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April 17, 2015

Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Delivers an After-Dinner Address to a Full House at the National Press Club in Washington

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 16 April 2015. Washington, D.C., United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 16 April 2015. Washington, D.C., United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Andrew Baskett.

Washington, D.C., April 16, 2015 — During a speech delivered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. this evening, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke on the challenges faced by the world community today.

Ban is the sixth U.N. secretary general to speak at the National Press Club.

In his remarks, he devoted the most attention to climate change, noting that it involves “a strong moral dimension.” Ban said he has invited the Pope, President Obama and other world leaders to the U.N. Sustainable Development Summit that would be held in New York in September 2015.

Mr. Ban noted that UN Member States are working very hard to shape a post-2015 development agenda. Beyond a focus on shared prosperity and harmony with the planet, the new agenda will also emphasize the crucial role of justice, institutions and fundamental freedoms. And for the first time, the goals will apply to all countries; even the richest are witnessing rising inequality, and no country has ended violence and discrimination against women.

“Next week in New York, I along with the President of the General Assembly are going to convene a high-level thematic debate on reconciliation and tolerance, how we can address violent extremism by levelling up, enhancing mutual respect and reconciliation. All these are very important issues and without addressing these issues, we will not be able to have sustainable peace and sustainable development of our society. I have invited many world-renowned religious leaders. I believe that there are very important roles to be played by religious leaders and educators, to teach their followers, their students what are the correct mutual respect, understanding and reconciliation and harmonious living together.”

“This is a time of test but far more one of tremendous opportunity. As the distinctions between the national and the international continue to fall away, we can and must come together to chart a course towards a safer and more sustainable future for all of us,” the UN chief declared.

His remarks drew applause from the full house comprising Press Club members and their guests attending the dinner in the club’s ballroom. The dinner and the remarks were followed by a question-and-answer session.

(GlobalGiants.Com’s Publisher is a Member of The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.)

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April 10, 2015

India’s Prime Minister Modi highlights the Importance of UNESCO

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Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Photo Credit: Anna Armstrong.

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Photo: UNESCO Annex Building, Paris, France. Photo Credit: Chris Freeland.

Paris, France, April 10, 2015 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, visited UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) headquarters to mark its 70th anniversary. Speaking to a cheering, overflowing audience on his first official visit, he used the occasion to emphasize the importance of India’s relationship with the Organization.

“I am truly honoured to address UNESCO.”

“I feel specially privileged to visit this great institution in its 70th anniversary year.”

“No organization serves our cause more than this one.”

“It draws strength from the basic character of nature - the harmony and unity in diversity.”

“That is why UNESCO was among the first missions of the United Nations.”

“That is why India values the work of UNESCO so deeply; and, cherishes our partnership so immensely.”

In his speech, he explained why UNESCO’s mandate is so important to India, and to the world.

India has a strong relationship with UNESCO. It has inscribed 32 properties on the World Heritage List, including the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort Complex and the Manas Wildlife Sanctuary. The country has listed seven elements of documentary heritage on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, nine reserves under UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme and supports 10 UNESCO Chairs in a range of educational fields.

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April 7, 2015

The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce

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Photos: Automobili Lamborghini presents the Lamborghini LP 750-4 Superveloce. With increased power, lower weight, improved aerodynamics and innovative technologies, the Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce is the most pure incarnation of a Lamborghini to date. The Superveloce accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.8 seconds and powers on to reach a top speed of more than 350 km/h (217 mph). Images provided by and copyright © Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

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April 4, 2015

Ferrari 458 Spider: A New Generation of Ferrari Convertible

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Photos: Ferrari 458 Spider Convertible. Images provided by and copyright © Ferrari S.p.A.

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April 2, 2015

New York International Auto Show 2015: World Premiere of the Porsche Boxster Spyder

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Mumbai, India — German automobile manufacturer Porsche is beginning the 2015 convertible season by celebrating the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder at this year’s New York International Auto Show (3-12 April).

The new top model in the open two-seater series retains the independent character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. The classic fabric roof is opened and closed by hand, and the sports car is only available with a manual transmission.

The Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports car driving experience with contemporary performance. It only takes around 4.5 seconds for the Boxster Spyder to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h; the model’s top speed is 290 km/h.

