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July 18, 2018

United Nations Headquarters observe Nelson Mandela International Day

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Photo: Forest Whitaker, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and SDG Global Advocate, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) and Miroslav Lajčák (right), President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, unveil a new stamp on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, the 2018 observance of which marks 100 years since the birth of Mandela (18 July 1918).

The stamp, released by the UN Postal Administration, pays tribute to the centenary of Mandela’s birth. Designed by Norwegian artist Martin Mörck and issued in Swiss francs, it features the Nelson Mandela quote (in French): “It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build.”

18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Penny Abeywardena, Commissioner for International Affairs of the City of New York, makes remarks during the annual observance of Nelson Mandela International Day. The 2018 commemoration marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). 18 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Acclaimed Photographer Mario Sorrenti Shoots Supermodel Anja Rubik For Women's Fashion Magazine PORTER's Issue on Protecting the Oceans

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Photo: Anja Rubik wears a dress by YSL photographed by Mario Sorrenti for PORTER. Image provided by PORTER.

LONDON — For its Summer Escape issue, women’s luxury fashion magazine PORTER is partnering with Parley for the Oceans, a global collaboration network. PORTER, along with acclaimed photographer Mario Sorrenti, and cover star Anja Rubik, is highlighting the plastic crisis facing the oceans.

For a second year, the title dedicates an entire issue to exploring the beauty and fragility of the oceans. In a 63-page portfolio shot by Sorrenti on Parley’s island in the Maldives, Sorrenti’s excellent fashion photography illustrates the reality and impact of plastic pollution upon the seas.

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July 17, 2018

New Chilling Prospects Report shows Lack of Cooling Access threatens Health, Prosperity, and the Climate

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Photo: Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Chief Executive Officer for Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL), briefs the press on the launch of the report “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All.” 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

NEW YORK, July 16, 2018: Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) today released Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All - the first-ever report to quantify the growing risks and assess the opportunities of the global cooling challenge.

The report shows there are over 1.1 billion people globally who face immediate risks from lack of access to cooling. Cooling underpins the ability of millions to escape poverty, to keep children healthy, vaccines stable, food nutritious, and economies productive.

“In a world facing continuously rising temperatures, access to cooling is not a luxury - it’s essential for everyday life. It guarantees safe cold supply chains for fresh produce, secure storage of life-saving vaccines, and dependable work and housing conditions,” said Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

According to the report, these risks are both development and climate change issue, as they pose challenges for the health, safety, and productivity of populations across the world - especially countries in Asia and Africa where access gaps are the largest. This challenge also offers business and entrepreneurs the opportunity for significant new consumer markets which want super-efficient, affordable technologies to meet their cooling needs.

Closing these cooling access gaps is essential for economic growth and development in many countries, the report said.

Following are the report’s Key Findings based on an analysis of 52 vulnerable countries in hot climates:

1.1 billion people face cooling access risks, including:

  • 470 million people in poor rural areas without access to safe food and medicines

  • 630 million people in hotter, impoverished urban slums with little or no cooling to protect them against extreme heatwaves

Nine countries across Asia, Africa and Latin America have the most significant populations facing significant cooling risks.

These countries are India, Bangladesh, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, China, Mozambique, and Sudan.

2.3 billion people represent a different kind of cooling risk - a growing middle class, where limited purchasing options mean they may only be able to afford to buy less expensive and less efficient cooling devices, which could spike global energy demand with profound climate impacts.

Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) launched its Chilling Prospects Report on July 16, 2018, during the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on sustainability currently taking place in New York.

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July 16, 2018

United Nations Special Event on Occasion of 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

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Photo: Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the UN General Assembly, addresses a special event on “Local and Regional Governments’ Forum,” on the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. At left is Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (on screens), addresses a special event on “Local and Regional Governments’ Forum,” on the occasion of the 2018 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. 16 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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July 15, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 Pictures

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Photos: Scenes from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow, Poland, from 12 to 15 June 2018. Images provided by and copyright © UCCN Krakow.

