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December 11, 2015

47 cities join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network

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Photo: Starstruck. Austin, Texas. Austin has just been designated UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts. Photographer, Image Credit & Copyright © Thomas Hawk.

Paris, 11 December 2015 - UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, has announced the designation of 47 cities from 33 countries as new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The results of this year’s Call bears witness to the Network’s enhanced diversity and geographical representation with 22 cities from countries not previously represented.

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network has welcomed the following cities within its seven creative fields (Crafts and Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts and Music):

  1. Adelaide (Australia) - Music
  2. Al-Ahsa (Saudi Arabia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  3. Austin (United States of America) - Media Arts
  4. Baghdad (Iraq) - Literature
  5. Bamiyan (Afghanistan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  6. Bandung (Indonesia) - Design
  7. Barcelona (Spain) - Literature
  8. Belem (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  9. Bergen (Norway) - Gastronomy
  10. Bitola (The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) - Film
  11. Budapest (Hungary) - Design
  12. Burgos (Spain) - Gastronomy
  13. Denia (Spain) - Gastronomy
  14. Detroit (United States of America) - Design
  15. Duran (Ecuador) - Crafts and Folk Art
  16. Ensenada (Mexico) - Gastronomy
  17. Gaziantep (Turkey) - Gastronomy
  18. Idanha-a-Nova (Portugal) - Music
  19. Isfahan (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) - Crafts and Folk Art
  20. Jaipur (India) - Crafts and Folk Art
  21. Katowice (Poland) - Music
  22. Kaunas (Lithuania) - Design
  23. Kingston (Jamaica) - Music
  24. Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Music
  25. Liverpool (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Music
  26. Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Literature
  27. Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of the Congo) - Crafts and Folk Art
  28. Lviv (Ukraine) - Literature
  29. Medellín (Colombia) - Music
  30. Montevideo (Uruguay) - Literature
  31. Nottingham (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Literature
  32. Obidos (Portugal) - Literature
  33. Parma (Italy) - Gastronomy
  34. Phuket (Thailand) - Gastronomy
  35. Puebla (Mexico) - Design
  36. Rasht (Iran [Islamic Republic of]) - Gastronomy
  37. Rome (Italy) - Film
  38. Salvador (Brazil) - Music
  39. San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico) - Crafts and Folk Art
  40. Santos (Brazil) - Film
  41. Sasayama (Japan) - Crafts and Folk Art
  42. Singapore (Singapore) - Design
  43. Tartu (Estonia) - Literature
  44. Tongyeong (Republic of Korea) - Music
  45. Tucson (United States of America) - Gastronomy
  46. Ulyanovsk (Russian Federation) - Literature
  47. Varanasi (India) - Music

For the very first time, two Indian cities — Varanasi and Jaipur — have joined UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This is a historic first for India in this elite global compact.

Launched in 2004, the Network now comprises 116 cities worldwide. It aims to foster international cooperation with and between cities committed to investing in creativity as a driver for sustainable urban development, social inclusion and cultural vibrancy.

By joining the Network, cities commit to collaborate and develop partnerships with a view to promoting creativity and cultural industries, to share best practices, to strengthen participation in cultural life, and to integrate culture in economic and social development strategies and plans.

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December 5, 2015

Create World Class Universities through Collaboration, Cooperation, and Communication — President of India

World Class Universities

Photo: Clock Tower at the Main Building of Moscow State University. Image Credit: Nickolas Titkov.

New Delhi, India - December 3, 2015 - The President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, addressed the delegates of the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies’ Universities Summit, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) in New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that in today’s era of globalization, which rests on the pillars of Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication, there are ample opportunities to use these “3Cs” to create many world class universities. The combined strength of the five BRICS nations can develop an educational eco-system for their citizens as well as for the world citizens.

The President said that the quality of education has a direct co-relation with inclusive growth and development. Emerging economies facing the challenge of meeting the developmental aspirations of their citizens must build an educational system comparable to the best in the world. A serious discourse on how to address the quality concerns in higher education should therefore begin at the earliest.

• The President emphasized that the higher education sector in India must align itself with the global education sector. A world class university in today’s time is one that can address the global problems of society having the entire world as its constituency.

The President said that to meet bench-marks, institutions need to provide greater emphasis on quality research that is recognized globally. This would help in their efforts to become world-class. What is needed further is for such aspiring universities to reach out, communicate, exchange and encourage mobility of persons and ideas across the globe. Adopting a world-view would help an institution getting accepted by the global community of higher education. Over and above a focused attention on cutting-edge research and an international orientation, world-class universities must possess other enviable features. Some of them are high quality faculty members, meritorious students, an encouraging teaching learning environment, a high level of resource availability, sound infrastructure, and existence of considerable autonomy and robust governance structure. Presence of these elements in an institution would automatically reflect in higher international rankings.

