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December 13, 2018

United Nations — Award Ceremony: Diwali - "The Power of One"

United Nations, USA, Diwali Stamp

Photo: A view of an ornamental lamp at the ceremony presenting “The Power of One” awards to commemorate the issuance of the Diwali Stamp by the United States Postal Service. 11 December 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, USA, Diwali Stamp

Photo: Kairat Umarov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the United Nations, addresses the ceremony presenting “The Power of One” awards to commemorate the issuance of the Diwali Stamp by the United States Postal Service. 11 December 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

The award, established by Diwali Foundation USA, Inc. in 2017, aims to celebrate and highlight the vital role of diplomats and international officials in promoting peace on Earth.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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December 12, 2018

First ever Consultation of UNESCO Chairs in India

UNESCO, INDIA

Photo: A scene from a meeting of the Preparatory Group of the UNESCO Executive Board, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Image provided by and copyright © UNESCO/Cyril Bailleul. [File Photo]

New Delhi, December 12, 2018 — The UNESCO Office in New Delhi in collaboration with Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), hosted the first-ever Consultation of UNESCO Chairs, from 10-11 December 2018 in New Delhi. The primary objective of the consultation was to build a more informed and active network of UNESCO Chairs in India and to brainstorm and share ideas on the role of UNESCO Chairs in strengthening the work of UNESCO. The two-day consultation saw the participation by all 11 UNESCO Chairs in India.

On Day 1, the UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt, welcomed all the participants at UNESCO House, which was followed by the screening of a Film on UNESCO’s 70 years in India. The reception at the UNESCO House was a unique opportunity for all the 11 Chairs present to introduce themselves and to build meaningful networking in an informal setting.

On the second day, the meeting started with an address by Dr. Rajesh Tandon who warmly welcomed all the UNESCO Chairs in India to PRIA campus. UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt made a presentation highlighting critical activities undertaken by the different sectors in the New Delhi Office. Dr. N. Saravana Kumar, Joint Secretary (ICC), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) thanked UNESCO for organizing the meeting and highlighted the need to engage meaningfully with the UNESCO Chairs in strengthening the programmes and policies of MHRD.

During the work session, the Chairs brainstormed about enhanced collaboration with UNESCO New Delhi and how they could further UNESCO’s agenda in their respective areas of specialization. The members presented key ideas which included reinforcing the network of UNESCO Chairs by setting up e-groups for enhanced networking and knowledge sharing and promoting core values of UNESCO through their ongoing courses and programmes.

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme consists of the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN (University Twinning and Networking) Networks in higher education institutions. Because of the nature and flexibility of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, universities can respond more readily and with greater autonomy to the demands for new learning and research in a world undergoing rapid economic, social and technological change. India has established 11 Chairs on different subjects.

Following is the List of Chairs under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Programme —

  1. UNESCO Chair in Cultural Development (1994), Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
  2. UNESCO Chair in Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (1998), Academy of Engineering and Educational Research, Pune
  3. UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education through Distance Mode (1996), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
  4. UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology (2000), Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Bangalore
  5. UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (1999), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Pune
  6. UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Ecotechnology (1996), M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
  7. UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding (2010), Banaras Hindu University
  8. UNESCO Chair on Community Media (2011), University of Hyderabad
  9. UNESCO Chair in Climate Science and Policy (2012), TERI University
  10. UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (2012), Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University
  11. UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Human Habitat (2013), The Centre for Environment Education and CEPT University

Sources: UNESCO India Office, New Delhi; Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO

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December 9, 2018

International Conference on Sustainable Water Management at Mohali from Tomorrow

Water Management Conference

Photo: The Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Nitin Gadkari, in a group photograph at the inauguration of the “India Water Impact Summit 2018”, in New Delhi on December 05, 2018. The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, and the Secretary, Water Resources, River Development, and Ganga Rejuvenation, U.P. Singh, are also seen. [File Photo]

Mohali (Near Chandigarh), India, December 9, 2018 — An International Conference under the aegis of National Hydrology Project, Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation is being organized by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) during 10-11 December 2018 at Indian School of Business (ISB), Mohali, on the theme ‘Sustainable Water Management’. The objective of the Conference is to promote integrated and sustainable development and management of Water Resources.

