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December 12, 2018

First ever Consultation of UNESCO Chairs in India

UNESCO, INDIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 7, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: UNESCO, Paris & Brussels

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December 3, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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November 30, 2018

UNESCO convenes Global Education Meeting

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Photo: Launch of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report. November 26, 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

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Photo: Mobile Learning Week. March 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX. File Photo.

Paris, France, 23 November 2018 — Some 350 ministers, officials, representatives of development agencies and other partners from all over the world will take stock of progress in meeting the educational objectives of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda during the Global Education conference, 3 to 5 December, in Brussels, Belgium.

In its mandated role as lead agency and coordinator of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO has convened the Global Meeting with the support of the Government of Belgium.

It is the first Global Education Meeting since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015. The meeting would focus on the need to reduce inequalities in education. It will also examine the links between education and the Sustainable Development Goals on Decent Work, Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

Organized by UNESCO in consultation with the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, and hosted by the government of Belgium, the meeting will address urgent priorities in a world that still numbers 262 million out-of-school children, adolescents, and youth. The data also show that 617 million children and adolescents — i.e., six out of ten — are unable to read a simple sentence or handle necessary mathematic calculations.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium will officially open the meeting (4 December, 2 PM) alongside Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Ambassador Inga Rhonda King, President of UN ECOSOC, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General will deliver the keynote address.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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November 28, 2018

Internet Governance Forum examines Issues of Trust in Cyberspace at its Annual Meeting held at UNESCO Headquarters

UNESCO, Paris

Photo: Forum pour la Gouvernance d’Internet. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay addresses the Internet Governance Forum. November 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

UNESCO, Paris

Photo: Forum pour la Gouvernance d’Internet. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, addresses the Internet Governance Forum. November 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, November 28, 2018 — France hosted this year’s Internet Governance Forum at UNESCO in Paris. The Forum examined ways to build an internet of trust that contributes to sustainable development and the building of knowledge societies, free of campaigns that spread hate and divisiveness.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay opened the Forum alongside António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Emmanuel Macron, President of France.

More than 3,000 representatives from governments, the United Nations, regulatory bodies, the civil society, and academia took part in the Forum.

Convened by the Secretary-General of the UN, the Forum highlighted the need to uphold human rights in the digital environment. Specific topics addressed included the digital divide, gender equality, the impact of artificial intelligence, and frontier technologies. The forum also discussed issues concerning cyber security, countering hate speech, and violent extremism.

UNESCO is working to maximize the potential of the internet in fostering sustainable human development and enhancing the free flow of information and ideas worldwide. The Organization advocates transparent internet governance that guarantees universal access and respects human rights, ethical principles, freedom of expression, privacy, cultural differences, and linguistic diversity.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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November 21, 2018

UN General Assembly Meets on Commemoration of Abolition of Slavery and Transatlantic Slave Trade

United Nations

Photo: Paulomi Tripathi, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, addresses the General Assembly meeting on the commemoration of the abolition of slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The meeting also discussed the impact of rapid technological change on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. 21 November 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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November 10, 2018

India is a voice for peace and non-violence, says Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu at UNESCO, Paris

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Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, with the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, on his visit to the Headquarters of UNESCO, in Paris, France on November 09, 2018.

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Photo: The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, meets the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, at the banquet hosted by the President of France, in Paris, France on November 10, 2018.

Paris, France, November 10, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has always been a voice for peace and non-violence from time immemorial. He was addressing the Indian Diaspora at UNESCO in Paris, France, yesterday.

Saying that peace is the only pre-requisite for progress, the Vice President said that in an interdependent world, progress could be achieved only through dialogue and understanding.

Earlier the Vice President interacted with Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, and apprised her about India’s efforts to achieve the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development in all the fields including education. They also discussed matters such as the use of information and communication technologies to improve access to education, enhancing the quality of teaching-learning process and teacher development programmes, strengthening educational planning and management, and improving monitoring systems.

The Vice President is in Paris, France, to attend the centenary year of the end of First World War. He will also be participating at a global event at Arc de Triomphe in which he will pay homage to the martyrs of World War I.