On the occasion, the President received the first copy of Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016. The report was released by Mr. Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The 2016 rankings include 200 institutions from 35 countries. China dominates the rankings, with its institutions occupying first and second places, half the Top 10 and 39 places in the Top 200.

BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016 Results: Top 10

  1. Peking University — China
  2. Tsinghua University — China
  3. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  4. University of Cape Town — South Africa
  5. National Taiwan University — Taiwan
  6. University of the Witwatersrand — South Africa
  7. University of Science and Technology of China — China
  8. Zhejiang University — China
  9. University of Sao Paulo — Brazil
  10. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China

Universities from India

Institution — BRICS Rank

  • Indian Institute of Science — 16
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay — 29
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Madras — 36
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi — 37
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur — 45
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee — 48
  • Jadavpur University — 80
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati — 83
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur — 95
  • Panjab University — 121
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University — 127
  • University of Calcutta — 137
  • Aligarh Muslim University — 150
  • University of Delhi — 154
  • Amrita University — 181
  • Andhra University — 193

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• The President of India’s observation above coincides with our corresponding one below:

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December 4, 2015

Miss Universe 2015 Contestants in Las Vegas

Miss Universe 2015

Miss Universe 2015

Photos: Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach wins Miss Universe 2015 title. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach [EDITOR’S PICK, see below], Miss Universe Philippines 2015, is crowned the winner at the conclusion of The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. Congratulations Pia!
Images provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographers: Richard D. Salyer, Patrick Prather.

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Photo (EDITOR’S PICK): Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, Miss Universe Philippines 2015, poses for a photo inside Planet Hollywood on Wednesday December 9th. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Ariadna Gutierrez, Miss Universe Colombia 2015, is announced as a top 10 finalist in Yamamay swimwear during The 2015 MISS UNIVERSE Telecast airing live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on FOX Sunday, December 20. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

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Photo (EDITOR’S PICK): Flora Coquerel, Miss Universe France 2015, poses in her evening gown upon arriving at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit.

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Photo (EDITOR’S PICK): Sarah-Lorraine Riek, Miss Universe Germany 2015, poses in her evening gown upon arriving at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filminbg, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit.

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Photo (EDITOR’S PICK): Laura Spoya, Miss Universe Peru 2015, poses in her evening gown upon arriving at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit.

Photo: Exotics Racing Event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Flora Coquerel, Miss Universe France 2015, poses for a photo at Exotics Racing on Wednesday December 9th. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Darren Decker.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Giada Pezzaioli, Miss Universe Italy 2015, poses for a photo at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on Monday, December 7th. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Comedian/Writer Nick Teplitz introduces the 2015 Miss Universe contestants during the Welcome Event at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Monday December 7th. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Matt Petit.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015, is interviewed during registration at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 5th, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Sarah-Lorraine Riek, Miss Universe Germany 2015, poses during registration at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 4th, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Mariana Jimenez, Miss Universe Venezuela 2015, poses during registration at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 3rd, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Yun Fang Xue, Miss Universe China 2015, poses during registration at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 1st, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Cecilie Wellemberg, Miss Universe Denmark 2015, and Martine Rodseth, Miss Universe Norway 2015, pose during registration at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 2nd, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Toria Nichole, Miss Universe Bahamas 2015, arrives at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 1st, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

Miss Universe 2015

Photo: Marthina Brandt, Miss Universe Brazil 2015, poses during registration at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 3rd, 2015. The 2015 Miss Universe contestants are touring, filming, rehearsing and preparing to compete for the DIC Crown in Las Vegas. Tune in to the FOX telecast at 7:00 PM ET live on Sunday, Dec. 20, from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to see who will become Miss Universe 2015. Image provided by & Copyright © The Miss Universe Organization, New York. Photographer: Richard D. Salyer.

