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October 22, 2021

U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Josephine Ekiru as the 2021 Women Building Peace Award Recipient

U.S. Institute of Peace

WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2021 — The U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) has announced that Ms. Josephine Ekiru of Kenya will receive the Institute’s 2021 Women Building Peace Award.

This prestigious annual award honors women who are building peace in countries impacted by conflict. A council of distinguished experts selected nine finalists among 125 nominations from more than 30 countries.

“If you look around the world, most peace-builders are women,” said USIP President Lise Grande. “It’s our responsibility to do more to support and celebrate these women.”

Ms. Ekiru is the Peace Coordinator for the Northern Rangelands Trust in Kenya. This unique peace group brings together more than 320,000 indigenous people in Northern and Eastern Kenya as they work together to stop conflict, conserve land, protect wildlife, and halt poaching.

U.S. Navy Admiral (Ret.) Michelle Howard presented the award as part of a virtual ceremony that featured the other finalists and paid special tribute to the women of Afghanistan.

“Ms. Ekiru is a heroine,” said Nancy Lindborg, honorary chair of the Women Building Peace (WBP) Council. “Her work to build peace in northern Kenya is a model for all of us.”

“It has been a wonderful experience hearing these women’s stories,” said Marcia Myers Carlucci, co-chair of the WBP Council. “Their commitment to peace, exceptional leadership, and their impact in their communities is nothing short of inspiring.”

“These are some of the strongest and most courageous women you’ll ever meet,” said Megan Beyer, co-chair of the WBP Council. “We’re humbled by what they do every single day.”

The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent Institute founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for the U.S. and global security. The Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict in conflict zones abroad. In addition, USIP works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully to reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions. The Institute pursues its mission by linking research, policy, training, analysis, and direct action to support those working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.

Source: United States Institute of Peace

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October 21, 2021

Global Leaders Gather at International Leadership Association Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, and Online

Global Leaders

Global Leaders

Photo: Participants at the International Leadership Association’s (ILA’s) global conference. Image Credit: ILA.

SILVER SPRING, MD., and GENEVA, Oct. 21, 2021 — Leadership experts from more than 60 countries worldwide are gathering in person in Geneva 21-23 October and online 24-26 for the International Leadership Association’s (ILA’s) global conference, Reimagining Leadership Together. Global leaders and featured speakers will meaningfully address how we can more fully unleash the abundant potential of people to collaborate across today’s many multi-faceted opportunities and complex issues.

The conference takes place at a pivotal moment. The UN Secretary-General has declared code red for humanity in the wake of the latest IPCC climate report. The world remains in the grip of a global pandemic. More than 84 million people got forcibly displaced, and inequalities are growing. So the ILA’s mission of “Advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world” and this year’s conference theme - Reimagining Leadership Together - could not be more relevant.

As Reimagining Leadership Together Co-Chair and Senior Director at the ASU Global Futures Laboratory, Ambassador Amanda Ellis shares: “The ILA has a critical role to play by convening the best leadership minds in the world around the complex problems that face us today. Reimagining Leadership Together is a great first step at figuring out together the positive, just, and regenerative futures we need to save our planet and ourselves.”

A partial list of featured plenary and spotlight speakers includes:

Global Leaders

  • John, Lord Alderdice (House of Lords, Parliament of the U.K.);
  • The Right Honourable Kim Campbell (19th Prime Minister of Canada);
  • Jagan Chapagain (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies);
  • Martin Chungong (Director-General, The Inter-Parliamentary Union);
  • Ambassador Thomas Greminger (Geneva Centre for Security Policy);
  • Anuradha Gupta (Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance);
  • Ambassador Yvette Stevens (Geneva Centre for Security Policy);
  • Tatiana Valovaya (UN Geneva).

Thought Leaders

  • ILA 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Dr. John Antonakis (University of Lausanne, Switzerland),
  • Dr. Deanne Den Hartog (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands),
  • Dr. Jonathan Gosling (Bristol Leadership & Change Centre, U.K.);
  • Dr. Barbara Kellerman (Harvard University);
  • Dr. Sanjeev Khagram (Thunderbird School of Global Management);
  • Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros (Global Governance Forum);
  • Henk Rogers (Blue Planet Foundation);
  • Dr. Peter Schlosser (ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory);
  • Maestro Karim Wasfi (Peace Through Arts).

