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November 15, 2019

UNESCO is creating Inclusive Global Campus; Ministers and University Leaders address Inclusion and Mobility in Higher Education.

Unesco, Paris

Photo: The Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

Unesco, Paris, Universities

Photo: A Government Representative at the opening of the General Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Unesco, Paris, Universities

Photo: India’s Human Resource Development Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, speaks at an event at UNESCO, Paris. November 14, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Luc VALIGNY.

UNESCO, India

Photo: Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Human Resources Development Minister, India, addressed the General Policy Debate at UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 15, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

Paris, France, November 14, 2019 — Over 100 ministers and 100 representatives from universities, participating in the UNESCO Chairs program convened during UNESCO’s General Conference currently taking place in Paris. They addressed some of today’s most pressing challenges in higher education: How can governments and higher education institutions work together to create a more inclusive global campus in the light of rapidly increasing numbers in enrolment and mobility of students? And how can the higher education sector across the world work against increasing inequalities and for the inclusion of marginalized groups into societies?

The higher education landscape is rapidly changing globally, characterized by increasing internationalization, diversification of providers, and new modes of learning. Two hundred twenty million students are today enrolled in higher education around the world, a number that has doubled over the past decade and is set to expand.

However, increased enrolments have not proven to be a reliable indicator for achieving the 2030 Agenda overall goal of “leaving no one behind,” or for ensuring equitable and affordable quality higher education. Institutions face the challenge of providing quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including non-traditional learners and disadvantaged groups such as migrants, refugees, and indigenous peoples.

The past decades’ unprecedented increase of enrolment in higher education is also reflected in the mobility of students with the move from an international university to a global campus of learners, faculty, and researchers fast becoming a reality. In the decade leading up to 2011, the number of learners choosing to study outside of their home country more than doubled to 4.3 million students - a figure that is conservatively estimated to increase again by 2025.

Yet many students still face obstacles in having their qualifications recognized when returning to their home country or moving to a new country. Lack of recognition of qualifications constitutes a significant obstacle for accessing further studies or for seeking employment opportunities. Today more than half of students going abroad study outside their home regions.

To respond to this new reality, UNESCO is preparing the adoption of a Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education at its General Conference that started this week. The new Convention aims to facilitate student mobility and improve access to higher education across regions and continents. UNESCO has also launched a Qualifications Passport to facilitate the movement for refugees with qualifications.

By convening policymakers and universities at this unprecedented meeting, UNESCO aims to strengthen the political will, international cooperation, and capacities in higher education to achieve the 2030 Agenda and to create an understanding of how the Global Convention can facilitate this process.

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November 13, 2019

UN Secretary-General highlights UNESCO’s Global Leadership in Education at the Organization’s 40th General Conference.

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay at the Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay addresses the Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, 12 November—The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Tuesday morning stressed UNESCO’s essential mandate in education and pleaded in favor of multilateralism as he opened UNESCO’s 40th General Conference addressing representatives of the Organization’s 193 Member States and 11 Associate Members.

“Education is an essential pillar to achieve our objectives for 2030. And we are late,” said the Secretary-General. “UNESCO has a fundamental role to play to coordinate and monitor global efforts in this regard. I commend the initiative launched by the Director-General at the UN General Assembly last September on the futures of education.”

Warning against the splintering of the international community along economic, social, and environmental divides, growing hate and discrimination, the Secretary-General declared: “We must do everything to maintain a universal system based on international law and preserve a multipolar world with strong multilateral institutions.”

“A world of cracks and fault-lines is not sustainable,” said the Secretary-General. “In this context, UNESCO’s work is central to bringing the world together.”

After the Secretary-General’s opening, the Member States named Ambassador Ahmet Altay Cengizer, Permanent Delegate of Turkey to UNESCO, as President of the 40th session of the General Conference.

Organization’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, denounced the multiple divides that are eroding national and international governance as well as the planet itself. She highlighted UNESCO’s vocation to serve as a laboratory of ideas.

“Contemporary challenges call on us to draw on our shared humanity,” said Ms. Azoulay. “Territorial borders can not contain them. Only cooperation, solidarity, and multilateralism can result in lasting solutions.”

The Director-General denounced the crippling effect of divisiveness on international governance. She said that it is our responsibility “to be effective by making multilateralism an everyday reality and by providing evidence that it can lead to better lives.”

Ms. Azoulay also stressed the importance of education, “the keystone of peace. We must correct not only the insufficiencies and inequalities that education is suffering from but also improve our guidance to the world’s educational systems so that we may lay the best foundations of practical, real, sustainable development.”

The General Conference is the governing body of UNESCO. It meets every other year to determine the Organization’s program and budget.

During its 40th session, which ends on 27 November, Member States are also set to adopt an international convention destined to facilitate the international recognition of higher education diplomas and the free movement of students and faculty.

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November 10, 2019

UNESCO General Conference to examine the draft of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

UNESCO, Universities

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Session of the Executive Board. October 16-17, 2019. Image Credit: UNESCO/C. Bailleul.

Paris, France, November 9, 2019 — In November 2019, UNESCO’s General Conference will examine for adoption the draft text of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications. Once approved, the Global Convention will be the first legally binding United Nations treaty on higher education.

The Global Convention, a binding agreement, will join the ranks of other UNESCO conventions, such as the cultural conventions and the Convention against doping in sport.

The Convention will be the first of its kind in the UN on higher education with a global scope. It will complement the five UNESCO regional conventions on the recognition of higher education qualifications.