THE 2015 MISS UNIVERSE CONTESTANTS

  • ALBANIA — Megi Luka
  • ANGOLA — Whitney Houston A. Shikongo
  • ARGENTINA — Claudia Alexis Barrionuevo
  • ARUBA — Alysha Boekhoudt
  • AUSTRALIA — Monika Radulovic
  • AUSTRIA — Amina Dagi
  • BAHAMAS — Toria Nichole Fanakos
  • BELGIUM — Annelies Sven D. Törös
  • BOLIVIA — Romina Rocamonje
  • BRAZIL — Marthina Brandt
  • BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS — Adorya Rocio Baly
  • BULGARIA — Radostina Borislavova Todorova
  • CANADA — Paola Nunez
  • CAYMAN ISLANDS — Tonie Maria Chisholm
  • CHILE — H Maria Belen Jerez Spuler
  • CHINA — Yun Fang Xue
  • COLOMBIA — Ariadna Guiterrez Arévalo
  • COSTA RICA — Brenda Castro
  • CROATIA — Mirta Kustan
  • CURACAO — Kanisha Sluis
  • CZECH REPUBLIC — Nikol Svantnerova
  • DENMARK — Cecilie Wellemberg
  • DOMINICAN REPUBLIC — Clarissa Molina
  • ECUADOR — Francesca Keyko Cipriani
  • EL SALVADOR — Fatima Idubina Rivas
  • FINLAND — Rosa-Maria Ryyti
  • FRANCE — Flora Coquerel
  • GABON — Ornella Fanny Obone Mbomeyo
  • GEORGIA — Janet Kerdikoshvili
  • GERMANY — Sarah- Lorraine Riek
  • GHANA — Hilda Akua Frimpong
  • GREAT BRITAIN — Narissara Nena France
  • GREECE — Michaela Eleni Fotiadi
  • GUATEMALA — Jeimmy Tahiz Aburto
  • GUYANA — Shauna Andrea Ramdyhan
  • HAITI — Lisa Elizabeth Drouillard
  • HONDURAS — Iroshka Lindaly Elvir
  • HUNGARY — Nikoletta Nagy
  • INDIA — Urvashi Manvar Singh Rautela
  • INDONESIA — Anindya Kusuma Putri
  • IRELAND — Joanna Cooper
  • ISRAEL — Avigail Alfatov
  • ITALY — Giada Pezzaioli
  • JAMAICA — Sharlene Dayowi Radlein
  • JAPAN — Ariana Miyamoto
  • KOREA — Seoyeon Kim
  • KOSOVO — Mirjeta Shala
  • LEBANON — Cynthia Roger Samuel
  • MALAYSIA — Vanessa Tevi Kumares
  • MAURITIUS — Sheetal Khadun
  • MEXICO — Wendy Esparza
  • MONTENEGRO — Maja Cukic
  • MYANMAR — May Barani Thaw
  • NETHERLANDS — Jessie Jazz Vuijk
  • NEW ZEALAND — Samantha Sarah Lesley McClung
  • NICARAGUA — Daniela Torres
  • NIGERIA — Debbie Collins
  • NORWAY — Martine Rodseth
  • PANAMA — Gladys Brandao Amaya
  • PARAGUAY — Myriam Arevalos
  • PERU — Laura Vivian Spoya
  • PHILIPPINES — Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach
  • POLAND — Weronika Szmajdzińska
  • PORTUGAL — Emília Araujo
  • PUERTO RICO — Catalina Morales
  • RUSSIA — Vladislava Evtushenko
  • SERBIA — Dasa Radosavljevic
  • SINGAPORE — Lisa Marie White
  • SLOVAK REPUBLIC— Denisa Vysnovska
  • SLOVENIA — Ana Halozan
  • SOUTH AFRICA — Refilwe Mthimunye
  • SPAIN — Carla Barber Garcia
  • SWEDEN — Paulina Brodd
  • TANZANIA — Lorraine C. Marriot
  • THAILAND — Aniporn Chalermburanawong
  • TURKEY — Asli Melisa Uzun
  • UKRAINE — Anna Vergelskaya
  • URUGUAY — Bianca Sanchez
  • USA — Olivia Jordan
  • VENEZUELA — Mariana Coromoto Jimenez
  • VIETNAM — Huong Pham

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December 1, 2015

QS World's Best Student Cities 2016

QS World's Best Student Cities

QS World's Best Student Cities

Photo: Dance Students in Paris, France. Image Credit & Copyright © Lieven Soete.

QS World's Best Student Cities

Photo: Nursing Student in Paris, France. Image Credit & Copyright © Manuel.

QS World's Best Student Cities

Photo: Art Student in Paris, France, copying an original work of art at the Louvre, one of the world’s largest museums. Image Credit & Copyright © Regan Wright.

LONDON, December 1, 2015 — Paris, the French capital, has again topped the QS Best Student Cities Rankings. It is followed by Melbourne, again second, and Tokyo in the third place.

London stands behind Sydney and ahead of Singapore, with the high cost of living in London being the primary reason it does not feature higher.