The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Acharya Devvrat, would be the Chief Guest and U.P. Singh, Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, would be the Guest of Honour at the inaugural session of the Conference on December 10, 2018.

Many Experts & Delegates from reputed organizations from both within India and other countries, such as Australia, United Kingdom, USA, Spain, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Canada, Germany, and Sri Lanka would be taking part in the event. They would present their experience and expertise in the use of state of the art technology for sustainable development of water resources. About 20 companies and organizations will be putting up stalls in the exhibition to showcase their activities in the area of sustainable water resources management.

The Conference aims to foster the participation of and dialogue between various stakeholders, including governments and the scientific and academic communities, promote sustainable policies for water management, and encourage better management of water resources at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Source: Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India

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December 8, 2018

Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak elected National Press Club President

National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club, Washington DC

Photo: Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, the new President of the National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 8, 2018 — Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, a correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio), was elected the next President of the National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists, on Friday, December 7, 2018.

A three-time George Polk Award-winner during her lengthy career in both print and broadcast journalism, Kodjak will officially assume the duties of the presidency on January 11, 2019.

Kodjak, in her acceptance speech before her fellow members in the Club’s Truman Lounge, pledged to uphold the work of her predecessors in advocating for press freedom worldwide.

“My goal as president is to see the club become a central player in the fight for the future of quality, fact-based journalism here in the US and fight for the freedom of our colleagues around the world.

“Journalists today are under a huge amount of pressure. There are economic challenges - but even more difficult are the attacks on our credibility and character. Also, by habit, we tend to stay in our lanes - we work for the Post, AP or CNN and we compete. We belong to our groups - WHCA, IRE or NABJ. However, the National Press Club is a place where we break those walls down and gather to enjoy each other’s company,” Kodjak said.

Kodjak, who has enjoyed a successful career covering a wide array of subjects in a variety of platforms, is considered well-suited to foster that sense of camaraderie amongst her journalism colleagues. Before joining NPR in 2015, Kodjak spent two years at the Center for Public Integrity, leading projects in financial, telecom, and political reporting. Before joining the Center, she spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government, and economics, and as part of Bloomberg’s investigative team, reported on the bankruptcy of General Motors Corp. and the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill. A graduate of Georgetown University and Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Kodjak is also the co-author of the book “In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took It Down,” published in 2011 by John Wiley & Sons.

Also elected in Friday’s Club elections were: Michael Freedman (UMUC, GW, The Kalb Report) as vice president; Peter Urban (Freelance) as treasurer; and Fouad Arif (Morocco News Agency) as secretary. Elected to the Board of Governors were: Lisa Matthews of the Associated Press, Ferdous Al-Faruque of MedTech Insight, Emily Wilkins of Bloomberg BNA, Del Quentin Wilber of the Los Angeles Times, freelance journalist Antonella Ciancio, and Danny Selnick of Business Wire.

The inaugural gala for the new president of the club, which was founded in 1908 and has 3,100 members worldwide, would be held on January 12, 2019.

Source: National Press Club, Washington, D.C.

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December 7, 2018

UNESCO Global Education Meeting Sets Course for Education for the Next Four Years

UNESCO Global Education

UNESCO Global Education

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

Brussels, Belgium, December 6, 2018 — UNESCO convened the Global Education Meeting in Brussels, from 3 to 5 December 2018, to agree on common next steps for education. Stefania Gianini, Assistant-Director General for Education at UNESCO called for “strong political will, sustained collective action and a massive increase of resources.”

UNESCO brought together Ministers, representatives of Member States, multilateral organizations, civil society, the teaching profession, youth, and the private sector. Gianini sought consensus on building an education partnership platform engaging the gamut of development partners across industries. She highlighted the complementary roles and the strengths of partners around the table to keep education on top of the political and private sector agenda.

