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Director-General deplores death of photographer Bashar Al-Attar in Syria

Unesco Most Programme - 3 hours 42 min ago
Language English 22 March 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today condemned the killing of photographer Bashar Al-Attar, who was hit in an airstrike in eastern Ghouta earlier this month.

“I condemn the killing of Bashar Al-Attar,” said the Director-General. “It is my sad duty yet again to remind all parties of their legal obligation to protect journalists in times of war. In keeping with the Geneva Conventions, belligerents must recognize the civilian status of journalists.”

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OASIIS Biennial Report 2018 – The value of social entrepreneurship toward sustainable development in UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 15:50
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The first OASIIS Biennial Report has been published 2 years after the online platform was launched in Lima, Peru at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves. OASIIS (Opening Access to Sustainable Independent Income Streams) is a collective asset for the MAB Programme, and for social entrepreneurs living within them.

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Learning robotics is the future! (in French)

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:19
Language English apprendrerobotiquemali.jpg © UNESCO

Bamako, le 19 mars 2018 : l’UNESCO apporte son soutien au renforcement des capacités des jeunes, notamment des filles, en sciences, technologie, innovation et robotique au mali afin de renforcer leur employabilité.

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UNESCO and Juventus Football Club launch online anti-discrimination campaign

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:15
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On the occasion of the International Day against Racial Discrimination (21 March), Juventus and UNESCO announce an online campaign to highlight the potential of football to promote more inclusive societies, change social attitudes and fight against discrimination in all its forms. The campaign aims to mobilise players, supporters, youth, and the general public to share their stories and testimonies around the unifying power of football via social media platforms.

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Mobile Learning Week 2018: Preparing to Meet the Skill Requirements of a Connected World

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:26
Language English 21 March 2018

From 26 to 30 March, UNESCO is organizing its annual flagship information and communications technology in education event: Mobile Learning Week. It will bring together experts, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world to share ideas and best practices on ways to use ubiquitous mobile technology to support learning for all, particularly disadvantaged communities.

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Coding with impact: training female tech talent from Latin America

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 10:58
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“We want to train young women to make them talented and globally competitive software developers.”

Meet Mariana Costa Checa, a young social entrepreneur from Peru. She is the CEO and Co-founder of Laboratoria, a company that has been training young women coding and software development skills in Latin America since 2014. Mariana will be attending Mobile Learning Week - UNESCO’s yearly flagship ICT in education event – taking place from 26 – 30 March 2018 in Paris.

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UNESCO flags new publications at UN

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 09:48
news_210318_ny.jpg © UNESCO Language English 21 March 2018Two recent UNESCO books formed the basis of a media briefing at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday.

Presented within the format of the “Noon briefing” by the spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, the publications are part of UNESCO’s work in preventing violent extremism.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2018: Promoting Inclusive Societies

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 13:16
Language English 20 March 2018

UNESCO will mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March) with events designed to promote tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity, the theme chosen for the Day this year.

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Relaunch of the MOST National Committee of Mali (CNMOST-Mali): an urgent necessity for the Malian authorities! (In French)

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 11:39
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La section Sciences Humaines et Sociales de l’UNESCO Dakar, s’est rendue au Mali, du 25 février au 03 mars, afin de discuter, avec les parties prenantes, des modalités de relance du CNMOST-Mali.

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6th Global Policy Forum on Development

Europaid - Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:23
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Access to safe water: Is the green revolution around the corner?

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:23
focus_wwdr2018_shutterstock_622076825.jpg © UNESCO Language English 19 March 2018Launch of United Nations World Water Development Report

Nature-based solutions can play an important role in improving the supply and quality of water and reducing the impact of natural disasters, according to the 2018 edition of the United Nations World Water Development Report. The study, which will be presented by Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, Gilbert Houngbo, Chair of UN-Water, at the 8th World Water Forum in Brasilia (Brazil), argues that reservoirs, irrigation canals and water treatment plants are not the only water management instruments at our disposal.

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The IOC, UN Women, UNESCO, P&G and NBC are changing the conversation about women in sport

Unesco Most Programme - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 21:38
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Interpreting and Representing Slavery and Its Legacies in Museums and Sites

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 15:01
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The conference “Interpreting and Representing Slavery and Its Legacies in Museums and Sites: International Perspectives” will explore the variety of approaches used at museums and sites around the Atlantic world to represent the history and legacies of the slave trade, slavery and emancipation. With experts from around the world, the conference will be the first international symposium of its kind hosted in North America (Charlottesville), from 19 to 22 March 2018.

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Call for Candidates to renew six Members of the UNESCO Global Geopark Council

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:41
Language English

UNESCO Global Geoparks, within the International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme (IGGP), are the mechanism that creates international cooperation which engages with their local communities in a bottom up approach in order to promote awareness of the geological heritage and sustainably develop the area. Through the IGGP, these areas can apply to UNESCO, for designation as a “UNESCO Global Geopark”, drawing upon the broader mandate of the Organization.

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Community Film-Making for Gender Equality

Europaid - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 14:16
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Launch of United Nations World Water Development Report at 8th World Water Forum

Unesco Most Programme - Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:17
dg-aa-portrait-drupal_1.jpg Audrey Azoulay at the investiture ceremony on 13 November 2017.© UNESCO / Christelle Alix 16 March 2018

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will travel to Brasilia (Brazil) on 19 and 20 March to launch the United Nations World Water Development Report at the 8th World Water Forum. This will be her first visit to Latin America, following trips to Africa and the Middle East.

