UNESCO breaks the silence on Gender Based Violence with the launch of its Safer Campuses Campaign

GBV causes short and long-term harm to individuals, institutions and society.  UNESCO wants Africa to reach its full educational and health potential; hence, we are working on freeing all students from GBV on campus through our Safer Campuses campaign. Dr. Remmy Shawa, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa. The campaign officially launched on Tuesday, 26 March 2024 in a high-profile, online event moderated by Janet Mbugua, Kenyan media personality and founder of the Inua Dada Foundation, along with funders, partner organizations, media, GBV activists and campaign ambassadors.  ***Register here: https://cutt.ly/SaferCampusesLaunch *** A…

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Water crises threaten world peace (report)

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2024, published by UNESCO on behalf of UN-Water, highlights that tensions over water are exacerbating conflicts worldwide. To preserve peace, States must boost international cooperation and transboundary agreements. Click here to view the full report As water stress increases, so do the risks of local or regional conflict. UNESCO’s message is clear: if we want to preserve peace, we must act swiftly not only to safeguard water resources but also to enhance regional and global cooperation in this area.Audrey AzoulayUNESCO Director-General Water, when…

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UNESCO study reveals alarming evidence of regressive gender stereotypes

Ahead of the this years International Women’s Day, a UNESCO study revealed worrying tendencies in Large Language models (LLM) to produce gender bias, as well as homophobia and racial stereotyping. Women were described as working in domestic roles far more often than men ¬– four times as often by one model – and were frequently associated with words like “home”, “family” and “children”, while male names were linked to “business”, “executive”, “salary”, and “career”. The study Bias Against Women and Girls in Large Language Models examines stereotyping in Large Language…

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UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities: 64 new members from 35 countries

64 cities from 35 countries join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) in recognition of their outstanding efforts to make lifelong learning a reality for all at the local level. The new cities were announced on Wednesday, during a high-level virtual event “Empowering Learners of All Ages: UNESCO Learning Cities Transform Lives”.  The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international network comprising cities that successfully promote lifelong learning across their communities. The new learning cities were added to the network on the recommendation of a jury of…

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AI Ethics: 8 global tech companies commit to apply to UNESCO’s Recommendation

GSMA, INNIT, Lenovo Group, LG AI Research, Mastercard, Microsoft, Salesforce and Telefonica signed a ground-breaking agreement to build more ethical AI. The companies will integrate the values and principles of UNESCO’s Recommendation on the Ethics of AI when designing and deploying AI systems. In November 2021, UNESCO forged a consensus between all its Member States to adopt the first global ethical framework for the use of artificial intelligence. Today, we are taking another major step by obtaining the same concrete commitment from global tech companies. I call on all tech…

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