Built on the existing regional conventions, the Global Convention will create a framework for fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory recognition of higher education qualifications. The originality of the Convention is that it opens for inter-regional academic mobility, and puts into place universal principles for improving recognition practices.

Under certain conditions, the Convention will be open for countries, which wish to be committed to its text.

Today, more than 4 million students study outside their home country. By 2020 around 8 million students will be studying abroad. The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications is designed to facilitate academic mobility between regions. It will mainly benefit people who are seeking recognition of their qualifications in another area than their home region for either accessing higher education or continuing their studies.

For example, it will become easier for a student to have his/her high school diplomas recognized in another region to pursue his/her studies there. It will also facilitate a student who wants to complete a degree in another country based on education that he/she had started elsewhere.

The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications will also provide platforms for national authorities to collaborate across borders and regions to develop better tools and practices for the recognition of higher education qualifications.

UNESCO serves as a global platform for discussion on the recognition of higher education qualifications and the promotion of academic mobility. Being the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education, the new Convention is part of UNESCO’s technical support to review more top education strategies and policies in countries that decided to be committed to its text. This support aims to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability.

UNESCO will be the secretariat of the mechanism to be set to ensure and monitor the implementation of the Convention’s text. This implementation mechanism body will meet every two years. It will provide guidance (recommendations, guidelines, and share good practices) to the countries committed to the Convention.

The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications will be a reliable instrument to prevent brain drain since it would facilitate governments to put in place mechanisms for recognizing degrees obtained abroad.

The Convention will also help migrants to access higher education in their new home countries as it obliges to put in place mechanisms to facilitate the recognition of refugees’ qualifications, even for those who cannot provide any documentary evidence of their skills.

The idea of a Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications has been on UNESCO’s agenda for a long time. The formal process started in 2011 after a feasibility study had underlined the urgent need for such a convention to respond to the need for improved recognition of foreign qualifications worldwide. For this purpose, UNESCO established a drafting committee in 2016 consisting of experts from all regions that finalized a preliminary draft in June 2017.

UNESCO presented the draft for discussion at two intergovernmental meetings that took place in December 2018 and March 2019.

At the March meeting, more than 260 technical and legal experts from around 150 Member States approved the plan. Now the draft will be submitted for adoption at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in November 2019.

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November 8, 2019

IPI 2020 World Congress welcomes Powerful Partners — The New York Times, The Washington Post, Reuters, and The Associated Press (AP), among others.

International Press Institute

New York, November 8, 2019 — The International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, has welcomed The New York Times, The Associated Press (AP), the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Reuters and Bloomberg as partners for its 2020 World Congress. Columbia University and the Columbia School of Journalism would co-host IPI’s 2020 World Congress and 70th Anniversary Celebration. The IPI World Congress is the organization’s global forum on press freedom.

“We are honored to join hands with some of the most respected news media in the US for an event that will celebrate the power of independent journalism,” said John Daniszewski, AP Vice President and Chair of the IPI 2020 World Congress. “IPI looks forward to welcoming many more news organizations as partners for its 2020 World Congress. It is a strong sign that US news media today remain as dedicated to the core values of journalistic quality and integrity as they were seven decades ago when some distinguished editors founded IPI at Columbia University, New York.”

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— The editor is a member of the International Press Institute (IPI).


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November 7, 2019

India HRD Ministry to set up an Interfaith Center at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Nanak Books

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal released three Books of the National Book Trust on Guru Nanak at the University of Delhi on November 07, 2019. Dr. Pokhriyal also announced the setting up of Interfaith Center at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

New Delhi, November 7, 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched three books on Guru Nanak Dev at the University of Delhi today.

The National Book Trust under the Ministry of HRD has published three Punjabi titles - Guru Nanak Bani, Nanak Bani, and Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev to spread the message of Guru Nanak. The National Book Trust has also published the title Guru Nanak Bani in Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati. It would publish its translations in Assamese, Bangla, Kannada, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, and English as well.

Mr. Pokhriyal congratulated National Book Trust for bringing out the books on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The books, he said, are relevant in these times, as the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are apt in today’s world of complexities, and the youth world over need to follow his outlook of humanity, equality, and ‘One God.’ Mr. Pokhriyal also informed that in addition to the Guru Nanak Dev Chairs in Indian Universities, the Government had announced Guru Nanak Dev Chairs in Universities in the United Kingdom as well as in Canada. He also informed that many programs, seminars, discussions, discourses, and book release functions are being coordinated the world over by Indian missions abroad.

The HRD Minister also announced that an Interfaith Center would be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, at the cost of Rs 493 crores.

While the National Book Trust, India will publish books on Guru Nanak in different Indian languages, UNESCO will publish Guru Nanak Dev’s writings in major world languages.

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November 6, 2019

UN Secretary-General Meets Comptroller and Auditor General of India, a Member of the UN Board of Auditors.

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Rajiv Mehrishi, Comptroller and Auditor General of India. Mr. Mehrishi is a Member of the United Nations Board of Auditors. 05 November 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

• UN Secretary-General Commemorates Fall of Berlin Wall.

United Nations

Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, stands by a piece of the Berlin Wall that stands in the garden of the UN Headquarters, ahead of the anniversary of the fall of the wall on 9 November 1989. The piece of wall was presented as a gift to the UN in 2002 by the Federal Republic of Germany. 08 November 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

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November 5, 2019

National Press Club, Washington DC, to screen PBS documentary on Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism.

