UNESCO seeks nominations for the Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2019

UNESCO invites Members States in consultation with their National Commissions, non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO, various professional, academic and non-governmental organizations active in the field of ethics of science and technology, members of relevant UNESCO’s expert bodies and UNESCO’s partners, to propose candidates for the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science 2019. This year it will reward activities in the field of advancing the “Ethics of Environment” with a special thematic focus on ethics of climate change and environmental sustainability. Deadline for the submission of candidates: 9…

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Magnetic Tape Alert Project supported by IFAP

UNESCO’s Information for All Programme (IFAP) Working Group on Information Preservation launches an initiative to alert on the risk of losing access to audiovisual documents. Today’s knowledge of the linguistic and cultural diversity of humanity is widely based on magnetic tape recordings produced over the past 60 years. Magnetic audio and video tape formats are now obsolete, replay equipment in working condition is disappearing rapidly and the supply and service of spare parts is fading. As a result, the routine transfer of magnetic tape recordings is likely to cease around…

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18 New sites join UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere (MAB) programme today added 18 new sites in 12 countries to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves, which now numbers 701 biosphere reserves in 124 countries around the globe. The International Co-ordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB-ICC) meeting in Paris from 17 to 21 June approved these additions along with the extension of eight existing biosphere reserves, which in most cases also led to a change in their official names. The Kingdom of Eswatini joins the MAB Network this year with…

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UNESCO launches new publications on media and gender

Academics from around the world snapped up copies of two new UNESCO publications this week, in a well-attended session organised at the annual conference of the International Association for Media and Mass Communication Research. E-copies are available at this link. The books are titled “Setting the gender agenda for communication policy- new proposals from GAMAG”, and “Gender, media and ICTs – new approaches for research, education and training”. The first is published in association with the Global Alliance for Media and Gender (GAMAG) (link is external), and the second with…

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UNESCO and G7 countries raise the alarm about bullying and join forces against violence in education

During their ministerial meeting in Sèvres (France), under the French presidency of the G7 and with the participation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, education ministers of the G7 countries adopted a declaration to “unite against bullying in all of its forms, proclaim respect as a fundamental principle for all, and help ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming for all students.” “Bullying is unacceptable and is getting even worse online. UNESCO is committed to combat this educational scourge, which costs lives, ruins childhoods, and jeopardizes the future.…

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