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July 12, 2018

Mayor of New York City Proclaims 11 July as Global Goals Day

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Photo: New York City has submitted a review of its progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to the United Nations, becoming the first city in the world to report directly to the international community on the status of its efforts to reach the goals by 2030. In recognition of this, Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, proclaimed Wednesday (11 July) as Global Goals Day in the city, a recurring annual day.

Alison Smale (left), United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, receives a proclamation from Penny Abeywardena, New York City’s Commissioner for International Affairs. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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July 11, 2018

United Nations Security Council Considers International Peace and Security with Focus on Climate-Related Security Risks

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Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, briefs the Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: A view of a section of the UN Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Hindou Ibrahim, from the International Indigenous People Forum on Climate Change, addresses the UN Security Council meeting on maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks. 11 July 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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July 7, 2018

UNCTAD Announces Women in Business Awards Finalists 2018 — Winner to be named at World Investment Forum in October 2018

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Photo: Member States, International Organizations, NGOs, and academia gather for UNCTAD’s Geneva Dialogue. Image provided by UNCTAD.

Geneva, Switzerland, July 6, 2018 - UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development)) has announced the finalists of the sixth Empretec Women in Business Awards.

The awards celebrate exceptional businesswomen who have benefitted from UNCTAD’s global entrepreneurship training network, Empretec, and have become role models for their outstanding achievements in running micro and small businesses.

The winners will be announced on 25 October at the World Investment Forum, taking place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, 22-26 October 2018.

Empretec centers from 19 countries submitted more than 50 nominations. A panel of experts selected the ten finalists considering the innovation, leadership and impact on their communities the nominees demonstrated.

Since its launch in 1988, the Empretec programme has trained and motivated more than 400,000 entrepreneurs in more than 40 countries.

The 2018 finalists are:

The winner and two runners-up will win the chance to attend an executive course in digital marketing by IMD Lausanne, mentoring by the MBA Business School in Grenoble, France, and a watch by Delance of Switzerland among other gifts.

Previous winners of the Empretec Women in Business award include:

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July 5, 2018

UNESCO Creative Cities Network Reaffirms Commitment to Cultural Cooperation for Sustainable Development

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Photo: Sydney Opera House. The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts center in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It is one of the 20th century’s most famous and distinctive buildings. Sydney is a UNESCO Creative City of Film.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Annual Meeting 2018 held in Krakow (Poland) from 12 to 15 June 2018 adopted a “Mayors’ Declaration” on how to advance the implementation of the United Nations Agenda 2030 in cities through culture. Over 350 participants, including 50 mayors and deputy mayors from across the globe, reaffirmed their cities’ commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

The UCCN currently has 180 member cities, from 72 different countries. They work together to place creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and actively cooperate at the international level across seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music.

“In Medellín we understand that cultural and creative industries can generate decent work and economic growth that impacts the entire city, helping to reduce poverty and improving the quality of life. Through art, we can better communicate with the communities and make necessary changes,” declared Lina Botero Villa, Secretary of Culture of Medellin (Colombia).

Spurred on by this year’s theme “Creative Crossroads” the Creative Cities explored new cooperation prospects. Cities of Joao Pessoa (Brazil), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Porto-Novo (Benin) envisaged linking their crafts sectors to expand opportunities for their artisans at the international level. “Our role is to promote, guide and enable the emergence of creative forces. This meeting represents a unique opportunity for my city to broaden its international outreach and exchange with my peers,” said Nathanaël Ouedraogo, Deputy Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso).

Five thematic workshops and networking sessions allowed cities to advance the role of culture, mainly through creativity, as an enabler of sustainable development. Among the topics addressed were the need for reliable data collection, measurement, and monitoring processes for culture, the impact of digital technologies in shaping the city of tomorrow, urban regeneration, and youth.

The Annual Meeting provided an opportunity to showcase the UCCN LAB.2030 Initiative, which demonstrates diverse ways in which the Creative Cities embrace innovation and culture in their local policies.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is working towards strengthening cooperation on creativity and heritage as a foundation for making cities more inclusive, resilient and sustainable.

The city of Fabriano (Italy) will host the next Annual Meeting in 2019 with the focus on the theme of “The Ideal City.”

