Gender studies allow to raise awareness of societies across the world

UNESCO and Koç University join forces to develop training capacities in gender equality for decision-makers On 28 June, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, and Professor Umran İnan, President of Koç University, signed a partnership agreement. The ceremony took place in the presence of Ms. Çiğdem Kağıtçıbaşı, Director of Koç University Center for Gender Studies, Professor Hülya Durudoğan from Koç University, Ms Esra Doğan, Deputy Permanent delegation of Turkey to UNESCO and UNESCO … [Read more...]

UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, Progress & Unfinished Business

© UNESCO/ Cynthia Guttman -From left to right: Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General Ms Amina Mohammed, UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova, UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director Mr Luiz Loures and Executive Director Mr Michel Sidibé. Collective action has enabled strong progress in the AIDS response but hard work remains to get to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero-AIDS related deaths, stated the Director-General to the 32nd session of the Programme Coordinating Board … [Read more...]

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of African Union!

In advance of the 21st Summit of African Union, to be held in Addis Ababa on 19-27 May 2013, the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, presents her congratulations to all African women and men on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the African Union.© African Union -African Union 50th anniversary logo “The African Union is a force for solidarity and for peace across the continent,” said Irina Bokova. “For fifty years, it has promoted a more integrated and prosperous Africa -- this … [Read more...]

“Afghanistan has to take its future in its own hands”

“Afghanistan has to take its future in its own hands” declares President Hamid Karzai President Hamid Karzai thanked the Director-General for UNESCO’s contribution to Afghanistan, notably in the fields of education and culture. “I congratulate you for your leadership to stand up for girls’ education. Through your initiative for Malala, I hope you will continue to speak up for the education of girls of Afghanistan and Pakistan”, which he defined as most challenging. Affirming that gender … [Read more...]

The Hangzhou Declaration: Heralding the next era of culture

Calling for a new approach toward sustainable development, the "Hangzhou Declaration" advocates for placing culture at the heart of public policy. The Declaration urges governments, civil society and the private sector to harness the power of culture in addressing the world’s most pressing developmental challenges, such as environmental sustainability, poverty, and social inclusion. "Culture is precisely what enables sustainability – as a source of strength, of values and social cohesion, … [Read more...]

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17

The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia is held on 17 May every year. On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. Following the international movement to commemorate the date every year as the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a number of organizations in the UN have been marking 17 May with special events and awareness-raising campaigns. “My grades fell dramatically. I … [Read more...]

Irina Bokova, study workshop celebrating Julia Kristeva

The Director-General participates in study workshop with Julia Kristeva March 2013 – Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, participated in a study workshop at France’s National Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF), on the work of Julia Kristeva, on the occasion of the launch of her latest book, “Pulsions du Temps”, in the presence of Mr Bruno Racine, BNF President, Ms Lemardeley, President of Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III, and Julia Kristeva herself. BOOK HERE … [Read more...]

HALF the World is Women – “Ending Violence against Women and Girls”

This Forum was opened by the United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, and facilitated by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, and included the participation of a range of senior leaders of UN agencies -- namely Ms. Rebeca Grynspan, UNDP Associate Administrator, Ms. Anne-Birgette Albrectsen, Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA, Ms. Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF, Ms Kyung-wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR. "Women's … [Read more...]

FINLAND supports ‘safety of journalists …’ in Middle East via UNESCO

UNESCO advances ‘gender equality’ fostering the Rights and Dignity of Women by enhancing 'freedom of expression' in the Arab region with the support of Finland   With a contribution of 2.3 million Euros from Finland, UNESCO will implement a new project in the Arab region to strengthen the legal and regulatory frameworks conducive to freedom of expression and ensure the safety of journalists and bloggers, including through their improving capacity to use information and … [Read more...]

Broadcasters and UNESCO celebrate World Radio Day – FEB 13

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Radio China International (RCI), Monte-Carlo Doualya (MCD), Radio Exterior d’España (REE), Radio France international (RFI), Radio Orient (RO) and Voice of Russia radio (VoR) will be broadcasting some programmes from UNESCO Headquarters on the occasion of World Radio Day, on 13 February. 13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major … [Read more...]

“Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds”

In a bid to improve access to health care, nutrition and education for the world’s most underserved children, UNESCO is joining forces with the World Food Programme, UNICEF and the private sector to launch a three-year partnership, “Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds,” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on 24 January 2013. This partnership comes in direct support to the UN Secretary-General’s, Global Education First Initiative aimed at galvanizing renewed international action … [Read more...]

World Teacher’s Day celebrated on October 5th, 2012 !!!

WORLD TEACHER'S DAY!     October 5, 2012   World Teachers' Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilise support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers. According to UNESCO, World Teachers' Day represents a significant token of the awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education … [Read more...]

Irina Bokova ~ 6,000,000 Teachers needed to achieve MDGs

6,000,000 Teachers needed to Achieve World Primary Education Goals Seeking a Career, Take Action NOW !!!   5 October 2011 – The United Nations marked World Teachers’ Day today with a warning that 6.1 million more teachers are needed to meet the internationally agreed Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of attaining universal primary education by 2015. Two million of these are additional posts, with sub-Saharan Africa alone accounting for more than half. But the … [Read more...]

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