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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

UNESCO, AIRBUS

UNESCO, AIRBUS

ENLARGE

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

United Nations, Peace Messenger

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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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September 8, 2018

UN Peacebuilding Commission Meets on Leadership, Accountability, and Capacity

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks during the UN Peacebuilding Commission’s meeting on “Leadership, Accountability, and Capacity in Supporting Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.” 07 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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September 5, 2018

UN Security Council President Briefs Press on Programme of Work for September 2018

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of September, briefs press on the Council’s programme of work for the month. 04 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN and President of the Security Council for the month of September, chairs the Security Council meeting on the programme of work for the month of September. 04 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 23, 2018

UN Security Council Meets on Threats to Peace and Security Caused by Terrorist Acts

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Joana Cook, Senior Research Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, chairs the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the UN, before the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Nikki R. Haley, Permanent Representative of the United States to the UN, speaks with Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation, before the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

United Nations, Security Council

Photo: Michèle Coninsx, Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED), addresses the Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. 23 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 18, 2018

New Permanent Representative of Italy Presents Credentials to the UN Secretary-General

United Nations

United Nations

Photos: Maria Angela Zappia, new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Italy to the United Nations, presents her credentials to Secretary-General António Guterres. 13 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 13, 2018

United Nations Event on Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement

United Nations Culture

Photo: Chief Tadodaho Sidney Hill of the Onondaga Nation (United States), leaves the podium after making a ceremonial call to order to open an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement”, held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations Culture

Photo: Rosa Montezuma, of the Ngäbe-Buglé indigenous and Miss Panama 2018, makes opening remarks during an event on the theme “Indigenous Peoples’ Migration and Movement,” held on the occasion of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August). 09 August 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

Source: United Nations, New York.

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August 10, 2018

President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, calls on Prime Minister Modi of India

United Nations, India

New Delhi, India, August 10, 2018 — Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly, called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi today.

Prime Minister Modi congratulated Ms. Espinosa on her election to the post of President of the 73rd UN General Assembly. Ms. Espinosa shared her priorities for the General Assembly’s upcoming session. Prime Minister Modi assured her of India’s full and constructive cooperation in discharging her new responsibilities.

They discussed the need for stronger UN action on significant global challenges including terrorism, United Nations reform and climate change.

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August 5, 2018

India and the UN: Celebrating 70 years of Invaluable Service to the Cause of Peace

United Nations, India

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with General Dalbir Singh, Chief of the Army Staff of India. 04 April 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider. (file photo).

United Nations, India

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, addresses a tea ceremony for military and police advisers of troop-contributing countries hosted by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations on the occasion of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers.

Among others, Luís Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser; Carlos Humberto Loitey, United Nations Military Adviser; and Jean-Pierre Lacroix, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations; attended the ceremony. 01 June 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

United Nations, New York, August 4, 2018 — From protecting civilians, disarming ex-combatants and helping countries transition from conflict to peace, Indian men, and women in uniform have served the cause of peace from the earliest years of United Nations peacekeeping and continue to do so in some of the most challenging missions.

“UN peacekeeping operates in increasingly complex environments, and we are grateful for steadfast partners like India, who have risen to new challenges and continue to participate meaningfully in our efforts to protect vulnerable civilians,” the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, said in a recent interview with UN News.

Mr. Lacroix visited India in June as part of a broader trip to the sub-region during which he thanked the Government and people of India, as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan, for their service and sacrifice in the name of peace. Together, troops and police from the four countries currently make up close to one-third of some 91,000 uniformed personnel across 14 UN peacekeeping operations.

According to UN News, commencing with its participation in the UN operation in Korea in 1950, India has a long and distinguished history of service in UN peacekeeping, having contributed more personnel than any other country, as well as the first-ever all-female force that helped to bring peace to Liberia in the wake of that country’s brutal civil war.

From 2007-2016, there were nine rotations of all-female police units from India, whose primary responsibilities were to provide 24-hour guard duty, public order management and conduct night patrols in and around the capital, Monrovia, while assisting to build the capacity of local security institutions.

