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August 18, 2019

New York Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station.

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Photo: Russia’s Progress 73 resupply ship approaches the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment packed with almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 60 crew. Image provided by NASA.

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Photo: International Space Station, a variety of solar arrays criss-cross the view. Image provided by NASA.

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Photo: Official portrait of NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Image provided by NASA.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2019 — SciGirls viewers from New York will have an opportunity on Monday, Aug. 19, to talk live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Koch will answer questions beginning at 10:55 a.m. EDT from girls ages 8 to 14 participating in the “SciGirls in Space” program. SciGirls is a PBS Kids television show, website and educational outreach program engaging more than 14 million girls in STEM learning and careers. The “SciGirls in Space” program includes partners and girls in six states who will participate in the event. The event will take place at the Challenger Learning Center of Ramapo, 225 Route 59, Airmont, New York.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. The ISS program is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).

Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and then on to Mars.

Source: NASA

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August 16, 2019

United Nations Commemorates International Day of World's Indigenous People

United Nations, World's Indigenous People

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Photo: Silvia Museiya (right) from the Yiaku indigenous community of the Mukogodo forest in Kenya, have a digital moment with another participant at the event to commemorate the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People. Ms. Museiya is an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples and chairperson of the Indigenous People National Steering Committee on Climate Change. 09 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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August 15, 2019

Prime Minister Modi of India addresses the nation from Red Fort, Delhi, on Independence Day.

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Modi, Independence Day, India

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Photos: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the nation on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi, on August 15, 2019.

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July 31, 2019

QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019: London Named World's Best Student City. Bangalore Best Student City in India.

QS Best Student Cities

Bangalore, QS Best Student Cities

Photo: Bangalore. Bangalore is QS Best Student City in India. Image Credit: M. R. Gears.

QS Best Student Cities

Photo: London. Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. London is the World’s Best Student City. Image Credit: Duane Wessels.

LONDON, July 31, 2019 — London is the world’s best student city for the second consecutive year, according to the latest guide to the globe’s top urban study destinations. The sixth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, compiled by global consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees London outrank competition from Tokyo and Melbourne.

London remains the world’s leading student city due to the high number of top universities present in the city, its high levels of employer activity and student diversity. Further, the global student body holds it in high regard. These positive elements outweigh London’s low ‘Affordability’ score.

QS ranks Student Cities according to:

Feedback from over 87,000 current and prospective international students also impacts the results.

QS Best Student Cities

Rank — City — Country

  1. London — United Kingdom
  2. Tokyo — Japan
  3. Melbourne — Australia
  4. Munich — Germany
  5. Berlin — Germany
  6. Montreal — Canada
  7. Paris — France
  8. Zurich — Switzerland
  9. Sydney — Australia
  10. Seoul — South Korea
  11. Toronto — Canada
  12. Boston — United States
  13. Vienna — Austria
  14. Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  15. Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  16. Vancouver — Canada
  17. Taipei — Taiwan
  18. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan
  19. New York — United States
  20. Singapore — Singapore
  21. Barcelona — Spain
  22. Brisbane — Australia
  23. Canberra — Australia
  24. Amsterdam — Netherlands
  25. Los Angeles — United States
  26. Adelaide — Australia
  27. Auckland — New Zealand
  28. Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia
  29. Manchester — United Kingdom
  30. Buenos Aires — Argentina
  31. Beijing — China
  32. Shanghai — China
  33. Moscow — Russia
  34. Prague — Czech Republic
  35. San Francisco — United States
  36. Dublin — Ireland
  37. Stockholm — Sweden
  38. Glasgow — United Kingdom
  39. Milan — Italy
  40. Chicago — United States
  41. Perth — Australia
  42. Brussels — Belgium
  43. Budapest — Hungary
  44. Ottawa — Canada
  45. Copenhagen — Denmark
  46. Coventry — United Kingdom
  47. Nottingham — United Kingdom
  48. Birmingham — United Kingdom
  49. Lyon — France
  50. Warsaw — Poland
  51. Lisbon — Portugal
  52. Mexico City — Mexico
  53. Santiago — Chile
  54. Gothenburg — Sweden
  55. Helsinki — Finland
  56. Atlanta — United States
  57. Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom
  58. Bangkok — Thailand
  59. Brno — Czech Republic
  60. Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman — United Arab Emirates
  61. Philadelphia — United States
  62. Washington DC — United States
  63. Aberdeen — United Kingdom
  64. Christchurch — New Zealand
  65. St. Petersburg — Russia
  66. Pittsburgh — United States
  67. Hsinchu — Taiwan
  68. Stuttgart — Germany
  69. Rome — Italy
  70. Istanbul — Turkey
  71. Athens — Greece
  72. Tomsk — Russia
  73. Toulouse — France
  74. Valencia — Spain
  75. San Diego — United States
  76. Sao Paulo — Brazil
  77. Johannesburg — South Africa
  78. Graz — Austria
  79. Cape Town — South Africa
  80. Bangalore — India
  81. Bogota — Colombia
  82. Brighton — United Kingdom
  83. Gold Coast — Australia
  84. Manila — Philippines
  85. Mumbai — India
  86. Baltimore — United States
  87. Abu Dhabi — United Arab Emirates
  88. Ankara — Turkey
  89. Daejeon — South Korea
  90. Monterrey — Mexico
  91. Novosibirsk — Russia
  92. Houston — United States
  93. Miami — United States
  94. Nagoya — Japan
  95. Vilnius — Lithuania
  96. Bristol — United Kingdom
  97. Lima — Peru
  98. Nanjing — China
  99. Montpellier — France
  100. Beirut — Lebanon
  101. Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
  102. Sheffield — United Kingdom
  103. Krakow — Poland
  104. Wuhan — China
  105. Liverpool — United Kingdom
  106. Cairo — Egypt
  107. Wroclaw — Poland
  108. Jakarta — Indonesia
  109. Riga — Latvia
  110. Islamabad — Pakistan
  111. Almaty — Kazakhstan
  112. Delhi — India
  113. Dallas — United States
  114. Chennai — India
  115. Lahore — Pakistan
  116. Quebec — Canada
  117. Kiev — Ukraine
  118. Leicester — United Kingdom
  119. Minsk — Belarus

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news. It is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life. London is open to students and talent from around the world.”