QS Best Student Cities 2016

  1. Paris, France
  2. Melbourne, Australia
  3. Tokyo, Japan
  4. Sydney, Australia
  5. London, United Kingdom
  6. Singapore, Singapore
  7. Montreal, Canada
  8. Hong Kong, Asia
  9. Berlin, Germany
  10. Seoul, South Korea
  11. Munich, Germany
  12. Zurich, Switzerland
  13. Toronto, Canada
  14. Vancouver, Canada
  15. Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  16. Vienna, Austria
  17. Canberra, Australia
  18. Auckland, New Zealand
  19. Brisbane, Australia
  20. New York, New York, United States
  21. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe, Japan
  22. Madrid, Spain
  23. Taipei, Taiwan
  24. Stockholm, Sweden
  25. Beijing, China
  26. Adelaide, Australia
  27. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  28. San Francisco, California, United States
  29. Copenhagen, Denmark
  30. Barcelona, Spain
  31. Chicago, Illinois
  32. Buenos Aires , Argentina
  33. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  34. Helsinki, Finland
  35. Perth, Australia
  36. Manchester, United Kingdom
  37. Dublin, Ireland
  38. Milan, Italy
  39. Shanghai, China
  40. Prague, Czech Republic
  41. Brussels, Belgium
  42. Los Angeles, United States
  43. Moscow, Russia
  44. Coventry, United Kingdom
  45. Washington DC, United States
  46. Lyon, France
  47. Christchurch, New Zealand
  48. Philadelphia, United States
  49. Santiago, Chile
  50. Mexico City, Mexico
  51. Ottawa, Canada
  52. Lisbon, Portugal
  53. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  54. Gothenburg, Sweden
  55. Quebec , Canada
  56. Hsinchu, Taiwan
  57. Nottingham, United Kingdom
  58. Pittsburgh, United States
  59. Atlanta, United States
  60. Oslo, Norway
  61. Rome, Italy
  62. Daejeon, South Korea
  63. Sao Paulo, Brazil
  64. Glasgow, United Kingdom
  65. Warsaw, Poland
  66. Birmingham, United Kingdom
  67. Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  68. Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  69. Gold Coast, Australia
  70. Valencia, Spain
  71. Baltimore, United States
  72. San Diego, United States
  73. Brno, Czech Republic
  74. Toulouse, France
  75. Monterrey, Mexico

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, said: “Paris is proud to be ranked as the best world student city. Our youth reflect our greatest strength… We will continue to support students by offering them opportunities in an open, dynamic, and creative city.”

The United States is the most represented nation, with eleven placed cities. Boston (=13th) and New York (20th) are in the top twenty. It is followed by the United Kingdom (eight cities) and Australia (seven). The expanded rankings shine the spotlight on a series of new cities, such as Oslo and Monterrey.

The ranking are based on five key pillars:

  1. University Rankings
  2. Student Mix
  3. Quality of Living
  4. Employer Activity
  5. Affordability

To be included in the ranking, each city must have a population of over 2,50,000, and must be home to at least two ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings. 122 cities in the world qualified on this basis, and 75 have been ranked.

The QS Best Student Cities rankings are designed to provide students and parents with a detailed comparison of the various merits of university cities worldwide.

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November 30, 2015

Paris Climate Change Conference — COP21

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Photo: A view of the Ecole Militaire (Military School) and the Eiffel Tower from the Headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in Paris, France. The UN Secretary-General will be attending the UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), taking place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. 29 November 2015. Paris, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: A view of the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, where UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is meeting with Francois Hollande, President of France, ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), taking place in Paris from 30 November - 11 December 2015. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) poses for a photo with the artist Naziha Mestaoui, at the special event, “One Heart One Tree: Lighting of the Eiffel Tower”, taking place on the eve of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21).

1 Heart 1 Tree is an interactive artwork created by Ms. Mestaoui that allows people around the world to plant virtual trees on the Eiffel Tower that grow at the rate of each individual’s heartbeat. For every digital tree planted, a real tree will be planted through reforestation programs all over the world. 29 November 2015. Paris, France. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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Photo: Paris, France. November 30, 2015. UN Conference on Climate Change - COP21. Arrival of Heads of States and Governments at Le Bourget Airport. Welcome by Francois Hollande, President of France, and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. On the left is Segolene Royal, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France. Image Credit: COP Paris 2015.

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November 22, 2015

Monica Bellucci attends SPECTRE Premiere in Rome

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Photo: Monica Bellucci, who plays the coveted role of Bond girl in the new 007 James Bond movie, Spectre, poses up in de GRISOGONO jewellery and a black outfit at the Spectre Premiere in Rome, Italy. Image provided by & copyright de GRISOGONO.

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Photo: Italian actress and fashion model, Monica Bellucci, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain. © French Select via Getty Images.)

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November 21, 2015

British Bond Actress Naomie Harris Introduces New Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it Premieres in the USA

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Photos: Exclusive images from acclaimed fashion photographer Ben Watts… Land Rover showcases new Range Rover Evoque Convertible in Santa Monica beachside shoot with Bond star Naomie Harris. Images provided by & copyright © Jaguar Land Rover.