Business Leaders

  • Pauline Koelbl (Founder & CEO, AfriProspect GmbH / Founder & Managing Partner, ShEquity);
  • Olufunto Boroffice (Co-Founder, Chanja Datti);
  • Sara Saeed Khurram (Co-Founder & CEO, Sehat Kahani);
  • Leah Lizarondo (Founder & CEO, Food Rescue Hero);
  • Susan Dianne Moffatt-Bruce (CEO, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada);
  • Nidhi Pant (Co-Founder, Science For Society- S4S Technologies);
  • Magalie René (CEO, Workplace Catalyst);
  • Aline Sara (Co-Founder & CEO, NaTakallam);
  • Pavan Sukhdev (Founder & CEO, GIST).

With a stellar list of keynotes and featured speakers, 400+ expert session and workshop presentations, and a diverse array of networking opportunities, Reimagining Leadership Together promises to inform, inspire, and invigorate.

There’s no better city to be having these conversations than Geneva, the heart and soul of global, multilateral organizations and a hub for international leadership. The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) has been ILA’s onsite conference partner for the past two years. Former GCSP Director Ambassador Christian Dussey helped develop the conference theme before becoming the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Islamic Republic of Iran and stepping down from GCSP. Ambassador Thomas Greminger then took over as conference Co-Chair when he became GCSP’s new director.

Peter Cunningham, Global Program Chair for Reimagining Leadership Together and Head of Leadership at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, notes: “In Geneva, we have a truly diverse international community of thought leadership across so many sectors - governance, global peace and security, science and research, business innovation, humanitarian issues. I’m truly excited by the prospect of this community colliding and connecting with ILA’s global community.”

ILA’s industry-leading HyFlex model makes it easy to participate for those who cannot travel to Geneva. Cynthia Cherrey, ILA CEO and President remarked: “Each day of the conference is live, in the moment, and designed to maximize the unique benefits of where it is taking place — first in Geneva and then online.”

The International Leadership Association is a worldwide professional association committed to advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world.

Source: International Leadership Association


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October 20, 2021

ELLE Celebrates 2021 Women in Hollywood

Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Halle Berry were honored at ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration presented by Ralph Lauren and Lexus.

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

ELLE Women in Hollywood

Photos: ELLE’S Women in Hollywood, November 2021 Issue. Images provided by ELLE. Photographer Credit: Greg Williams.

LOS ANGELES, CA. October 20, 2021 — Eight remarkable women were honored at the 27th annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Celebration for their creative and cultural contributions to the worlds of music, film, television, and beyond.

Gal Gadot, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Moreno, and Halle Berry were feted by the world’s largest fashion magazine brand, in partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus.

Eva Longoria hosted the celebration, which took place at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. Patty Jenkins, Debbie Allen, Kerry Washington, Lena Waithe, Jon M. Chu, Demi Moore, and Nyle DiMarco presented to Gadot, Hudson, Moreno, Berry, Chan, Jolie, and Ridloff, respectively.

In partnership with Ralph Lauren and Lexus and supporting sponsor Laurent-Perrier, ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia brought together honorees, presenters, artists, and Hollywood legends for this year’s dinner and awards celebration.

Additional attendees included: Hailey Bieber, Diego Boneta, Alexandra Daddario, Karen David, Lucy Hale, Moses Ingram, Danielle Macdonald, Addison Rae, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Odeya Rush, Saniyya Sidney, Diana Silvers, Demi Singleton, Jurnee Smollett, Ciara Wilson, Lexi Underwood, and many more!

Ralph Lauren dresses were worn by: Nyle DiMarco, Jennifer Hudson, Eva Longoria, Rita Moreno, and Demi Singleton.

In addition to being feted at the annual awards dinner in Los Angeles, the honorees feature on individual covers of ELLE’s November 2021 Women in Hollywood issue on newsstands on November 9.

ELLE is the No. 1 fashion magazine brand globally, with 45 editions, 34 websites, and 158 supplements worldwide, reaching over 29 million influential readers, users, fans, and followers across all platforms. ELLE inspires women to explore, cultivate and celebrate their style in all aspects of their lives.

Source: ELLE

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October 17, 2021

Sushmita Sen Launches Zoya's Festive Collection, Libera

Zoya’s Libera is an exuberant invitation to find your flow with rare jewelry.

Zoya, Sushmita Sen

Photo: Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994, launched Zoya Libera jewelry. Image Credit: Zoya.

Mumbai, India. Oct 17, 2021 — Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, launched its stunning new collection Libera with Sushmita Sen, Miss Universe 1994.