Debuting at 81st position globally, Bangalore has been ranked India’s best city for students. In terms of affordability, Bengaluru is ranked seventh globally.

The other top Indian cities include Mumbai (85), Delhi (113), and Chennai (115). Among these, Mumbai has gained ground, moving 14 places up from last year.

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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July 28, 2019

Mastercard: China and the United States Continue to Drive Global Travel

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Mastercard, Bangkok, Travel

Photo: Bangkok, Thailand. Image Credit: Roberto Trombetta.

PURCHASE, NY - July 26, 2019 - According to Mastercard’s newest edition of its Global Destination Cities Index, Mainland Chinese are traveling overseas for business and leisure in higher numbers than ever before. Mastercard’s special report, “Global Destination Cities Index: Origins,” released today, turns its lens on where international travelers originate. Mainland China has jumped from No. 7 in 2009 to No. 2 today, behind only the United States in terms of the number of travelers to overseas destinations.

Mastercard’s “Global Destination Cities Index: Origins” individually ranks from where most people travel internationally and their top destinations. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the industry contributed a record US$8.8 trillion and 319 million jobs in 2018 globally.

This year, the United States is the No. 1 origin market followed by mainland China, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France. Travel from across Asia-Pacific also surged; the Republic of Korea and Taiwan, which were not in the top 10 a decade ago, rose to No. 6 and No. 10 respectively. The top origin markets are:

  1. United States of America
  2. Mainland China
  3. Germany
  4. The United Kingdom
  5. France
  6. Republic of Korea
  7. Japan
  8. Canada
  9. Russian Federation
  10. Taiwan

Top Destination Cities by Origin

RANK. ORIGIN COUNTRY — DESTINATION CITY 1; DESTINATION CITY 2; DESTINATION CITY 3

  1. The United States of America — Cancun, Mexico; Toronto, Canada; London, U.K.
  2. Mainland China — Bangkok, Thailand; Seoul, Republic of Korea; Tokyo, Japan
  3. Germany — Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Bolzano, Italy; Tiroler Unterland, Austria
  4. The United Kingdom — Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Paris, France; Dublin, Ireland
  5. France — London, England; Marrakech, Morocco; Barcelona, Spain
  6. Republic of Korea — Osaka, Japan; Hokkaido, Japan; Tokyo, Japan
  7. Japan — Taipei, Taiwan; Seoul, Republic of Korea; Bangkok, Thailand
  8. Canada — Washington D.C., U.S.A.; Las Vegas, U.S.A.; New York, U.S.A.
  9. Russian Federation — Antalya, Turkey; Pattaya, Thailand; Phuket, Thailand
  10. Taiwan — Tokyo, Japan; Hokkaido, Japan; Okinawa, Japan

Top Destination Countries by Origin

RANK. ORIGIN COUNTRY — DESTINATION COUNTRY 1; DESTINATION COUNTRY 2; DESTINATION COUNTRY 3

  1. United States of America — Mexico; Canada; Italy
  2. Mainland China — Thailand; Japan; United States of America
  3. Germany — Italy; Spain; Austria
  4. United Kingdom — Spain; United States of America; India
  5. France — Spain; United States of America; United Kingdom
  6. Republic of Korea — Japan; Mainland China; Vietnam
  7. Japan — The United States of America; Mainland China; Taiwan
  8. Canada — United States of America; Mexico; India
  9. Russian Federation — Turkey; Thailand; Tunisia
  10. Taiwan — Japan; Republic of Korea; Thailand

“Mastercard’s “Global Destination Cities Index: Origins” offers a new way for local officials and companies to see how travelers spend at destinations. It provides them with better insights on how to plan and promote travel and tourism capabilities,” says Diana Robino, senior vice president, tourism partnerships for Mastercard.

“Managed well, travel and tourism can be a catalyst for inclusive growth, benefiting both visitors and all communities in the destinations. Mastercard is committed to using its expertise and technology to help cities and destinations realize these opportunities,” she said.

Mastercard acts as a critical technology partner for the global travel and tourism industry. It helps tourism partners better understand commerce patterns and deliver more connected and inclusive experiences.

Addressing the challenges of global tourism is too big a task for one organization, industry, or government alone. Bringing together resources from across disciplines and sectors - public and private - produces innovation and more sustainable solutions, made possible by a 360-degree view of the issues at hand.

Mastercard’s “Origins” is a breakout report of the broader “Global Destination Cities Index,” with full rankings coming out later this year.

“Top Destinations for Origins” is obtained by summing together all the overnight visits of origin market residents to each destination covered by the overall Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index.

The Mastercard “Global Destination Cities Index” ranks 200 cities based on third-party research and proprietary analysis. It takes into account the number of total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities in 2018.

Mastercard Travel, Top 20 Destination Cities

Source: Mastercard

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July 24, 2019

India's Commerce & Industry Minister Launches Global Innovation Index Rankings 2019, authored by Cornell University, INSEAD, and WIPO.

Global Innovation Index

Global Innovation Index

Photo: The Union Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, launching the Global Innovation Index - 2019, in New Delhi on 24 July 2019.

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Insaid, Global Innovation Index

New Delhi, 24 July 2019 — Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal, launched the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 in New Delhi, today.

India jumped five places to improve its position from 57th last year to 52nd in 2019.

