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UNESCO on standby to help France rebuild Notre Dame

At least two-thirds of the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris “is gone” after the devastating fire in Paris, but UN cultural experts have told UN News they are standing by to help the French Government rebuild the iconic structure. That’s according to UNESCO World Heritage Centre Director, Mechtild Rössler, who made several visits to the site on Tuesday, and spoke by phone to Daniel Johnson about what she had seen, and how the UN can play a role in restoring one of the world’s most famous and historic buildings.

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Multilingual contest inspires UK student’s fight for gender equality

The opportunity to deliver a speech in French on gender equality to the UN General Assembly has cemented a young British student’s decision to push for more women’s representation in UK politics.

Nicholas Bloom is among 60 students worldwide chosen as the winners of this year’s Many Languages, One World multilingual essay competition co-sponsored by the UN.

Nicholas will graduate next year from the University of Bristol, where he is studying French and Spanish.

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“Time and space” needed for philosophy to flourish

In a world experiencing an overload of information, people need to practice deep thinking or philosophy, according to a representative from the UN’s educational, scientific and cultural organisation- UNESCO.

To commemorate World Philosophy Day which takes place annually on the 17th of November, the agency will host a twelve hour nocturnal event called “A Night of Philosophy.”


Climate change is about "the wellbeing of people,” says new climate secretariat chief

Climate change is not a “vague concept” but reality, and it is having an impact on people everywhere.

That’s the opinion of Patricia Espinosa Cantellano who has been appointed Executive Director of the UN climate change secretariat, the UNFCCC.

The veteran diplomat from Mexico was in Paris last December for the signing of the landmark international treaty which seeks to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.

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African women “more affected” by climate change

Women and children in Africa are more impacted by climate change than men according to the head of the African Union Commission.

The international community is currently meeting in Paris at the UN COP21 summit to discuss how to mitigate the effects of changing weather patterns on the world’s most vulnerable people.

It’s hoped a universal deal will be agreed there which will keep global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the head of the African Union Commission.