National Press Club, Washington DC

National Press Club, Washington DC

Washington, DC, November 3, 2019 — The National Press Club will present the Washington premiere screening of the 90-minute public television documentary, “Guru Nanak: The Founder of Sikhism—Life and Legacy,” the story of the founder of the world’s fifth-largest religion, on Wednesday, November 20, at 7 p.m.

A reception will precede the screening at 6 p.m. A panel discussion with the film participants, moderated by Club President and Associated Press investigations editor Alison Kodjak, will follow.

Filmmakers and National Press Club members Gerald Krell and Adam Krell made the documentary in India, Pakistan, and on locations nationwide.

The documentary received the “best director” jury Award at the LA Awareness Film Festival. The film’s New York premiere will be at the Paley Center of Media on November 9. The “International Film Festival for Spirituality and Religion,” Jakarta, Indonesia, also has selected the documentary for screening.

Filmmakers Gerald and Adam Krell will appear on the panel following the screening, along with these other film participants:

  • Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic studies at American University. He has been called “the world’s leading authority on contemporary Islam” by the BBC.
  • Brahmachari Sharan, Director for Hindu Life in Campus Ministry at Georgetown University. He is the first Hindu Monk to serve at a Catholic Institution.
  • Rajwant Singh, Ex-President, Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington. Singh had launched “EcoSikh,” the international Sikh community’s worldwide response to Climate Change.

Although Guru Nanak founded the fifth-largest religion in the world, Americans and the western world know little about him. This unique film coincides with the 550th anniversary of the birth of Guru Nanak, who is considered a revolutionary activist. His ideas were well ahead of his time. Nanak espoused equality for all, gender empowerment, service to others, and devotion to the environment.

The documentary interweaves his life and how his spiritual legacy is carried out today by Sikh leaders in science, medicine, arts, and politics. In today’s world of stereotypes, nationalism, bullying, and misconceptions, Nanak’s message is relevant to people of all religions and races.

An eclectic range of participants in the documentary includes, among others: The first Hoboken Sikh Mayor Ravi Bhalla and 2019 Grammy Nominee Snatam Kaur.

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— The editor is a member of the National Press Club.


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November 4, 2019

India's Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal' Nishank', addresses the 96th Annual Convocation of Delhi University.

Delhi University, Nishank

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

New Delhi, November 4, 2019 — Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, graced and addressed the 96th Annual Convocation of Delhi University in New Delhi today. Prof. D. P. Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission, and Prof. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, were also present.

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ lauded the outstanding performance of the students and efforts of all involved in taking this institution to high levels of eminence. Minister encouraged the students to be honest, fearless, and bold towards achieving their goals. He enthused the students with a new level of energy, fresh enthusiasm, and a new direction. Mr. Nishank also congratulated the University for its achievements and wished many more laurels in soon to arrive the 100th year of its establishment in 2022.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Prof. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, congratulated all the awardees and said that ever since its establishment in 1922, the University of Delhi has been demonstrating consistent progress. It began with about 750 students. Today, it has almost 7 lakh students. The Delhi University alumni family is not only vast but also prodigious and awe-inspiring. Both the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Justice of India are distinguished alumni of our University. In the fitness of things, therefore, Delhi University holds the twenty-first position in World QS Rankings for the criterion of the alumni strength with a score of 96.6 percent. We are proud of our family, and we wish them all the best!

Prof. D. P. Singh, chairman UGC, enlighted the audience about the values of education and its advantages that allow for all-round development of the society.

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November 1, 2019

Mumbai and Hyderabad join the 'UNESCO Creative Cities Network'

Mumbai, Creative City

Photo: Gateway of India, Mumbai. Image Credit: Edgar Vonk. UNESCO has designated Mumbai as a Creative City of Film.

On the World Cities Day 2019, celebrated on 31 October, UNESCO announced that the cities of Mumbai and Hyderabad are joining the UNESCO network of Creative Cities. UNESCO has designated Mumbai, a Creative City of Film. While it has appointed Hyderabad, a Creative City of Gastronomy. In India, they join Chennai and Varanasi, UNESCO Cities of Music, and Jaipur, UNESCO City of Crafts and Folk Arts.

There are now 246 cities worldwide committing with UNESCO to place culture and creativity at the center of their development strategies and to share their best practices. “All over the world, these cities, each in its way, make culture the pillar, not an accessory, of their strategy,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

By joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN), cities commit to sharing their best practices and developing partnerships involving the public and private sectors as well as civil society to strengthen the creation, production, distribution, and dissemination of cultural activities, goods, and services. They also pledge to develop hubs of creativity and innovation and broaden opportunities for creators and professionals in the cultural sector.

The Network covers seven creative fields: Crafts and Folk Arts, Media Arts, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature, and Music.

UNESCO New Delhi Director Eric Falt offered words of praise to all those who worked on the candidacy of Mumbai and Hyderabad. He said: “I would like to offer my warm congratulations to both cities. I hope this will strengthen the development of hubs of creativity and innovation, which will contribute to the sustainable development plans of Mumbai and Hyderabad.”

This 30 October 2019, 66 cities have been designated as UNESCO Creative Cities by the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. As laboratories of ideas and innovative practices, the UNESCO Creative Cities bring a tangible contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through innovative thinking and action. Through their commitment, cities are championing sustainable development actions that directly benefit communities at the municipal level.