The Minister, Piyush Goyal, congratulated all those involved in the process. He said that India has made significant progress to 52nd rank in the GII-2019 and now the culture of innovation is coming to the center-stage. Mr. Goyal further said that India would not rest on past laurels until it achieves its target of positioning itself among the top 25 countries of the Global Innovation Index. To achieve this ranking, he urged all stakeholders to work in mission mode.

Piyush Goyal urged the R&D institutions, universities, and the private sector to transform the country into a hub of innovation.

The Commerce and Industry Minister in his address said that the improvement in the rankings should inspire Indians to help marginalized and underprivileged section of society. He said India needs innovative solutions to problems like rising pollution levels in cities, water crises, depleting natural resources, climate change, and food wastage.

“The rise in the GII by economic powerhouses like China and India have transformed the geography of innovation,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

Mr. Gurry thanked the Government of India for hosting the global launch of the GII. “India’s high-level focus on using innovation to foster economic development makes the country an ideal location for the GII 2019 launch,” Mr. Gurry said.

• The GII rankings are published every year by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The GII rankings of 129 economies use 80 indicators ranging from intellectual property filing rates to mobile-application creation, education spending, and scientific and technical publications.

Switzerland remains number one in the GII index. Sweden follows it. The United States of America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Germany, and Israel come after that.

Top 20 in Global Ranking

  1. Switzerland
  2. Sweden
  3. United States of America
  4. The Netherlands
  5. The United Kingdom
  6. Finland
  7. Denmark
  8. Singapore
  9. Germany
  10. Israel
  11. Korea, Republic of
  12. Ireland
  13. Hong Kong (China)
  14. China
  15. Japan
  16. France
  17. Canada
  18. Luxemburg
  19. Norway
  20. Iceland

Sources: India Ministry of Commerce & Industry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University.

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July 22, 2019

India's Second Mission to the Moon: GSLV MkIII-M1 Successfully Launches Chandrayaan-2 Spacecraft.

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Photo: The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1 rocket, carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft, lifting off from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, 22 July 2019.

New Delhi, 22 July 2019 — India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle GSLV MkIII-M1, successfully launched the 3840 kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an earth orbit today. The probe is now revolving around the earth with a perigee (nearest point to earth) of 169.7 km and an apogee (farthest point to earth) of 45,475 km. Today’s flight marks the first operational flight of the GSLV Mk III.

After a smooth countdown lasting 20 hours, GSLV MkIII-M1 vehicle majestically lifted off from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at the scheduled launch time of 1443 Hrs (2:43 pm) Indian Standard Time (IST) with the ignition of its two S200 reliable strap-on motors. All the subsequent flight events occurred as scheduled.

About 16 minutes 14 seconds after lift-off, the vehicle-injected Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into an elliptical earth orbit. Immediately after spacecraft separation from the vehicle, the solar array of the probe automatically got deployed. After that, ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC), Bengaluru successfully took control of the spacecraft.

ISRO Chairman Dr. K Sivan congratulated the launch vehicle and satellite teams involved in this challenging mission. “Today is a historic day for Space Science and Technology in India. I am thrilled to announce that GSLV MkIII-M1 successfully injected Chandrayaan-2 into an orbit of 6000 Km more than the intended orbit and is better.”

“Today is the beginning of the historical journey of India towards Moon and to land at a place near the South Pole to carry out scientific experiments to explore the unexplored,” Dr. Sivan said.

In the coming days, a series of orbit maneuvers will be carried out using Chandrayaan-2’s onboard propulsion system. It will raise the spacecraft orbit in steps and then place it in the Lunar Transfer Trajectory to enable the spacecraft to travel to the vicinity of the moon.

GSLV Mk III is a three-stage launch vehicle developed by ISRO. The car has two solid strap-ons, a core liquid booster, and a cryogenic upper stage. It is designed to carry 4 ton class of satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) or about 10 tons to Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

Chandrayaan-2 is India’s second mission to the moon. It comprises a fully indigenous Orbiter, Lander (Vikram) and Rover (Pragyan).

The mission objective of Chandrayaan-2 is to develop and demonstrate the critical technologies for end-to-end lunar mission capability, including soft-landing and roving on the lunar surface. On the science front, this mission aims to expand our knowledge about the moon further. There would be a detailed study of its topography, mineralogy, surface chemical composition, thermo-physical characteristics, and atmosphere leading to a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon.

After leaving earth orbit and on entering the moon’s sphere of influence, the onboard propulsion system of Chandrayaan-2 will be fired to slow down the spacecraft.

Subsequently, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and enter into a 100 km X 30 km orbit around the moon. Then, it will perform a series of complex braking manoeuvers to soft-land in the South polar region of the moon on 7 September 2019.

Following this, the Rover will roll out from the lander and carry out experiments on the lunar surface for one lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days. The mission life of the lander is also one lunar day. The Orbiter will continue its mission for one year.

The Orbiter had a lift-off weight of about 2,369 kg, while the lander and Rover weighed 1,477 kg and 26 kg respectively. The Rover can travel up to 500 m (half a kilometer) and relies on electric power generated by its solar panel for functioning.

Chandrayaan-2 has several science payloads to facilitate a more detailed understanding of the origin and evolution of the moon. The Orbiter carries eight payloads, the lander takes three, and the Rover brings two. The Orbiter payloads will conduct remote-sensing observations from a 100 km orbit while the Lander and Rover payloads will perform in-situ measurements near the landing site.

The ground facilities constitute the third vital element of Chandrayaan-2 mission. They perform the crucial task of receiving the health information as well as the scientific data from the spacecraft. They also transmit the radio commands to the satellite. The Ground Segment of Chandrayaan-2 consists of Indian Deep Space Network, Spacecraft Control Centre and Indian Space Science Data Centre.

Today’s successful launch of Chandrayaan-2 is a significant milestone in this challenging mission. A total number of 7500 visitors witnessed the launch live from the Viewer’s Gallery at Sriharikota.

Source: Department of Space, Government of India.