The distinctive design of the Boxster Spyder includes stylistic elements typical for the legendary sports and race cars from Porsche.

More so than in any other Boxster, the interior of the new top model creates an atmosphere that elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure. The driver and passenger sit in light sports bucket seats with large side supports, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of 360 mm helps to ensure that the mid-engine roadster can be driven precisely and with great agility.

The Boxster Spyder, which is celebrating its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show, would be soon available for order at Porsche Centres across India.

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April 1, 2015

Apple Watch — Available in Nine Countries on April 24, 2015

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SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has announced that Apple Watch, its most personal device yet, will be available on Friday, April 24, 2015 to customers in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the UK and the US.

According to Apple, Apple Watch is an incredibly accurate timepiece, an intimate and immediate communication device and a groundbreaking health and fitness companion.

“Conceived, designed and developed as a singular product, Apple Watch merges hardware and software like never before,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s senior vice president of Design. “In Apple Watch, we’ve created three beautifully curated collections with a software architecture that together enable unparalleled personalization in a wearable device.”

Apple Watch introduces “revolutionary technologies” including the Digital Crown, an innovative way to scroll, zoom and navigate fluidly without obstructing the display. The Retina display with Force Touch on Apple Watch senses the difference between a tap and a press, providing a new way to quickly and easily access relevant controls. And the all-new Taptic Engine discreetly delivers a gentle tap on your wrist whenever you receive a notification or message.

Accurate & Customizable Timepiece

Apple Watch can be personalized with watch faces ranging from traditional analog such as the Chronograph face, to the information-rich Modular face, or beautifully animated butterflies and jellyfish on the Motion face. Apple Watch enables millions of possible configurations. Swipe up from the watch face for Glances that quickly show you information you care about, such as the weather forecast, your current location on a map or the music you’re listening to.

Intimate & Immediate Communication Device

Apple Watch enables you to send messages, read email and answer calls to your iPhone right from your wrist. The Taptic Engine alerts you with a gentle tap so you won’t miss important notifications. With Digital Touch, Apple Watch allows you to communicate in all-new ways by sending a sketch, a tap or even the rhythm of your own heartbeat.

Groundbreaking Health & Fitness Companion

Apple Watch encourages you to sit less, move more and get some exercise every day. The Activity app provides a simple visual snapshot of your daily activity with three rings that measure active calories burned, brisk activity and how often you’ve stood up to take a break from sitting during the day. Apple Watch provides the detailed metrics you need during dedicated workout sessions for the most popular activities, such as walking, running and cycling through the Workout app.

Apple Watch is available in two different sizes, 38 mm and 42 mm, and in three distinct collections — Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition.

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March 28, 2015

de GRISOGONO Instrumento Carbon Chrono "Limited Edition" Mens Watch

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Photos: de GRISOGONO Instrumento Carbon Chrono “Limited Edition” Mens Watch. Images provided by and copyright © de GRISOGONO.

The de GRISOGONO Instrumento Carbon Chrono “Limited Edition” Mens Watch features deep black carbon case and dial with large integrated black matt alligator strap that endow this model with a timeless masculine, sporty look.

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March 19, 2015

de Grisogono Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar Mens Watch

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Photos: de Grisogono Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar Mens Watch. Images provided by and copyright © de Grisogono.

Bearing the new codes of the rejuvenated Instrumento N°Uno collection, the de Grisogono Instrumento N°Uno Annual Calendar Mens Watch maintains its assertive traits and emblematic silhouette.

The annual calendar derives its name from its ability to run for an entire year without adjustment. Once a year, at the end of February, the calendar requires manual correction. With its streamlined design, the dial architecture has been completely updated in order to free up as much space as possible to highlight the month and small seconds counters. In addition, the arabesques of the 5, 6, 7 numerals have been removed. To ensure optimal readability, the day display has been enlarged. It features an asymmetrical effect based on a large date at 12 o’clock, month at 8 o’clock and small seconds at 5 o’clock.

The asymmetrical design is rounded off with the new integrated bracelet perfectly integrated with the 18-karat rose gold case. The final result is the masculine and sporty look of the watch.

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March 12, 2015

The World's 100 Most Prestigious Universities

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Photo: A building at Harvard University. Photo Credit: Hong Duong.

