healthier, and reducing food waste.  As part of the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, the bright-eyed bushy-haired children’s favourites have joined the United Nations, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Foundation, in a global digital campaign that mobilizes action for a healthy diet and sustainable living, and adds these actions… Continue reading DreamWorks Trolls join UN campaign for healthier eating, sustainable living 

193 countries adopt first-ever global agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

All the Member states of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted on Thursday a historic agreement that defines the common values and principles needed to ensure the healthy development of AI. Artificial intelligence is present in everyday life, from booking flights and applying for loans to steering driverless cars. It is also… Continue reading 193 countries adopt first-ever global agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Are you sure you want to share that? Sorting online fact from fiction

Since the creation of the World Wide Web, we have had access to more information than ever before. However, we are also bombarded with dangerous disinformation. The UN’s Verified campaign has launched an online course to help us decide which is which, and protect vulnerable people from potential harm. It has become increasingly apparent that,… Continue reading Are you sure you want to share that? Sorting online fact from fiction

Don’t be afraid to be the change, fearless youngsters tell activists summit

In her address to the summit, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, commended young activists everywhere for “challenging discrimination, injustice and inequalities… pushing the world forward”. But their campaigning work often came at a cost, Ms. Bachelet cautioned, noting how in many countries, young people “face attacks, intimidation and harassment”. Young activists often… Continue reading Don’t be afraid to be the change, fearless youngsters tell activists summit

UN backs plans to ensure regular, healthy school meals for every child in need by 2030

Following pandemic-driven school closures, five UN agencies threw their strong support behind an international coalition to improve the nutrition, health and education of school-age children around the world. In a joint declaration on Tuesday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World… Continue reading UN backs plans to ensure regular, healthy school meals for every child in need by 2030

‘We cannot lose hope’, UN chief tells media seminar on peace in the Middle East

Sensitizing public opinion to the question of Palestine, and promoting a peaceful settlement to the decades-long conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, are among the goals of the 2021 UN International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, which began on Tuesday.  The two-day event is taking place online and brings together journalists, media experts, think tanks, diplomats and academics from across… Continue reading ‘We cannot lose hope’, UN chief tells media seminar on peace in the Middle East

Feature: Woman mentor empowers girls to reach for the stars in space careers

Now, an astronaut coach and the founding director of the Netherlands-based Inner Space Training, the world’s first and only space training to mentally prepare commercial astronauts for flight, Ms. Howard is empowering girls to reach for the stars in the international space industry and pursue careers in the still male-dominated field.  A mentor with the… Continue reading Feature: Woman mentor empowers girls to reach for the stars in space careers

New UNESCO education report calls for ‘new social contract’ 

Imagining a new future for education by 2050, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is asking three questions: What should be continued? What should be abandoned? And what needs to be creatively invented afresh?   In its new global report published on Thursday, entitled Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education, the agency is proposing answers to these three essential… Continue reading New UNESCO education report calls for ‘new social contract’ 

Millions missing out on remote learning during emergencies: UNICEF

At least 200 million boys and girls, live in 31 countries which do not have the resources to deal with remote learning during any future emergency school closures, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said in a study released on Thursday.  More than half, or 102 million, are students in 14 countries which either fully or partially closed their classrooms for at least… Continue reading Millions missing out on remote learning during emergencies: UNICEF

Latin America and Caribbean sees COVID-19 progress, but must remain vigilant

More than half the population of Latin America and the Caribbean has not been vaccinated against COVID-19, a senior official with the regional arm of UN health agency WHO said on Wednesday.  Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Assistant Director at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), was speaking during the agency’s regular media briefing on the pandemic.  Thanks in… Continue reading Latin America and Caribbean sees COVID-19 progress, but must remain vigilant

UN Chief: ‘We need to make lying wrong again’, curb hate speech 

The UN Secretary-General warned on Tuesday that “hatred takes root in the soil of ignorance” of historical facts, science, and the human qualities which “bind all people together.”  Antonio Guterres was speaking at the Global Education Ministers Conference on addressing hate speech through education. Remembering the horrors of the Second World War and the genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia and Cambodia, he argued that “denial of historical or scientific facts… Continue reading UN Chief: ‘We need to make lying wrong again’, curb hate speech 