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July 14, 2018

President of India inaugurates Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, lighting the lamp at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Institute of the Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI), in New Delhi on July 14, 2018.

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Institute of the Cost Accountants of India (ICMAI), in New Delhi on July 14, 2018.

New Delhi, July 14, 2018 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, today inaugurated the platinum jubilee celebrations of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

The President said that cost accountants play a substantial part in enhancing the efficiency of processes. Cost accountants are the best managers of the three Ms in a business organization. These are - men and women who work there; the materials used as inputs; and the machines deployed for processing, fabrication, and creation.

As global manufacturing evolves and as manufacturing gets a boost over the coming decade, cost accountants will have a bigger and more prominent role. It will be Cost accountants’ mandate to ensure that products and services are delivered at a competitive price but without compromising on quality.

The President said that it is for cost accountants to ensure that the administrations remove wasteful activities and costs in production. It is for cost accountants to help in innovation and improvement of processes and systems to reduce avoidable costs and make each invested rupee go that much further. It is for cost accountants to help fight the aberrations of gold plating that may sometimes appear on our business landscape. All this will strengthen the national effort in establishing India as a low-cost and competitive manufacturing hub for world-class products.

“I would encourage you to help promote financial literacy among women, particularly young women. I have mentioned this on previous occasions as well and believe this can go very far in changing attitudes and empowering women in our society. As financial and business professionals, you should and must be part of this social change,” the President told the Cost Accountants.

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July 13, 2018

United Nations finalizes first ever Global Compact for Migration

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Photo: The United Nations, through Intergovernmental negotiations, finalized today the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration document.

Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN, Co-facilitator for the Global Compact on Migration process, holds up the final draft of the document. 13 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York, 13 July 2018 - The text of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, was finalized today. It is the first time that the Member States of the United Nations have come together to negotiate an agreement covering all dimensions of international migration holistically and comprehensively.

The Global Compact is the culmination of thematic discussions and consultations among the Member States and such actors as local officials, civil society representatives, and migrants themselves. This open, transparent and inclusive process lasting over 18 months led to unprecedented dialogue and learning by all participants on the realities of international migration. The agreement now forms a basis to improve governance and global understanding of immigration, to address the challenges associated with movement today, and to strengthen the contribution of migrants and migration to sustainable development.

Calling today a “historic moment,” the President of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, said the Global Compact’s potential was huge. He added, “It can guide us from a reactive to a proactive mode. It can help us to draw out the benefits of migration and mitigate the risks. It can provide a new platform for cooperation. Moreover, it can be a resource, in finding the right balance between the rights of people and the sovereignty of States. Also, in December, it will formally become the first comprehensive framework for migration the world has ever seen.”

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, said: “This compact demonstrates the potential of multilateralism: our ability to come together on issues that demand global collaboration - however complicated and contentious they may be.”

The Permanent Representatives of Mexico and Switzerland to the United Nations acted as the co-facilitators in drafting the document.

The agreement will be formally adopted by the Member States at the Intergovernmental Conference on Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 10 and 11 December 2018.

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July 12, 2018

United Nations Secretary-General's launches High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (left), speaks with his Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, on his way to brief the press. 12 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2018 — United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, today announced the launch of a High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

“The scale, spread, and speed of change made possible by digital technologies is unprecedented, but the current means and levels of international cooperation are unequal to the challenge,” Mr. Guterres said.

“Digital technologies make a significant contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals, and they cut uniquely across international boundaries. Therefore, cooperation across domains and borders is critical to realizing the full social and economic potential of digital technologies as well as mitigating the risks that they pose and curtailing any unintended consequences.”

Ms. Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mr. Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, have been appointed by the UN Secretary-General as Co-Chairs of the Panel.

The Panel has a total of 20 members, representing a cross-section of expertise from government, private industry, civil society, academia and the technical community. A full list appears below.