LOS ANGELES, CA - November 16, 2015 - Land Rover has unveiled its first luxury compact convertible SUV along the iconic coastline of Los Angeles in Santa Monica, CA. SPECTRE actress Naomie Harris was one of the first to view the newest member of the Range Rover family, as it was revealed for the first time ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Following the recent global release of SPECTRE, the 24th James Bond adventure, which features vehicles produced by the Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations division, Harris joined the brand to receive an exclusive first look at the new Range Rover Evoque Convertible as it debuted in the US. Harris, in her role as Moneypenny, has been paired with Land Rover vehicles including the iconic Defender (Skyfall) and more recently the Discovery Sport (SPECTRE).

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November 18, 2015

French President Francois Hollande invokes the unity of all cultures at UNESCO’s Leaders’ Forum

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Photo: Mr Francois Hollande, President of France, participates in UNESCO’s Leaders’ Forum. Paris, France. November 17, 2015. © UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.

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Photo: Opening of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO. Paris, France. November 16, 2015. © UNESCO/N. Houguenade.

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Photo: Japanese Tea Ceremony celebrating the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO. Paris, France. November 13, 2015. © UNESCO/P. Chiang-Joo.

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Photo: Japanese Tea Ceremony celebrating the 70th Anniversary of UNESCO. Paris, France. November 13, 2015. © UNESCO/P. Chiang-Joo.

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Photo: Leaders’ Forum, marking UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary. A short performance by the World Orchestra for Peace. Musicians representing 19 nationalities play works by Samuel Barber and Tchaikovsky. Paris, France. November 16, 2015. © UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.

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Photo: Ms. Smriti Irani, India’s Minister of Human Resource Development, attends Leaders’ Forum marking UNESCO’s 70th Anniversary. Paris, France. November 16, 2015. © UNESCO/Nora Houguenade.

Paris, France — November 18, 2015 — The President of France, Francois Hollande, declared his commitment to “freedom, human creativity and intercultural dialogue” in his address at the Leaders’ Forum, which on 16 and 17 November brought together Heads of State and Government from all over the world in the context of the 38th session of UNESCO’s General Conference.

The afternoon session of the Leaders’ Forum, organized on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, also featured addresses by the President of the Republic of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev.

The French President, welcomed to UNESCO by the Organization’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, was accompanied by the French Minister for the Economy and Finance, Michel Sapin, the Minister for Culture, Fleur Pellerin, and the Secretary of State in Charge of Development and the Francophonie, Annick Girardin. The French President declared: “I wished to be present at the General Conference because you stand for the unity of all cultures of the world. […] And what better place to affirm the need to hold fast than here, at UNESCO, an institution which was born of a Utopia to unite the whole of humanity through science, education and culture and which found a welcoming home in Paris.”

President Hollande paid tribute to UNESCO’s crucial role in protecting cultural heritage and cultural diversity. “Yes, UNESCO is the moral conscience of humanity. What underpinned its foundation was the promotion of the diversity of cultures, a diversity based on the idea that culture links people to their history and to their territory; a diversity anchored in the recognition of the equal dignity of cultures, as every people has a special message to bring to the world.”

Earlier in the afternoon, in a message read by United States Ambassador Crystal Nix-Hines, Permanent Delegate of the U.S. to UNESCO, U.S. President Barack Obama thanked UNESCO for its “unwavering commitment to building peace and tolerance around the world.” He encouraged the Organization to pursue its mandate in global citizenship education.

Echoing this declaration, President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan invited the international community to bolster its support for the Organization. “More time and resources should be invested into the spread of a culture of peace. UNESCO has the appropriate mandate, genuine experience, and rich assets such as education, culture, sport, communication and science to serve as one of the most effective and shortest ways to prevent conflicts.”

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“My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”

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“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — The whole world is one single family.”

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November 12, 2015

Global Innovation Index 2015: Switzerland, UK, Sweden, Netherlands, USA are Leaders

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Main Building and the Place des Nations in summer. © WIPO 2011. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Conference Hall. Foyer of the WIPO Conference Hall featuring volumes and perspectives created by ramps, staircases, railings, landings and mezzanines. The Conference Hall was inaugurated in September 2014. © WIPO 2014. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. WIPO Director General Opens “Georgian Heritage” Exhibition at WIPO on the sidelines of the WIPO Assemblies, which met in Geneva from October 5 to 14, 2015. © WIPO 2015. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization. A Member of the Delegation from the Russian Federation attends the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property. The Sixteenth Session of WIPO’s Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from November 9 to November 13, 2015. © WIPO 2015. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod.

Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and the United States of America are the world’s five most innovative nations, according to the Global Innovation Index 2015, while China, Malaysia, Viet Nam, India, Jordan, Kenya, and Uganda are among a group of countries outperforming their economic peers.