London — Times Higher Education (THE) has announced its World Reputation Rankings 2015 that determines the 100 most renowned higher education institutions in the world.

For the fifth consecutive year, the rankings highlight an elite group of six US and UK “super-brands” that hold a significant lead over the rest. Although the order has changed over the years, the institutions in the top six have remained constant: Harvard University, Cambridge, Oxford, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley.

“What we are finding year on year is that universities in this group of six tend to stand out well above the seventh and eighth placed institutions,” said THE rankings editor Phil Baty. “They seem to be in a super-league all of their own.”

Germany remains the best-represented nation after the US and the UK, with six top 100 universities (the same as last year). Its neighbour France now boasts five institutions in the table (all of them based in Paris), up from two last year.

Asia’s best performer, the University of Tokyo, slipped one place to 12th position. Meanwhile, China’s top institution, Tsinghua University, climbed 10 places to 26th, and Peking University leaped from 41st to 32nd place.

THE partnered with Elsevier to disseminate the Academic Reputation Survey on which the results are based. Questionnaires, which asked participants to nominate up to 10 of the best institutions in their field of expertise, were completed by some 10,000 academics selected to give a statistically representative sample of global scholars.

World’s Most Prestigious Universities

Top 50

Rank - Institution - Location - Overall Score

  1. Harvard University — United States — 100.0
  2. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom — 84.3
  3. University of Oxford — United Kingdom — 80.4
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — United States — 77.8
  5. Stanford University — United States — 72.1
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States — 60.0
  7. Princeton University — United States — 35.0
  8. Yale University — United States — 33.1
  9. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — United States — 24.1
  10. Columbia University — United States — 21.0
  11. University of Chicago — United States — 19.8
  12. The University of Tokyo — Japan — 19.3
  13. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — United States — 18.9
  14. Imperial College London — United Kingdom — 18.2
  15. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich — Switzerland — 16.7
  16. University of Toronto — Canada — 15.8
  17. University College London (UCL) — United Kingdom — 15.7
  18. Johns Hopkins University — United States — 14.6
  19. University of Michigan — United States — 13.8
  20. Cornell University — United States — 13.6
  21. New York University (NYU) — United States — 13.6
  22. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) — United Kingdom — 12.9
  23. University of Pennsylvania — United States — 11.2
  24. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore — 10.4
  25. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation — 9.9
  26. Tsinghua University — China — 9.5
  27. Kyoto University — Japan — 9.3
  28. Carnegie Mellon University — United States — 9.2
  29. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom — 8.3
  30. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States — 8.2
  31. King’s College London — United Kingdom — 8.1
  32. Peking University — China — 7.7
  33. University of Washington — United States — 7.4
  34. Duke University — United States — 7.3
  35. Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich — Germany — 7.2
  36. McGill University — Canada — 7.2
  37. University of British Columbia — Canada — 7.0
  38. Heidelberg University — Germany — 6.4
  39. University of California, San Francisco — United States — 6.4
  40. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — 6.4
  41. Humboldt University of Berlin — Germany — 6.3
  42. University of California, San Diego — United States — 6.3
  43. University of Melbourne — Australia — 6.3
  44. University of California, Davis — United States — 6.0
  45. Karolinska Institute — Sweden — 5.9
  46. University of Texas at Austin — United States — 5.8
  47. Northwestern University — United States — 5.7
  48. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne — Switzerland — 5.5
  49. Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) — United States — 5.4
  50. University of Manchester — United Kingdom — 5.3

51 to 60

  • Australian National University — Australia
  • Delft University of Technology — Netherlands
  • Free University of Berlin — Germany
  • KU Leuven — Belgium
  • Panthéon-Sorbonne University - Paris 1 — France
  • Paris-Sorbonne University - Paris 4 — France
  • Seoul National University — Republic of Korea
  • The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  • University of Amsterdam — Netherlands
  • University of São Paulo — Brazil
  • University of Sydney — Australia

61 to 70

  • Ecole Normale Superieure — France
  • Leiden University — Netherlands
  • National Taiwan University — Taiwan
  • Pennsylvania State University — United States
  • Technical University of Munich — Germany
  • University of California, Santa Barbara — United States
  • University of North Carolina — United States
  • University of Southern California — United States
  • Wageningen University and Research Center — Netherlands