Members of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation:

Co-Chairs

  1. Melinda Gates (USA), Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  2. Jack Ma (China), Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group

Members

  1. Mohammed Al Gergawi (UAE), Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, UAE
  2. Yuichiro Anzai (Japan), President of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  3. Nikolai Astrup (Norway), Minister of International Development, Norway
  4. Vinton Cerf (USA), Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  5. Fadi Chehadé (USA), Partner at ABRY Partners
  6. Isabel Guerrero Pulgar (Chile), Director, IMAGO Global Grassroots, and Lecturer, Harvard Kennedy School
  7. Marina Kaljurand (Estonia), Chair of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
  8. Bogolo Kenewendo (Botswana), Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, Botswana
  9. Akaliza Keza Ntwari (Rwanda), ICT advocate and entrepreneur
  10. Marina Kolesnik (Russian Federation), senior executive, entrepreneur and WEF Young Global Leader
  11. Doris Leuthard (Switzerland), Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy, and Communications, Switzerland
  12. Cathy Mulligan (United Kingdom), Visiting Research Fellow Imperial College Centre for Cryptocurrency
  13. Edson Prestes (Brazil), Professor, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul
  14. Kira Radinsky (Israel), Director of Data Science, eBay
  15. Nanjira Sambuli (Kenya), Digital Equality Advocacy Manager, World Wide Web Foundation
  16. Sophie Soowon Eom (Republic of Korea), Founder of Adriel AI and Solidware
  17. Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (Australia), Secretary General, CIVICUS
  18. Jean Tirole (France), Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

Ex officio

  1. Amandeep Singh Gill (India), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation
  2. Jovan Kurbalija (Serbia), Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation

All panel members serve in their personal capacity, not as representatives of their respective institutions.

“Soon, every industry will be digitized, and this will have a tremendous impact on every aspect of life. In this digital era, data and technology are more broadly available, enabling entrepreneurialism, economic growth, and improved quality of life for those who have the access and training to leverage it. Global, cross-sector collaboration is critical to ensure the benefits of the digital era are possible for all,” said Jack Ma.

In carrying out its work, the Panel will undertake a wide range of public consultations, including at least two public events and an open process inviting global inputs including through online engagement activities starting in September. The panel would function in a small Secretariat, based in New York and Geneva.

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Mayor of New York City Proclaims 11 July as Global Goals Day

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Photo: New York City has submitted a review of its progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the United Nations, becoming the first city in the world to report directly to the international community on the status of its efforts to reach the goals by 2030. In recognition of this, Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, proclaimed Wednesday (11 July) as Global Goals Day in the city, a recurring annual day.

Alison Smale (left), United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, receives a proclamation from Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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July 11, 2018

United Nations Security Council Considers International Peace and Security with Focus on Climate-Related Security Risks

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Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, briefs the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: A view of a section of the UN Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Hindou Ibrahim, from the International Indigenous People Forum on Climate Change, addresses the UN Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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July 10, 2018

Porsche 911 GT2 RS arrives in India

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Photo: Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, with Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Image provided by Porsche.

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Photos: Porsche 911 GT2 RS. Images provided by Porsche.

Mumbai — Porsche’s ultimate driving machine, the 911 GT2 RS, is now available in India. An exclusive event in the Porsche Centre Mumbai showroom celebrated the arrival of this unique model, which is the road-approved sports car record holder on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 6 minutes and 47.3 seconds.

Pavan Shetty, Director of Porsche India, said: “This is a great day for sports car fans in India. The 911 GT2 RS is the concentration of Porsche’s motorsport expertise into one high-performance model that also masters everyday driving. Despite its superior racing dynamics, this top 911 model is as predictable and reliable to handle as any other Porsche. We see an increasing demand for true sports cars in India, and with vehicles like the 911 GT2 RS, we are confident Porsche is well placed to meet that demand and offer a truly unique driving experience on the road and the racetrack.”