United Nations Special Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, called for partnerships with non-educational players and the private sector. Princess Laurentien urged development partners to make education relevant to other industries and emphasize the shared responsibility of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

UNESCO announced that the WIDE (World Inequality Database on Education) platform would be further developed through the Global Education Monitoring Report and UNESCO Institute of Statistics to understand better inequalities within countries in ensuring access to education, participation, completion, and learning outcomes.

Countries, regional partners, and development agencies adopted the outcome statement - the Brussels Declaration with the following key points:

Although the Global Education Meeting only takes place every four years, partners would work on a continual basis, on the harmonization and strengthening of support to Member States and partners to achieve the education-related targets of the global agenda. This work would be carried out through the UNESCO led SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, the global multi-stakeholder mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda.

Gianini closed the Meeting saying, “2019 is the year of education. We have an opportunity that we cannot and must not waste. Beginning with the new International Day of Education on 24 January, to the High-Level Political Forum and G7 in July, to the UNGA 2019, and the UNESCO General Conference in November. It is a time for action”.

Source: UNESCO, Paris & Brussels

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December 6, 2018

Ferrari SP3JC — A One-Off Exclusive Open-Air Motoring

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Photos: Ferrari SP3JC. A One-Off Exclusive Open-Air Motoring. Images provided by and Copyright © Ferrari.

Maranello, Italy, December 6, 2018 - The latest Ferrari one-off project, the SP3JC, has been officially consigned to its owner. Designed by the Ferrari Styling Centre, the SP3JC was commissioned by a Ferrari client and collector whose brief set out to create a pure, uncompromising roadster using the chassis and running gear of the F12tdf.

The single one-off car, the SP3JC, is the maximum expression of open-air motoring, harking back to Ferrari’s epic V12-engined spiders of the 1950s and ‘60s. The striking one-off makes an essential and individual styling statement and represents the outcome of over two years of intense work, with close involvement from the client throughout the process.

The SP3JC features a very muscular stance with dynamic sculpturing on the flanks designed to emphasize the front-engine layout, a distinctive air intake outline at the front, and a dramatic rear fascia with horizontal slashes contributing to a broader stance.

The company has reflected the client’s passion for Pop Art in the sharp graphics. The unique combination of the Azzurro Met and Giallo Modena livery over the central Bianco Italia color scheme underlines the car’s sensual volumes.

The sporting theme is reinforced by specific detailing such as split glass inserts on the bonnet to show off the 780cv V12 engine, a flying bridge between the fairings of the carbon-fiber roll hoops and a brushed aluminum external fuel filler cap.

The seats are of blue leather with a white insert. The blue leather extends to the lower dashboard, and the color is picked up in the contrasting stitching to the rest of the interior trim.

Source: Ferrari

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December 4, 2018

Miss Universe Contestants reach Bangkok, Thailand for Final on December 16

Miss Universe

Photo: Enikő Kecskés, Miss Universe Hungary 2018, participates during a demonstration of Batik Painting at Dahla Batik in Krabi Island on December 7. Photographer: Max Louis Miller. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Eva Colas, Miss Universe France 2018, during a demonstration of Batik Painting at Dahla Batik in Krabi Island on December 7. Photographer: Max Louis Miller. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

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Photo: Miss Universe Contestants during a visit to the Grand Palace in Bangkok on December 4. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Zahra Khanum, Miss Universe Singapore 2018; Francesca Mifsud, Miss Universe Malta 2018; Tamaryn Green, Miss Universe South Africa 2018; and H’Hen Nie, Miss Universe Vietnam 2018; during a visit to Chinatown in Bangkok on December 3. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Yulia Polyachikhina, Miss Universe Russia 2018, gets hair done by a stylist from Farouk Systems, the Makers of CHI & Biosilk upon arriving at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 30. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Andrea Toscano, Miss Universe Mexico 2018, gets makeup done upon arriving at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 30. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

Miss Universe

Photo: Nehal Chudasama, Miss Universe India 2018, gets hair done by a stylist from Farouk Systems, the Makers of CHI & Biosilk upon arriving at the Dusit Thani Bangkok on November 30. Photographer: Benjamin Askinas. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

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Photo: Francesca Mifsud, Miss Universe Malta 2018, during a visit to Chinatown in Bangkok on December 3. Photographer: Patrick Prather. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization.

The Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the Miss Universe crown in Bangkok, Thailand. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, December 16, 2018, from the IMPACT Arena in Bangkok, Thailand to see who will become the next Miss Universe.

Source: The Miss Universe Organization

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December 3, 2018

Vice President Naidu lauds Chennai Musicians for making Chennai a UNESCO Creative City of Music

Chennai Music

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting Naatya Padhmam Award to Shreemati Malavika Sarukkai at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Brahma Gana Sabha in Chennai on December 02, 2018.

Chennai, December 2, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that art and dance forms act as a bridge between the ancient and the modern value systems. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Brahma Gana Sabha, in Chennai today.

The Vice President presented - Gaana Padhmam Award to the legendary classical musician, Dr. K.J. Yesudoss, Naatya Padhmam Award to Smt. Malavika Sarukkai and Naataka Padhmam Award to Shri Varadharajan.

The Vice President said that classical music and arts express India’s cultural glory and represent the eternal and everlasting principles of life that promote discipline, obedience, and peaceful coexistence.

Naidu said that music in any form acts as an equalizer. It has no barriers or boundaries. It speaks the universal language. Music, art, and culture promote the concept of oneness.

“Brahma Gana Sabha has grown into a huge brand in 50 years. Its annual music festivals are well known. Events such as these have put Chennai on the world cultural map and gave the city a place in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network for contribution in Music. Chennai is the third Indian city on the list of UNESCO Creative Cities list. UNESCO has also recognized Varanasi as City of Music, and Jaipur as City of Crafts and Folk Art.” Mr. Naidu said.

“Indian musicians have given the world a rare menu of soul-stirring musical masterpieces. The electronic era has brought new dimensions to music concerts. We must preserve the best traditions we have inherited, and add further richness with our creative genius,” the Vice President concluded.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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December 2, 2018

International Press Institute (IPI) asks G20 Leaders to Commit to Press Freedom

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, meeting the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit, in Buenos Aires, Argentina on December 01, 2018.

Vienna, Austria, December 1, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives, and leading journalists, has advised the leaders of the G20 to commit themselves to uphold press freedom in their countries and around the world.

“As the leaders of G20 meet in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to discuss fair and sustainable development, they need to appreciate the fact that such progress is not possible if they do not guarantee press freedom in their countries and elsewhere,” IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said.

“A free and independent press is essential to induce development that reaches all. People can claim their rights and participate in sustainable development processes only when they are well informed. A free press is what enables people to make informed choices.

“IPI calls on G20 leaders to raise the issue of intimidation of journalists with their counterparts from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, and the United States, all of whom are attending the summit.

“G20 leaders must take the opportunity of the summit to commit themselves to freedom of the press and safety of journalists and set an example for other countries to follow,” Trionfi stated.

Source: International Press Institute

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December 1, 2018

President of India Inaugurates CII Agro Tech India 2018 Exhibition in Chandigarh

Chandigarh Agro Tech

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, at the CII Agro Tech India 2018 Exhibition, in Chandigarh, on December 01, 2018.

Chandigarh, December 1, 2018 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the 13th edition of CII Agro Tech India 2018 today, December 1, 2018, in Chandigarh.

“I am glad to be in Chandigarh and this region of hardworking farmers and enormous agricultural legacies and achievements. I want to congratulate the organizers of Agro Tech India 2018 - the Confederation of Indian Industry, in partnership with the Union Ministries of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries; the governments of Punjab and Haryana; and other institutions. This event is a celebration of agriculture. It brings together farmers and industry, as well as farm technologists and innovators, from across the country and abroad.

“The importance of Agro Tech India is apparent from the sheer number of exhibitors - 158 from India and 37 from other countries. I would particularly like to welcome international participants who have arrived from five continents and some 20 countries. I am happy to learn of full-fledged country pavilions being put up by Canada, China, and the United Kingdom,” the President stated.

Source: President’s Secretariat

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