The new 66 UNESCO Creative Cities are:

  1. Afyonkarahisar (Turkey) - Gastronomy
  2. Ambon (Indonesia) - Music
  3. Angoulême (France) - Literature
  4. Areguá (Paraguay) - Crafts and Folk Art
  5. Arequipa (Peru) - Gastronomy
  6. Asahikawa (Japan) - Design
  7. Ayacucho (Peru) - Crafts and Folk Art
  8. Baku (Azerbaijan) - Design
  9. Ballarat (Australia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  10. Bandar Abbas (Iran [the Islamic Republic of]) - Crafts and Folk Art
  11. Bangkok (Thailand) - Design
  12. Beirut (Lebanon) - Literature
  13. Belo Horizonte (Brazil) - Gastronomy
  14. Bendigo (Australia) - Gastronomy
  15. Bergamo (Italy) - Gastronomy
  16. Biella (Italy) - Crafts and Folk Art
  17. Caldas da Rainha (Portugal) - Crafts and Folk Art
  18. Cebu City (Philippines) - Design
  19. Essaouira (Morocco) - Music
  20. Exeter (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Literature
  21. Fortaleza (Brazil) - Design
  22. Hanoi (Vietnam) - Design
  23. Havana (Cuba) - Music
  24. Hyderabad (India) - Gastronomy
  25. Jinju (Republic of Korea) - Crafts and Folk Art
  26. Kargopol (Russian Federation) - Crafts and Folk Art
  27. Karlsruhe (Germany) - Media Arts
  28. Kazan (Russian Federation) - Music
  29. Kırşehir (Turkey) - Music
  30. Kuhmo (Finland) - Literature
  31. Lahore (Pakistan) - Literature
  32. Leeuwarden (Netherlands) - Literature
  33. Leiria (Portugal) - Music
  34. Lliria (Spain) - Music
  35. Mérida (Mexico) - Gastronomy
  36. Metz (France) - Music
  37. Muharraq (Bahrain) - Design
  38. Mumbai (India) - Film
  39. Nanjing (China) - Literature
  40. Odesa (Ukraine) - Literature
  41. Overstrand Hermanus (South Africa) - Gastronomy
  42. Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) - Music
  43. Portoviejo (Ecuador) - Gastronomy
  44. Potsdam (Germany) - Film
  45. Querétaro (Mexico) - Design
  46. Ramallah (Palestine) - Music
  47. San José (Costa Rica) - Design
  48. Sanandaj (Iran [the Islamic Republic of]) - Music
  49. Santiago de Cali (Colombia) - Media Arts
  50. Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) - Music
  51. Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) - Film
  52. Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) - Crafts and Folk Art
  53. Slemani (Iraq) - Literature
  54. Sukhothai (Thailand) - Crafts and Folk Art
  55. Trinidad (Cuba) - Crafts and Folk Art
  56. Valladolid (Spain) - Film
  57. Valledupar (Colombia) - Music
  58. Valparaíso (Chile) - Music
  59. Veszprém (Hungary) - Music
  60. Viborg (Denmark) - Media Arts
  61. Viljandi (Estonia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  62. Vranje (Serbia) - Music
  63. Wellington (New Zealand) - Film
  64. Wonju (Republic of Korea) - Literature
  65. Wrocław (Poland) - Literature
  66. Yangzhou (China) - Gastronomy

The UNESCO Creative Cities Network now counts a total of 246 cities.

The member cities that form part of the Network come from all continents and regions with different income levels and populations. They work together towards a joint mission: placing creativity and the creative economy at the core of their urban development plans to make cities safe, resilient, inclusive, and sustainable, in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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— The editor is a contributor to the augmentation of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


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October 31, 2019

President of India Launches Endowment Fund of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

IIT Delhi, India

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, launching the Endowment Fund of Indian Institute Technology Delhi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on October 31, 2019.

New Delhi, October 31, 2019 - The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched the Endowment Fund of Indian Institute Technology Delhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (October 31, 2019).

The President said that endowments globally have become integral to the financial health of educational institutions over time. While we are still far from the size and importance of endowment funds of Institutions such as Harvard, Yale, or Columbia, it is the right first step in this direction. By giving through endowments, alumni are not just giving to their institution, but they are also supporting and nurturing future generations of learners.

The President said that the best way to honor a gift is to make the best use of it. In the latest QS World University ranking 2020, IIT Delhi was ranked at 182. There is a lot of scope for improvement if it aims to be one of the top institutes in the world. It needs to increase the number of faculty, particularly faculty with international experience. Additionally, it needs to upgrade its infrastructure to ensure its campus, course content, and research facilities are entirely world-class. He expressed the hope that the institute will make use of the valuable contribution from the alumni to bring changes in these areas.

The President said that throughout history, our educational institutes had been the beacons of our culture. We have a tradition of universities enriching lives and showing the way for the people in society.

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October 30, 2019

Oscar Retrospective at 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

India Film Festival, CASABLANCA

Photo: Cinematographer Arthur Edeson, Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, at the sets of CASABLANCA (1943) directed by Michael Curtiz. (TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.). Credit: Artwork from CASABLANCA used courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Image provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The 50th International Film Festival of India would have a special section celebrating some of the most outstanding films which have won the Best Film award at the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

The organizers have named this Section “Oscar Retrospective.”

The films to be showcased in this Section include:

  • Casablanca by Michael Curtiz
  • Gone With the Wind by Victor Fleming
  • Ben Hur and The Best Years of our Lives by William Wyler
  • All About Eve by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • Lawrence of Arabia by David Lean
  • The Sound of Music by Robert Wise
  • The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola
  • The Silence of the Lambs by Jonathan Demme
  • Forrest Gump by Robert Zemeckis.