The GII (Global Innovation Index) 2015 looks at “Effective Innovation Policies for Development” and shows new ways that emerging-economy policymakers can boost innovation and spur growth by building on local strengths.

“Innovation holds far-reaching promise for spurring economic growth in countries at all stages of development. However, realizing this promise is not automatic,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, “Each nation must find the right mix of policies to mobilize the innate innovative and creative potential in their economies.”

The GII, co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), surveys 141 economies around the world, using 79 indicators to gauge both innovative capabilities and measurable results.

Top Rankings

  1. Switzerland
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Sweden
  4. Netherlands
  5. United States of America
  6. Finland
  7. Singapore
  8. Ireland
  9. Luxembourg
  10. Denmark

In terms of innovation quality - as measured by university performance, the reach of scholarly articles and the international dimension of patent applications - a few economies stand out. The US and the UK stay ahead of the pack, largely as a result of their world-class universities, closely followed by Japan, Germany and Switzerland. Top-scoring middle-income economies on innovation quality are China, Brazil and India, with China increasingly outpacing the others.

Soumitra Dutta, Anne and Elmer Lindseth Dean, Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University and co-author of the report, points out that “Innovation quality matters. Creating world class universities and investing in research is essential for staying ahead in the global race for successful innovation.”

Regional Innovation Leaders

Rank in Region — Country Name — GII 2015 Rank

Central and Southern Asia

  1. India — 81
  2. Kazakhstan — 82
  3. Sri Lanka — 85

Europe

  1. Switzerland — 1
  2. United Kingdom — 2
  3. Sweden — 3

Latin America and the Caribbean

  1. Chile — 42
  2. Costa Rica — 51
  3. Mexico — 57

Northern Africa and Western Asia

  1. Israel — 22
  2. Cyprus — 34
  3. Saudi Arabia — 43

Northern America

  1. United States of America — 5
  2. Canada — 16

Southeast Asia and Oceania

  1. Singapore — 7
  2. Hong Kong (China) — 11
  3. Korea, Rep. of — 14

Sub-Saharan Africa

  1. Mauritius — 49
  2. South Africa — 60
  3. Senegal — 84

The Global Innovation Index 2015 (GII), in its 8th edition this year, is co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.

Published annually since 2007, the GII is now a leading benchmarking tool for business executives, policy makers and others seeking insight into the state of innovation around the world.

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November 10, 2015

MasterCard Launches New Program that can Turn any Consumer Gadget, Accessory or Wearable into a Payment Device

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Photo: MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence Asia Pacific Region 2014. Image provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.

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Photos: Commerce for Every Device: Car Key Fob, Ring, Wristband. Images provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.

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Photo: MasterCard partners with designer Adam Selman to design the next generation of payment wearables. In this picture, the payment-enabled dress and accessories are being modeled by Kelly Rohrbach on October 25, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Image provided by & Copyright © MasterCard News.

MasterCard is introducing a new program that will bring MasterCard payments to a wide array of consumer products across the automotive, fashion, technology, wearables, and yet to be imagined categories.

The program gives consumers the freedom to shop using the device or thing that is most convenient to them, with the highest level of security available.

The program will launch with the support of several eminent partners across multiple verticals to fit every lifestyle need. Designer to the stars Adam Selman, automaker General Motors, wearable technology innovator Nymi, smart jewelry company Ringly, and Bluetooth locator TrackR are among the prominent consumer brands enabling their products through the program.

Exclusive designs from Adam Selman and prototypes from GM (car key fob), Nymi (wristband) and Ringly (ring), were on display at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas last month.

The Internet of Things (IoT) - the hyper-connected world where every device from the phone to the washing machine will be connected to the Internet - is transforming the way consumers interact and transact. According to Cisco, there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. MasterCard is establishing the program as the foundation to enable payments for IoT.

“As more and more ‘things’ become connected, consumers will have endless possibilities when it comes to how they pay, and will need all of their devices to work seamlessly together,” said Ed McLaughlin, Chief Emerging Payments Officer at MasterCard. “This program eliminates the boundaries of how we pay by delivering a secure digital payment experience to virtually anything - rings, fitness and smart bands, car key fobs, apparel, and whatever comes along next.”

The launch of the program puts in place a standard for expanding secure contactless and embedded payment options globally. Products will begin rolling out in 2016 in the U.S., with plans to expand to other markets.

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November 6, 2015

India aspiring to have a World Class University

India Rashtrapati Bhavan, World Class University

Photo: Entrance to Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace), New Delhi, India. Picture Credit: Rob Towell.