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July 18, 2019

Mastercard's Global Network, City Possible, demonstrates how Cities can truly become Smart Cities.

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City Possible Dubai

Photo: Dubai. Image Credit: Eugene Kaspersky. Dubai is a founding member of the City Possible global network.

City Possible Athens

Photo: Athens, Greece. Image Credit: Tilemachos Tampakas. Athens is a founding member of the City Possible global network.

City Possible Melbourne

Photo: Melbourne, Australia. Image Credit: Carlos Y. Melbourne is a founding member of the City Possible global network.

At the just-concluded United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mastercard demonstrated how collaboration and technology could help the city administrations and the city residents.

Mastercard recently launched “City Possible,” a unique global network for urban co-development. Mastercard is connecting cities with academia and businesses to identify common challenges.

Sixteen cities, representing a diverse mix of geography and size, became founding members of the global City Possible network: Athens, Aurora IL, Baltimore, Dubai, Dublin, Helsinki, Honolulu, Kansas City, Melbourne, Prague, San Diego, Altamonte Springs FL, and Greater Sydney communities of Campbelltown, Canterbury Bankstown, Liverpool, and Wollondilly. The network is open for additional cities to join.

Miguel Gamiño leads the global city partnerships for Mastercard. According to him, “The superpower of cities is their freedom to collaborate - allowing them to build on each other’s progress.” “By bringing together city leaders from across the globe, City Possible promotes the sharing of ideas and best practices - aimed at advancing more connected and inclusive urban communities. What unites all our public, private, and academic partners is their commitment to making technology work for all people, and finding scalable solutions for universal needs.”

As a critical component of City Possible, Mastercard is partnering with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard University (TECH). TECH will host a series of programs to foster a regular learning exchange among global city leaders.

“As urban areas around the world continue to grow, cities face common issues - how to provide a healthy environment, safety, affordability and economic opportunity for their communities,” says Prof. David S. Ricketts, a fellow at TECH. “Faced with limited resources and competing priorities, city leaders look for solutions that work. Through our learning exchanges, we want to equip CIOs and other urban leaders to navigate this dynamic environment better.”

The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call for “making cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” Through collaboration with Mastercard, participating cities can access the City Possible network to identify shared challenges and seek sustainable business models to address them. United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme will work with City Possible. “We are thrilled at the opportunity to work with Mastercard,” Michael Nolan, Director of the UN Global Compact Cities said.

French multinational company IDEMIA is also collaborating with Mastercard for City Possible. IDEMIA specializes in security and identity solutions. “We look forward to building on our long-standing relationship with Mastercard,” said Nathalie Oestmann, SVP Global Innovation Strategy for Financial Institution’s activities at IDEMIA. “It would shape future banking and payment experiences in an increasingly urbanized world.”

According to Mastercard, City Possible will provide a framework for co-creating, testing, and finding solutions to crucial challenges shared by cities across the globe. Mastercard would connect cities with private sector players that are equally committed to people-centered design. By closely collaborating with companies such as Microsoft, HERE Technologies and now also IDEMIA, Mastercard works to address urban challenges more holistically.

Mastercard explains that one of the areas that exemplifies the advantages of city-to-city collaboration is public transit. Mastercard had helped Transport for London to transform its ticketing system by introducing contactless technology in 2014. Now cities around the world, including Sydney, Singapore, Vancouver, Boston, and New York have adopted solutions that are using the same global standard. Through City Possible, cities could benefit from greater efficiency, and better, more inclusive experiences in the disbursement of social benefits and unified access to municipal services, Mastercard elaborated.

Younus Al Nasser, Assistant Director-General, Smart Dubai & CEO, Dubai Data Establishment, said that Knowledge and experience sharing build Smart Cities. Joining Mastercard’s City Possible network opens a global array of uses for Dubai. “We have already begun working on our first collaborative project with Mastercard. Through the network, we look forward to working on several cross-border projects with cities across the globe,” he stated.

The Mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, said, “Kansas City is proud to partner with Mastercard and Civic Leaders from around the world.” “Smart Cities programs are not about technology - they are about people, and how we can use technology as a tool to improve the quality of life for our residents and visitors.” “We are excited to be part of the global network of City Possible that is using tech and policy to establish 21st Century Communities for 21st Century Citizens.”

“Athens has acquired deep expertise in public-private partnerships, and we are extremely excited to join the City Possible program,” said Georgios Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece. “Mastercard is a key partner, and we are already working closely to enhance the city’s tourism and technology sector.” “By joining this global initiative, we continue to work towards developing smart city solutions. Sharing best practices and knowledge with other cities is the best way of moving forward,” he concluded.

Source: Mastercard

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July 15, 2019

2020 Presidential Candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar, will deliver a vital speech and brief the press on priorities for her first 100 days as President at National Press Club, July 16.

National Press Club

Amy Klobuchar, NPC

Photo: 2020 Presidential Candidate, Senator Amy Klobuchar, will deliver a vital speech and brief the press on priorities for her first 100 days as President at National Press Club, July 16.

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2019 — Democratic Presidential Candidate and Minnesota Senator, Amy Klobuchar, will participate in a National Press Club Newsmaker event at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Senator Klobuchar will deliver a major speech on her plan outlining the more than 100 concrete steps she will take in her first 100 days as the President of the United States to take on the most significant challenges Americans face at home and abroad.

This news conference will take place in the Club’s Holeman Lounge, and is open to credentialed media and the Members of the National Press Club.

The National Press Club is located on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

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

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July 14, 2019

World's Best Cultural Cities for Students

Sao Paulo students

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Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

Sao Paulo students

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Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

Santiago, Chile

Photo: Auto show, Santiago, Chile. Image Credit: Francisco Osorio.