These films are some of the most popular and evergreen Hollywood classics. Cinephiles and film enthusiasts would love to watch them on the big screen at the 50th IFFI.

Mr. John Bailey, Cinematographer, and Ex. President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences will chair the International Jury of 50th International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Other jurors include French filmmaker Mr. Robin Campillo. Campillo was also a member of the Cannes International Jury 2019. Renowned Chinese filmmaker Mr. Zhang Yang and Ms. Lynne Ramsay, who is one of the leading lights of young British cinema, will be the other co-jurors. Eminent Filmmaker, Mr. Ramesh Sippy, is the Indian member in the International Jury.

The 50th International Film Festival of India will witness over 200 best films from 76 countries, 26 feature films, and 15 non-feature films in the Indian panorama section. Around 10,000 people and film lovers are expected to participate in the golden jubilee edition.

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October 25, 2019

Amazon Fashion Destination Denim

Amazon Fashion

Photo: Caro Daur, Tamara Kalinic, Mandy Bork, and Ann-Kathrin Götze attend the Amazon Fashion Destination Denim launch event at Kuehlhaus Berlin on October 24, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Amazon Fashion Europe. Copyright © Andreas Rentz / 2019 Getty Images.

Amazon Fashion

Photo: Tamara Kalinic attends the Amazon Fashion Destination Denim launch event at Kuehlhaus Berlin on October 24, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Amazon Fashion Europe. Copyright © Andreas Rentz / 2019 Getty Images.

Amazon Fashion

Photo: Lorena Rae attends the Amazon Fashion Destination Denim launch event at Kuehlhaus Berlin on October 24, 2019, in Berlin, Germany. Image provided by Amazon Fashion Europe. Copyright © Andreas Rentz / 2019 Getty Images.

Berlin, October 24, 2019: Tonight, Amazon Fashion celebrated the exclusive launch party of “Destination Denim“ at Kühlhaus Berlin in Kreuzberg - its first experiential online and offline fashion event for customers. Destination Denim is a free four-day extravaganza at Kühlhaus Berlin that fuses fashion, tech, music, and culture.

After the welcome dinner, hosted by Michelin star chef Tim Raue, around 500 guests and Amazon Fashion customers were invited to enjoy an intimate gig by Liam Payne. The multi-award-winning artist captivated the audience with his energetic live show. Among the audience were numerous VIPs and fashion influencers such as Ann Kathrin Götze, Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht, Nazan Eckes, and Caro Daur. Stefanie Giesinger, Leonie Hanne, and Carmen Mercedes, aka Carmushka, rocked the latest denim styles of Amazon Fashion. International influencers such as Lorena Rae, Belen Hostalet, Eleonora Carisi, Tamara Kalinic, and Clara Berry joined the event as well. During the opening night, guests also had the chance to explore the interactive Destination Denim Event space at Kühlhaus Berlin, which will be open to a broad public from Friday (October 25, 2019) till Sunday (October 27, 2019).

Destination Denim will inspire customers to find their perfect pair of jeans through innovative experiences, live gigs from well-known international artists, giveaways, workshops, and panel talks. Customers will have the opportunity to shop Amazon Fashion’s extensive denim selection, including hero products from brands including Levi’s, Wrangler, G-Star, Replay, 7 For All Mankind, as well as exclusives from Tommy Jeans, find, and Amazon Essentials.

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October 17, 2019

UN proclaims International Day for Universal Access to Information.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (on screens and at podium) addresses the opening of the general debate of the seventy-fourth session of the General Assembly. 24 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak. [File Photo]

United Nations, 17 October 2019 — The 74th UN General Assembly (UNGA) has proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information.

The resolution was adopted by consensus following a presentation by the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Liberia to the United Nations, Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, who led the proposal and negotiations for the resolution.

The resolution was put forward by six UN Member States as chief co-sponsors, alongside Liberia were: Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Sierra Leone, and Ukraine. Another 23 countries joined in co-sponsoring the resolution upon its adoption.

“Public access to information can enhance the protection of human rights, bring about better governance, fight corruption, and drive sustainable development,” underscored Moez Chakchouk. Moez Chakchouk is Assistant-Director General for Communication and Information for UNESCO. He was speaking during the opening of the international Open Talks global commemoration event held in Lima, Peru, on 27 September 2019.

As part of its role in the protection of the right to seek and receive information, UNESCO has been designated by the UN General Assembly as the custodian agency for global monitoring of SDG target 16.10.2.

SDG 16.10.2 tracks progress on the achievement of SDG 16 in terms of improvements in countries adopting and implementing constitutional, statutory, and policy guarantees to the public access to information. UNESCO monitoring of 42 countries during 2019 showed a need for improved record-keeping on the implementation at the national level.

Together with civil society efforts, UNESCO is now encouraging and supporting the Member States to include the 16.10.2 indicator in their monitoring of SDG progress.

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October 16, 2019

World Intellectual Property Filings for Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs reach Record Heights; China, India register Impressive Increases.

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Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Wipo, Geneva

Geneva, October 16, 2019 — Asia accounted for more than two-thirds of all patent, trademark and industrial design applications in 2018, with China driving overall growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) rights. The United States of America (US) maintained its supremacy in patent applications filed in export markets.

Innovators across the globe filed 3.3 million patent applications in 2018, up 5.2% for a ninth straight yearly increase, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Global trademark filing activity rose to 14.3 million, while that for industrial designs reached 1.3 million.