New Delhi, India — November 6, 2015 — India’s first ever Visitor’s Conference concluded today at Rashtrapati Bhavan (Presidential Palace) with an interactive session between Industry and Academia. The President of India is Visitor of 114 central institutions of higher learning.

Participants in the conference included heads of all Central Universities and Indian Institutes of Technology’s.

During the conference, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, released a brochure “IMPRINT INDIA” and handed over the first copy to the President of India. Smriti Irani, India’s Human Resource Development Minister, was also present on the occasion.

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said, “my constant refrain that we cannot aspire to be a world power without having a single world-class university, has found resonance amongst the institutions, who have now started looking at the international ranking processes in a more proactive and systematic manner.”

“For the first time,” President Mukherjee said, “two Indian institutions have found place in the top 200 positions in QS rankings.” “Indian Institute of Science Bangalore at 147th and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi at 179th place deserve full praise and compliments,” he added.

“Innovation is the currency of the future. Innovation converts research into wealth,” the President concluded. “Unless we recognize this reality and start working in a focused manner on creating a strong innovation culture in our country now, we will be left behind in the march to modernity.”

Source: President’s Secretariat, Rashtrapati Bhavan

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November 5, 2015

Global Education Community adopts and launches Education 2030 Framework for Action

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Photo: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) and Gordon Brown (left), United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, with an education youth ambassador at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development. 07 July 2015. Oslo, Norway. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France - November 4, 2015 - “Today, with the Education 2030 Framework for Action, Governments from across the world have agreed on how to translate a promise on paper to change on the ground,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at the launch event.

The Education 2030 Framework for Action was adopted by more than 70 Ministers, representatives of Member States, the United Nations, multilateral and bi-lateral agencies, civil society, regional organizations, the teaching profession, academia, youth, and the private sector.

Ministers and Heads of Delegation took the floor throughout a day-long meeting, which ended with closing addresses by Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, and the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mr Henry Puna.

The FFA, the result of an unprecedented consultative process, provides guidance to countries for the implementation of the Education 2030 agenda. It aims to mobilize all stakeholders around the new global education goal and targets, and proposes ways of implementing, coordinating, financing and reviewing the 2030 education agenda—globally, regionally and nationally—to guarantee equal educational opportunity for all.

“Never before has the world consulted in such depth on a new goal in education, bringing all voices to the table. Never before has the world agreed on such a detailed road-map for the implementation of a new goal,” said the UNESCO Director-General.

The Declaration entrusts UNESCO, the United Nations’ specialized agency for education, to continue its mandated role and lead and coordinate Education 2030.

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November 4, 2015

Artistic Gymnastics World Championships: Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland wins the Longines Prize for Elegance

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Photo: Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland, who has been awarded the Longines Prize for Elegance at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Image provided by and copyright © Longines.

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November 2, 2015

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switched On

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: A general view of the atmosphere during the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: A general view of the atmosphere during the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tabatha Fireman/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: International pop star Kylie Minogue attends the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London Oxford Street Christmas Lights

Photo: Pop star Foxes attends the World Famous Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event taking place at the Pandora Flagship Store on November 1, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for New West End Company. © 2015 Getty Images).

London, Sunday 1st November 2015 — The countdown to Christmas started today at the Oxford Street Christmas Lights Switch On Event broadcast and seen by millions around the globe.

Global pop star Kylie Minogue took to the stage for the 56th annual switch-on moment, illuminating Oxford Street in silver light and 445 gleaming gold baubles. The lighting event marks the official start of the London Christmas shopping season.

For the first time, Oxford Street hosted the highly awaited lights switch-on event on a traffic-free Sunday. Families, shoppers and visitors enjoyed their Christmas shopping in the enhanced space of a traffic-free environment, along with exclusive Christmas offers available from retailers for this special day only.

This year’s spectacular switch on moment and star studded show was more inclusive than ever before as the stage faced down West Oxford Street with a series of on-street screens live streaming all the action for spectators and shoppers alike to enjoy.

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October 30, 2015

The 64th Annual MISS UNIVERSE Pageant to Air Live from Las Vegas, Sunday, December 20, on FOX

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Photo: Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler from Venezuela. Photographer: Fadil Berisha. Image provided by & Copyright © Miss Universe Organization L.P., LLLP, New York, NY.

NEW YORK - October 30, 2015 - IMG (a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion) and the Miss Universe Organization today announced that the 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant has been picked up by Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX). The three-hour annual event will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday, Dec. 20 (7:00-10:00 PM ET) on FOX.

“MISS UNIVERSE is a unique, global media property and this partnership with FOX marks a new era for the Miss Universe Organization as a whole,” said Michael Antinoro, SVP of Original Content, IMG. “As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, FOX is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show.”