LONDON, July 13, 2019 — The UK and US are home to the most cultural cities for students. A new study by Oxford Summer Courses examined the towns that are home to some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and ranked them according to the number of museums, cinemas, libraries, theaters and street markets per 100,000 people. The UK and US lead the list, with the American city of Berkeley in California coming out on top.

Second in the ranking was Ithaca, home to the Ivy League Cornell University. Ithaca, New York, is ranked high for its museums and theaters. Cambridge (UK) follows Ithaca. Cambridge (UK) is ranked highly across all categories, in particular, public libraries and theaters. The UK overall is well represented, with six cities - Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow, Bristol, and Manchester - featuring in the top 20.

The United States and the United Kingdom both ranked highly in the top 20, with eight and six cities featured, respectively.

Cambridge (3rd place) beat out old-time rival Oxford (8th place) in the ranking.

Continental European cities outside the UK also performed well, with Amsterdam, Paris, Lausanne, and Zurich making to the top 20.

The top 10 cities, according to the research, are:

  1. Berkeley, CA, USA
  2. Ithaca, NY, USA
  3. Cambridge, UK
  4. Cambridge, USA
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Edinburgh, UK
  7. Paris, France
  8. Oxford, UK
  9. Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  10. Lausanne, Switzerland

Paris’s inclusion on the list - in 7th place - is no surprise. It has some 300 museums and 132 theaters. Amsterdam and Edinburgh have been rated two spots above Paris for their collections of museums and bold cultural identities.

The results show that the UK has much to offer students from a cultural perspective. Historic cities such as Oxford and Cambridge not only rank highly in traditional cultural categories, such as theaters, museums, and libraries but also live music venues and street food markets.

Interestingly, despite their reputations as cultural beacons of the world, metropolises London and New York come in at relatively low 25th and 42nd positions, respectively. Although neither are short of cultural places to visit, their large populations mean that each scored relatively small on a per capita basis.

The cities selected for rating are home to Top Global Universities and lead in providing the following cultural facilities:

The study concludes that the culture offered by a city forms an integral part of the student experience.

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July 11, 2019

Nadia Nadim designated as UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education.

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Photos: Nomination of Nadia Nadim as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 12 July 2019 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on 5 July named Nadia Nadim, the Afghan-born Danish football striker for the French women’s Paris Saint-Germain team, UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Ms. Azoulay designated Ms. Nadim in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality, her contribution to UNESCO’s educational action in favor of young people, advocacy for girls and women’s education and support for the Organization’s work worldwide.

The designation took place as UNESCO launched a significant initiative, “Her Education, our Future” to mobilize political and financial support for girls and women’s education. UNESCO is working to improve the quality of data that education policymakers require to accelerate gender parity.

Ms. Nadim was born in Herat, Afghanistan. Following the execution of her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general in 2000, the family sought refuge in Denmark where Ms. Nadim began her career in football. In 2018, she published a book, My Story.

While pursuing her career in football, Ms. Nadim is a student of medicine at the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

The star football player shares UNESCO’s conviction that education can improve girls and women’s future. Ms. Nadim subscribes to UNESCO’s belief that knowledge can enhance their economic independence, self-confidence, and ability to assert their rights. Ms. Nadim’s award comes in recognition of her inspiring ability to serve as a role model, and her determination to put her heart and reputation at the service of girls and women everywhere.

As a UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Ms. Nadim joins UNESCO’s family of distinguished champions, committed to the Organization’s ideals and objectives, like the football players Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pelé) and Rabah Madjer.

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July 10, 2019

Map of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and UNESCO’s State of the Education Report for India 2019 presented to Vice President Naidu.

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Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, receiving the UNESCO’s Map of World Heritage Sites of India from the Director, UNESCO New Delhi, Mr. Eric Falt, in New Delhi on 10 July 2019.

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Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, receiving UNESCO’s State of the Education Report for India 2019 from the Director, UNESCO New Delhi, Mr. Eric Falt, in New Delhi on 10 July 2019.

New Delhi, 10 July 2019 — A UNESCO delegation led by Mr. Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO, New Delhi, called on the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, here today, and presented State of the Education Report for India 2019.

Mr. Falt also presented a map of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India to the Vice President.

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July 7, 2019

UNESCO and G7 Countries Raise the Alarm about Bullying, Join Forces against Violence in Education.

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Photo: Concrete staircase, UNESCO building, Paris, France. Designed in 1958 by Marcel Breuer & Pier Luigi Nervi. Image Credit: David Crowley.

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Paris, 04 July, 2019 — During their meeting in France, the Education Ministers of the G7 countries, with the participation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, adopted a declaration to “unite against bullying in all of its forms, proclaim respect as a fundamental principle for all, and help ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming for all students.”

G7, or the Group of Seven, is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries, with the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world, represent 58% of the global net wealth.

“Bullying is unacceptable and is getting even worse. UNESCO is committed to combat this educational scourge, which costs lives, ruins childhoods, and jeopardizes the future. We have big data and practical guidelines in place. We now must intensify efforts with all Member States, including G7 countries, to end this plague,” said the Director-General of UNESCO during the ministerial meeting.

As the United Nations’ lead agency for education, UNESCO works to measure and assess the prevalence and many forms of bullying and its impact. UNESCO built a global indicator to compare situation among countries and is committed to helping strengthen legislation, train, and support teachers in the fight against school violence and bullying.

UNESCO welcomed the G7 declaration and called on all countries to intensify efforts against bullying and violence in schools. Bullying takes place in all states and affects many children and young people. According to the recent UNESCO report, “Behind the Numbers: Ending School Violence and Bullying,” almost one in three students worldwide (32%) has been bullied by their peers at school at least once in the last month. With the growing presence of online social networking platforms, cyber-bullying has extended the scope of bullying. Bullying, whether psychological, physical or sexual, including online, is a severe issue and a global threat to quality education and self-confidence, UNESCO said.