“Asia continues to outpace other regions in filing activity for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and other intellectual property rights. And these intellectual property rights are at the center of the global economy,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “China alone accounted for almost half of all the world’s patent filings, with India also registering impressive increases. Asia has become a global hub for innovation.”

Worldwide ‘Plant Variety’ applications grew by 8.9% to reach 20,210 applications in 2018, while data received from 92 national and regional authorities showed some 65,900 protected geographical indications (GIs) in 2018.

• Patents

China’s IP office received the highest number of patent applications in 2018. A record of 1.54 million applications that amounts to 46.4% of the global total. IP offices of the US (597,141), Japan (313,567), the Republic of Korea (209,992), and the European Patent Office (174,397) followed China’s IP office. Together, these five offices accounted for 85.3% of the world’s total.

Among the top five offices, China (+11.6%), the EPO (+4.7%), and the Republic of Korea (+2.5%) recorded growth in applications, while both Japan (-1.5%) and the US (-1.6%) saw small declines. For the US, it was the first decline in applications since 2009.

Germany (67,898), India (50,055), the Russian Federation (37,957), Canada (36,161) and Australia (29,957) also featured among the top 10 offices. All of these offices saw growth in filings, ranging from 7.5% in India to 0.3% in Germany.

• Asia is the hub of global patent filings.

Asia has strengthened its position as the region with the most significant activity in patent filings. Offices located in Asia received two-thirds (66.8%) of all applications filed worldwide in 2018 - a considerable increase from 50.8% in 2008 - primarily driven by growth in China. Offices located in North America accounted for just under one-fifth (19%) of the 2018 world total, while those in Europe accounted for only over one-tenth (10.9%). The combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.3% in 2018.

US applicants filed the most significant number of patent applications beyond its borders.

In terms of filing abroad, which is an indication of a desire to expand in new markets, US residents continue to lead with 230,085 equivalent patent applications filed elsewhere in 2018. Japan (206,739), Germany (106,753), the Republic of Korea (69,459), and China (66,429) followed the US.

• Trademarks

An estimated 10.9 million trademark applications covering 14.3 million classes were filed worldwide in 2018. The number of types specified in forms grew by 15.5% in 2018, marking a ninth consecutive year of growth.

China’s IP office had the highest volume of filing activity with a class count of around 7.4 million; followed by the IP offices of the US (640,181) and Japan (512,156); the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO; 392,925) and the IP office of the Islamic Republic of Iran (384,338).

Among the top 20 offices, the most substantial increases between 2017 and 2018 were in the IP offices of Indonesia (+29.1%), China (+28.3%), India (+20.9%), the Republic of Korea (+14.5%) and the United Kingdom (+12.4%).

• Asia leads in trademark filings.

Offices located in Asia accounted for 70% of all trademark filing activity in 2018, up from 36.2% in 2008. Europe’s share declined from 38.4% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2018. North America accounted for 5.8% of the world total in 2018, while the combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 8.4% in 2018.

There were an estimated 49.3 million active trademark registrations worldwide in 2018 - up 13.8% in 2017, with 19.6 million in China alone, followed by 2.4 million in the US, and 1.9 million in India.

• Industrial designs

An estimated 1 million industrial design applications containing 1.3 million designs were filed worldwide in 2018, representing a 5.7% year-on-year increase. China’s IP office received applications containing 708,799 designs in 2018, corresponding to 54% of the world total. EUIPO (108,174), and the IP offices of the Republic of Korea (68,054), the US (47,137), and Germany (44,460) followed China.

Among the top 20 offices, the following five offices reported double-digit growth in design counts: the UK (+42.4%), the Russian Federation (+21%), Italy (+16.6%), India (+13.6%) and China (+12.7%).

• Asia sees the highest design activity.

Offices located in Asia accounted for more than two-thirds (69.7%) of all designs in applications filed worldwide in 2018, followed by Europe (23%) and North America (4.1%). The combined share of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.2% in 2018.

Designs related to furnishings accounted for 10.5% of global filing activity, followed by those related to clothing (8.3%) and packages and containers (7.7%).

• Plant varieties

China’s relevant office received 5,760 plant variety applications in 2018, up 29% from 2017. It now accounts for over a quarter of the plant variety applications filed worldwide. The Community Plant Variety Office of the European Union (CPVO; 3,554), and relevant offices of the US (1,609), Ukraine (1,575), and Japan (880) followed China. Among the top five offices, China and Ukraine (+17.1%) saw double-digit growth in filings 2018; CPVO (+3.9%) and the US (+3.3%) reported similar growth rates. Japan (-13.6%) saw a sharp drop in filings.

• Geographical indications

In 2018, there were around 65,900 GIs in force worldwide. GIs are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Germany (15,566) reported the most significant number of GIs in force, followed by China (7,247), Hungary (6,683), and the Czech Republic (6,285).

GIs in force relating to “wines and spirits” accounted for around 51.1% of the 2018 world total, followed by agricultural products and foodstuffs (29.9%) and handicrafts (2.7%).

• Publishing industry

Revenue generated by the trade and the educational sectors of the publishing industry of 14 countries amounted to USD 42.5 billion. The US (USD 23.3 billion) reported the most substantial net revenue, followed by Germany (USD 6.1 billion), the UK (USD 5.4 billion), and France (USD 3 billion).

Online sales channels generated more than half of all trade sector revenue in the UK (51.5%). The US (41.6%), Brazil (25.5%), and Sweden (23.5%) also saw large proportions of their total trade sector revenue generated by online sales channels. However, brick and mortar outlets continue to produce the highest share of total trade sector revenue for all the reported countries, except in Slovenia, the UK, and the US.