The MISS UNIVERSE telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Contestants from more than 80 countries will vie to become the next Miss Universe in this year’s special programming event, which will conclude with the current Miss Universe Paulina Vega of Colombia crowning her successor.

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October 29, 2015

UNESCO says Education is Key to Eradicating the Scourge of Doping in Sport

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Photo: Cyclists participate in a race during the Sun Hung Kai Properties Hong Kong Cyclothon on October 10, 2015 in Hong Kong. (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images for Hong Kong Images. © 2015 Getty Images).

UNESCO is hosting the fifth session of the Conference of Parties (COP5) to the International Convention against Doping in Sport at its Headquarters in Paris on 29 and 30 October. Celebrating a decade in the fight against doping in sport by 182 State Parties, UNESCO considers that educating young sportswomen and sportsmen about the dangers of using prohibited substances is key to eradicating this scourge.

More than 250 representatives of governments and the sport movement are expected at COP5 in order to discuss anti-doping challenges and propose solutions in line with the Convention to eliminate doping at a time of growing concern about the use of performance enhancing drugs by teenagers and athletes.

For the first time during an anti-doping COP, UNESCO will welcome former Olympic medallists, such as Canadian Olympic cross-country champion Beckie Scott and Romanian Olympic champion fencer Laura Badea, who will be available to speak to the press in the morning of 29 October. They will appeal to governments to act for clean sport.

UNESCO’s partners include the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Council of Europe, and Interpol. The Convention supports the World Anti-Doping Code in bringing consistency to anti-doping policies and regulations within governments and sport organizations across the world.

UNESCO, which also administers a $1.8 million Fund for the elimination of doping in sport, said that the use of performance enhancing substances not only causes serious health problems but also undermines fairness and ethics in sport.

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October 28, 2015

Yamaha Reveals New Models at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

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Photo: PED2 is an EV (electric vehicle) motorcycle concept model designed for hitting mountain trails. This model is equivalent in performance to Class II (50-125cc) mopeds and motorcycles. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Yamaha Motorcycle

Photo: YPJ-MTB is an electrically power-assisted mountain bike that features an electric motor mounted on a high-performance bicycle. It is designed for adults who want to enjoy the freedom of being able to ride on virtually any terrain. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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Photo: The YZF-R3 features sporty styling and a liquid-cooled in-line 2-cylinder engine. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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Photo: The YZR-M1 is Yamaha’s race machine that competes in MotoGP, the pinnacle class of world championship motorcycle road racing. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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Photo: TMAX530 ABS is the latest model in the “TMAX” series that pioneered the “automatic supersport” category. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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Photo: TRICITY 125 is the first of Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) models. It features new type of riding enjoyment derived from the feeling of stability provided by the two front wheels and the added comfort they bring to the ride on a variety of road surfaces. The optimized geometry of the two front wheels enables both excellent straight-line performance and light, agile handling with a tight turning radius. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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Photo: YPJ-R is electrically power-assisted high-performance production road bicycle. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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Photo: YXZ1000R is a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV). According to Yamaha, ROV’s are used for a wide range of purposes, and demand in this category is growing, particularly in North America. Image provided by & Copyright © Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

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October 24, 2015

Empire State Building Lighting Ceremony on Occasion of United Nations Day

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Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the Empire State Building to symbolically turn on a switch for the lighting of the building “UN blue” on the occasion of United Nations Day. 23 October 2015. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Some 300 sites around the world will be lit in “UN blue” beginning on Friday as part of the global celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the United Nations.

UN Headquarters in New York will light up for two nights — October 23 and October 24.

Some Sites lit in “UN Blue” on 24 October 2015 —

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Empire State Building, New York, USA. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: J Mattsson / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: UNIC Canberra / Christopher Woodthorpe / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Great Wall, Badaling, Beijing, China. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Oriental Outlook Magazine / Guang Yang, Jiang Zhu / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Mumbai, India. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Dhiraj Singh / United Nations Information Centres.

United Nations Anniversary

Photo: Humayun’s Tomb, Delhi, India. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Deepak Malik, Freelance Photographer / United Nations Information Centres.

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Photo: Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: UN in Azerbaijan / United Nations Information Centres.

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Photo: New Arbat Avenue, Moscow, Russia. 24 October 2015. Photo Credit: Nikita Kiselev / United Nations Information Centres.

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October 23, 2015

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, Spring-Summer 2016

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Photos: Models walk the runway during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Russia Spring-Summer 2016 on October 21/22/23, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. (Images © Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images for MBFWR).

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October 18, 2015

Ferrari reveals the F12tdf

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Photos: Ferrari F12tdf — the new, limited edition, special series model that delivers track-level performance on the road. (Images provided by & Copyright © Ferrari S.p.A., Maranello, Italy).

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