UN condemns ‘despicable’ suicide attack at mosque in southern Afghanistan

The attack marked the second consecutive week that a Shia mosque in the country has been targeted, following a blast last Friday in the northeastern city of Kunduz, which left more than 100 worshippers dead.  I condemn in the strongest terms the despicable attack on the Imam Baragah mosque in Kandahar City, Afghanistan. The perpetrators… Continue reading UN condemns ‘despicable’ suicide attack at mosque in southern Afghanistan

Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov won’t keep ‘a single cent’ of his prize money 

The pair received the award for their efforts to defend freedom of expression in their respective countries, and the Nobel committee called them “representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal”.  Mr. Muratov is the co-founder and editor of Novaya Gazeta, which has stood up for press freedom and freedom of speech in Russia for decades. Six journalists who… Continue reading Nobel laureate Dmitry Muratov won’t keep ‘a single cent’ of his prize money 

Mali maestro’s message of peace to Sahel region’s youngsters drawn to extremism

An ambitious project to raise awareness about rising insecurity and mass displacement in the Sahel has resulted in an original musical score from Mali songwriter Vieux Farka Touré.  In partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Mr. Toure’s A Song For The Sahel, highlights the crisis in many countries of the… Continue reading Mali maestro’s message of peace to Sahel region’s youngsters drawn to extremism

‘It will help me to achieve my dream’: Helping Iraqi girls stay in school

When COVID-19 closed schools in Basra, southern Iraq, the academic prospects for many schoolgirls were put at risk. On International Day of The Girl Child, we look at a UN program which is helping girls in the region to keep learning. When COVID-19 closed schools in Basra, southern Iraq, the academic prospects for many schoolgirls were… Continue reading ‘It will help me to achieve my dream’: Helping Iraqi girls stay in school

Landmark report highlights untapped potential of Africa’s film industry

Africa’s film and audiovisual industries could create over 20 million jobs and contribute $20 billion to the continent’s combined Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the UN cultural agency, UNESCO, said on Tuesday in a new report highlighting this untapped potential.  The African Film Industry: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities for Growth is the first-ever mapping of the sector, which currently employs some… Continue reading Landmark report highlights untapped potential of Africa’s film industry

UN-backed initiative reached 4.6 million children in ‘crisis within a crisis’

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic devastated education systems throughout the world, making the year even more difficult for youngsters already embroiled in emergencies and protracted crises, according to a new UN-backed report launched on Tuesday, coinciding with World Teachers Day. UN-supported Education Cannot Wait (ECW) – the first global fund dedicated to education in emergencies… Continue reading UN-backed initiative reached 4.6 million children in ‘crisis within a crisis’

Teachers are driving force behind ‘global education recovery’ from COVID-19

For the education system to recover from the COVID pandemic, it requires more investment in the well-being, training, professional development and working conditions of the world’s 71 million educators, UN agencies chiefs said on Monday, just ahead of World Teachers’ Day.   “Today we celebrate the exceptional dedication and courage of all teachers, their capacity… Continue reading Teachers are driving force behind ‘global education recovery’ from COVID-19

‘We are one’: musical performance ‘King Clavé’ reveals that we are ‘interconnected’   

Based on the core belief that “humanity is deeply interconnected” and “we are one”, the new performance piece, “King Clavé” is adding some musical inspiration to this year’s 20th anniversary of the historic Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA) against racism around the globe.   “Rhythm is at the center of humanity. One who knows rhythm knows the world”, said American percussionist Mickey Hart, best known as one of the… Continue reading ‘We are one’: musical performance ‘King Clavé’ reveals that we are ‘interconnected’   

John Lennon, stamps inspiring message of peace, on UN’s big week

This year’s International Day of Peace has been marked by the release of new stamps featuring music icon and peace campaigner, John Lennon, by the UN Postal Administration (UNPA), as the UN General Assembly High Level Week gets underway. It’s a reminder that as K-pop sensation BTS take UNGA76 by storm with their message of hope and youthful idealism… Continue reading John Lennon, stamps inspiring message of peace, on UN’s big week