The US sold 2.6 billion copies of published titles covering the trade and educational sectors in 2018. The UK (652 million), France (419 million), and Turkey (400 million) followed the US.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 192 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

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October 15, 2019

Tissot Gentleman — Permanent Elegance

Tissot watches

TTissot watches

Tissot watches

Tissot is dedicating its new ‘Gentleman’ to the elegant man of today. Sophisticated yet understated, made of steel, it is available in six versions. This 40 mm-diameter model shows Tissot’s devotion to excellent artistry in its watchmaking.

Versatility

According to Tissot, ‘Gentleman’ is a multi-purpose watch, both ergonomic and elegant, in any circumstance. It is equally suitable for wearing in a business environment, where conventional dress codes apply, as at the weekend, when it adapts easily to leisure activities. As part of the life of a modern, active man, the Tissot Gentleman becomes the perfect companion for every day, every occasion and every style.

Features

  • Steel case, burnished details
  • Diameter 40 mm, Thickness 10.64 mm
  • Sapphire glass
  • Water-resistant 100 m (10 atm)
  • Steel crown with embossed T
  • Mechanical self-winding movement
  • Powermatic 80 caliber with silicon balance spring
  • Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Engraved rotor and “Waves of Time” decoration
  • Power reserve of 80 hours
  • Applique hour markers, beveled, buffed to a satin finish with white Super-LumiNova
  • Dauphine hands, faceted and filled with white Super-LumiNova
  • The date aperture, in applique
  • Steel strap with three links, buffed to a satin finish or in calfskin
  • Foldover steel clasp with safety push-buttons

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October 14, 2019

UNESCO announces Winners of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Unesco, Flora Fountain

Unesco, Flora Fountain

Photos: Flora Fountain, Mumbai, India. Flora Fountain has received ‘Honorable Mention’ at the 2019 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

PENANG, MALAYSIA, 14 October 2019 - The renewal of the historic Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts, Hong Kong, has received the Award of Excellence in this year’s UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Sixteen projects from five countries - Australia, Bhutan, China, India, and New Zealand - have been recognized by the international Jury of conservation experts in this year’s awards. The Jury met in August to review 57 entries from 14 countries across the Asia-Pacific region.

The Jury praised the Award of Excellence winner, Tai Kwun - Centre for Heritage and Arts, stating:

“The transformation of the former Central Police Station into a world-class center for heritage and arts has created a vibrant new civic space in the heart of the city’s central business district.”

Other Awardees include:

Award of Distinction

  • Keyuan Garden, Suzhou, China
  • Vikram Sarabhai Library, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
  • Nelson School of Music, Nelson, New Zealand

Award of Merit

  • Tseto Goenpa, Paro, Bhutan
  • Guyue Bridge, Chi’an Town, Zhejiang, China
  • Keneseth Eliyahoo Synagogue, Mumbai, India
  • Our Lady of Glory Church, Mumbai, India
  • Lyttelton Timeball Station, Christchurch, New Zealand

Honorable Mention

  • The 5s Classroom, Preshil The Margaret Lyttle Memorial School, Kew, Australia
  • Westpac Long Gallery, Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia
  • Liddell Bros. Packing Plant, Wuhan, China
  • Flora Fountain, Mumbai, India

New Design in Heritage Contexts

  • Joan Sutherland Theatre Passageway and Lift, Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
  • Dry Pit Latrine in Jiaxian Ancient Jujube Garden, Nihegou Village, Shaanxi, China
  • The Mills, Hong Kong SAR, China

The UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation program recognizes private individuals and organizations for successfully restoring and conserving structures and buildings of heritage value in the region. By recognizing private efforts to restore and adapt historic properties, the Awards aim to encourage other property owners to undertake conservation projects within their communities, either independently or by seeking public-private partnerships.

Awarded projects reflect a clear understanding and application of various criteria, such as the articulation of the spirit of place, technical achievement, appropriate use or adaption, and the project’s contribution to the surrounding environment as well as the local community’s cultural and historical continuity.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony saw 150 past winners, jury members, contributors, and friends of the Awards gather to recognize this year’s Award Winners.

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October 13, 2019

"G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance" Launched to Counter Growing Tensions

Global Smart City Alliance

Global Smart City Alliance

Photos: The G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance launch event in Yokohama, Japan. 11 October 2019.

Yokohama, Japan, 11 October 2019 - Fifteen of the world’s leading city networks and technology governance organizations announced today a new partnership. The “G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance” will create global norms and policy standards for the use of connected devices in public spaces. It is the most significant and most ambitious undertaking to advance the responsible and ethical use of smart city technologies on a global level.

Smart city technologies can help decrease traffic congestion, combat crime, improve resilience during natural disasters, and reduce greenhouse emissions. Without proper governance, these technologies pose a significant risk, notably to privacy and security. The Global Smart Cities Alliance will develop, pilot, and collectively implement new global policy standards. It would ensure the safe and ethical use of data collected in public places.

“Our cities stand at a crossroads. Rapid urbanization threatens to paralyze local economies and undermine the quality of life,” said Jeff Merritt, Head of IoT, Robotics, and Smart Cities at the World Economic Forum. “Smart city technologies offer huge promise, but they can be a Pandora’s box. Today’s announcement is a critical first step to accelerate global best practices, mitigate risks, and foster greater openness and public trust regarding the collection of data in public spaces.”