The new Porsche 911 GT2 RS is now available at all Porsche Centres across India.

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July 9, 2018

Government of India grants "Institution of Eminence" status to Six institutes; Snubs Chandigarh's Panjab University

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Photo: Indian Institute of Science Bangalore. The original building built in 1937. Image Credit: Bill.

India’s Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, today, announced the names of six institutes, three in public sector and three in private industry, which have been accorded the status of Institution of Eminence by the government of India.

The government had constituted an Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) to select the Institutions of Eminence. All the Applicant Institutions made presentations before the EEC from 2nd April 2018 to 8th May 2018. The Committee in its report recommended selection of only six institutions (three from the public sector and three from the private sector) as Institutions of Eminence.

From the public sector, the government has granted this status to the following three institutes:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi.
  2. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay.
  3. Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore.

From the private sector, the government has granted this status to the following three institutes:

  1. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka.
  2. Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani, Rajasthan.
  3. Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation), Pune. (Greenfield Category)

The Institutions of Eminence will have the freedom to fix and charge the fee from international students without restriction and would have the freedom to determine the domestic students’ costs, subject to the condition that no student who gains admission should be turned away for lack of finance.

The Institutions of Eminence shall have the flexibility of course structure regarding credit hours and the number of years to take a degree under the prevailing minimum standards.

The Institutions of Eminence will have the freedom to enter into academic collaboration with top 500 Global ranking institutions without the approval of the Government.

Each public Institution selected as ‘Institution of Eminence’ will get financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Crore over the period of five years under this scheme.

The target for the Institutions of Eminence would be to break into the top 500 bracket in the internationally reputed ranking frameworks and then come up in the top 100 over time.

Meanwhile, the Government of India has delivered a rebuff to Panjab University Chandigarh, which, too, had applied for the “Institution of Eminence” status. The Government has rejected its application outright. Panjab University, daughter of the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, is the idol of the Chandigarhians.

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July 7, 2018

Airbus delivers six H145 helicopters to Swiss Air-Rescue, Rega

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Photo: Airbus, a global leader in aeronautics, has delivered the first of a total of six H145 helicopters to the Swiss Air-Rescue, Rega. These will replace Rega’s existing fleet of EC145 helicopters, which will be phased out by mid-2019.

The H145 is the market leader for police and rescue missions with a combined fleet of over 200 helicopters worldwide, which have jointly accumulated more than 100,000 flight hours. The agile H145 is particularly well suited for special intensive care transports because of its spacious cabin and a maximum take-off weight of 3.7 tons.

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UNCTAD Announces Women in Business Awards Finalists 2018 — Winner to be named at World Investment Forum in October 2018

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Photo: Member States, International Organizations, NGOs, and academia gather for UNCTAD’s Geneva Dialogue. Image provided by UNCTAD.

Geneva, Switzerland, July 6, 2018 - UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)) has announced the finalists of the sixth Empretec Women in Business Awards.

The awards celebrate exceptional businesswomen who have benefitted from UNCTAD’s global entrepreneurship training network, Empretec, and have become role models for their outstanding achievements in running micro and small businesses.

The winners will be announced on 25 October at the World Investment Forum, taking place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 22-26 October 2018.

Empretec centers from 19 countries submitted more than 50 nominations. A panel of experts selected the ten finalists considering the innovation, leadership and impact on their communities the nominees demonstrated.

Since its launch in 1988, the Empretec programme has trained and motivated more than 400,000 entrepreneurs in more than 40 countries.