According to Zoya, in keeping with its tradition of peerless design innovation, the visual vocabulary of this elegant collection seeks cues in the artistic movement of the late 1800s. As a result, the Libera collection presents experimental silhouettes with a timeless craft that is as original as diverse. “The vitality of dance coalesces in Libera’s curved lines, accentuated by sensuous forms swirling in a hurricane of drapery. Every piece in Libera is like a powerful, personal talisman that enables her to find her flow. Novel, ornate and elegant, it is created to delight the quintessential Zoya woman. Libera connects with the inner world of its muse, a poetic ode to the flow of an unfettered mind,” Zoya elaborated.

Zoya, the exquisite diamond boutique from the House of Tata, is a luxury fine jewelry brand renowned for its expert craftsmanship and outstanding design. Zoya now enters its thirteenth year of operations with a product created exclusively with the “discerning, aesthetically astute woman” as its muse.

“Zoya finds its inspiration in numerous external and internal journeys from the ones that take you across the world-iconic destinations, history, culture, art, legends, and elements that help you discover your feminine self. These inspirations are translated into one-of-a-kind designs by its panel of master craftsmen, forming the genesis of Zoya’s unique collections in contemporary as well as fusion styles,” the brand explains.

Zoya’s four boutiques in Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi and Zoya galleries in Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai, and Chandigarh showcase luxury in its most undiluted form. Zoya’s personalized service focuses on providing an unmatched buying experience for its exclusive products. In addition, Zoya now extends its service through video-assisted jewelry advisory, home trials, contactless delivery, and interactive e-catalogs.

Source: Zoya

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October 16, 2021

Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development awards scholarships to eight Indian students

University of Oxford

Photo: An Announcement from the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) at Somerville College, University of Oxford.

Oxford, UK. October 16, 2021 — The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) at Somerville College, University of Oxford, has awarded scholarships to eight Indian students. They will take their places at the University of Oxford in October 2021. The students will pursue research on India’s sustainable development topics ranging from solar cells and renewable energy to the role of diverse communities in shaping urban landscapes in South Asia.

Including the existing scholars, the OICSD cohort for the academic year 2021-22 has grown to 21 students - which is the largest cohort of scholars the Centre has supported since its inception in 2013.

Candidates are selected based on their academic merit and the alignment of their work with the Centre’s impact themes such as climate change, energy, cities, healthcare technology, biodiversity, and conservation, among others.

The Centre has funded the postgraduate studies of a total of 43 Indian students to date. Most of these have returned to India upon their graduation to work in law, governance, conservation, and social development, thereby carrying forward the Centre’s ambition of developing ‘brain gain’ for India.

This year, the Centre has awarded the prestigious Indira Gandhi scholarships to Snigdha Lal and Karthik Ganesh to pursue their DPhil research in Condensed Matter Physics and Inorganic Chemistry.

Snigdha Lal would research the fundamental properties of various solar cells. “I want to use my research to create the greatest impact in the field of clean energy, especially for countries such as India,” said Snigdha, who previously did her undergraduate studies in IIT-Bombay and master’s in chemical engineering at TU Delft, Netherlands.

The Indira Gandhi scholarships were instituted at the OICSD through a joint endowment by the Government of India and the University of Oxford to research the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development in India.

The Centre has also awarded the Gopal Subramanium scholarship to Swapnil Tripathi for pursuing a DPhil in Law.

This year, the OICSD has awarded Indira Gandhi-Radhakrishnan scholarships to Mrinalini Mitra and Sumedha Chakravarthy to pursue a one-year master’s degree in Modern South Asian Studies.

Each year, the Centre awards partial scholarships for postgraduate studies in law through generous donations from Mr. Sarosh Zaiwalla, Senior Partner and Founder of Zaiwalla & Co, and Mr. Hemant Sahai, Founding Partner of HSA Advocates. The supporters of the Cornelia Sorabji Scholarship are distinguished friends from the Indian legal and business community. They include Dr. Pheroza Godrej, Senior Counsel Darius J Khambata, and Senior Advocate Harin Raval.

This year, the Ratanshaw Bomanji Zaiwalla scholarship was awarded to Sarvatrajit Singh Jajmann for an MSc in Law and Finance. In addition, the HSA Advocates scholarship and the Cornelia Sorabji scholarship were awarded to Avani Agarwal and Shubrojyoti Mookherjee, respectively, for the BCL degree.

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development (OICSD) is a unique Oxford-India partnership created to advance research on the complex challenges and opportunities posed by sustainable development in India.

The Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development will help shape the next century of India’s growth by educating, connecting, and supporting its future leaders in sustainable development and by forging lasting partnerships between Indian institutions and the University of Oxford.