Established in June 2019 in conjunction with the G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, the Alliance comprises fifteen of the world’s leading city networks and technology governance organizations. The partners represent more than 200,000 cities and local governments, leading companies, start-ups, research institutions, and civil society organizations. The World Economic Forum serves as the secretariat.

“The advancement of smart cities and communities is critical to realizing Japan’s vision for Society 5.0. It is also essential to addressing the world’s most pressing challenges. These challenges include climate change and inclusive economic growth,” said Koichi Akaishi, Vice Minister for Science, Technology, and Innovation for the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan. “The Government of Japan is proud to have championed this initiative as part of our G20 presidency. We hope that cities will pledge support for the Alliance and participate in its activities to cooperate and form shared global principles in the future.”

Working together with municipal, regional, and national governments, private-sector partners, and city residents, the Global Smart Cities Alliance, has committed to co-design and roll out a first-of-its-kind global policy framework on smart city technologies in advance of the 2020 G20 Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The first policy design workshops with city leaders will take place in conjunction with the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in November.

The Global Smart Cities Alliance’s founding set of institutional partners include:

  • The presidents and host nations of the Group of 20 (G20) in 2019 and 2020;
  • Japan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
  • The Smart City Mission of India;
  • Cities for All;
  • Cities Today Institute;
  • Commonwealth Local Government Forum;
  • Commonwealth Sustainable Cities Network;
  • Connected Places Catapult;
  • Digital Future Society;
  • ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability;
  • International Telecommunication Union;
  • Open and Agile Smart Cities;
  • Smart City Expo World Congress;
  • United Cities and Local Governments;
  • What Works Cities;
  • World Economic Forum; and
  • World Enabled.

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October 12, 2019

TAG Heuer introduces two new Aquaracer models featuring Emerald Green Dials

TAG Heuer, Watches

Photo: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Gents Green Dial.

TAG Heuer, Watches

Photo: TAG Heuer Aquaracer Ladies Green Dial.

La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland — The Swiss watchmaker, TAG Heuer, has created two green-dialed Aquaracer models that offer sporty functionality on any terrain. Their everyday versatility distinguishes these stylish timepieces for men and women.

The 43 mm Aquaracer (Gents) has a stunning green dial that creates an eye-catching light display with its sunray effect. The design of the horizontal lines that run across the dial resembles the wooden docks where sailers moor their sailboats.

Both watches are crafted from stainless steel and presented on stainless-steel bracelets. At the heart of the 43 mm (Gents) model is the Calibre 5 Automatic movement, while the quartz movement powers the 32 mm (Ladies) model.

These new additions to TAG Heuer’s historic Aquaracer collection are Elegant, sophisticated, and bold. With their comfortable bracelets and timeless designs, the precise and reliable Aquaracer models are prepared to accompany watch aficionados wherever their experiences take them.

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Gents Green Dial

  • Movement: Calibre 5 automatic
  • Display: Date, hour, minute and seconds
  • Case: Diameter 43 mm, stainless-steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel in stainless steel, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, screw-down crown, water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar)
  • Dial: Green sunray brushed dial, rhodium-plated indexes, and hands with white SuperLuminova
  • Strap: Stainless-steel bracelet with diving extension, stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons

TAG Heuer Aquaracer Ladies Green Dial

  • Movement: Quartz
  • Display: Date, hour, minute and seconds
  • Case: Diameter 32 mm, stainless-steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel in stainless steel, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment, screw-down crown, water-resistant to 300 m (30 bar)
  • Dial: Green sunray brushed dial, 11 indexes with diamonds, rhodium-plated hands with white SuperLuminova
  • Strap: Stainless-steel bracelet with diving extension, stainless-steel folding clasp with double safety push-buttons

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October 11, 2019

The Prime Minister of India and the President of the People's Republic of China visit "Krishna's Butter Ball" in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, India.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, at “Krishna’s Butter Ball” in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11, 2019.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, at “Krishna’s Butter Ball” in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11, 2019.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, and the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, at “Arjuna’s Penance” in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 11, 2019.

Modi, India, China

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, exchanging gifts with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu on October 12, 2019.

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October 10, 2019

Tbilisi, Georgia, named World Book Capital 2021

Tiblisi, UNESCO Book Capital

Photo: Tbilisi (Georgia) old town area. Image credit: Jelger.

Paris, France, 07 October 2019 — At the recommendation of the World Book Capital Advisory Committee, the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has named Tbilisi (Georgia) World Book Capital for the year 2021.

Around the slogan, “Ok. So your next book is…?” the program focuses on the use of modern technologies as powerful tools for promoting reading among the youth.

Several meaningful, large-scale, and sustainable activities comprise the program. Amongst the events and activities, there will be libraries and a book festival for children, a state-of-the-art digital project for transforming books into games, and the rebuilding of the first Georgian publishing house.

Specially designed for children, youngsters, and readers who have limited access to books, the activity program will be driven by innovation. The city’s principal objective is to popularize reading and increase accessibility to books for all social levels.

The year of celebrations will start on 23 April 2021, on the World Book and Copyright Day.

Cities designated as UNESCO World Book Capital undertake to promote books and reading and to organize activities over the year. As the twenty-first city to bear the title since 2001, Tbilisi follows Kuala Lumpur (2020) and Sharjah (2019). Past winners include Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Anvers (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Erevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014), Incheon (2015), Wroclaw (2016), Conakry (2017) and Athens (2018).

The Advisory Committee for nominating the World Book Capital city is made up of representatives of the International Publisher’s Association (IPA), the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and UNESCO.

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