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July 2, 2018

United Nations holds High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres, addresses a reception in the Delegates Dining room hosted by Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, on the side of the High-level Conference of Counter-Terrorism. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Opening of High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres chairs the closing of the High-level Conference of Counter-Terrorism. On the left is Vladimir Voronkov, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism. 29 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Ion Jinga, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations and Chair of the Peacebuilding Commission, addresses the Security Council meeting on peacebuilding and sustaining peace. 29 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: A view of a section of the General Assembly Hall as Vladimir Voronkov (on screens), Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, addresses the opening of the High-level Conference on Counter-Terrorism. 28 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 30, 2018

UNESCO Declares Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai a World Heritage Property

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Photo: Elphinstone College, as part of the Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai. Image Credit: Franx.

Manama, Bahrain, June 30, 2018 — India’s nomination of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” has been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.

The decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO at Manama in Bahrain today. As recommended by the World Heritage Committee, India accepted the renaming of the ensemble as “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai”.

India has secured the inscription of the “Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai” on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under Criteria (ii) and (iv) as defined in the UNESCO’s Operational Guidelines.

In the past five years, India has managed to get inscribed seven of its properties/sites on the World Heritage List of UNESCO. India now has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites. While India stands second in number after China regarding the number of World Heritage properties in ASPAC (Asia and Pacific) region, it is overall sixth in the world.

The Ensemble comprises of two architectural styles, the 19th-century collection of Victorian structures and the 20th century Art Deco buildings along the sea, conjoined through the historic open space of the Oval Maidan. Together, this architectural ensemble represents the most remarkable collection of Victorian and Art Deco buildings in the world which forms the unique character of this urban setting, unparalleled in the world.

The Ensemble consists of 94 buildings primarily of 19th-century Victorian Gothic revival and early 20th century Art Deco style of architecture with the Oval Maidan in the center. The 19th-century Victorian buildings form part of the larger Fort precinct situated to the east of the Oval Maidan. These public buildings include the Old Secretariat (1857-74), University Library and Convention Hall (1874-78), the Bombay High Court (1878), the Public Works Department Office (1872), Watson&#8217’s Hotel (1869), David Sasoon Library (1870), and the Elphinstone College (1888). The Art Deco styled buildings to the west of the Oval Maidan were raised in the early 20th century on the newly reclaimed lands at Marine Drive and symbolized the shift in expression to represent contemporary aspirations.

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June 26, 2018

UN Security Council Considers Maintenance of International Peace and Security

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on a comprehensive review of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: Wide view of the UN Security Council chamber as UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses the Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, with a focus on a comprehensive review of the situation in the Middle East and North Africa. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Meets UNESCO Youth Volunteer and (Deaf) Artist

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Photo: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (right) meets with Apoorv Om, a UNESCO Youth Volunteer and (Deaf) Artist from New Delhi. 25 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 25, 2018

UNESCO World Heritage Committee Session Opens in Manama, Bahrain

Mumbai, UNESCO

Photo: Rajabhai Tower, University of Mumbai, is a part of the Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai, India, which the UNESCO World Heritage Committee will examine for inclusion in the UNESCO cultural heritage sites list. Image credit: Nishita Desai.

Manama, Bahrain — The opening ceremony of the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee took place Sunday at the Bahrain National Theatre in the presence of Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa of Bahrain. It marked the beginning of the Committee’s work, which will continue until 4 July.

Several hundred people took part in the ceremony, which was opened by the President of the Bahraini Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, the Chair of the 42nd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Sheikha Haya Bint Rashed Al-Khalifa, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and the Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO, Lee Byong-Hyun.

“Expectations of this session are high, and we must seize this opportunity to strengthen joint work for the safeguarding of cultural heritage,” said Sheikha Haya Bint Rashed Al-Khalifa.

“It is significant that this year the Committee is being held in an Arab country,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Azoulay. “The idea of World Heritage has become a global norm,” she added.

The Director-General went on to say that “Across Iraq, over 100 cultural heritage sites have been destroyed, many of which are in Mosul,” and she recalled that “Last February, UNESCO launched an initiative to Revive the spirit of Mosul, in partnership with the Iraqi authorities.”

The Chairperson of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Lee Byong-Hyun, said that “The World Heritage Convention, as UNESCO’s most universally recognized normative instrument, is a remarkable example of how collaboration among nationals through education, science, and culture can be put into practice through common effort.”

During the session, the Committee will examine 29 nominations for inscription on the World Heritage List.

The Committee will also examine the state of conservation of 157 sites already inscribed on the List, 54 of which are on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The following sites are slated for inclusion on the List of World Heritage in Danger:

The site of Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System (Belize), currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger, may be removed from that list due to improvements in its conservation.

