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‘What brings us together’, more ‘than what divide us’: UN Commissioner for Dubai Expo

The six-month long 2020 Dubai Expo came to an end this week, marking the end also of the United Nations Hub there, which aimed to explain to attendees, the central and diverse role the Organization plays at the heart of world events.

As the first Expo to be held in the Middle East, the mega-event was forced to delay its opening, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but ultimately, it attracted 23 million visits.

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PODCAST: COVID-19 forces relief rethink at world’s largest humanitarian hub

International Humanitarian City (IHC) in Dubai, the world’s largest humanitarian hub with some 135,000 square metres of warehouse space, has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, medical supplies far outstrip other emergency items stored at IHC, in terms of volume and dollar value, and the amount of material held at the hub has grown exponentially in the last few years.

Dubai Expo 2020 Opportunity Pavilion, home of the #UN Hub
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Promoting sustainability and the UN at Dubai Expo: A UN Resident Coordinator blog

Around two months into a six-month residency at Dubai Expo, the UN Hub has already attracted a large number of visitors, including several delegations from UN Member States. Dena Assaf, the UN Resident Coordinator for the UAE, and Deputy Commissioner-General of the UN at Expo, says that the event is a unique opportunity to highlight the aims and messages of the Organization.

Expo 2020 is being hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
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The UN at Dubai Expo: 5 things you should know

The delayed 2020 Dubai Expo, the first to be held in the Middle East, officially opened today. The United Nations will hold events and exhibits at a dedicated “UN Hub”, explaining the Organization’s central role in addressing the world’s problems. Here are some things to look out for during this six-month-long “mega-event”.

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News in Brief 9 April 2021

  • Deep concerns from WHO over Brazil COVID deaths
  • Proof of life requests from the UN human rights office for Jordanian Prince, Dubai Princess
  • UNHCR: Syrian families must not be returned home despite improving security
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Change STEM education to benefit women: NASA official

Changing the way science and mathematics are taught could help increase the number of women employed in the aerospace industry, according to a senior adviser with the United States space agency, NASA.

NASA Deputy Chief Scientist Gale Allen said studies show that traditional methods of teaching the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) do not take into consideration how women learn.

Ms Allen participated in a networking breakfast for women in the space industry worldwide that took place in Dubai on Monday.

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“Exhilarating” experience of Lebanese teenager at UN

A 16-year old Lebanese girl has been talking of the “exhilarating” experience of participating in the annual Global Model UN Conference at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The MUN, as it is sometimes known, is an academic competition for school and university students focusing on the study of diplomacy, international relations and the UN itself.

Yasmina Bakkar, from Lebanon, who currently lives in Dubai, has been speaking to May Yaacoub.

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Annan pays tribute to late ruler of Dubai

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today mourned the death and paid tribute to the legacy of Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, one of the seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates for which Sheikh Maktoum also served as Prime Minister and Vice-President.