Culture and Education

‘We must respond,’ declares UNESCO chief, launching #Unite4Heritage campaign in Baghdad

Taking an innovative step to support Iraqi youth and to mobilize young people worldwide for the protection of cultural heritage, Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched today at Baghdad University #Unite4Heritage, a social media campaign to counter the propaganda of cultural cleansing.

UNESCO calls for the protection of cultural heritage in Yemen

The escalation of armed conflict in Yemen threatens the country’s cultural heritage, warned the head of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the world body’s agency responsible for protecting cultural property.

In turbulent times, Nowruz carries forward message of peace, harmony: UN

Nowruz takes place this year as the United Nations works to shape a new vision for a sustainable future and adopt a meaningful universal climate agreement, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, calling the ancient celebration of spring “a moment of unity and solidarity, within and among societies, that is all the more important at times of strife and division.”

 

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

UN chief promotes education, gender empowerment during final day of Mozambique visit

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended the Government and people of Mozambique for steady progress in political development, but urged greater efforts to overcome human rights challenges, including discrimination and violence against women, through education and awareness-raising.

Investing in education and jobs the key to promoting development in Laos – UN

A new joint report by the United Nations and Laos recommends that authorities in the South-East Asian country invest more in education as well as promote good health and decent jobs to achieve their economic and social development targets.

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.

UNICEF calls for action to stop trafficking of Laotian children

Children - often girls forced into prostitution - are being trafficked throughout Laos and across its borders, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said today, calling for urgent measures in response.

Prospects of women and children in Laos still lag, UNICEF reports

Children and women in Laos continue to suffer social and economic disadvantage, especially in rural areas, according to a mid-term review of a four-year assistance project run by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the country's Government.