According to UNESCO, several factors contribute to effective national responses, including political leadership, the collaboration between the education sector and other sectors, evidence-based approach, and training for teachers.

Meanwhile, UNESCO has joined the French proposal to organize an international conference in Paris on this issue. UNESCO will also propose to its Member States the adoption of an international anti-bullying day.

In a related development in India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified “Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions.” These regulations are mandatory for all higher educational institutions in the country.

UGC has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities. It has warned, “Any violation of UGC Regulations or failure to suitably punish the perpetrators of ragging, will attract punitive action under the UGC Act.”

Meanwhile, on 23 July 2019, UGC issued a Public Notice listing 23 “fake,” “self-styled” universities that are “functioning in various parts of the country in contravention of the UGC Act.”

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July 6, 2019

UNESCO declares Jaipur City a World Heritage Site.

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UNESCO, Jaipur

UNESCO, Jaipur

Photos: Jaipur City. Images Credit: Patrick Rasenberg, Louise Goggin, Subhabrata Majumdar.

New Delhi, July 06, 2019 — In yet another landmark achievement, India’s nomination, Jaipur City, Rajasthan, got inscribed today on the World Heritage List of UNESCO during the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held at Baku, Azerbaijan. Jaipur City was successfully nominated complying with the various UNESCO guidelines of 2017. With the inscription of Jaipur City, India has 38 world heritage sites, that include 30 Cultural properties, 7 Natural properties, and one mixed.

India’s nomination was initially recommended by the ICOMOS (advisory body of World Heritage (WH) Centre for cultural sites) as Deferral, but the 21 nation World Heritage Committee debated it and after discussion decided to inscribe it on the World Heritage list.

India’s Minister for Culture, Prahlad Singh Patel, expressed his happiness for the inclusion of Pink City Jaipur in world heritage list and congratulated people of Jaipur for this prestigious tag. The Minister thanked the global community for recognizing the historical and cultural importance of Jaipur.

Here are excerpts from the statement presented by India before the World Heritage Committee, outlining Jaipur’s Outstanding Universal Value (OUV):

The City of Jaipur is an exceptional urban example in indigenous city planning and construction in South Asia. Unlike other medieval cities of the region, Jaipur was deliberately planned as a new city on the plains open for trade as opposed to hilly terrain and military cities of past, though its planning still ensured a response to the surrounding hilltops in all directions. The site selected within the valley that lay to the south of Amber hills was comparatively flat and unmarred by any previous construction. Besides exemplary planning, its iconic monuments such as the Govind Dev temple, City Palace, Jantar Mantar, and Hawa Mahal excel in artistic and architectural craftsmanship of the period. Jaipur is an expression of the astronomical skills, living traditions, unique urban form, and exemplary foresighted city planning of the 18th-century city from India. Jaipur is an exemplary development in town planning and architecture that demonstrates amalgamation and important interchange of several ideas over the late medieval period.”

The countries that supported India’s nomination are as follows:

Brazil, Bahrain, Cuba, Indonesia, Azerbaijan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Zimbabwe, China, Guatemala, Uganda, Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Angola, St. Kitts and Nevis. Australia and Norway initially proposed referral, but after the debate, they agreed for Inscription of Jaipur city.

With this, India now has 38 World Heritage Sites, that include 30 Cultural properties, 7 Natural properties, and one mixed site.

Source: Ministry of Culture, Government of India

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June 28, 2019

G20 Osaka Summit Family Photograph

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in a family photograph with other Leaders of the G-20 Nations, in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019. The 2019 G20 Osaka summit is the fourteenth meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20).

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending the special session on Women’s Empowerment, in Osaka, Japan on June 29, 2019.

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi meeting the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit, in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.

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June 27, 2019

Mastercard introduces 'Mastercard City Key' platform at the United States Conference of Mayors.

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Mastercard City Key

Mastercard City Key

Photo: The Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Cory Lum/Getty Images for The Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon). Copyright © Getty Images. Image provided by The Hapalua - Hawaii’s Half Marathon. [File Photo]

Honolulu, Hawaii - June 26, 2019 - City leaders convene in Honolulu for the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 87th Annual Meeting this week. Here they will experience first-hand how technology can unlock better access to social, economic, and cultural opportunities.

In a new immersive showcase, Mastercard, the City, and County of Honolulu will show how the power of collaboration can create inclusive access to services for city residents. Attendees of the conference will access event venues, local attractions, and transportation options through one single card.

The card, called Mastercard City Key, combines identification, access to city services, and payment functionalities in one tool. It provides residents greater convenience and security while helping the local government find efficiencies in their operations. The platform is a result of City Possible, a global partnership, and co-creation framework pioneered by Mastercard.

“A half-century ago, President John F. Kennedy traveled to O’ahu to speak about civil rights to our nation’s mayors,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell. “I can think of no better place and time to discuss how we move our country forward through economic inclusiveness and more resilient communities. As one of the founding members of City Possible, the City and County of Honolulu appreciates Mastercard’s leadership in working toward more inclusive and resilient cities.”

MasterCard will present the platform to 1,500 delegates. Then, the city of San Jose will launch Mastercard City Key, enabling it to deliver critical resources and emergency support to its residents more efficiently. The start of this service in San Jose would also allow the service partners to explore its new uses. It could speed-up the distribution of social benefits and improving access to broadband and other digital services.

“As many cities face similar challenges. They could best tackle that through sharing ideas and resources,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.

“We are proud to support the City and County of Honolulu in welcoming the nation’s mayors. Honolulu is facilitating this important dialogue,” said Michael Froman, Mastercard vice chairman and president of strategic growth. “At Mastercard, we’re deeply committed to enabling cities to improve quality of life for all their residents - and to help cities around the world learn from places such as Honolulu and San Jose. The challenges are too big to think small - or tackle alone.”