He will also inaugurate the Indian Armed Forces Memorial at Villers Guislain as a tribute to several thousand Indian soldiers whose gallantry and dedication have earned worldwide recognition.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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November 8, 2018

Group photo of UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (front center) poses for a group photo of the regular session for the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) at Greentree Estate in Manhasset, New York. 07 November 2018. Manhasset, United States. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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UN Briefing on "State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World and State of Food and Agriculture"

United Nations

Photo: A participant at the high-level briefing by the principals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World and The State of Food and Agriculture”. 06 November 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, addresses the high-level briefing. The principals of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) addressed the media on “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World and The State of Food and Agriculture.” 06 November 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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October 29, 2018

UN Day celebrated with Concert: "Traditions of Peace and Non-violence" by Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan

UN Day Concert

Photo: Ayaan Ali Khan Bangash performs along with his father Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan (not in the picture) at the 2018 UN Day Concert, the theme of which was “Traditions of Peace and Non-violence.” 24 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

UN Day Concert

Photo: Lidiya Yanskovskaya, conducts the Refugee Orchestra during the 2018 UN Day Concert, the theme of which was “Traditions of Peace and Non-violence.” The concert featured music by Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan and the Refugee Orchestra Project. 24 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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October 26, 2018

UN Security Council Meets on Women, Peace, and Security

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Photo: Wide view of the Security Council meeting on women and peace and security, with a focus on promoting the implementation of the women and peace and security agenda and sustaining peace through women’s political and economic empowerment. 25 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: A view of the observer’s gallery in the Security Council Chamber during the meeting on women and peace and security, with a focus on promoting the implementation of the women and peace and security agenda and sustaining peace through women’s political and economic empowerment. 25 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa, President of the UN General Assembly, speaks during a press conference about making the UN relevant for all and strengthening multilateralism. Geneva, Switzerland. October 23, 2018. UN Photo/Pierre Albouy.

Source: United Nations, New York/Geneva.

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October 23, 2018

BAHRAIN, INDIA, LESOTHO, AND SOUTH AFRICA WIN 2018 UNITED NATIONS INVESTMENT PROMOTION AWARDS

UNCTAD, Geneva

Photo: Dushyant Thakor, Vice President, Invest India, at the Investment Promotion Workshop, World Investment Forum 2018, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 22 October 2018. UNCTAD photo by Violaine Martin.

Geneva,22 October 2018 - Agencies from Bahrain, India, Lesotho, and South Africa have won top honors at the United Nations Investment Promotion Awards for excellence in boosting investment into sectors that will have social and economic benefits and help countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The awards, organized by UNCTAD, honor investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and their governments for their achievements, but also showcase best practices in attracting investment into SDG-related projects that can inspire investment promotion practitioners in developing and developed countries.

IPAs have a critical role to play in mobilizing investment to achieve the SDGs,” UNCTAD’s director of investment and enterprise James Zhan said. “The award-winning agencies show that, by mainstreaming the SDGs, IPAs can make a valuable contribution to social and economic development.”

The awards were presented at a high-profile ceremony in the Assembly Hall of the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, immediately after the grand opening of the World Investment Forum.

2018 AWARDS:

Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB Bahrain)

What the judges said: UNCTAD gave the award to EDB Bahrain for its role in attracting a large-scale regional data center, which will provide cloud computing services in Bahrain and neighboring countries. The investor plans to employ 10,000 data-solution architects and will support the advancement of technology education in Bahrain and other countries in the Middle East. Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, presented the award.

Invest India

What the judges said: Invest India received the award for excellence in servicing and supporting a major global wind turbines company in the establishment of a blade manufacturing plant in India while committing to train local staff and produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy. Implementation of the project is expected to reduce India’s wind energy cost significantly. Armen Sarkissian, President of the Republic of Armenia, presented the award.

Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC)

What the judges said: LNDC received the award for a large horticulture investment project that will create 15,000 direct and indirect jobs. Khaltmaagiin Battulga, President of Mongolia, presented the award.

InvestSA (South Africa)

What the judges said: UNCTAD gave the award to InvestSA for its instrumental role in facilitating two pioneering waste-to-nutrient recycling projects to up-cycle organic waste into natural, sustainable high-protein animal feed. Each project will offer much-needed jobs in local communities and is expected to save an annual 80,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions by diverting organic waste from landfill. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, president of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, presented the award.

2018 SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

Apex-Brasil, Brazil, received a Special Recognition for Fostering Partnership for its efforts in initiating and facilitating strategic, financial and technology partnerships between foreign-invested auto parts companies and local suppliers. UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi presented the award

Invest Pacific, Colombia, received a Special Recognition for Promoting Investment for targeting and attracting a seed nursery project by a Peruvian company in a region affected by armed conflict. The project consolidated peace kick-started sustainable economic development in the area and generated 120 direct jobs - 70% of which have been filled by women. Astrid, Princess of Belgium, presented the award.