71 to 80

  • Boston University — United States
  • Brown University — United States
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  • Michigan State University — United States
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico — Mexico
  • Purdue University — United States
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey — United States
  • Saint Petersburg State University — Russian Federation
  • University of Minnesota — United States
  • University of Pittsburgh — United States
  • Utrecht University — Netherlands

81 to 90

  • Durham University — United Kingdom
  • Ohio State University — United States
  • Texas A&M University — United States
  • University of Copenhagen — Denmark
  • University of Helsinki — Finland
  • University of Queensland — Australia
  • University of Warwick — United Kingdom
  • Uppsala University — Sweden
  • Washington University in St Louis — United States

91 to 100

  • Ecole Polytechnique — France
  • London Business School — United Kingdom
  • Mayo Medical School — United States
  • Monash University — Australia
  • Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
  • Pasteur Institute — France
  • RWTH Aachen University — Germany
  • University of Bristol — United Kingdom
  • University of Maryland, College Park — United States
  • University of Massachusetts — United States

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March 8, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race's Team SCA with All-Female Sailing Crew Celebrates International Women’s Day

Volvo Ocean Race

Photo: Team SCA finish at 6th place in Sanya, China. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 11, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in 11 countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.)

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Photo: Team SCA just off of the coast of Cape Town coming in to complete Leg 1; They’ve beaten MAPFRE for 6th place during the arrivals at the completion of Leg One of the Volvo Ocean Race from Alicante to Cape Town on November 05, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.)

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Photo: Team SCA crew members (top L-R) Sally Barklow (USA), Annie Lush (GBR), Sara Hastreiter (USA), Justine Mettraux (CH), Sophie Ciszek (AUS), Liz Wardley (AUS), Elodie Mettraux (CH), Dee Caffari (GBR), Stacey Jackson (AUS) and (bottom L-R) Abby Ehler (GBR), Corinna Halloran (USA), Libby Greenhalgh (GBR), Samantha Davies (GBR Skipper) and Carolijn Brouwer (NED) pose for a photo the day before the start of the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 on October 10, 2014 in Alicante, Spain. (Photo by Rick Tomlinson/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images. © 2015 Volvo Ocean Race.)

Auckland, New Zealand - International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 every year, is particularly pertinent to Team SCA.

This all-female professional sailing team has demonstrated great resilience and courage in so far completing more than half of the Volvo Ocean Race - one of the most demanding sports events in the world - with the hardest part of the race still ahead of them.

It is the first time in 12 years that women have competed in the punishing 38,739-nautical mile round-the-world yacht race - the ultimate test in human endurance. Swedish sponsor SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, is supporting the team as part of its campaign for women to participate fully in all aspects of society, including those usually dominated by men.

Skippered by renowned British sailor Samantha Davies, Team SCA is about to start Leg Five of the Volvo Ocean Race - from Auckland to Itajai, Brazil - which promises to be the most brutal yet. The crew will be facing fierce winds, deep waves, freezing temperatures, and hazardous icebergs.

The Volvo Ocean Race started in Alicante, Spain in October 2014. It will finish at the end of June 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Teams:

  • Team Alvimedica [USA/TUR]: skipper Charlie Enright [USA], crew from United States of America, Australia, France, Italia, New Zealand.
  • Team SCA [SWE]: skipper Samantha Davies [UK], 100% female crew from the United Kingdom, United States of America, Australia and The Netherlands.
  • Dongfeng Race team [CHN]: skipper Charles Caudrelier [FRA], crew from China, France and Sweden.
  • Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing [UAE]: skipper Ian Walker [UK], crew from New Zealand, Ireland, UAE, Australia, Spain.
  • Team Vestas Wind [DEN]: skipper Chris Nicholson [AUS], crew from Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Argentina, the Netherlands.
  • Team Brunel [NED]: skipper Bouwe Bekking [NED], crew from the Netherlands, Lithuania, France, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Denmark.
  • MAPFRE [ESP]: skipper Iker Martinez [ESP], crew from Spain, France, Brazil, the United Kingdom.

