Culture and Education

FEATURE: International Jazz Day – a global celebration of creativity and diversity

Blues, boogie, bebop or ragtime, no matter what it is called, jazz is a language that translates across cultures and continents, bridging gaps and bringing unity.

INTERVIEW: In new UN role, Malala Yousafzai seeks to inspire girls to stand up, speak out for rights

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai made headlines all over the world when she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on the right of education for girls. But instead of silencing her, the brutal attack only served to embolden the Pakistani teenager, who has used her voice to promote the right of every child to safe, free and quality primary and secondary education.

FEATURE: Cuba’s rich musical heritage rooted in African rhythm

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade – one of the darkest chapters in human history – commemorated by the United Nations every year on 25 March, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Nowruz a reminder that heritage helps make resilient, sustainable societies – UN cultural agency

In a message on the occasion of Nowruz – the day that celebrates the arrival of the spring season – the head of the United Nations cultural agency urged everyone to embrace the day's values and be inspired by its universal message of peace and solidarity.

 

‘It’s your story – don’t lose it,’ UNESCO says marking World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Archives are humanity’s collective memory bank, maintained in many public and private organizations, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization said today, urging all public and private entities as well as relevant professionals to take urgent action to safeguard audiovisual works and records ‘as an integral part of our shared heritage.”

North Pole: Santa swamped by millions of letters

With Christmas less than a week away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the United Nations postal agency, which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million.

MULTI-MEDIA FEATURE: UN history 'UNearthed' in rare art exhibit in New York

The United Nations is telling its own history and spotlighting major global issues through a compilation of nearly 70 years of archival history – photographs, posters, videos and recordings – with an exhibit at a former carriage house near the Organization's Headquarters in New York

Ban lauds Jordan’s Queen for children’s book on cross-cultural understanding

A cultural food fight between “gooey” peanut butter and jelly and “icky” hummus sandwiches leads to global acceptance – at least at the grade-school level – in a colourful picture book launched today by Queen Rania of Jordan and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Eminent Advocate for children.