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October 17, 2019

UN proclaims International Day for Universal Access to Information.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (on screens and at podium) addresses the opening of the general debate of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly. 24 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak. [File Photo]

United Nations, 17 October 2019 — The 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

The resolution was adopted by consensus following a presentation by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, who led the proposal and negotiations for the resolution.

The resolution was put forward by six UN Member States as chief co-sponsors, alongside Liberia were: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, and Ukraine. Another 23 countries joined in co-sponsoring the resolution upon its adoption.

“Public access to information can enhance the protection of human rights, bring about better governance, fight corruption, and drive sustainable development,” underscored Moez Chakchouk. Moez Chakchouk is Assistant-Director General for Communication and Information for UNESCO. He was speaking during the opening of the international Open Talks global commemoration event held in Lima, Peru, on 27 September 2019.

As part of its role in the protection of the right to seek and receive information, UNESCO has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the custodian agency for global monitoring of SDG target 16.10.2.

SDG 16.10.2 tracks progress on the achievement of SDG 16 in terms of improvements in countries adopting and implementing constitutional, statutory, and policy guarantees to the public access to information. UNESCO monitoring of 42 countries during 2019 showed a need for improved record-keeping on the implementation at the national level.

Together with civil society efforts, UNESCO is now encouraging and supporting the Member States to include the 16.10.2 indicator in their monitoring of SDG progress.

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October 16, 2019

World Intellectual Property Filings for Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs reach Record Heights; China, India register Impressive Increases.

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Wipo, Geneva

Geneva, October 16, 2019 — Asia accounted for more than two-thirds of all patent, trademark and industrial design applications in 2018, with China driving overall growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) rights. The United States of America (US) maintained its supremacy in patent applications filed in export markets.

Innovators across the globe filed 3.3 million patent applications in 2018, up 5.2% for a ninth straight yearly increase, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Global trademark filing activity rose to 14.3 million, while that for industrial designs reached 1.3 million.

“Asia continues to outpace other regions in filing activity for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and other intellectual property rights. And these intellectual property rights are at the center of the global economy,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “China alone accounted for almost half of all the world’s patent filings, with India also registering impressive increases. Asia has become a global hub for innovation.”

Worldwide ‘Plant Variety’ applications grew by 8.9% to reach 20,210 applications in 2018, while data received from 92 national and regional authorities showed some 65,900 protected geographical indications (GIs) in 2018.

• Patents

China’s IP office received the highest number of patent applications in 2018. A record of 1.54 million applications that amounts to 46.4% of the global total. IP offices of the US (597,141), Japan (313,567), the Republic of Korea (209,992), and the European Patent Office (174,397) followed China’s IP office. Together, these five offices accounted for 85.3% of the world’s total.

Among the top five offices, China (+11.6%), the EPO (+4.7%), and the Republic of Korea (+2.5%) recorded growth in applications, while both Japan (-1.5%) and the US (-1.6%) saw small declines. For the US, it was the first decline in applications since 2009.

Germany (67,898), India (50,055), the Russian Federation (37,957), Canada (36,161) and Australia (29,957) also featured among the top 10 offices. All of these offices saw growth in filings, ranging from 7.5% in India to 0.3% in Germany.

• Asia is the hub of global patent filings.

Asia has strengthened its position as the region with the most significant activity in patent filings. Offices located in Asia received two-thirds (66.8%) of all applications filed worldwide in 2018 - a considerable increase from 50.8% in 2008 - primarily driven by growth in China. Offices located in North America accounted for just under one-fifth (19%) of the 2018 world total, while those in Europe accounted for only over one-tenth (10.9%). The combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.3% in 2018.

US applicants filed the most significant number of patent applications beyond its borders.

In terms of filing abroad, which is an indication of a desire to expand in new markets, US residents continue to lead with 230,085 equivalent patent applications filed elsewhere in 2018. Japan (206,739), Germany (106,753), the Republic of Korea (69,459), and China (66,429) followed the US.

• Trademarks

An estimated 10.9 million trademark applications covering 14.3 million classes were filed worldwide in 2018. The number of types specified in forms grew by 15.5% in 2018, marking a ninth consecutive year of growth.

China’s IP office had the highest volume of filing activity with a class count of around 7.4 million; followed by the IP offices of the US (640,181) and Japan (512,156); the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO; 392,925) and the IP office of the Islamic Republic of Iran (384,338).