Hailed as role models, these female officers not only played a vital role in restoring security in the West African nation but also contributed to an increase in the number of women in the country’s security sector, the UN News said.

“The contribution you have made to inspiring Liberian women, to imparting in them the spirit of professionalism, to encourage them to join those entities, those operations that protect the nation, for that we will always be grateful,” then-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf stated when the last all-female unit departed Liberia in February 2016.

Medical care is among the many services Indian peacekeepers provide to the communities in which they serve on behalf of the Organization. They also perform specialized tasks such as veterinary support and engineering services.

In South Sudan, for, example, the Indian veterinarians ran a mobile clinic earlier this year, traveling across the Upper Nile region, including to remote and dangerous locations, to treat sick cattle and educate their owners about disease prevention.

“Wherever I went I was being welcomed by people. They were delighted because there was no one, no one to look after them and whatever little we could contribute as a veterinarian and part of UNMISS, it is beneficial for them and the animals,” said Indian peacekeeper and veterinarian Prashant Tripathi.

The Indian contingent in the Upper Nile region includes the Indian Battalion, the Horizontal Mechanical Engineering Company, the Level II hospital, the Petroleum Platoon and the Force Signal Unit. They have all received UN medals of honor for their dedication and service in peacekeeping.

The Indian contingent in South Sudan has gone the extra mile by providing vocational training and life-saving medical assistance, as well as carrying out significant road repair work.

It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions, says Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, UNMISS battalion chief.

Colonel Gaurav Bhatra, who commands the 850-strong Indian battalion, considers such efforts “a normal part of Indian culture.”

“Even in our country, we are sometimes called upon to assist in areas where it is challenging to alleviate the suffering of the people. It is the nature of the Indian Army to step in any time when there is a need when we are on peacekeeping missions.”

According to UN News, more than 200,000 Indians have served in 49 of the 71 peacekeeping missions established around the world since 1948. Currently, there are around 6,700 uniformed peacekeepers from India, the vast majority of them in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

India has also provided 15 Force Commanders to various missions and was the first country to contribute to the Trust Fund on sexual exploitation and abuse, which was set up in 2016.

India’s longstanding service has not come without cost; as of 30 June 2018, over 160 Indian peacekeepers have paid the ultimate price while serving with the United Nations.

“India has lost more peacekeepers than any other Member State. We grieve with the families and the people and Government of India for these losses,” noted Under-Secretary-General Lacroix. “India’s continued commitment to UN peace operations and global peace and security is invaluable,” Mr. Lacroix said.

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August 4, 2018

UN Information Service conducts the United Nations Graduate Study Programme at the UN Office, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

United Nations, Geneva

United Nations, Geneva

Photos: Participants of the United Nations Graduate Study Programme in front of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 13 July 2018. UN Photos / Jean-Marc Ferré.

To deepen the understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study, the United Nations Information Service conducts Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year.

This seminar provides an opportunity for outstanding graduate and postgraduate students from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the principles, purposes, and activities of the United Nations and its related agencies.

The 56th Graduate Study Programme was held at the Palais des Nations from 2 to 13 July 2018. It comprised lectures given by senior members of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies.

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August 1, 2018

Higher Education Institutions remain committed to advancing the Global Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with the United Nations

UNESCO, United Nations, Universities

Photo: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (left), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UNESCO, United Nations, Universities

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, speaks at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea while attending the Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF-SD). Seoul, South Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

New York: UNESCO, as a partner of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), joined the “Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event,” held at United Nations Headquarters, at the margins of the High-level Political Forum 2018.

The global event for higher education institutions brought together diplomats, UN officials, education experts, university administrators and students to share their experiences and strategies for advancing the sustainable development agenda. University administrators from all over the world participated in the discussion, including from the University of São Paulo, Universidade de Cabo Verde, Universidad de Monterrey, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that equal access to education for all men and women is a fundamental building block for sustainable peace and sustainable development.