The following proposals for inscription are scheduled to be examined on 29th June:

Natural sites:

  1. Fanjingshan (China)
  2. Chaine des Puys - Limagne fault tectonic arena (France)
  3. Arasbaran Protected Area (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  4. Bikine River Valley [extension of Central Sikhote-Alin, inscribed in 2001] (Russian Federation)
  5. Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (South Africa)

Mixed sites:

  1. Pimachiowin Aki (Canada)
  2. Chiribiquete National Park - “The Maloca of the Jaguar” (Colombia)
  3. Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Valley: original habitat of Mesoamerica (Mexico)

Cultural sites:

  1. Žatec - the Town of Hops (Czechia)
  2. Funeral and memorial sites of the First World War (Western Front) (Belgium / France)
  3. Colonies of Benevolence (Belgium / Netherlands)
  4. Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou—Zayton (China)
  5. Aasivissuit—Nipisat Inuit Hunting Ground between Ice and Sea (Denmark)
  6. Historic Urban Ensemble of Nîmes (France)
  7. Archaeological Border Landscape of Hedeby and the Danevirke (Germany)
  8. Naumburg Cathedral (Germany)
  9. Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai (India)
  10. Sassanid Archaeological Landscape of Fars Region (Islamic Republic of Iran)
  11. Ivrea, the industrial city of the 20th century (Italy)
  12. Le Colline del Prosecco di Conegliano a Valdobbiadene (Italy)
  13. Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region (Japan)
  14. Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site (Kenya)
  15. Ancient City of Qalhat (Oman)
  16. Sansa, Buddhist Mountain Monasteries in Korea (Republic of Korea)
  17. Roșia Montană Mining Landscape (Romania)
  18. Al-Ahsa Oasis, an Evolving Cultural Landscape (Saudi Arabia)
  19. Caliphate City of Medina Azahara (Spain)
  20. Göbekli Tepe (Turkey)
  21. Khor Dubai, a Traditional Merchants’ Harbour (United Arab Emirates)

The World Heritage Young Professionals Forum will take place in Manama ahead of the Committee session, from 17 to 26 June. Its theme this year will be Protecting Heritage in an Ever-Changing World.

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June 21, 2018

United Nations Photos: Sustainable Development Goals Report Launched; Chiefs of Police from around the World Gather at UN Headquarters

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Photo: Yongyi Min, Chief of Sustainable Development Goal Monitoring Section at United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), briefs press on the launch of the 2018 Sustainable Development Goals Report. 20 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

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Photo: Participants of the second United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) pose for a group photo in the General Assembly Hall. Secretary-General António Guterres’s Chef de Cabinet, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti (front row center) is representing him in the summit.

The gathering of police leaders from around the world is taking place at UN Headquarters in New York from 20-21 June.

21 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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June 12, 2018

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed launches powerful Policy Resource for Least Developed Countries

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Photos: Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, during the launch of the publication, Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries. 06 June 2018. Geneva, Switzerland. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré.

Geneva, Switzerland - Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, launched a unique policy compendium in Geneva that aims to assist governments of the world’s most disadvantaged countries in boosting prosperity and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

The policy compendium, entitled Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), integrates nearly 15 years of UNCTAD research and policy materials in a single source that connects growth objectives with concrete steps and practical actions to reach specific targets of the global goals.

“UNCTAD is, as it always has been, in the forefront of crafting vital policy options needed for the structural transformation of the world’s poorest and most fragile economies,” said Ms. Mohammed, who was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, of which the 17 Sustainable Development Goals are at the core.

“Without concrete proposals to bring about this transformation, the development prospects of millions of people remain in jeopardy.”

“I welcome this UNCTAD compendium as a powerful resource for countries working to achieve the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals, and for their development partners worldwide,” Ms. Mohammed remarked.

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June 8, 2018

United Nations General Assembly Elects President for Seventy-third Session

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Photo: The United Nations General Assembly elected María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, as President of its seventy-third session. She will be the fourth woman to hold the post.

Miroslav Lajčák, President of the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, is seen congratulating Ms. Garcés (right) following her address to the General Assembly. Also pictured is UN Secretary-General António Guterres. 05 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: (From the UN Archives). The eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, convened at U.N. Headquarters in New York, elected Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, of India, as its President. Mrs. Pandit was the first woman to hold this post.

This picture, taken just after the election, shows Mrs. Pandit receiving the gavel from Lester B. Pearson, of Canada, retiring President. Standing at left is Dag Hammarskjöld, Secretary-General of the United Nations. 15 September 1953. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Marvin Bolotsky.