Among the top 20 offices, the most substantial increases between 2017 and 2018 were in the IP offices of Indonesia (+29.1%), China (+28.3%), India (+20.9%), the Republic of Korea (+14.5%) and the United Kingdom (+12.4%).

• Asia leads in trademark filings.

Offices located in Asia accounted for 70% of all trademark filing activity in 2018, up from 36.2% in 2008. Europe’s share declined from 38.4% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2018. North America accounted for 5.8% of the world total in 2018, while the combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 8.4% in 2018.

There were an estimated 49.3 million active trademark registrations worldwide in 2018 - up 13.8% in 2017, with 19.6 million in China alone, followed by 2.4 million in the US, and 1.9 million in India.

• Industrial designs

An estimated 1 million industrial design applications containing 1.3 million designs were filed worldwide in 2018, representing a 5.7% year-on-year increase. China’s IP office received applications containing 708,799 designs in 2018, corresponding to 54% of the world total. EUIPO (108,174), and the IP offices of the Republic of Korea (68,054), the US (47,137), and Germany (44,460) followed China.

Among the top 20 offices, the following five offices reported double-digit growth in design counts: the UK (+42.4%), the Russian Federation (+21%), Italy (+16.6%), India (+13.6%) and China (+12.7%).

• Asia sees the highest design activity.

Offices located in Asia accounted for more than two-thirds (69.7%) of all designs in applications filed worldwide in 2018, followed by Europe (23%) and North America (4.1%). The combined share of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.2% in 2018.

Designs related to furnishings accounted for 10.5% of global filing activity, followed by those related to clothing (8.3%) and packages and containers (7.7%).

• Plant varieties

China’s relevant office received 5,760 plant variety applications in 2018, up 29% from 2017. It now accounts for over a quarter of the plant variety applications filed worldwide. The Community Plant Variety Office of the European Union (CPVO; 3,554), and relevant offices of the US (1,609), Ukraine (1,575), and Japan (880) followed China. Among the top five offices, China and Ukraine (+17.1%) saw double-digit growth in filings 2018; CPVO (+3.9%) and the US (+3.3%) reported similar growth rates. Japan (-13.6%) saw a sharp drop in filings.

• Geographical indications

In 2018, there were around 65,900 GIs in force worldwide. GIs are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Germany (15,566) reported the most significant number of GIs in force, followed by China (7,247), Hungary (6,683), and the Czech Republic (6,285).

GIs in force relating to “wines and spirits” accounted for around 51.1% of the 2018 world total, followed by agricultural products and foodstuffs (29.9%) and handicrafts (2.7%).

• Publishing industry

Revenue generated by the trade and the educational sectors of the publishing industry of 14 countries amounted to USD 42.5 billion. The US (USD 23.3 billion) reported the most substantial net revenue, followed by Germany (USD 6.1 billion), the UK (USD 5.4 billion), and France (USD 3 billion).

Online sales channels generated more than half of all trade sector revenue in the UK (51.5%). The US (41.6%), Brazil (25.5%), and Sweden (23.5%) also saw large proportions of their total trade sector revenue generated by online sales channels. However, brick and mortar outlets continue to produce the highest share of total trade sector revenue for all the reported countries, except in Slovenia, the UK, and the US.

The US sold 2.6 billion copies of published titles covering the trade and educational sectors in 2018. The UK (652 million), France (419 million), and Turkey (400 million) followed the US.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 192 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

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— The editor is an alumnus of the WIPO Academy.


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October 14, 2019

UNESCO announces Winners of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

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Unesco, Flora Fountain

Photos: Flora Fountain, Mumbai, India. Flora Fountain has received ‘Honorable Mention’ at the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

PENANG, MALAYSIA, 14 October 2019 - The renewal of the historic Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Sixteen projects from five countries - Australia, Bhutan, China, India, and New Zealand - have been recognized by the international Jury of conservation experts in this year’s awards. The Jury met in August to review 57 entries from 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

The Jury praised the Award of Excellence winner, Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts, stating:

“The transformation of the former Central Police Station into a world-class center for heritage and arts has created a vibrant new civic space in the heart of the city’s central business district.”

Other Awardees include:

Award of Distinction

Award of Merit

Honorable Mention

New Design in Heritage Contexts

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program recognizes private individuals and organizations for successfully restoring and conserving structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. By recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic properties, the Awards aim to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

Awarded projects reflect a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony saw 150 past winners, jury members, contributors, and friends of the Awards gather to recognize this year’s Award Winners.