The 2018 finalists are:

  • Rosana Marques (Brazil): Ouseuse, swimwear and lingerie
  • Ndey Fatou Njie (The Gambia): TiGA, swimwear products
  • Chandra Vadhana (India): Skill development, training, assessments and human resources consulting
  • Lama Sha’sha’a (Jordan): International Robotics Academy, education for 6-16-year-olds in robotics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Uneiza Ali lssufo (Mozambique): ConsMoz Lda - Building Mozambique Limited, construction
  • Rocio Castro Fernandez (Ecuador): Momoa, clothes for breastfeeding mothers
  • Barbara Ofwono Buyondo (Uganda): Victorious Education Services, kindergarten through primary school education
  • Ana de León (Uruguay): Ruta 10 Upcycling, up-cycling design company (bags, accessories from recycled materials)
  • Rina Arráez (Venezuela): Inversiones Alces 1012 C.A., handmade accessories from recycled materials
  • Leah Diana Mitaba (Zambia): Butterfly Initiatives, cooperative for the production of vegetables and fruits

The winner and two runners-up will win the chance to attend an executive course in digital marketing by IMD Lausanne, mentoring by the MBA Business School in Grenoble, France, and a watch by Delance of Switzerland among other gifts.

Previous winners of the Empretec Women in Business award include:

  • 2016: Tran Thi Viet, Viet Tranf Handicraft, Vietnam
  • 2014: Lina Jalil Khalifeh, SheFighter, Jordan,
  • 2012: Melissa de Leon, Panama Gourmet, Panama,
  • 2010: Beatrice Ayuru Byaruhanga, Lira Integrated School, Uganda
  • 2008: Sana Zaal Burgan, Med Grant, Jordan.

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July 5, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network Reaffirms Commitment to Cultural Cooperation for Sustainable Development

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Photo: Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Sydney is a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow (Poland) from 12 to 15 June 2018 adopted a “Mayors’ Declaration” on how to advance the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 in cities through culture. Over 350 participants, including 50 mayors and deputy mayors from across the globe, reaffirmed their cities’ commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The UCCN currently has 180 member cities, from 72 different countries. They work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and actively cooperate at the international level across seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

“In Medellín we understand that cultural and creative industries can generate decent work and economic growth that impacts the entire city, helping to reduce poverty and improving the quality of life. Through art, we can better communicate with the communities and make necessary changes,” declared Lina Botero Villa, Secretary of Culture of Medellin (Colombia).

Spurred on by this year’s theme “Creative Crossroads” the Creative Cities explored new cooperation prospects. Cities of Joao Pessoa (Brazil), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Porto-Novo (Benin) envisaged linking their crafts sectors to expand opportunities for their artisans at the international level. “Our role is to promote, guide and enable the emergence of creative forces. This meeting represents a unique opportunity for my city to broaden its international outreach and exchange with my peers,” said Nathanaël Ouedraogo, Deputy Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Five thematic workshops and networking sessions allowed cities to advance the role of culture, mainly through creativity, as an enabler of sustainable development. Among the topics addressed were the need for reliable data collection, measurement, and monitoring processes for culture, the impact of digital technologies in shaping the city of tomorrow, urban regeneration, and youth.

The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the UCCN LAB.2030 Initiative, which demonstrates diverse ways in which the Creative Cities embrace innovation and culture in their local policies.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is working towards strengthening cooperation on creativity and heritage as a foundation for making cities more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

The city of Fabriano (Italy) will host the next Annual Meeting in 2019 with the focus on the theme of “The Ideal City.”

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July 2, 2018

United Nations holds High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres, addresses a reception in the Delegates Dining room hosted by Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, on the side of the High-level Conference of Counter-Terrorism. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Opening of High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres chairs the closing of the High-level Conference of Counter-Terrorism. On the left is Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. 29 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, addresses the Security Council meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. 29 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: A view of a section of the General Assembly Hall as Vladimir Voronkov (on screens), Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, addresses the opening of the High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 30, 2018

UNESCO Declares Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai a World Heritage Property

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Photo: Elphinstone College, as part of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai. Image Credit: Franx.

Manama, Bahrain, June 30, 2018 — India’s nomination of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Manama in Bahrain today. As recommended by the World Heritage Committee, India accepted the renaming of the ensemble as “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai”.