Launched in November 2018, City Possible is a new model for urban collaboration to co-create, test, and scale solutions to address cities’ most pressing issues. Its members include more than 25 global cities representing a diverse mix of geography and size. By bringing together a complementary group of companies with unique strengths and resources, Mastercard is leading the way for a holistic approach to inclusive urban development.

Source: Mastercard

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June 25, 2019

The World's First Smart Life Creator Award presented at University of Oxford

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Photo: John Frater, Professor, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, makes a point during the session ‘Ideaslab / Oxford - ‘Reinforcing Critical Systems’ at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger. [File Photo]

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Photo: Aoife Bennett, DPhil Candidate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, during the Session “Future-Proofing the Planet” at the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

Oxford, England — SEED AWARD 2019 - the world’s first creativity award, kicked off its global convening tour’s first leg at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, inviting “those who have a passion of life and are willing to embrace innovative ideas.”

An excellent research team with Oxford alumni showcased at the event their invention of Routemaster systems, a novel combination of deep learning technology and air balloons to observe and predict traffic flows in the often jammed streets of Lagos, Nigeria, to help the city move faster.

Defined as “the world’s first creativity award that highlights the integration of technologies and everyday life,” SEED AWARD, sponsored by Guangzhou-based real estate Seedland Group, aims to encourage the innovative application of technology in everyday life.

SEED AWARD features a grand cash prize of RMB 1 million, three Prizes for Excellence and 30 Talent Awards. It is open to all individuals, teams, research institutions, and start-ups, regardless of age, nationality, or background.

“Contestants will benefit from an expert mentoring program with some of the world’s leading scientists and inventors to help them test and bring their creations to fruition,” said Lu Chuyang, CEO of Fast Company China, business media partner of the award.

Dr. Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB Flash Drive and Eric Frank, a founding member of Uber AI Labs, among other leading figures, are judges for the awarding committee.

Technological innovation is vital for humankind to live a better, more sustainable life, opined Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, co-director of the Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment and Economics Associate of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

During his presentation titled “Technology for a better life” at the event, Dr. Frey walked the 100-strong audience through his research on the transformation of industrial nations to digital economies, and subsequent challenges for economic growth, labor markets, and urban development.

Shimon Whiteson, professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Chief Scientist and co-founder of Latent Logic Ltd., demonstrated how to design algorithms for computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behavior, learn from experience and reason about their goals and deduce behavioral strategies to maximize their utility.

SEED AWARD tour will also stop at Peking University, China and Stanford University, the United States before the award selection enters its next stage.

According to the organizers, SEED AWARD 2019 will organize its semifinals in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe as a further step in helping creators to bring their ideas to life.

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June 24, 2019

The IOC, The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd announce Joint Worldwide Olympic Partnership to 2032

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Lausanne, Switzerland, 24 June 2019 — The International Olympic Committee (IOC), The Coca-Cola Company and China Mengniu Dairy Company Ltd today announced that they have signed the first-ever Joint TOP Partnership Agreement. The partnership combines the non-alcoholic beverage and the dairy categories into a new joint group and brings Chinese dairy company Mengniu into the family of Worldwide TOP Partners.

TOP stands for The Olympic Partners Programme. Created in 1985, the TOP Programme, managed by the IOC, is the only sponsorship with the exclusive worldwide marketing rights to both Winter and Summer Games.

The new joint agreement has a 12-year term running through to the Olympic Games 2032. The deal includes unprecedented investment in traditional and digital media to promote the Olympic values globally.

This agreement extends The Coca-Cola Company’s association with the Olympic Movement to a historic 104-year-long relationship. The Coca-Cola Company is the longest continuous partner of the Olympic Games.

Mengniu becomes the first Chinese fast-moving consumer goods company to become a TOP Partner. The Joint TOP partnership supports Mengniu’s ambitious international growth plans, with the company aiming to become one of the top dairy producers in the world by 2025.

IOC President Thomas Bach said: “This long-term agreement is another demonstration of the relevance and stability of the Olympic Games in these times of uncertainty. Having our longest-standing partner, Coca-Cola, an iconic American brand, together with a young Chinese company, Mengniu, joining hands under the roof of our Worldwide TOP Programme is an excellent example of the unifying power of the Olympic spirit. This partnership will give another dimension to the promotion of the Olympic values around the world.”

James Quincey, Chairman, and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company said: “We are honored and privileged to be a part of the Olympic Movement that makes it possible for athletes from all over the world to come together to represent their nations, pursue their dreams and be a part of history. A lot has changed since we sold the first Coca-Cola at an Olympic event in 1928. With a fresh approach to our business and our sponsorship, we are proud to join with Mengniu to promote and celebrate future Olympic Games.”

Jeffrey Lu, the CEO and Executive Director of Mengniu, said: “Membership of the TOP Programme will act as a catalyst for Mengniu to grow around the world. Joining the program is a vital step in our international strategy, and we are honored to have the opportunity to build a positive reputation for Chinese food and beverage brands among consumers globally. As a Worldwide TOP Partner, we look forward to using the unique platform of the Olympic Games to promote health and joy to Olympians and fans alike.”

Worldwide Olympic Partners support every National Olympic Committee and their teams, and every Organiser of the Olympic Games, as well as providing support for athletes’ training and development. Also, they promote the ideals and values of the Olympic Movement and help create memorable experiences for spectators and fans around the world.

The Coca-Cola Company has had a presence at the Olympic Games since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. With its current agreement with the IOC ending in 2020, The Coca-Cola Company will now continue its partnership with this new Joint TOP agreement through to the Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing, the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris, the Olympic Winter Games 2026, the Olympic Games 2028 in Los Angeles, and the Olympic Games 2030 and 2032.

Yong Zhang, Vice-President of Strategy at Mengniu, added: “The Olympic Movement and Mengniu are naturally aligned. We both aim to bring health and joy to people, and Mengniu’s brand advocates ‘Born for Greatness’ - another natural fit with the Olympic values. Mengniu reaches hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide and will encourage more people to follow and participate in the Olympic Movement, while also contributing ‘China’s strength’ to the global development of the Olympic cause and successful hosting of future Olympic Games.”