United Nations General Assembly President

Photo: (From the UN Archives). The eighth session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, convened at U.N. Headquarters in New York, elected Madam Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, of India, as its President. Madam Pandit is photographed here with U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld. Madame Pandit was the first woman president ever elected by the U.N. General Assembly. 16 September 1953. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Albert Fox.

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June 4, 2018

United Nations: Dialogue on Sport and Development with Olympic Athletes

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Photo: Chantelle Sladics, Professional Snowboarder, participates in a dialogue on the theme “Let’s talk about sports! Why sports and development go hand in hand”. 29 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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May 5, 2018

United Nations celebrates World Press Freedom Day

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Photo: Scene at a special event entitled “Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law” at the United Nations headquarters in New York on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. 03 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

World Press Day, United Nations

Photo: On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, Nicole Stremlau, head of the program in Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford, addresses a special conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The event was titled Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice, and the Rule of Law. 03 May 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

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March 18, 2018

2018 Laureates mark 20th Anniversary of L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Programme

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Photo: L’Oréal-UNESCO Laureate Prof. Thaisa Storchi Bergmann (by Brigitte Lacombe) on display at Orly Airport, Paris, France. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Foundation / Stephane Cardinale / People Avenue.

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L'Oreal UNESCO

Photos: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships awardees. Images provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Corporate Foundation.

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: Dr. Weang Kee Ho, Malaysia. 2018 Young Female Talent. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Corporate Foundation.

L'Oreal UNESCO

Photo: Professor Heather Zar. 2018 Women in Science Laureate. Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital. Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Image provided by and copyright © L’Oréal Foundation | Thierry Bouët.

UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation are preparing to honour five exceptional female scientists with the 2018 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards at a ceremony on 22 March at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

The ceremony will follow a major scientific conference, organized by the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO on 21 March. These events will recognize leading women scientists and shine a spotlight on 15 talented young female scientists. They will also provide an opportunity to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the For Women in Science programme.

This year, UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation have recognized five exceptional female scientists.

Each of the five laureates will receive a prize of €100,000 and be honored for her contribution in the fields of medicine, palaeontology, molecular biology, ecology and developmental biology.

Over the last 20 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has raised the profile of 102 laureates and supported more than 3,000 young female scientists, helping them benefit from increased recognition within the scientific community. Three of these laureates have received science Nobel Prizes.

In order to further promote these women in science, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme is raising public awareness of their achievements. It has launched an international communications campaign in seven international airports (Paris, New York, Beijing, London, Dubai, Sao Paulo and Johannesburg) and on the streets of Paris, in partnership with JCDecaux and Aéroports de Paris.

THE 2018 L’OREAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE LAUREATES

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Heather ZAR
Professor and Chair, Department of Paediatrics & Child Health, Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
Director SAMRC Unit, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

ASIA-PACIFIC

Professor Mee-Mann CHANG
Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology.
Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.

EUROPE

Professor Dame Caroline DEAN
Professor, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, United Kingdom.

LATIN AMERICA

Professor Amy T. AUSTIN
Professor, IFEVA-CONICET, Facultad de Agronomía, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NORTH AMERICA

Professor Janet ROSSANT
Senior Scientist, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada.
University Professor, University of Toronto, Canada.
President, Gairdner Foundation, Canada.

THE 2018 L’OREAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE INTERNATIONAL RISING TALENTS

Over the last 20 years, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have supported 3,022 talented young female scientists through research fellowships. These L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science fellowships are awarded annually at national and regional ceremonies in 117 countries.

National and regional fellowships are awarded to 275 young women scientists each year. Out of these 275, the International Rising Talents programme targets the most promising 15 of these scientists.

The 15 young female talents honoured in 2018 are:

AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

ASIA-PACIFIC

EUROPE

LATIN AMERICA

NORTH AMERICA

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March 9, 2018

International Women’s Day observed at UN Headquarters

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Photos: Sections of participants at the observance of International Women’s Day at UN headquarters in New York under the theme “Time Is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”. 08 March 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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December 1, 2017

UN Security Council Considers Destruction and Trafficking of Cultural Heritage by Terrorist Groups

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Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, briefs journalists following a Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

UNESCO, United Nations

Photo: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs the UN Security Council on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: A view of the UN Security Council as Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs the Security Council on the maintenance of international peace and security, specifically destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict. 30 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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November 21, 2017

UN Security Council & UN Assembly Fill Fifth Vacancy on World Court. Dalveer Bhandari of India elected.

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Photo: The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, meeting concurrently but independently from each other, filled the final vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Dalveer Bhandari (India) was elected by both bodies for a nine-year term beginning on 6 February 2018, joining the four justices elected on 9 November from a list of six candidates.