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February 24, 2015

Sony World Photography Awards 2015 — Shortlists Announced

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Photo: “Military Walk by a Caravan of Camels carving their Way in the Desert”. Category “Split Second”, Youth Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Tarek Touma, Lebanon.

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Photo: “Shepherd surprised by Snow Storm”. Category “People”, Open Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Saeed Barikani, Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Photo: Category “Lifestyle”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Fan Li, China.

Sony World Photography Awards

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Photo: Category “Current Affairs”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Herman Verwey, South Africa.

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Photo: Category “Lifestyle”, Professional Competition, Shortlisted, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer and copyright © Yoko Naito, Japan.

London, 24 February: The 2015 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, today announced the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth categories.

About 200 images have been shortlisted in the Professional Competition, about 100 in the Open Competition, and about 20 in the Youth Competition.

Recognising and rewarding the world’s best contemporary photography from the last year, the 2015 competition received the highest number of entries in its eight year history - 173,444 images from 171 countries.

The judging, which is done anonymously by a panel of experts from the World Photographic Academy, has uncovered inspiring, arresting and thought-provoking work by a wide range of professional photographers and enthusiasts from around the world.

Speaking about the shortlisted images, Astrid Merget Motsenigos, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation and organiser of the awards said: “The sole purpose of the Sony World Photography Awards is to celebrate and appreciate the talented artists working in the photographic industry. Once again, the shortlist demonstrates the vibrancy, diversity and skill of both today’s established photographers and, as importantly, the growing army of citizen photographers. The record number of entries gave our expert panel of judges a monumental task but we are incredibly proud to present to you a shortlist which truly showcases some of the world’s best photography.”

The shortlisted photographers include: Peter Franck (Germany); Donald Webber (Canada); Amit Madheshiya (India); Brent Stirton (South Africa); Simon Norfolk (UK), Fan Li (China) and Massimo Siragusa (Italy). New names include Julia Fullerton-Batten (UK) and Sebastian Gil Miranda (France).

2015 Honorary Jury

  • Sasha Erwitt, Photography Editor and Researcher, US
  • Xingxin Guo, Vice Director of New Media, Xinhua News Agency, China
  • Jocelyn Bain Hogg, Photographer, VII Photo, UK
  • Matthew Leifheit, Photo Editor, VICE Magazine, US
  • Joanna Milter, Deputy Photo Editor, New York Times Magazine, US
  • Maria Pieri, Editorial Director, National Geographic Traveller, UK
  • Oliver Schmitt, Deputy Director of Photography, Spiegel Online, Germany
  • Sue Steward: writer and photography curator, UK
  • Enrica Vigano, Curator and Writer, Italy

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February 23, 2015

Oscars 2015: "Birdman" — Best Picture, Eddie Redmayne — Best Actor, Julianne Moore — Best Actress

Oscars 2015

Oscars 2015

Photo: Alejandro G. Inarritu poses backstage with the Oscar for Achievement in directing, for work on “Birdman” during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Todd Wawrychuk. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Photo: Eddie Redmayne, Oscar Winner for Best Actor in a Leading Role for work on “The Theory of Everything” and Julianne Moore, Oscar Winner for Best Actress in a Leading Role for work on “Still Alice” pose backstage during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Todd Wawrychuk. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

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Photo: America Ferrera and Ryan Piers Williams arrive for the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Photographer: Matt Petit. Image provided by and copyright © Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

LOS ANGELES, CA — Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2014 were presented on Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, were also televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Here are the Nominees (with Winners in bold):

Best Motion Picture

  • “American Sniper” Clint Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan, Producers
  • “Birdman” Alejandro G. Inarritu, John Lesher and James W. Skotchdopole, Producers — WINNER
  • “Boyhood” Richard Linklater and Cathleen Sutherland, Producers
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales and Jeremy Dawson, Producers
  • “The Imitation Game” Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky and Teddy Schwarzman, Producers
  • “Selma” Christian Colson, Oprah Winfrey, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers
  • “The Theory of Everything” Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten, Producers
  • “Whiplash” Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook and David Lancaster, Producers

Best Director

  • Alejandro G. Inarritu “Birdman” — WINNER
  • Richard Linklater “Boyhood”
  • Bennett Miller “Foxcatcher”
  • Wes Anderson “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
  • Morten Tyldum “The Imitation Game”