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October 10, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia, named World Book Capital 2021

Tiblisi, UNESCO Book Capital

Photo: Tbilisi (Georgia) old town area. Image credit: Jelger.

Paris, France, 07 October 2019 — At the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Tbilisi (Georgia) World Book Capital for the year 2021.

Around the slogan, “Ok. So your next book is…?” the program focuses on the use of modern technologies as powerful tools for promoting reading among the youth.

Several meaningful, large-scale, and sustainable activities comprise the program. Amongst the events and activities, there will be libraries and a book festival for children, a state-of-the-art digital project for transforming books into games, and the rebuilding of the first Georgian publishing house.

Specially designed for children, youngsters, and readers who have limited access to books, the activity program will be driven by innovation. The city’s principal objective is to popularize reading and increase accessibility to books for all social levels.

The year of celebrations will start on 23 April 2021, on the World Book and Copyright Day.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twenty-first city to bear the title since 2001, Tbilisi follows Kuala Lumpur (2020) and Sharjah (2019). Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016), Conakry (2017) and Athens (2018).

The Advisory Committee for nominating the World Book Capital city is made up of representatives of the International Publisher’s Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and UNESCO.

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October 5, 2019

UNESCO names Mexican Actress of Indigenous Origin, Yalitza Aparicio, as its Goodwill Ambassador

Unesco, Yalitza Aparicio

Photo: UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Yalitza Aparicio. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Unesco, Yalitza Aparicio

Photo: Presentation of the Certificate of Goodwill Ambassador to Yalitza Aparicio by the UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Paris France, 04 October 2019 — The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Indigenous Peoples.

Born in Tlaxiaco, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, Ms. Aparicio is committed to the fight against racism and for the rights of women and indigenous peoples. She was chosen to play in Alfonso Cuarón’s film Roma while studying to be a teacher. Her performance in the movie, for which she had to learn the Mixtec language of her father’s family, won her an Oscar nomination for best actress. It made her the first indigenous Mexican woman to be so recognized by the US Academy Awards. TIME magazine (USA) listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.

Ms. Aparicio is one of the faces of the 2019 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. She has lent her support to the United Nations campaign, “I say no to racism!”.

She has used her celebrity to promote respect and dignity. Ms. Aparicio has thus contributed to the work of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights. She also works for children’s education, helping raise funds for schools in the city of her birth.

Ms. Aparicio will contribute to UNESCO’s work to ensure the integration of indigenous peoples everywhere and the realization of their rights. She would be helping to safeguard indigenous cultural heritage, the inclusion of indigenous knowledge in environmental management, the preservation of biodiversity, adaptation to climate change, and equal access to education for indigenous peoples.

UNESCO Goodwill ambassadors are personalities who place their reputation at the service of the Organization’s campaigns. They commit to raising public awareness of the Organization’s mission for two years.

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September 23, 2019

A Green Roof and Solar Panels gifted by India installed on the Roof of the UN Headquarters in New York

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Photo: A view of the solar panels, a gift from India, installed on the roof of the United Nations. 21 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pa.

United Nations, New York

Photo: A view of the green roof placed next to the new solar panels, gifts from India, on the roof of the conference building at the United Nations headquarters. 21 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

United Nations, New York

Photo: A view of the green roof placed next to the new solar panels, gifts from India, on the roof of the conference building at the United Nations headquarters. 21 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak

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September 21, 2019

Observance of International Peace Day at the UN Headquarters

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Photo: A view of flags held by students at the annual ceremony at the UN headquarters in observance of the International Day of Peace (21 September).

The theme of the International Day of Peace of 2019 is “Climate Action for Peace” to draw attention to the importance of combatting climate change as a way to protect and promote peace throughout the world. 20 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel.

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September 10, 2019

A View of the United Nations Headquarters on 09 September 2019

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Photo: A view of United Nations Headquarters and parts of Manhattan as seen from Queens. 09 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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September 7, 2019

UNESCO Creative Cities Annual Conference: Santos, Brazil, will host it in 2020; Istanbul, Turkey, will host it in 2021.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network, Istanbul

Photo: Istanbul, Turkey. Image Credit: Juan Antonio Segal. The city of Istanbul in Turkey is a UNESCO Creative City of Design.

Paris, France, 07 September 2019 — Istanbul has been selected as the Host City of the XV UNESCO Creative Cities Network’s Annual Conference in 2021 following an online vote by the 180 members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) present in 72 countries.

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Istanbul’s Old City reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here.

