UN meeting on ensuring right to education kicks off in Oslo

A United Nations conference aimed at overcoming global inequalities in education, especially for children in the poorest nations and girls, kicked off in Norway today.

Head of UNESCO deplores killing of another Indian journalist

The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the killing of Indian journalist, Vikas Ranjan, the third media professional to be murdered in the South Asian country in recent weeks.

British children’s author named Artist for Peace by UNESCO

The prize-winning British children’s author and illustrator Lauren Child has been selected as the latest Artist for Peace by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the agency announced today.

UNESCO deplores killings of journalists in India, Mexico and Pakistan

The United Nations agency entrusted with defending press freedom has called on India, Mexico and Pakistan to take greater steps to protect reporters from an increasing number of attacks after the murders of four journalists in the three countries over the past month.

Ministers at UN meeting urge nations not to slash education budgets amid financial crisis

With hundreds of millions of people around the world with little or no access to education, participants at a United Nations conference in Geneva urged governments not to cut funding for this critical sector amid the current financial turmoil.

French human rights advocate receives UNESCO prize for lifetime’s work

One of the drafters of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 60 years ago will receive a prestigious prize in recognition of his life-long advocacy for a culture of rights around the world, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today.

Cameroon’s First Lady to become Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO

The First Lady of Cameroon, Chantal Biya, will become a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for education and social inclusion, the agency announced today.

UN initiative features young people’s ideas on tackling racism through sports

Using sportswear to transmit anti-racist messages and imposing penalties for teams whose players are involved in racist incidents are just some of the ideas proposed by young people as part of a United Nations project to counter prejudice in and through sports.

UN’s intangible cultural heritage list comes into being with 90 entries

A United Nations-endorsed list of the planet’s intangible cultural heritage, ranging from folk music and shadow puppetry to ox-herding traditions and sand drawings, came into being today as part of efforts to safeguard such elements around the world.

UNESCO deplores murder of two Croatian media executives

The United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killing of the owner and another senior executive of a Croatian political weekly in a car bombing in the country’s capital, Zagreb, last week.