Enabling Sustainable Development through Sport: UNESCO’s Funshop on Sport and the SDGs

Seventy youth activists from across Asia-Pacific who are using sport for positive social transformations in their countries will converge in Seoul, Republic of Korea, for the 2019 Funshop on Sport and the SDGs, lasting from 5 to 8 September. Supported by Lee Seung-Yuop Baseball Foundation, the 2019 Funshop will demonstrate what it means for sport to be “an important enabler of sustainable development.” Through structured exchanges that will draw on their own experiences, as well as capacity-building modules delivered by experienced facilitators, the youth will gain a deeper understanding of…

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‘Let’s Talk!’ Campaign to reduce early and unintended pregnancy launched

“When a young girl gets pregnant, it means the system has failed her. We have failed her,” said UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen at the launch of the ‘Let’s Talk!’ Campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa on 31 July 2019. ‘Let’s Talk!’ is a social and behaviour change campaign to reduce early and unintended pregnancies (EUP) across 21 Eastern and Southern African countries. “In the ‘Let’s Talk’ Campaign, we have a tremendous opportunity to re-write the narrative,” said Prof. Gijzen. “From blaming the girl child, to equipping…

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“E-book: The Time is Now: Feminist Leadership for a New Era” by Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender

The new publication compiled by the Global Network UNESCO Chairs on Gender, The Time is Now: Feminist Leadership for a New Era invites us to reflect on the crucial challenges for promoting the women’s participation in the creation and use of styles of transformative leadership that contribute to inclusive, fair and sustainable development. The articles provide substantive and current information to understand and analyze with different approaches a diversity of experiences and conceptual developments about women and/in leadership. This eBook is organized in four sections as follows: Building Networks, Conceptual…

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International Youth Day 2019 celebrates transforming education

The International Youth Day celebrations kick-started online on Thursday, 8 August 2019 on the theme of “Transforming Education”. Organized jointly by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and UNESCO, the event heard from a fresh list of youth speakers from all corners of the world thanks to its online format and was moderated by Victoria Ibiwoye, Youth representative of the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee. 2019 is the year for galvanized action around the education sustainable development goals, from the first commemoration of an International Education Day on…

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The India-UN Fund and UNESCO support Togo in reducing poverty through green economy initiatives

The government of Togo has prioritized a Sustainable Development approach that seeks to both preserve biodiversity and reduce poverty in Fazao-Malfakassa National Park. A new project mobilizes UNESCO’s technical support and a $1 million grant from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund to stimulate the creation of green jobs in this remote area of northern Togo. Members of the local community will receive training and support to create sustainable businesses in bee-keeping/apiculture, snail rearing, mushroom farming, fish farming and eco-tourism. This project was launched on 15 July with the participation of…

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