UNESCO Highlights the Ethical Dimensions of Artificial Intelligence at the WSIS Forum 2019

If we are to make the most of the possibilities offered by AI to the world, we must ensure that it serves humanity, with respect for human rights and human dignity, as well as our environment and ecosystems. Today, no global ethical framework or principles for AI developments and applications exist. UNESCO is a unique universal forum with over twenty years of experience in developing international instruments related to bioethics and the ethics of science and technology. It has the responsibility to lead an interdisciplinary, pluralistic, universal, and enlightened debate, in this regard,…

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Thirsty for Change: Promoting a Gender-Responsive Approach to Achieve Water Security

On 13-14 May, UNESCO is organizing an International Water Conference at its Headquarters with the theme “Leveraging Intersectorality for Sustainable Water Security and Peace”. Thematic panels on the links between water and UNESCO’s fields of competence will take place throughout these two days, including a panel dedicated to the promotion of gender equality, entitled “Thirsty for Change: Promoting a Gender-Responsive Approach to Achieve Water Security”. Scheduled to take place on 13 May, from 3.30 to 5.00 pm, this panel will facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion on advancing gender equality and women’s…

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Feminist advertising agency Mad&Women joins forces with UNESCO to promote gender equality

To give more visibility to initiatives aimed at promoting gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment, UNESCO is collaborating with the advertising agency Mad&Women through the signature of a strategic partnership.  The agreement was signed on 4 April between Ms Saniye Gülser Corat, UNESCO’s Director for Gender Equality, and Ms Christelle Delarue, founder and CEO of Mad&Women, at UNESCO Headquarters. This agreement reflects an enduring commitment between the two organizations to advance gender equality. Founded in 2012, the Paris-based advertising agency defends women’s rights by fighting stereotypes in advertising content.…

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UNESCO joins the Power of Zero campaign to help children use the internet safely

Classroom resources that teach important life skills to help children safely and constructively engage online have been released as part of the launch of Power of Zero, a global campaign calling for zero violence, zero hate and zero bullying from age zero. The anti-cyberbullying campaign, led by US-based NGO ‘No Bully’, seeks to promote digital civility, bringing together key partners, including UNESCO, Microsoft and Facebook, to provide early educators and families with books, games and learning materials to prepare children for the technology and connectivity they will experience in their…

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“Girls Can Code” harnesses technology for transformation and poverty alleviation

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay this week took advantage of a trip to Accra, Ghana, to interact with a younger generation in the UNESCO IFAP project “Girls Can Code”. Held in the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, the project has trained 150 girls and 10 female teachers in the development of apps and coding. Some of the young learners interviewed during the visit spoke about their experiences. Abigail Asare explained that “through coding, I am able to solve mathematical problems by following the correct steps”.  Another participant, Cindy…

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