UNESCO launches the Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages

The Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages was officially launched today by UNESCO with the participation of representatives of Member States, indigenous peoples’ organizations, three-party United Nations mechanisms, the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The Global Task Force sets up a solid pathway for ensuring indigenous peoples’ right to preserve, revitalize and promote their languages, and mainstreaming linguistic diversity and multilingualism aspects into the sustainable development efforts.…

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UNESCO convenes a global dialogue to break through bias in AI on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day (8 March), UNESCO and the World Economic Forum joined forces to host an online panel on gender equality and women’s leadership in Artificial Intelligence. This timely round-table brought together a range of leading female voices in tech from around the world to confront the deep-rooted gender imbalances skewing the development of artificial intelligence. More than 60,000 viewers participated in the digital event. The event was moderated by Natashya Gutierrez, Editor-in-Chief of VICE Asia. “How do we stop bias? By making sure that women are not only…

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Uber and UNESCO partner under Global Education Coalition to support teachers around the world

Uber extends its commitment to the work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) by offering 1 million rides to teachers around the world to and from vaccination appointments to support the reopening of schools and to protect teachers and their communities. As a member of the Global Education Coalition, Uber worked with UNESCO and its partners during the first wave of COVID-19 to deliver meals to the hardest hit students in countries such as the UK, Kenya, Mexico and Colombia. With cases of COVID-19 still rising…

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UNESCO Launch #JournalistsToo – Violence against women journalists

Women journalists’ like their male counterparts play a pivotal role in the public sphere as they report on critical issues in society. Female journalists are however a target for threats and violence, both online and offline. UNESCO joined the rest of the world in commemorating International Women’s Day (IWD) by launching a global campaign to raise awareness on the impact of online violence against women journalists in a bid to address the gender-specific threats faced by women journalists. The IWD celebrations ran under the theme, “Women in leadership: Achieving an…

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UNESCO calls for COVID-19 vaccines to be considered a global public good

UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC) and the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST) have called for a change of course in current COVID-19 vaccination strategies, urging that vaccines be treated as a global public good to ensure they are made equitably available in all countries, and not only to those who bid the highest for these vaccines. Both committees have a long track record in providing ethical guidance on sensitive issues*. The statement was presented during an online event on 24 February, which gathered UNESCO’s…

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