Tatarstan Investment Development Agency (TIDA) from the Russian Federation received a Special Recognition for Promoting Investment for its role in targeting and securing American investment in an advanced radiotherapy medical center through a public-private partnership. The center makes the latest oncological treatments locally available to thousands of people who otherwise had to travel long distances for treatment. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, presented the award.

The IPA Awards have been given annually since 2002 as part of UNCTAD’s investment promotion and facilitation programme. Winners in 2017 were COFIDES of Spain, the Ethiopian Investment Commission and the Board of Investment of Mauritius.

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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October 21, 2018

United Nations Press Conference in Geneva on the State of World Population in 2018

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Photo: Monica Ferro, Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) Office at Geneva, briefs press on the report on the State of World Population in 2018. 17 October 2018. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Source: United Nations.

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October 12, 2018

UN General Assembly Elects Eighteen Members of Human Rights Council

United Nations

Photo: A conference officer in the UN General Assembly distributes ballots before the elections of the UN Human Rights Council.

The United Nations General Assembly today elected eighteen new members of the Human Rights Council for three-year terms beginning on 1 January 2019. Those chosen were: Argentina, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Czech Republic, Denmark, Eritrea, Fiji, India, Italy, Philippines, Somalia, Togo, Uruguay.

12 October 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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October 10, 2018

World Investment Forum, Geneva, 22-26 October 2018 — Heads of State, Private Sector and International Leaders to Boost Investment in Sustainable Development

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Photos: Students from Chinese university during the visit to UNCTAD. Group photo in front of the Place des Nations, at the UN’s European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. August 16, 2018. Images provided by & Copyright © UNCTAD.

Geneva, 9 October 2018 - More than 5,000 participants from 160 countries will meet in Geneva to thrash out major new investment-for-development initiatives at UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum 2018 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 22-26 October.

The high-level conference comes amid mounting disquiet about declining investment flows and their impact on efforts to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community three years ago.

“Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23% in 2017,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries.”

Private sector investment in developing countries, totaling $3.9 trillion a year, is needed to generate economic activity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals - the core of the 2030 Agenda -according to UNCTAD research. Current levels leave an investment gap of some $2.5 trillion.

Marking its 10th anniversary, the biennial World Investment Forum remains the premier venue to forge partnerships between investment and development stakeholders to close this gap.

A unique gathering of high-level players from the global investment-development community, the forum provides an opportunity to hold an open dialogue, brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and foster global alliances to advance prosperity for all. This year’s event comprises some 60 functions, including three summits, five ministerial roundtables, private-sector led sessions and several awards ceremonies.

Besides giving participants a chance to spotlight priorities for attracting and channeling investment that will drive sustainable development, the forum sessions will also focus on transformative actions and innovative financing modes for growth, such as blockchain, sustainability bonds, and blended finance.

Speakers from business and special guests include more than 30 top executives of multinationals, among them Aviva, De Beers, Coca-Cola, ContourGlobal, Jumia, Lavazza, PwC, Siemens Financial Services, UBS, and the heads of stock exchanges including those in Bombay, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Nasdaq Nordic, SIX and Shenzen, as well as the leaders of sovereign wealth and pension funds.

Fourteen heads of state and government have confirmed they will attend, including those from Armenia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Lesotho, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland.

More than fifty ministers from developed and developing countries and 21 heads of international organizations will join them.

In addition to United Nations entities, 50 other organizations will be at the event, including the Commonwealth, the International Labour Organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the International Telecommunication Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group.

These partnerships have generated exciting new content for this year’s participants, including an in-depth look at the relationship between sport and development, co-hosted with the International Olympic Committee and, on the annual United Nations Day, 24 October, a session on the role of investment in peace and security.

Five independent tracks will run in parallel with the main forum, with a special programme for parliamentarians, a multidisciplinary academic conference, an investment village, the 35th anniversary session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR), and the 2018 UNCTAD Youth Forum, taking youth entrepreneurship as its theme.

Previous World Investment Forums took place in Accra, Ghana (2008), Xiamen, China (2010), Doha, Qatar (2012), Geneva, Switzerland (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2016).

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

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October 3, 2018

UN Secretary-General Visits India

UN Secretary-General Visits India

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres visits the Golden Temple, also known as Sri Harmandir Sahib or Darbar Sahib, in the city of Amritsar in Punjab, India. It is the holiest place of worship and the most important pilgrimage site of Sikhism. 03 October 2018. Amritsar, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (center) makes remarks during the inauguration ceremony of the One UN House in New Delhi. Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, is on the right. 01 October 2018. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (front row, center) sits for a group photo with participants of the inauguration ceremony of the One UN House in New Delhi. To his right is Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in India. 01 October 2018. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Ishan Tankha.