Best Actor

  • Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
  • Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
  • Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
  • Michael Keaton in “Birdman”
  • Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything” — WINNER

Best Supporting Actor

  • Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
  • Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
  • Edward Norton in “Birdman”
  • Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
  • J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash” — WINNER

Best Actress

  • Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
  • Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
  • Julianne Moore in “Still Alice” —  WINNER
  • Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
  • Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”

Best Supporting Actress

  • Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood” — WINNER
  • Laura Dern in “Wild”
  • Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
  • Emma Stone in “Birdman”
  • Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”

Best Animated Feature Film

  • “Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli — WINNER
  • “The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
  • “How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
  • “Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
  • “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura

Best Cinematography

  • “Birdman” Emmanuel Lubezki — WINNER
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
  • “Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
  • “Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
  • “Unbroken” Roger Deakins

Best Costume Design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero — WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
  • “Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
  • “Maleficent” Anna B. Sheppard and Jane Clive
  • “Mr. Turner” Jacqueline Durran

Best Documentary Feature

  • “CitizenFour” — WINNER
  • “Finding Vivian Maier”
  • “Last Days in Vietnam”
  • “The Salt of the Earth”
  • “Virunga”

Best Documentary Short Subject

  • “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1”— WINNER
  • “Joanna”
  • “Our Curse”
  • “The Reaper (La Parka)”
  • “White Earth”

Best Film Editing

  • “American Sniper” Joel Cox and Gary D. Roach
  • “Boyhood” Sandra Adair
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Barney Pilling
  • “The Imitation Game” William Goldenberg
  • “Whiplash” Tom Cross — WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film

  • “Ida” Poland — WINNER
  • “Leviathan” Russia
  • “Tangerines” Estonia
  • “Timbuktu” Mauritania
  • “Wild Tales” Argentina

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

  • “Foxcatcher” Bill Corso and Dennis Liddiard
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Frances Hannon and Mark Coulier — WINNER
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy” Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White

Best Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Alexandre Desplat — WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Interstellar” Hans Zimmer
  • “Mr. Turner” Gary Yershon
  • “The Theory of Everything” Johann Johannsson

Best Original Song

  • “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”
  • “Glory” from “Selma” — WINNER
  • “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”
  • “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
  • “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”

Best Production Design

  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — WINNER
  • “The Imitation Game”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Into the Woods”
  • “Mr. Turner”

Best Animated Short Film

  • “The Bigger Picture”
  • “The Dam Keeper”
  • “Feast” — WINNER
  • “Me and My Moulton”
  • “A Single Life”

Best Live Action Short Film

  • “Aya”
  • “Boogaloo and Graham”
  • “Butter Lamp”
  • “Parvaneh”
  • “The Phone Call” — WINNER

Best Sound Editing

  • “American Sniper” — WINNER
  • “Birdman”
  • “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”

Best Sound Mixing

  • “American Sniper”
  • “Birdman”
  • “Interstellar”
  • “Unbroken”
  • “Whiplash” — WINNER

Best Visual Effects

  • “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
  • “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”
  • “Guardians of the Galaxy”
  • “Interstellar” — WINNER
  • “X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • “American Sniper” Written by Jason Hall
  • “The Imitation Game” Written by Graham Moore — WINNER
  • “Inherent Vice” Written for the screen by Paul Thomas Anderson
  • “The Theory of Everything” Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
  • “Whiplash” Written by Damien Chazelle

Best Original Screenplay

  • “Birdman” Written by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo — WINNER
  • “Boyhood” Written by Richard Linklater
  • “Foxcatcher” Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
  • “The Grand Budapest Hotel” Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness
  • “Nightcrawler” Written by Dan Gilroy

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February 21, 2015

Ferrari 488 GTB

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Photos: Ferrari 488 GTB. Images provided by and copyright © Ferrari S.p.A.

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February 9, 2015

Orchids Jewelry from Carrera y Carrera

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Photos: Orchids designs from Carrera y Carrera, Madrid, Spain. Orquideas (Orchids) Earrings - Yellow gold, diamonds, and wild rubies. Orquideas (Orchids) Ring - Yellow gold, diamonds, and wild rubies. Images provided by and copyright © Carrera y Carrera.

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January 29, 2015

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015 Ends

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Photo: A participant checks her smartphone during the opening day at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Valeriano DiDomenico.