Source: International Olympic Committee

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June 23, 2019

UNESCO Creative Cities Mayors discuss "The Ideal City."

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: A busy street in Rome, Italy. At the end of the road is the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, built during the time of Pope Sixtus III (432-440 AD). Image Credit: SS Alonso. Rome is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film.’

UNESCO Creative Cities

Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG headquarters, Berlín, Germany. Image Credit: Pablo G. Pando. Berlin is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Design.’

Fabriano, Italy, 21 June 2019 — From 10 to 15 June 2019, in Fabriano, Italy, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network XIII Annual Conference gathered 50 Mayors among 480 participates from some 145 cities worldwide.

Committed to achieving the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, through culture-oriented policies, the Mayors exchanged ideas on the theme of “The Ideal City,” and shared examples of how their cities are addressing community needs by building on culture and creativity to develop innovative and inclusive urban strategies.

Sergio Mattarella, President of Italy, Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture, Gabriele Santarelli, Mayor of Fabriano, and Maria Francesca Merloni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities, who opened the Conference on 12 June, emphasized culture’s capacity to connect peoples and communities, to foster dialogue and to bring about positive social, economic and environmental change. “Culture goes beyond all boundaries,” said President Mattarella.

• The cross-cutting power of culture for sustainable development:

Participants explored prospects for the future of their cities by focusing on the role of culture across development areas including education, inclusiveness, environment and economic growth.

City Planners and Mayors are investing significantly in culture to make their cities better and sustainable. As new practices evolve, Creative Cities are emerging as hubs of experimentation that lead to innovative and successful models of sustainable development —

• LAB.2030 - Generating innovative ideas

The Conference provided an opportunity to share the first publication of the UCCN LAB.2030 Initiative, entitled “Voices of the City: UNESCO Creative Cities moving towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The book demonstrates diverse ways in which the Creative Cities embrace culture in their local policies.

For example, a strategy on transitioning from an industrial to a forward-thinking city is used in Saint-Étienne (France) to explore new paths towards economic development, including innovative solutions for vacant infrastructures. In Santos (Brazil), a Creative Ecofactory has been established to stimulate skills development and boost employability for people from marginalized communities. Other examples include Cairo (Egypt), where new ways of connecting heritage to local economies are emerging, and Sydney (Australia), whose local government is committed to countering gender bias and where the number of female writers has increased in three years from 32% in 2015 to 53% in 2018.

There are currently 180 Creative Cities in 72 countries. While differing geographically, demographically or economically, they are all committed to develop and exchange innovative best practices to promote creative industries, strengthen participation in cultural life, and integrate culture into sustainable urban development policies.

The Annual Conference in 2020 will focus on the theme of “Creativity, Path to Equality.” City of Santos (Brazil) will host it.

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June 12, 2019

The 2019 Call for Applications of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is Still Open.

Cities worldwide can submit their application until 30 June.

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Detroit, Michigan, USA. Image Credit: Corey Seeman. Detroit is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Design.’

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Opera House, Sydney, Australia. Image Credit: Noam Lovinsky. Sydney, Australia, is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film.’

Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international co-operation within and across cities of the world that have invested in culture and creativity as an accelerator of sustainable development.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

The Creative Cities Network is composed of cities committed to pooling their resources, their experiences, and knowledge for the common objectives outlined in the Network’s Mission. The member cities actively cooperate at the international level through inter-city partnerships.

Today the network brings together 180 cities from 72 countries from all regions of the world. The UNESCO Creative Cities have a joint mission: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of their urban development plan to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The timetable of the 2019 Call for Applications

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, India. Image Credit: Pranay Rao. Jaipur is a ‘UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art.’

Unesco Creative Cities

Photo: Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai. Image Credit: Leon Meerson. Mumbai is considering applying for the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation.

India has three UNESCO Creative Cities — Jaipur (Crafts and Folk Art), Varanasi (Music), and Chennai (Music).

Mumbai, renowned for the production of Hindi films, is considering applying for the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation. This designation would promote its film industry on the global platform and also reinforce the city’s reputation as a hub of heritage, art, and culture.

[Cities with the ‘UNESCO Creative City of Film’ designation include Yamagata, Japan; Terrassa, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Sofia, Bulgaria; Santos, Brazil; Rome, Italy; Qingdao, China; Galway, Ireland; Busan, South Korea; Lodz, Poland; Bristol, United Kingdom; Bradford, United Kingdom; and Bitola, North Macedonia.]

According to reports, several cities from India are in the race to join the prestigious network, and they include Mumbai (Film), Indore (Gastronomy), Chanderi (Crafts and Folk Art), Gwalior (Music), Bhopal (Literature), Srinagar (Crafts and Folk Art), Hyderabad (Crafts and Folk Art), Amritsar (Gastronomy), and Lucknow (Music), among others.

Each application is required to include, among other necessary documents, an official letter of intent signed by the Mayor of the City, as well as a formal letter of support by the National Commission for UNESCO concerned. In the case of India, each application would need to be approved by the Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO (INCCU).

National Commissions can endorse a maximum of 4 applications per country, i.e., a maximum of four claims per state is allowed. Further, a maximum of two requests from the same country, and in two different creative fields, would be eligible for the ‘UNESCO Creative City’ designation.

Furthermore, cities that have submitted an application to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as part of two consecutive calls and that did not receive the designation, shall respect a moratorium of 4 years before presenting a new application.

UNESCO recommends that the candidate cities consult key local experts in the preparation of their applications. GlobalGiants.Com editor is associated with the enhancement of the network since 2014; he can share his complementary cutting-edge expertise with any local (India) city contemplating joining the big-league.

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