Lily Gray, Senior Program Specialist and Liaison Officer from UNESCO’s New York office, moderated the session on highlighting innovative collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and the United Nations. In her opening remarks, Ms. Gray stressed the importance of Education for Sustainable Development, which empowers learners with knowledge, skills, and values they need to address the social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century. UNESCO representative emphasized that universities and higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play in Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, by contributing to analysis and diagnosis of sustainability challenges to inform policy, conducting research and providing advice on strengthening national education systems and capacity building for sustainable development across different sectors.

The interactive discussion explored how the world is integrating 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and how it is positioning higher education institutions as crucial drivers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), is a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, and UNITAR. With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, it provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-making.

UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. In line with Target 4.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 that says “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university,” UNESCO provides technical support to the Member States to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability. Through its UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, UNESCO partners with higher education institutions to advance teaching, learning and research that supports the development of sustainable knowledge societies.

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July 31, 2018

“The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” is the next proposed site for UNESCO World Heritage recognition

UNESCO, India

Photo: Hawa Mahal, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. Image Credit: Amit Rawat.

New Delhi, July 31, 2018 — The site namely “The Walled City of Jaipur, Rajasthan, India” has been proposed for World Heritage. As per Operation Guidelines 2017, only one place can be nominated by the state party each year. The recognition of World Heritage is a matter of great pride. It impacts the local economy by giving a boost to domestic and international tourism leading to increased employment generation, the creation of world-class infrastructure and augmentation of the sale of local handicrafts, handlooms and heritage memorabilia. Besides, it adds to the prestige of the country as well as the prescribed site.

There are a total of 37 World Heritage sites in India at present —

WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN INDIA

CULTURAL SITES:
Under Protection of Archaeological Survey of India

Name of Site — State

NATURAL SITES:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

MIXED SITE:
Under the Protection of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Changes

Name of Site — State

The above information was given by India’s Minister of State for Culture, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, in the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the Parliament), today.

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July 26, 2018

UNESCO announces New Jury Members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize

UNESCO

Photo: Audrey Azoulay (right), Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (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

Photo: Nandita Das, one of the newly appointed Jury members, is an Actor and Celebrity Advocate for UNICEF India. Here she is speaking at the launch of UN@70, a year of activities to celebrate the United Nations’ seventieth anniversary. Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, is also seen. 12 January 2015. New Delhi, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

UNESCO, Paris, France — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has appointed the Jury members for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence. Celebrating its 22nd anniversary and its eleventh edition this year, the Prize rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, cultural or communications fields aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The newly appointed Jury Members are:

Nandita Das

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. She made her directorial debut with Firaaq in 2008 that won many accolades and appreciation both in India and abroad. Nandita also acted, wrote and directed the play Between the Lines in 2012. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for issues of social justice and human rights. She was the Chairperson of Children’s Film Society between 2009 and 2012. Nandita has been conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Nandita’s second directorial venture recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. It was the only Indian film to be selected in 2018, in the official section of the festival.

Professor Nadia Bernoussi

Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Institutions at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) of Rabat, the Institut Supérieur de l’Administration (ISA) and the Académie marocaine des études diplomatiques, Professor Nadia Bernoussi obtained her Doctorate Degree in Public Law (Constitutional Justice) in 1998. She is a visiting professor in the Law Faculties of the Universities of Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence, and Tunis. As Vice President of the International Academy of Constitutional Law and Member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law, she is also a founding member of the Association of Moroccan Constitutional Law and the Moroccan Association of Political Science.

Abdoulaye Konaté

Abdoulaye Konaté was born in 1953 in Diré (in Timbuktu region). He studied arts at the National Institute of Arts in Bamako, then at the Higher Institute of Arts in Havana, in Cuba. He was Director General of the “Palais de la Culture,” Advisor to the Minister of Culture, Founding Director of the “Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimedia” (CAMM), in Mali. Konaté was a member of various boards of directors and several juries, such as the biennial festival of photography of Bamako, among others.

In recognition of a lifelong devotion to communal harmony and peace, the Prize bears the name of its benefactor Madanjeet Singh, who was a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Indian artist, writer, and diplomat. Awarded every two years, on the occasion of the International Day for Tolerance (16 November), UNESCO marks the Prize by a ceremony and presents the winner with the sum of US$ 100,000.

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