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Photo: Pedro Sander, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, captured during the session “Merging Virtual and Physical Worlds” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 21, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman and Managing Director, Hindustan Construction Company, India, captured during the session “Forum Debate The Bottom Line” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Asher Hasan, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Naya Jeevan, Pakistan; Social Entrepreneur, captured during the session “Designing Out Poverty” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

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Photo: Kurt Tidd, Vice-Admiral, Departement of Defence, USA, makes a statement during the session “The Future of the Military” at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum at the congress centre in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Valeriano DiDomenico.

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Photo: Julia Novy-Hildesley, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Resilience in Action, USA, captured during the session “Thinking Ahead with the New Champions” in the congress centre at the Annual Meeting 2015 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 24, 2015. © WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/Benedikt von Loebell.

The World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, has ended with a debate on the Global Agenda 2015. The session closed a week-long meeting on the world’s most pressing issues and long-term challenges, including inequality and climate change.

The meeting created momentum for the Forum’s regional agendas, thanks to strong representation from governments and business leaders from emerging markets, including Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Turkey and South Africa, in addition to those from Brazil, Russia, India and China.

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January 26, 2015

Colombia's Paulina Vega crowned Miss Universe

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Photo: Paulina Vega, Miss Universe Colombia 2014, is crowned the winner at the conclusion of The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant broadcast live from Doral-Miami, Florida, on January 25, 2015. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Frank L. Szelwach.

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January 24, 2015

TAG Heuer, Cara Delevingne, and a Lion

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Photo: Model Cara Delevingne poses with a baby lion as she joins Swiss watch brand TAG Heuer as Brand Ambassador to launch the new 2015 campaign at Palais des Beaux-Arts on January 23, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for TAG Heuer. © 2015 Getty Images).

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January 6, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 - Start of Leg 3 - Abu Dhabi, UAE to Sanya, China

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Photo: “By the time the sun rose, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing had lost her lead, ducking behind our stern as we sailed to the Northern tip of Oman during Leg 3 between Abu Dhabi, UAE and Sanya, China.” - Dongfeng Race Team. (Photo by Sam Greenfield/Dongfeng Race Team/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Team Alvimedica arrive in Abu Dhabi during the finish of Leg 2 from Cape Town to Abu Dhabi on December 14, 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: The crew of Team Vestas Wind head back to the boat to retrieve everything they can; including ropes, diesel, Inmarsat dome and sails, following the grounding of the boat on a reef on December 03, 2014 in Mauritius. The Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 is the 12th running of this ocean marathon. Starting from Alicante in Spain on October 04, 2014, the route, spanning some 39,379 nautical miles, visits 11 ports in eleven countries (Spain, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, China, New Zealand, Brazil, United States, Portugal, France, The Netherlands and Sweden) over nine months. The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s premier ocean yacht race for professional racing crews. (Photo by Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race via Getty Images). © 2014 Volvo Ocean Race.

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Photo: Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014. Team SCA finishes at dawn off Cowes to beat the all female round Britain record. Photo Credit: Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.

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Photo: January 3 2015. Team SCA, Foggy conditions at the start of Leg 3, Abu Dhabi to Sanya, China. Photo Credit: Rick Tomlinson/Team SCA.

Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (Ian Walker/GBR) bade farewell to their home port for the hazardous Leg 3 on Saturday by leading the fleet out towards their eventual destination of China from under a blanket of fog.

Light winds are forecast for the first few days of a stage which is expected to take about three weeks before the six boats arrive in Sanya, China.

Few had reckoned on a thick fog for the leg departure from Abu Dhabi (1000 UTC) where the boats had spent Christmas and New Year.

The third leg promises to be intriguing all the way but particularly during the Malacca Strait which separates the Indonesian island of Sumatra and Malaysia.

At some stages, it narrows to 1.5nm and is one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

“It’s the most challenging part of the whole race,” Team Alvimedica (Charlie Enright/USA) navigator Will Oxley (AUS) said on the eve of the leg.

“I’m pretty happy dealing with big waves and strong winds, but the complexity of dealing with a narrow channel, and a very large amount of shipping is what causes the problems.

“Some 300ft of steel coming at you at 20 knots is always concerning, particularly if you haven’t got much control over your speed if there’s not much wind.

