Culture and Education

Young innovators win video competition with ideas for a better future

Marking World Intellectual Property Day, on Tuesday, UN patent experts announced the champions of this year’s youth video competition.

Afghanistan: UN condemns deadly blasts at two schools in Kabul

The United Nations has condemned the deadly bomb blasts at two educational institutions in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, which killed at least six people and wounded nearly 20 others. 

UN’s rights council adopts ‘fake news’ resolution, States urged to tackle hate speech

At the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, Member States adopted a plan of action to tackle disinformation, at the request of Ukraine and with widespread – but not universal - support.

UN chief calls for unity to ‘build a peaceful world’, ahead of Ramadan

Highlighting it as a period of compassion and empathy, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Friday that the holy month of Ramadan is a “time for reflection and learning, an opportunity to come together and uplift each other”.

First Person: From Gaza to the Red Planet

Loay Elbasyouni is a Palestinian electrical engineer on the NASA team that designed Ingenuity, an innovative robotic helicopter that landed on Mars in 2021. He talks to UN News about his journey, from a UN-run school in the Gaza strip, to the US space agency.

UK border reform bill treats vulnerable newcomers like criminals: Bachelet 

The UN’s top rights official  urged the United Kingdom on Friday to reconsider proposed changes to its border policy, warning that suggested reforms would criminalize vulnerable people for entering the country irregularly. 

Social media poses ‘existential threat’ to traditional, trustworthy news: UNESCO

The business model of the news media is ‘broken’ and with it, our fundamental right to information is at risk, a new UNESCO report examining global trends in freedom of expression warns. 

UNESCO bolsters protection for Ukrainian heritage under fire

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, has said that it is taking measures as best it can, to try and protect some of Ukraine’s priceless heritage from destruction in the face of the Russian invasion, noting that the international community also has a duty to help protect and preserve the country’s historic buildings, and other treasures.

Drag queen story hour: tales of acceptance and dreams

In full costume and make-up, drag queen Madame Bonjour JohnJ, is teaching children that it’s ok to be different, during storytelling sessions in their native Tokyo.

New initiative to improve nutrition standards for school meals

A new project launched on Monday by two UN agencies aims to improve the diet of school-age children by supporting the development of nutrition standards for school meal programmes.