Source: Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, Somerville College, University of Oxford.


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October 13, 2021

NASA Sets Landing Coverage for Russian Cosmonaut, Actress, Producer



Photo: The Soyuz MS-19 crew ship carrying three Russian crew members approaches the International Space Station for a docking to the Rassvet module. Aboard the spacecraft were Soyuz Commander and veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov, actress Yulia Peresild, and producer Klim Shipenko. October 5, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.


Photo: Soyuz MS-19 crew members (from left) Yulia Peresild, Anton Shkaplerov, and Klim Shipenko pose for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. Shkaplerov is a Roscosmos cosmonaut and the Soyuz Commander visiting the International Space Station for the fourth time. Peresild and Shipenko are spaceflight participants and first-time space flyers representing Russia. August 26, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.


Photo: Spaceflight participant and Soyuz MS-19 Board Engineer Yulia Peresild poses for a portrait at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. August 26, 2021. Image Credit: NASA.

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2021 — NASA will provide complete coverage as three space travelers living aboard the International Space Station, including a Russian actress and her producer-director, return to Earth just after midnight on Sunday, October 17.

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos will be at the controls of the Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft, flanked by Russian actress Yulia Peresild and Russian producer-director Klim Shipenko, for the spacecraft’s undocking from the station’s Nauka Multipurpose Laboratory Module Saturday, October 16. The trio will make a parachute-assisted landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan a little more than three hours later, at 12:36 a.m. EDT (10:36 a.m. Kazakhstan time) Sunday, October 17.

Coverage of the crew’s farewells and hatch closure, undocking, and landing will air live on NASA TV, the agency’s website, and the NASA app.

After landing, the crew will return by Russian helicopters to the recovery staging city in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, before boarding a Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center aircraft to return to their training base in Star City, Russia.

Peresild and Shipenko arrived at the station on October 5 aboard the Soyuz MS-19 spacecraft with Russian cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov for 12 days filming their movie, “Challenge,” under a commercial agreement between Roscosmos and Moscow-based media entities. They served as spaceflight participants during their stay on the orbital complex.

Novitskiy returns to Earth after 191 days in space on his third mission that spanned 3,056 orbits of Earth and 80.9 million miles.

When the Soyuz undocks, Expedition 66 will formally begin aboard the station. Commander Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, Mark Vande Hei, JAXA (Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Shkaplerov and Pyotr Dubrov will remain aboard the orbiting outpost.

Source: NASA

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October 12, 2021

IMF announces its World Economic Outlook October 2021 Forecast

International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund World Economic Outlook. Chief Economist Gita Gopinath, Division Chief in the IMF Research Department, prepares to provide the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/Joshua Roberts.

Washington, DC. October 12, 2021 —The IMF is lowering its global growth projection for 2021 slightly to 5.9 percent while keeping it unchanged for 2022 at 4.9 percent. However, this modest headline revision masks significant downgrades for some countries, the Fund reports in its World Economic Outlook released Tuesday (October 12) in Washington, DC.

“The global recovery continues, but momentum has weakened, hobbled by the pandemic. As a result, we have a slight downward revision for global growth for this year to 5.9 percent for next year. Our projection remains unchanged at 4.9 percent. However, the divergences in growth prospects across countries persist and remain a major concern,” said Gita Gopinath, Economic Counsellor and Director of the Research Department at the International Monetary Fund.

Gopinath added that risks to economic prospects have increased, and policy trade-offs have become more complex in the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, monetary policy will need to walk a fine line between tackling inflation and financial risks and supporting economic recovery.

“One of the major risks remains that there could be new variants of the virus that could further slow back the recovery. In addition, we’re seeing major supply disruptions worldwide that are also feeding inflationary pressures, which are quite high. Further, financial risk-taking also is increasing, which poses an additional risk to the outlook,” explained Gopinath.

The dangerous divergence in economic prospects across countries remains a significant concern. These divergences are a consequence of the ‘great vaccine divide’ and large disparities in policy support.

“The foremost priority is to vaccinate the world. Much greater multilateral action is needed to vaccinate at least 40 percent of the population in every country by the end of this year. And 70 percent by the middle of next year. We also need much greater action to address climate change. Individual countries will need to tailor their fiscal and monetary policy to the country’s specific conditions, to the health conditions in their country, to their economic conditions, while also maintaining the credibility of their fiscal and monetary frameworks,” said Gopinath.

Source: IMF

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October 11, 2021

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announces the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences 2021

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Photo: David Card, Jousha Angrist and Guido Imbens. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021. Image provided by & Credit: © Nobel Prize Outreach 2021 Ill. Niklas Elmehed.

