UNESCO reports persistent gender inequalities in cultural and creative industries

Gender & Creativity: Progress on the Precipice, a report launched by UNESCO, highlights the need for policy measures to reach gender parity in the cultural and creative industries, despite recent progress in promoting gender equality. The report explores existing, and at times widening, gender gaps in the field, notably in the context of COVID-19, and calls for a new commitment and transformative actions to promote gender equality. It also highlights innovative gender policies, measures and programmes from around the world that can serve as a model for policymakers. The digital divide…

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UNESCO and World Bank launch framework for action for creative cities’ recovery, development and economic growth

UNESCO and the World Bank have partnered for the first time in a joint initiative to enable the cultural and creative industries in cities as part of their recovery and development during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.  In their position paper published on 21 May, UNESCO and the World Bank present the Cities, Culture, and Creativity Framework for action for cities to be more creative by enabling sustainable ecosystems in which cultural and creative industries can attain their full potential to contribute to economic growth, urban vibrancy, social inclusion and innovation.…

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UNESCO “World in 2030” Survey Report highlights youth concerns over climate change and biodiversity loss

On 31 March, UNESCO published its new “The World in 2030” Survey report, which presents the results of an interactive survey and consultation collecting responses from more than 15,000 people worldwide in 2020. The report provides global insights into the most pressing challenges for peaceful societies over the next decade, including the specific worries people have and the solutions needed to overcome them. This was part of a new consultation process with a view to contribute to the organization’s medium term strategy. The report shows that climate change and loss…

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UNESCO and the WFP unite for school health and nutrition to help children bounce back after school closures

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) have renewed their partnership aimed at strengthening health and nutrition programmes for school children and will unite their expertise so that children and young people can learn, grow, and contribute to the future of their countries. As schools re-open, school health and nutrition programmes are more important than ever because they help stop children going hungry, ensure they get nutritious food, provide powerful incentives for parents to re-enroll children in school, and increase retention rates, especially…

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UNESCO initiates global dialogue to enhance the transparency of internet companies, with release of illustrative high-level principles

On Monday, 3 May, UNESCO released a new issue brief on transparency and accountability in the digital age, which includes a selection of high-level principles to enhance the transparency of internet platform companies. Internet companies are increasingly shaping areas central to UNESCO’s mandate, from freedom of expression and privacy, to education, the sciences and culture. Greater transparency into the operations of these companies is key to increasing their accountability and to promoting and protecting human rights in the digital ecosystem. We hope that these illustrative high-level principles to enhance the…

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