International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly decided to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology, through Resolution A/RES/70/212(link is external). The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated …

UNESCO supports continent-wide digital platform on the safety of journalists in Africa

African media stakeholders have launched their first digital online platform dedicated to the safety of journalists. Launched on on 29 January, the new platform aims to develop early warning mechanisms, improve the protection of journalists, address threats and violence against …

Ngozi Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization

London (CNN Business)The path has been cleared for Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to become the first woman and the first African to lead the World Trade Organization after South Korea’s candidate pulled out of the race for the job. Yoo Myung-hee, the South Korean trade …

ICAO and CAAi launch lockdown recovery course for aviation professionals

Montréal, 22 July 2020 – In accordance with the recommendations of the ICAO Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce, together ICAO Global Aviation Training (GAT) and CAA International (CAAi), the aviation training arm of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, have launched new training …

Meet the young agripreneurs who won’t let COVID-19 get them down

Since COVID-19 struck, life has changed for entrepreneurs and businesses around the world. Due to lockdowns and movement restrictions, smallholder farmers and rural businesses have been unable to access markets and sell produce or other products. As they often have …

UNESCO United Against Racism message rallies leading personalities to fight against racial discrimination

Leading personalities from all over the world have joined UNESCO in denouncing mounting racial discrimination in an advocacy video, United Against Racism, released today. The 2’41” black and white film features messages by the following prominent women and men from the worlds …

As COVID-19 threatens Living Heritage around Lake Chad, women respond

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an indigenous woman from the Mbororo pastoralist community in Chad. As nomadic cattle herders residing in the far west of the country near Lake Chad, her community have developed an array of traditional practices and weather forecasting knowledge, based …

UN Secretary-General warns of education catastrophe, pointing to UNESCO estimate of 24 million learners at risk of dropping out

UN Secretary-General António Guterres today launched the Education in the time of COVID-19 and beyond Policy Brief warning that the pandemic has created the most severe disruption in the world’s education systems in history and is threatening a loss of learning that …

UNESCO rallies international community to safeguard Beirut’s cultural life and heritage

Following the devastating twin explosions in Beirut, Lebanon, on 4 August, UNESCO mobilized leading cultural organizations and experts from Lebanon and abroad in an online meeting on 10 August to coordinate emergency and longer-term measures to safeguard the city’s severely …

2 in 5 schools around the world lacked basic handwashing facilities prior to COVID-19 pandemic — UNICEF, WHO

As schools worldwide struggle with reopening, the latest data from the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) reveal that 43 per cent of schools around the world lacked access to basic handwashing with soap and water in 2019 – a key condition …

Saturn’s rings could be as old as the universe itself

Saturn’s rings may be shining as bright as ever, but the debate over how old they are has rekindled after a new study. The research, published in Nature Astronomy, suggests that even though the rings might appear young in a …