“Future Proof Cities” will be the theme of the 2021 conference. This theme refers to the concept of urban future-proofing. It involves monitoring developments in all areas of urban life to ensure an equilibrium between the environment, technology, economic activity, and human needs and aspirations.

The UCCN Annual Conferences bring together mayors, municipal decision-makers, and other stakeholders. They examine ways to place people at the center of sustainable urban development from the economic, environmental, social, and cultural perspectives. The UCCN conferences echo the overarching objective of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Leaving no one behind.

Fabriano, Italy, hosted this year’s conference.

Santos, Brazil

Photo: Santos, Brazil. Image Credit: Ricardo ATB. The city of Santos in Brazil is a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

The 2020 event will take place in the city of Santos in Brazil, a UNESCO Creative City of Film since 2015. Santos will be the first city of the Latin America and Caribbean Region to host the UCCN Annual Conference and the first Creative City of Film to do so. Under the theme “Creativity, Path to Equality,” the 2020 Annual Conference will demonstrate the power of creativity and culture in advancing sustainable development and reducing social and economic inequalities.

Krakow and Katowice, Poland hosted the Annual Conference in 2018, after Enghien-les-Bains, France (2017), and Östersund, Sweden (2016).

UNESCO established the Creative Cities Programme and Network to promote international cooperation between cities that are committed to investing in culture and creativity to stimulate and drive sustainable development. The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music.

Cities in the Network anchor culture and creativity in their development frameworks and policies to advance objectives such as social cohesion, employment, entrepreneurship, and gender balance among others for the achievement of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The annual conferences are a unique opportunity for cities to review their results, exchange best practices and ideas, and identify new trends. The cities discuss challenges and opportunities and build connections and partnerships.

Home to over half of the world’s population, the cities play a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies that address the development challenges of the 21st century. In this context, the UNESCO Creative Cities Programme and its Annual Conference have an ever more critical role to play in addressing the contemporary challenges and opportunities facing cities and human settlements.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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September 4, 2019

UN Secretary-General Appoints Melissa Fleming of United States Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications

United Nations, New York

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres swears in Melissa Fleming, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. 04 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

New York, NY — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Melissa Fleming of the United States as the next Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.

She succeeds Alison Smale of the United Kingdom.

Ms. Fleming brings to the position more than 25 years of strategic vision, innovative management, and communications expertise. She worked in the UN in the fields of humanitarian action, conflict prevention, peacebuilding, and free media.

Since 2009, Ms. Fleming has been Head of Global Communications and Spokesperson in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva. While there, she led global media outreach campaigns, social media engagement, and a multimedia news service serving audiences ranging from media, public, donors, Governments and refugees themselves.

Ms. Fleming joined UNHCR from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), where she served for eight years as Spokesperson and Head of Media and Outreach. Before IAEA, she headed the Press and Public Information team at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Earlier still, she served as Public Affairs Specialist at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany.

Having begun her career as a journalist, Ms. Fleming held the position of Senior Advisor and Spokesperson on the transition team of the current Secretary-General from 2016 to 2017.

She holds a Master of Science in journalism from the College of Communication, Boston University, and a Bachelor of Arts in German studies from Oberlin College, Ohio, United States.

Source: United Nations, New York

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August 29, 2019

Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Arrives in New York by Sailboat

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

United Nations, Climate Change

Photos: Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden, sailed into New York Harbor today flanked by a fleet of 17 sailboats. Each sailboat represents one of the Sustainable Development Goals on their sails. Greta Thunberg embarked on a trans-Atlantic voyage on 14 August from Plymouth, England to New York City on a solar-powered, zero-emission racing boat, the Malizia II. She would be attending the UN Climate Action Summit in New York in September. 28 August 2019. New York, New York. UN Photos/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 27, 2019

G7 SUMMIT 2019: G7 LEADERS ISSUE DECLARATION

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India with the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit, in Biarritz, France, on 25 August 2019.

Following is the Declaration issued by the G7 Leaders after the G7 Summit 2019 in Biarritz, France:

26 AUGUST 2019

The G7 Leaders wish to underline their great unity and the positive spirit of the debates. The G7 Summit, organized by France in Biarritz, has successfully produced agreements by the Heads of State and Government themselves on several points summarized below:

• Trade

The G7 is committed to open and fair world trade and the stability of the global economy.

The G7 requests that the Finance Ministers closely monitor the state of the global economy.

The G7 wishes to overhaul the WTO to improve effectiveness about intellectual property protection, to settle disputes more swiftly and to eliminate unfair trade practices.