The Director-General will take part in the official opening ceremony of the Forum alongside the President of Brazil, Michel Temer, Heads of State, as well as Prince Albert of Monaco and Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan. Ms Azoulay will plead the cause of those with limited access to water and advocate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially targets pertaining to water and Goal 6, which calls for access to safe water and sanitation.

After attending a luncheon hosted by the President of Brazil in honour of the Heads of State, the Director-General and UN-Water partners will lead the official launch of the United Nations’ World Water Development Report, whose theme this year concerns nature-based solutions. Coordinated by UNESCO’s World Water Assessment Programme, the Report brings together contributions from the 31 United Nations bodies and 39 international partners who make up UN-Water. It promotes nature-based solutions to improve fresh water quality and supply, and to mitigate the impact of natural disasters.

“We need new solutions in managing water resources so as to meet emerging challenges to water security caused by population growth and climate change. If we do nothing, some five billion people will be living in areas with poor access to water by 2050. This Report proposes solutions that are based on nature to manage water better. This is a major task all of us need to accomplish together, responsibly so as to avoid water related conflicts,” declared the Director-General of UNESCO.

During her official visit, the Director-General will have meetings with the Brazilian authorities, notably with President Temer accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister, Aloysio Nunes, and the President of the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil, Cármem Lúcia.

Held every three years, the Forum is the main global venue for members of the water community and decision-makers to join forces and determine long-term action plans concerning this invaluable resource. It brings together 150 countries with the objective of raising awareness and bolstering political commitment concerning water use and management.

The Forum coincides with the celebration of World Water Day on 22 March and the beginning of the International Decade for Action, “Water for Sustainable Development” (22 March 2018 to 22 March 2028). The Decade was proclaimed to reinforce international cooperation and mobilization to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.




The United Nations World Water Development Report is available on request. It is under embargo until 19 March, 7 am UTC.


Media Contact in Paris:

Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Media Section, +33(0)145681764,


Contacts at UNESCO Office in Brasilia:

Ana Lúcia Guimarães B. Pedreira,  +55(61)21063536,

Fabiana Sousa Pullen, +55(61)21063596,


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Safe Journalists, Strong Democracies and the Holistic Gender and Media Agenda at UN Women's CSW62

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 16:41
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As part of the United Nation's Commission on the Status of Women discussions, UNESCO's Communication and Information Division will hold two panel disussions at the Commission's review theme: "Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women". UNESCO plays a key role in fostering freedom of expression online and offline, promoting the safety of journalists, advancing diversity and participation in media, and supporting independent media. 

Both panels are part of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communications (IPDC) partnership with The Netherlands that will address gender inequalities and violence against women through partnering with Organization the Global Alliance for Media and Gender (GAMAG) and the UNITWIN Network for Gender, Media and ICTs.

Safe Journalists, Strong Democracies: How on and offline attacks on women journalists are hurting us all

Thursday 22 March, 10am-11.15am, Room 12, UN Headquarters

The safety of women journalists has risen to become one of the pre-eminent issues for journalism in our digital era. During CSW, UNESCO will highlight and promote action on the safety of women journalists through a side event supported by The Netherlands and Sweden.  Safe Journalists, Strong Democracies: How on and offline attacks on women journalists are hurting us all will discuss the many ways women journalists can be placed in vulnerable settings, both in the workplace, in the field and online, leaving them open to all kinds of harassment, intimidation and violence.  Under the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity, panelists will share their first hand experiences of these threats and the consequences  these actions have on the fundamental role that the press plays in strengthening democratic societies.


  1. Ms Alison Smale, Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Department of Public Information, UN and former journalist
  2. Ms Maria Ressa, CEO and executive Director of Rappler. Featured in UNESCO publication Chapter 8 in An Attack on One is An Attack on All (Philippines)
  3. Ms Jennifer Clement, President of PEN International, (Mexico)
  4. Ms Abeer Sa’ady, War correspondent and media trainer, Vice President of International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) (Egypt)
  5. Mr Matthew Caruana Galizia, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist (Malta)
  6. Mr Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO.

The event is supported by Sweden and The Netherlands.

To Register, click here or join via webcast at the time of the event here:

The Holistic Gender and Media Agenda: An analysis and key findings of the 2018 GAMAG Position Papers

Friday 23 March, 10am-11.15am, Room 12, UN Headquarters

The panel will explore and debate the wide range of gender and communication issues hitherto omitted from past considerations of the CSW Review theme, making the case for the centrality of communication in broader struggles for gender equality and women’s human rights, as well as for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Issues such as gender equality in media decision-making positions, media policy, gender and freedom of expression and the rights of women media workers will be discussed, identifying key areas for action and practical recommendations for media and ICT companies, Member States, civil society and others.

The session will explore a set of gender and media position papers prepared by GAMAG members, each proposing specific recommendations for governments, media organisations and civil society.

Moderator: June Nicholson, Virginia Commonwealth University


  1. Guy Berger, Director of Freedom of Expression and Media Development, UNESCO
  2. Aimée Vega Montiel, Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Vice-President, International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and Interim Chair of the Global Alliance on Media and Gender,
  3. Sarah Macharia, Director of the Global Media Monitoring Project; Programme Manager, World Association of Christian Communication (WACC) and Interim General Secretary of GAMAG,
  4. Mindy Ran, International Federation of Journalists
  5. Amina Lemrini, President, High Authority of Audiovisual Communication Morocco (Haute Autorité de la communication audiovisuelle)
  6. Claudia Padovani Senior Lecturer, Padova University
  7. Carolyn Byerly, Professor, Howard University

This panel is supported by The Netherlands

To register, click here or join via webcast at the time of the event here:

General Inquiries:

Contact Ms Alison Meston,


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Water and Sanitation: Women, Youth and Inequalities

Europaid - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 13:38
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