UNESCO hails return of looted ancient Gilgamesh tablet to Iraq

The Gilgamesh Dream Tablet – one of the oldest surviving literary works in history – is to be returned to Iraq by the United States later this week, the UN agency for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO), said on Monday. Made of clay and priceless, the Gilgamesh Tablet features inscriptions in Sumerian, a civilisation of ancient Mesopotamia.… Continue reading UNESCO hails return of looted ancient Gilgamesh tablet to Iraq

UNGA76: Giant eco-friendly artwork set to inspire world leaders

A new 11,000 square metre ‘ephemeral fresco’ created by Swiss artist Saype, has set the stage at UN Headquarters in New York, to welcome world leaders for the General Assembly High Level Week. It shows two children building the world of the future using origami, highlighting the participation of young people.  “World in Progress II is perfectly suited… Continue reading UNGA76: Giant eco-friendly artwork set to inspire world leaders

UNICEF stresses Afghan girls must not be excluded from school

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Friday welcomed the news that secondary schools are due to reopen in Afghanistan on Saturday, after months of closure due to COVID-19, but stressed that girls must not be kept from the classroom. “We are deeply worried”, UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore said in a statement, “that many girls may… Continue reading UNICEF stresses Afghan girls must not be excluded from school

77 million children have spent 18 months out of class: #ReopenSchools, urges UNICEF 

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the world is facing an education crisis due to the COVID pandemic, that has left nearly 77 million children shut out of the classroom for the past 18 months.   This Thursday, the UN agency is closing down its social media channels for the next 18 hours to send one message to the world: #ReopenSchools for in-person learning as… Continue reading 77 million children have spent 18 months out of class: #ReopenSchools, urges UNICEF 

Protecting education, means ‘we protect the future’: UN chief 

“Schools must be places of learning, safety and peace”, he said, lauding education as not only providing knowledge and skills but also transforming lives and driving development for people, communities and for societies.  Nevertheless, he added, “year after year, this fundamental right comes under attack”.  Stretching the imagination  The top UN official encouraged the participants to imagine being a child in a classroom eager to learn, or a teacher… Continue reading Protecting education, means ‘we protect the future’: UN chief 

COVID jabs needed for educators and kids to keep schools open: WHO, UNICEF

As the school year begins for millions of children in Europe and Central Asia, UN health and child experts on Monday issued a series of COVID-19 risk reduction measures to ensure that in-person lessons can go ahead, despite rising infection rates. In addition to calling for all school staff to be included in nationwide coronavirus vaccination plans,… Continue reading COVID jabs needed for educators and kids to keep schools open: WHO, UNICEF

Protect human rights defenders in Afghanistan, says UN rights expert

Afghanistan faces a “cultural disaster”, following the fall of Kabul to Taliban forces, a UN Special Rapporteur said on Tuesday, in a statement urging countries to provide urgent assistance to human rights defenders, including those working on women’s and cultural rights, as well as artists, trying to flee the country.  “It is deplorable that the… Continue reading Protect human rights defenders in Afghanistan, says UN rights expert

Youth need ‘seat at the table’ to lead struggle for better future: Guterres

Young people are on the “frontlines of the struggle to build a better future”, the UN chief said on Thursday, International Youth Day. “They are tackling inequities in food security, biodiversity loss, threats to our environment and much more”, Secretary-General António Guterres spelled out in his message for the day. And noting that COVID-19 pandemic… Continue reading Youth need ‘seat at the table’ to lead struggle for better future: Guterres

Beirut’s youth rebuild the Lebanese capital, brick by brick

Young people in Beirut, which was devastated by an explosion in a warehouse at the city’s port on 4 August 2020, have been pitching in to get the Lebanese capital back on its feet, with support from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). With no employment prospects in sight, Rafah found it hard to stay positive,… Continue reading Beirut’s youth rebuild the Lebanese capital, brick by brick