India has secured the inscription of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under Criteria (ii) and (iv) as defined in the UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines.

In the past five years, India has managed to get inscribed seven of its properties/sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. India now has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites. While India stands second in number after China regarding the number of World Heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, it is overall sixth in the world.

The Ensemble comprises of two architectural styles, the 19th-century collection of Victorian structures and the 20th century Art Deco buildings along the sea, conjoined through the historic open space of the Oval Maidan. Together, this architectural ensemble represents the most remarkable collection of Victorian and Art Deco buildings in the world which forms the unique character of this urban setting, unparalleled in the world.

The Ensemble consists of 94 buildings primarily of 19th-century Victorian Gothic revival and early 20th century Art Deco style of architecture with the Oval Maidan in the center. The 19th-century Victorian buildings form part of the larger Fort precinct situated to the east of the Oval Maidan. These public buildings include the Old Secretariat (1857-74), University Library and Convention Hall (1874-78), the Bombay High Court (1878), the Public Works Department Office (1872), Watson&#8217’s Hotel (1869), David Sasoon Library (1870), and the Elphinstone College (1888). The Art Deco styled buildings to the west of the Oval Maidan were raised in the early 20th century on the newly reclaimed lands at Marine Drive and symbolized the shift in expression to represent contemporary aspirations.

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June 27, 2018

India Government proposes to Replace University Grants Commission (UGC) with Higher Education Commission of India (HECI)

India Universities

Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addressing a press conference.

New Delhi, June 27, 2018 — In a landmark decision, a Higher Education Commission of India (Repeal of University Grants Commission Act) Bill 2018 which seeks to repeal UGC Act and provides for setting up of Higher Education Commission of India has been prepared by the Ministry of HRD (Human Resource Development) and placed in public domain for comments and suggestions. The focus of Higher Education Commission of India will be on improving academic standards and the quality of Higher Education.

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, has appealed to all educationists, stakeholders and the general public to furnish comments and suggestions by 7th July 2018 till 5 p.m. on the draft Bill.

The Government announced that the draft Act is following its commitment to reform the regulatory systems, provide for more autonomy, and facilitate the holistic growth of the education system that presents more significant opportunities to the Indian students at more affordable cost.

The following principles guide the transformation of the regulatory set up:

Less Government and more Governance:

No more interference in the management issues of the educational institutions.

Separation of grant functions:

The grant functions would be carried out by the HRD Ministry, and the HECI would focus only on academic matters.

End of Inspection Raj:

Regulation will be conducted through transparent public disclosures, merit-­based decision making on matters regarding standards and quality in higher education.

Focus on academic quality:

HECI will have the mandate of improving educational standards with the specific focus on learning outcomes, evaluation of academic performance by institutions, mentoring of institutions, training of teachers, and promoting the use of educational technology. It will develop norms for setting standards for opening and closure of institutions, provide for greater flexibility and autonomy to institutions, and lay rules for appointments to critical leadership positions at the institutional level irrespective of the law under which a University was started.

Powers to enforce:

The Regulator will have powers to enforce compliance with the academic quality standards and will have the authority to order the closure of sub­standard and bogus institutions.

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June 26, 2018

Audi e-Tron Cup: Audi brings the Fascination of Sailing from Water to Land

Audi, Sailing, Sports

Audi, Sailing, Sports

Audi, Sailing, Sports

Audi, Sailing, Sports

Photos: Sailing scenes during the AUDI E-Tron cup in Kiel, Germany. June 20, 2018. Photos by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for AUDI. © 2018 Getty Images. Images provided by AUDI.

Audi sponsored Kieler Woche (Kiel Week), a famous sailing regatta, from 16th to 24th June, by presenting the Audi e-Tron Cup. Leading personalities from sports and show business competed against each other and tested their skills on the water.

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UN Security Council Considers Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on a comprehensive review of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Wide view of the UN Security Council chamber as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses the Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on a comprehensive review of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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