UNESCO Launches the EQUALS Digital Skills Hub for girls and women

Worldwide, 2 billion women are offline. They are 4 times less likely than men to know how to use advanced digital technologies. In today’s society, women and men, girls and boys must have equal access to tech skills development and career opportunities. To face this challenge, the EQUALS Global Partnership for Gender Equality in the Digital Age has just launched the EQUALS Digital Skills Hub, a one-stop shop on projects, resources and good practices to advance digital skills for girls and women. The Hub was created by UNESCO, with the…

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New resources to counter COVID-19 conspiracy theories through critical thinking and empathy

UNESCO, in cooperation with the European Commission recently launched a series of easily accessible and comprehensive visual learning resources to raise awareness of the existence and consequences of conspiracy theories linked to the COVID-19 crisis. The resources also address how to recognize conspiracy theories, understand what drives them, refute them with facts and respond effectively to those who are spreading them. The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a parallel pandemic of dangerous misinformation and rumours in the form of conspiracy theories, including far-fetched explanations of the origins of the virus, how…

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Call for Slogan Campaigns under the theme of Creating a Peaceful Society: Media and Information Literacy, A Way out

The 2020 Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week will take place on Oct. 24-31, 2020 under the theme “Creating a Peaceful Society: Media and Information Literacy, A Way out” for regional commemoration. This year’s theme highlights how to address disinformation and divides by recognizing our shared interest in improving everyone’s competencies to engage with the opportunities and risks in today’s landscape of communication, technology, and information. In line with the global commemoration, UNESCO Abuja Regional Office is organizing a series of activities on promoting MIL into a broader population…

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UNESCO partners with other UN agencies to strengthen the work to counter the COVID-19 infodemic

Hundreds of millions of people worldwide will be better able to spot the difference between information and misinformation about COVID-19, as a result of a new co-operation within the UN system. Through combining strengths, we are rolling out a concerted push. Together, this will help to monitor misinformation, and empower people to recognize falsehoods – and at the same time, increase people’s access to accurate information. Tim Nguyen, Unit Head for High Impact Events Preparedness,WHO The co-operation is supported by a grant of $4.5m from the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The…

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UN Global Compact and UNESCO’s IOC Join Forces to Advance Science-based Sustainable Ocean Business

The UN Global Compact has renewed its commitment to advancing science-based sustainable ocean business by signing a letter of intent with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO’s IOC), the UN agency charged with the preparation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. The UN Global Compact’s Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business will play a key role in mobilizing the private sector in the upcoming UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. Scheduled to start in 2021, the Ocean Decade…

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