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Photo: The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, with other dignitaries at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on October 02, 2018.

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, at the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention, at Rashtrapati Bhavan Cultural Centre, in New Delhi on October 02, 2018.

Sources: United Nations, New York; Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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October 1, 2018

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde Appoints Gita Gopinath as IMF Chief Economist

IMF, Gita Gopinath

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Photo: Gita Gopinath, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, USA, at the India Economic Summit 2016 New Delhi, India. Image provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

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Photo: IMF First Deputy Managing Director David Lipton, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and Gerry Rice, Director of the Communications Department participate in the Managing Director’s press conference at the 2018 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings on Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Washington, D.C. Image provided by & Copyright © Ryan Rayburn/IMF Photo. [File Photo]

October 1, 2018 — International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde appointed Gita Gopinath on Monday as Economic Counsellor and Director of the IMF’s Research Department. Ms. Gopinath will succeed Maurice (Maury) Obstfeld, who announced in July that he would retire at the end of 2018. Ms. Gopinath currently serves as the John Zwaanstra Professor of International Studies and Economics at Harvard University.

“Gita is one of the world’s outstanding economists, with impeccable academic credentials, a proven track record of intellectual leadership, and extensive international experience,” Ms. Lagarde said. “All this makes her exceptionally well-placed to lead our Research Department at this important juncture. I am delighted to name such a talented figure as our Chief Economist.”

Ms. Gopinath is co-editor of the American Economic Review and co-director of the International Finance and Macroeconomics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is co-editor of the current Handbook of International Economics with Former IMF Economic Counsellor Kenneth Rogoff. She has authored some 40 research articles on exchange rates, trade and investment, international financial crises, monetary policy, debt, and emerging market crises.

Ms. Gopinath was born and grew up in India. She is a U.S citizen and an Overseas Citizen of India. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2001 after earning a B.A. from the University of Delhi and M.A. degrees from both the Delhi School of Economics and University of Washington. She joined the University of Chicago in 2001 as an Assistant Professor before moving to Harvard in 2005. She became a tenured Professor there in 2010.

Source: International Monetary Fund

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September 29, 2018

Minister for External Affairs of India, Sushma Swaraj, Addresses UN General Assembly

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Photo: Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs of the Republic of India, addresses the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s Seventy-third Session. 29 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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September 27, 2018

United Nations Event on Accelerating Action on Girls' Education

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Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), addresses an event titled “12 years to break barriers and leave no girl behind: Countdown to 2030”.

The governments of Canada, France, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and the United Kingdom had convened the event on the sidelines of the general debate of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly. 25 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

UNESCO Girls Education

UNESCO Girls Education

Photos: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, meets with participants at the event “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind: Countdown to 2030”. New York, 25 September 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/J.Sheakovski.

UNESCO Girls Education

Photo: French President, Emmanuel Macron, meets with participants at the event “12 Years to Break Barriers and Leave No Girl Behind: Countdown to 2030”. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Teresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, are also seen. New York, 25 September 2018. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/J.Sheakovski.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, along with world leaders, notably French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, has called on the international community to do more for girls’ education and “Leave no girl behind.”

“Girls’ education is the most powerful driver for global transformation. It is also a fundamental right and a matter of human dignity,” said Director-General Azoulay. She also underscored that “today’s meeting is indeed a strong signal of high-level political commitment to a topic that is at the crossroads of two of the most important challenges of our time: education and gender equality.” However, she also called for more coordination: “UNESCO can serve as a coordinating hub,” noting, “We must work in synergy and on a sustained basis over time if we are to deliver on our ambition collectively.”

The event gave focus to the urgent need for countries to work together for the 132 million girls that are not in school today. It featured three-panel discussions which underscored the determination to do more for the education of girls in conflict and crisis-affected countries.

Sources: United Nations, New York; UNESCO, Paris

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September 25, 2018

United Nations Events on Youth2030 and Ending Modern Slavery

High-level Event on Youth2030: Launch of the UN Youth Strategy and Generation Unlimited Partnership

United Nations

Photo: Lilly Singh, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, attends the high-level event on Youth2030, to launch the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the General Assembly, during the high-level event on Youth2030, to launch the United Nations Youth Strategy and the Generation Unlimited Partnership organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Event on Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

United Nations

Photo: A participant of the event entitled “Stepping up Action to End Forced Labour, Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.” 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel.

Source: United Nations, New York

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