Above, a view of the Security Council meeting. 20 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: The UN Security Council and the General Assembly, meeting concurrently but independently from each other, filled the final vacancy on the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Dalveer Bhandari (India) was elected by both bodies for a nine-year term beginning on 6 February 2018, joining the four justices elected on 9 November from a list of six candidates.

Above, Sebastiano Cardi, Permanent Representative of Italy to the UN and President of the Security Council for November, chairs the Council’s meeting. 20 November 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, have congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice.

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November 17, 2017

‘Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,’ says UNESCO on Day for Tolerance

Unesco, Paris

Photo: The Afghan Women’s Orchestra “Zohra” from Kabul joins forces with members of Geneva’s youth Orchestre du Collège for a powerful affirmation of friendship and trust across cultures during Closing Performance at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

16 November 2017 - Marking the International Day for Tolerance, the head of the United Nations cultural agency underscored how tolerance must be nurtured to celebrate the diversity that makes us strong and the values that bring us together.

“Tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the rich diversity of our world’s cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human,” said Audrey Azoulay, the newly-appointed Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in her message on the International Day.

“Discrimination against one is discrimination against all,” she continued.

Ms. Azoulay pointed out that as globalization is accelerating across the world, societies are undergoing deep transformations, which open vast opportunities for dialogue and exchange as well as raise new challenges - sharpened by inequality and poverty, enduring conflicts and movements of people.

“We see today the rise of exclusive politics and discourses of division. We see diversity being rejected as a source of weakness,” she said.

Ms. Azoulay maintained that fuelled by ignorance and sometimes hatred, myths of “pure” lore cultures are being gloried while scapegoating and repressing people.

Also citing “barbaric terrorist attacks designed to weaken the fabric of ‘living together,’” she spotlighted the need that tolerance be more than the indifferent, passive acceptance of others.

“Tolerance must be seen as an act of liberation, whereby the differences of others are accepted as the same as our own,” stressed Ms. Azoulay.

The UN official said that that meant respecting the diversity of humanity on the basis of human rights; reaching out to others with dialogue; and standing up to all forms of racism, hatred and discrimination.

Noting that all cultures are different, she emphasized that “humanity is a single community, sharing values, a past and future.”

“There are seven billion ways of ‘being human,’ but we stand together as members of the same family, all different, all equally seeking respect for rights and dignity,” she underscored.

Ms. Azoulay termed tolerance “a struggle for peace” that calls for new policies that respect diversity and pluralism on the basis of human rights.

“Most of all,” she added, “this calls on each of us, women and men across the world, to act for tolerance in our own lives, in seeking to understand others, in rejecting all racism and hatred, including anti-Semitism.”

The UNESCO chief said its role is “to deepen the binds of a single humanity, through understanding, dialogue and knowledge,” which is why the UN agency defends humanity’s cultural diversity and heritage from pillaging and attacks.

“This is why we seek to prevent violent extremism through education, freedom of expression and media literacy, to empower young women and men. This is why we work to strengthen dialogue between cultures and religions, spearheading the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures,” she said, adding that it was also why “UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities works to fight racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion.”

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November 16, 2017

UNESCO Member States approve continuation of preparation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications

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Photo: Manos Antoninis, Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs journalists on the global launch of UNESCO’s flagship annual education report. 26 October 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton.

Paris, France, 14 November 2017 — UNESCO Member States today approved continuation of the preparation of UNESCO’s Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

The Convention would provide a global framework of universal principles and rules for the recognition of higher education titles, degrees, diplomas, and certificates.

The General Conference reaffirmed that the global convention will enhance international cooperation in higher education and will be a significant step forward towards global academic mobility and trust in higher education systems.

The Convention will be a major step forward for the rights of students to have their higher education qualifications assessed in a fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory manner by national competent authorities. It will also strengthen cooperation in higher education among member states and enhance trust in higher education systems by ensuring quality in education in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since its creation, UNESCO has served as a global platform for discussion on the recognition of higher education qualifications and the promotion of academic mobility.

Global academic mobility is sharply on the increase with the overall population of mobile students doubling since 2002. Today more than 4 million students study outside their home country and it is estimated that by 2020 around 8 million students will be studying abroad.

This significant growth in mobile tertiary students calls for a global regulatory framework for the recognition of higher education qualifications. This framework will reduce the obstacles faced by students, teachers, researchers and job-seekers within and outside their countries of origin.

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