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July 31, 2018

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

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Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image Credit: Amit Rawat.

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 — The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one place can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site.

There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present —

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:
Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

NATURAL SITES:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

MIXED SITE:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

The above information was given by India’s Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament), today.

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July 28, 2018

India's Three-Day VCs’ Conference on Research & Innovation in Higher Education ends with a 10-point resolution for transforming Universities into institutions engaged in cutting-edge research

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New Delhi, India, July 28, 2018 — Vice-Chancellors from across the country today reaffirmed their commitment to improving the quality of teaching-learning process and achieving the UGC Quality Mandate in Universities and the affiliated institutions by 2020 and NAAC accreditation for all institutions by 2022.

The one-of-its-kind 3-day Conference on “Research and Innovation” for the Vice-Chancellors & Directors of Higher Educational Institutions was organized from July 26-28 and inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Human Resource Development with Dr. Satya Pal Singh, MoS for Human Resource Development as Guest of Honour. The Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD; the Chairman, UGC; Chairman, AICTE; officials of MHRD and the UGC; Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities; Directors of Central Institutions such as IITs, IIMs, IISc, NITs, IIITs, IISERs and other central institutions participated in the conference.

More than 600 Vice-Chancellors and Directors attended the conference, which coincided with the auspicious occasion of “Guru Purnima.”

The Conference had six sessions on themes ‘promoting research and innovations’, ‘quality mandate,’ ‘teachers training,’ and ‘digital initiatives.’ The conference had open forums where all delegates freely interacted with the HRD Minister on the issues of higher education and deliberated over the actions required to achieve the quality education. 65 universities/institutions made presentations on achievements and best practices related to the themes of the conference.

The Conference unanimously adopted the following 10-Point Resolution:

WE RESOLVE TO:

  1. Reaffirm our commitment for achieving the UGC Quality Mandate in our respective Universities and the affiliated institutions by 2020 and NAAC accreditation for all institutions by 2022;
  2. Adopt and implement Learning Outcome-Based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) in HEIs by updating curriculum from the academic year 2019-20; Adopt Learner Centric teaching-learning processes by suitable improvement in the pedagogy;
  3. Participate in the Induction Training of newly recruited teachers and annual Refresher Training of all the teachers using the SWAYAM and take measures for improving the motivation levels of teachers;
  4. Enhance research productivity of our respective institutions by orienting teachers and students to participate in competition-based research funding schemes;
  5. Create an innovation culture and eco-system, including administrative and financial support, academic freedom and flexibility for promoting innovation; encourage participation in the Smart India Hackathon; facilitate setting up start-ups by students;
  6. Sensitize the students and encourage them to actively participate in the social/economic betterment of the community by adopting at least five villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan;
  7. Give a significant fillip to Vocationalisation of higher education by participating in the relevant schemes under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) duly modified for the requirements of higher education students, and also achieve constructive links with the industry;
  8. Encourage the use of digital learning resources among students and teachers; approve SWAYAM courses for credit transfer; use the resources like e ShodhSindhu, and National Digital Library; and upload degrees on National Academic Depository;
  9. Create awareness about ethics in research and the provisions for checking plagiarism and weeding out predatory journals;
  10. Strive for a smart and Swachh campus, and also mentor the schools around our institution and the affiliated colleges to motivate the students/teachers therein to strive for academic excellence.

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July 27, 2018

India is holding a three day National Conference of Vice Chancellors of Universities and Directors of Higher Education Institutions

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Photo: Keep Your University/College Campus Clean! India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the “Swachh [Clean] Campus” Manual along with the Higher Educational Profile 2017-18 and the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) Report 2017-18.

New Delhi, India, July 27, 2018 — On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development organized a National Conference of Vice Chancellors & Directors of Higher Education Institutions of India in New Delhi today. Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, chaired the conference and Minister of State for HRD Higher Education Dr. Satya Pal Singh also graced the occasion.

The three- day Conference started on 26th July and will culminate on 28th July 2018. All Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities, Directors of Central Institutes, such as IITs, IISc., IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITs and other central institutions are participating in the Conference.

Addressing the participants, Javadekar said that all research projects of the ministry would be made available to teachers and students of all Universities. Turnitin software will be available at no cost basis to all Universities in the country. It would check plagiarism.

The Minister released the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2017-18, Higher Education Profile 2017-18, and “Swachh [Clean] Campus,” a manual for Swachhta [Cleanliness] of Higher Education Institution campuses.

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July 26, 2018

UNESCO announces New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

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Photo: Audrey Azoulay (right), Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

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Photo: Nandita Das, one of the newly appointed Jury members, is an Actor and Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF India. Here she is speaking at the launch of UN@70, a year of activities to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary. Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is also seen. 12 January 2015. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UNESCO, Paris, France — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita’s second directorial venture recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.

Professor Nadia Bernoussi

Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.

Abdoulaye Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture,” Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), UNESCO marks the Prize by a ceremony and presents the winner with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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July 21, 2018

United States Secretary of State visits United Nations Headquarters

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Photo: Secretary-General António Guterres (right) meets with Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Michael Richard Pompeo (second from left), Secretary of State of the United States of America, about to address the press at the UN Headquarters. To the left is Nikki R. Haley, United States Permanent Representative to the UN. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: Michael Richard Pompeo, Secretary of State of the United States of America, briefs press during his visit to the UN Headquarters. 20 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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July 20, 2018

President of India addresses the Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur; says the Exchange of Ideas with the World Contribute to our Development

India Universities

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the degree certificate to a student at the 64th Annual Convocation of IIT Kharagpur, in West Bengal on July 20, 2018.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 64th annual convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur today (July 20, 2018) in Kharagpur, West Bengal.

The President said that IIT Kharagpur has its origins in a committee that was set up by the government shortly after Independence to take stock of technical education. British Nobel laureate Dr. A.V. Hill headed the committee. Dr. Hill recommended the setting up of an institution modeled on the pattern of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. The use of global experts to conceive this Institute was appropriate. The result is the Institute we are in today. Over the years, IIT Kharagpur, and in fact, the IIT network and community has become a critical window to the world. Exchange of ideas, of expertise, of knowledge - across fields, from engineering to economics, from medicine to management - has contributed to our policy choices and our people’s development.

The IIT Kharagpur community is a prized resource for India and the world. As graduating students will soon realize, the IIT Kharagpur brand name and the reputation built by the achievements of generations of illustrious alumni will accompany you wherever you go. You are now part of a transcontinental talent pool that has added value to technology and wealth creation and, above all, to human lives. Your Institute took a significant step towards strengthening India’s global academic linkages when it started the International Summer Winter Term Programme, the President said.

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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:

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

Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore

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

Airbus Helicopter

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:

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:

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