“Then you have squalls, very violent squalls in the night, and there’s lots of fishermen who are not showing navigation lights and have long nets. You can get tangled in the nets, or worse still, run someone over. So it’s very stressful.”

Here are the Latest Overall standings in the Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Series:

  1. Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
  2. Team Brunel
  3. Team SCA
  4. Team Alvimedica
  5. Dongfeng Race Team
  6. MAPFRE
  7. Team Vestas Wind

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January 5, 2015

Preparing to Compete at the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant

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Photo (Added Jan. 18): Noyonita Lodh, Miss Universe India 2014, poses during rehearsals on Friday, January 16th for the 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant at Trump National Doral Miami. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (Added Jan. 18): Noyonita Lodh, Miss Universe India 2014, presents her national gift during the National Gift Auction at the InterContinental at Doral Miami on Wednesday, January 14th. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Joseph Mainhart.

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Photo (Added Jan. 15): Perfect Golf Shot. Chanel Beckenlehner, Miss Universe Canada 2014, tees off at the newly renovated Red Tiger golf course at the Trump National Doral Miami on January 12, 2015. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (Added Jan. 14): Anissa Blondin, Miss Universe Belgium 2014, poses in her Yamamay swimwear for photographs at Crandon Park Beach in Key Biscayne on Tuesday, January 13th. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (Added Jan. 7): Yasmin Verheijen, Miss Universe Netherlands 2014, and Josefin Donat, Miss Universe Germany 2014, pose for photographs at the Trump National Doral Miami on January 6, 2015. The 63rd Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami, Florida. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo: Miss Universe Mexico 2014, Josselyn Garciglia, reviews her photos with photographer Matt Petit at the Trump National Doral Miami on January 5th, 2015. The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Doral-Miami. Tune in to the NBC telecast at 8:00 PM ET on January 25, 2015 live from the FIU Arena to see who will be crowned the 63rd Miss Universe. Photo © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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December 20, 2014

28 Cities Join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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Photo: Graz, Austria - UNESCO City of Design. A balloon flying in the city. Photo Credit: ciscommunity.

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Photo: Bradford, England - UNESCO City of Film. Photo Credit: Vassilena Valchanova.

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Photo: Bologna, Italy - UNESCO City of Music. A concert in progress. Photo Credit: Revol Web/Carlotta Piccinini.

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Photo: Curitiba, Brazil - UNESCO City of Design. Oscar Niemeyer Museum. Photo Credit: whl.travel.

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Photo: Lyon, France - UNESCO City of Media Arts. The banks of the Rhone - Back home. Photo Credit: Dominique Chanut.

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, designated 28 cities from 19 countries, as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Launched in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. The network aims to foster international cooperation between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and enhanced influence of culture in the world.

The following cities are new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network:

  • Bilbao (Spain) - Design
  • Busan (Republic of Korea) - Film
  • Curitiba (Brazil) - Design
  • Dakar (Senegal) - Media Arts
  • Dundee (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Design
  • Dunedin (New Zealand) - Literature
  • Florianopolis (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  • Galway (Ireland) - Film
  • Granada (Spain) - Literature
  • Gwangju (Republic of Korea) - Media Arts
  • Hamamatsu (Japan) - Music
  • Hanover (Germany) - Music
  • Heidelberg (Germany) - Literature
  • Helsinki (Finland) - Design
  • Jacmel (Haiti) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Jingdezhen (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Linz (Austria) - Media Arts
  • Mannheim (Germany) - Music
  • Nassau (Bahamas) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Pekalongan (Indonesia) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Prague (Czech Republic) - Literature
  • Shunde (China) - Gastronomy
  • Sofia (Bulgaria) - Film
  • Suzhou (China) - Crafts & Folk Arts
  • Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel) - Media Arts
  • Tsuruoka (Japan) - Gastronomy
  • Turin (Italy) - Design
  • York (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Media Arts

“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is a tremendous tool for cooperation, it reflects our commitment to support an amazing creative and innovative potential to broaden the avenues of sustainable development,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.

By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development plans.

The Network covers seven thematic areas: Craft and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music. It aims to promote international cooperation and encourage the sharing of experiences and resources in order to promote local development through culture and creativity.

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