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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"

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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

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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

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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.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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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.

UN Secretary-General Visits India

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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

United Nations, Sushma Swaraj

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

UNESCO

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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September 24, 2018

United Nations General Assembly Convenes Nelson Mandela Peace Summit

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly, during Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

United Nations, Nelson Mandela

Photo: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, President of the Republic of Croatia, makes remarks during the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit. 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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AIRBUS and UNESCO challenge Youth to create Sustainable Solutions for Global Problems

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Photo: Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 runners-up Team Retrolley from University of São Paulo Brazil. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paolo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann.

The next generation of innovators can now submit their proposals tackling one of the six challenges set out by Airbus for its sixth global Fly Your Ideas competition (Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality).

The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges. Open to university teams from across the world, including all disciplines from engineering and information technology to marketing and design, the competition is an opportunity for students to unleash their pioneering spirit, working at the cutting edge of digital technology alongside industry experts. UNESCO granted patronage to Fly Your Ideas in 2012.

“Fly Your Ideas is an inspirational endeavor for students around the world and UNESCO is proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. “The new challenges will allow students to think outside the box and come up with sustainable solutions for global problems beyond aerospace - exactly what the world needs from our future generations!”

The submission phase would end on 16 November 2018. A team of Airbus specialists from across the business will review and evaluate all submitted ideas. The live final of Fly Your Ideas will be held in 2019, where students will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas to an audience of industry experts.

Airbus is seeking ideas that could change aerospace in the decades to come and create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world. The competition is an opportunity for students to build valuable employment skills including teamwork, project management, and presentation skills and to apply their classroom learning to real-world challenges.

Sources: AIRBUS and UNESCO

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September 23, 2018

United Nations Secretary General Meets UN Messenger of Peace

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with UN Messenger of Peace, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan. 21 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations

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September 22, 2018

Kuala Lumpur named UNESCO World Book Capital 2020

Kuala Lumpur, UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: A heritage building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has been named World Book Capital 2020. Image credit: Uwe Schwarzbach.

UNESCO World Book Capital

Photo: Library sign at the International University of Malaya-Wales, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur has been named World Book Capital 2020. Image credit: Simon Haslett.

Paris, France — Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) has been named World Book Capital for the year 2020 by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, on the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee.

UNESCO selected the city because of its strong focus on inclusive education, the development of a knowledge-based society and easy reading for all parts of the city’s population.

With the slogan “Caring through reading,” the program focuses on four themes: reading in all its forms, development of the book industry infrastructure, inclusiveness and digital accessibility, and empowerment of children through reading. Among other events and activities, there will be the construction of a book city (the Kota Buku Complex), a reading campaign for train commuters, enhancing of digital services and accessibility by the National Library of Malaysia for the disabled, and new digital services for libraries in 12 libraries in poor housing areas of Kuala Lumpur.

The city’s objective is to foster a culture of reading and inclusiveness - “A city that reads is a city that cares” - emphasizing ubiquitous access to books throughout the city. The city has linked the ambitious programme for World Book Capital to the Vision 2020 for Kuala Lumpur, and the eco-city project called the River of Life with open-air bookshops and libraries populating the newly-restored waterways of the city.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twentieth city to bear the title since 2001, Kuala Lumpur follows Sharjah (2019), and Athens (2018). 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), and Wroclaw (2016).

The application of the city of Kuala Lumpur was accepted by an Advisory Committee, comprising representatives of the International Publisher’s Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and UNESCO.

Source: UNESCO, Paris.

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September 17, 2018

United Nations General Assembly holds the Closing Plenary Meeting of the Seventy-second Session

United Nations General Assembly

Photo: María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, President-elect of the seventy-third session of the UN General Assembly, addresses the closing plenary meeting of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly. Behind her at the dais is (left to right): Secretary-General António Guterres; Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly; and Catherine Pollard, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management. 17 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 16, 2018

UN Secretary-General Issues Warning about Dangers of Climate Change

United Nations

Photo: Jayathma Wickramanayake, Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, makes her remarks following UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s comments on climate change. Mr. Guterres has issued a strong warning about the dangers we face from Climate Change, stressing the urgency of the crisis and the risks of inaction. Mr. Guterres has also outlined his vision for the 2019 Climate Summit. 10 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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