The G7 commits to reaching in 2020 an agreement to simplify regulatory barriers and modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.

• Iran

We fully share the objective to foster peace and stability in the region.

• Ukraine

France and Germany will organize a Normandy format summit in the coming weeks to achieve tangible results.

• Libya

We support a truce in Libya that will lead to a long-term ceasefire.

We believe that only a political solution can ensure Libya’s stability.

We call for a well-prepared international conference to bring together all the stakeholders and regional actors relevant to this conflict.

We support in this regard the work of the United Nations and the African Union to set up an Inter-Libyan conference.

• Hong Kong

The G7 reaffirms the existence and importance of the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 on Hong Kong and calls for avoidance of violence.

The G7 or ‘Group of Seven’ are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It is an intergovernmental organization that was formed in 1975 by the top economies of the time as an informal forum to discuss pressing world issues.

Prime Minister Modi of India was invited to attend the Summit as a special guest of French President Emmanuel Macron.

Source: G7-2019, Biarritz, France.

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August 23, 2019

Prime Minister Modi reiterates India’s commitment to UNESCO during his visit to the Organization.

UNESCO, Modi, India

UNESCO, Modi, India

Photos: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris, France, on 23 August 2019. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 23 August 2019 — UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, warmly welcomed India’s commitment to the Organization, its work, and the ideals it promotes. She was greeting Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, during his visit to the UNESCO headquarters.

Talks with the Prime Minister focused on UNESCO’s significant initiatives in favor of girls and women’s education.

During the discussion, the Prime Minister urged UNESCO to accelerate efforts to protect cultural diversity in Iraq, as an integral part of the “Revive the spirit of Mosul” initiative.

The New Delhi-based “UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development” is a significant partner in the Organization’s work on the ethics of artificial intelligence, with a particular focus on education. UNESCO recently published “The State of the Education Report for India 2019”, as part of its undertaking to rethink the future of education for the 21st century.

Prime Minister Modi ended his visit to UNESCO with an address to representatives of India’s expatriate community in France.

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August 17, 2019

Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Briefs Press on Jammu and Kashmir.

United Nations, India

Photo: Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, briefs correspondents following Security Council consultations on the situation in Pakistan and his country. 16 August 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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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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July 24, 2019

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

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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 19, 2019

High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York concludes that Education is Everyone's Responsibility.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 16 July 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, UNESCO

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Photo: Group photo of participants of the 57th UN Geneva International Graduate Study Programme during the closing ceremony. The participants are displaying the certificates awarded to them. 12 July 2019. United Nations, Geneva. UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré.

New York, 19 July 2019 — The voices of governments, donors, international organizations, youth, and teachers struck a universal chord in calling for stepped-up action to achieve relevant, equitable and inclusive quality education. They were participating in an event organized by UNESCO, the Group of Friends for Education and the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee during the High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

“Education is a fundamental right and the supporting structure for the entire 2030 Agenda,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, opening the event. “It is urgent that we act together and step up efforts to invest more in education.” “Governments hold the primary responsibility, but civil society, multilateral and international actors must join their efforts to achieve this common goal,” she said. Ms. Azoulay asserted that UNESCO would continue to make education a top priority to accomplish its global coordination and monitoring role.

Government representatives gave examples of how Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education is influencing national policy, demonstrating its relevance to all contexts. The Minister of Research and Higher Education of Norway, Ms. Iselin Nybo, proposed actions to integrate sustainable development across all school subjects and university programs. To achieve the SDGs and build better societies, she called for the “democratization of knowledge” to ensure that the fruits of research are widely shared.

Argentina has placed a priority on ‘leaving no one behind” through affirmative actions at all levels, explained Oscar Ghillione, the country’s deputy Minister of Education. Having hosted the first G20 conference of education ministers in 2018, Argentina is also striving to “place education at the heart of the global debate,” he said.

Jaime Saavedra, head of Education Global Practice at the World Bank, called for a “completely different level of political commitment.” He warned that “many kids are in learning poverty” as proven by assessments showing that over half cannot understand a simple story. “This is morally unacceptable,” he said.

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, wrapped up the event by stressing urgency, accountability, solidarity, and political engagement to accelerate global action for education.

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July 11, 2019

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

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Unesco Education

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.

UNESCO INDIA

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.

UNESCO, Paris, Education

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

Unesco, G7, Education

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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— Proverbs of Solomon 19:25. King James Version.


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