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Nobel Prize in Economics 2021

Stockholm, October 11, 2021 — The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2021.

With one half to —

David Card
The University of California, Berkeley, USA

“For his empirical contributions to labor economics.”

And the other half jointly to —

Joshua D. Angrist
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

Guido W. Imbens
Stanford University, USA

“For their methodological contributions to the analysis of causal relationships.”

• Natural experiments help answer important questions for society.

This year’s Laureates - David Card, Joshua Angrist, and Guido Imbens - have provided new insights into the labor market. They have shown what conclusions about cause and effect one can draw from natural experiments. Their approach has spread to other fields and revolutionized empirical research.

Many of the big questions in the social sciences deal with cause and effect. How does immigration affect pay and employment levels? How does a more comprehensive education affect someone’s future income? These questions are difficult to answer because we have nothing to use as a comparison. We do not know what would have happened if there had been less immigration or if that person had not continued studying.

However, this year’s Laureates have shown that it is possible to answer these questions using natural experiments. The key is to handle situations in which chance events or policy changes result in groups of people being treated differently in a way that resembles clinical trials in medicine.

Using natural experiments, David Card has analyzed the labor market effects of minimum wages, immigration, and education. His studies from the early 1990s challenged conventional wisdom, leading to new analyses and additional insights. The results showed, among other things, that increasing the minimum wage does not necessarily lead to fewer jobs. In addition, we now know that the incomes of people born in a country can benefit from new immigration, while people who immigrated at an earlier time risk being negatively affected. Finally, we have also realized that resources in schools are far more critical for students’ future labor market success than was previously thought.

Data from a natural experiment is difficult to interpret, however. For example, extending compulsory education by a year for one group of students (but not another) will not affect everyone in that group in the same way. Moreover, some students would have kept studying anyway and, for them, the value of education is often not representative of the entire group. So, is it even possible to draw any conclusions about the effect of an extra year in school? In the mid-1990s, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens solved this methodological problem, demonstrating precise conclusions about cause and effect from natural experiments.

“Card’s studies of core questions for society and Angrist and Imbens’ methodological contributions have shown that natural experiments are a rich source of knowledge. Moreover, their research has substantially improved our ability to answer critical causal questions, which has been of great benefit to society,” Peter Fredriksson, chair of the Economic Sciences Prize Committee, stated.

Source: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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October 10, 2021

UNESCO Director-General welcomes Recognition of the Crucial Role of Journalists by Nobel Peace Prize


Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, addresses an event at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. October 4, 2021. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, October 10, 2021 — UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, has welcomed the decision of the Nobel Committee to designate two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, as the 2021 laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize. It is the first time the Prize has been awarded to journalists in 86 years.

“In awarding this Prize, the Nobel Committee has powerfully stated its conviction that freedom of expression and access to information is the very foundation of democracy and peace. These ideals fully echo UNESCO’s mandate. Journalists are on the front lines of the struggle to shine light into the most needed places, often facing tremendous personal risk to do so. Today, they have been rightly held up as defenders of justice and truth,” Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, remarked.

The Director-General particularly commended Maria Ressa. In May this year, Ms. Ressa was awarded the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the defense of press freedom in the face of danger.

Source: UNESCO

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October 9, 2021

National Press Club (NPC) Press Freedom Award Winner Maria Ressa Wins Nobel Peace Prize

The National Press Club, Washington, DC

Maria Ressa, Nobel Peace Prize 2021

Photo: Maria Ressa. The Nobel Peace Prize 2021. Image provided by & Credit: Ill. Niklas Elmehed © Nobel Prize Outreach.

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2021 — Lisa Nicole Matthews, President of the National Press Club, and Angela Greiling Keane, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, have issued the following statement on the Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa. She, along with Dmitry Muratov, has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

“We were so pleased to hear the news this morning that the Nobel Committee has named Maria Ressa to represent all journalists as the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Maria has been an inspiration to the world as she fought for the truth and her rights and, in fact, the rights of free people everywhere as the leader of Rappler. We know she has a smile on her face this morning because she is almost always smiling. We do too. The Nobel Committee could not have picked a better person to represent journalists.

“Maria was the National Press Club’s 2020 John Aubuchon Honoree, an award that traditionally includes in-person receipt of the prize and a speech by the honoree. But Maria, who faced nine bogus charges from the Philippine government, was denied the right to travel. She repeatedly requested letters from us asking the government to release her, and repeatedly those requests were denied. So Maria was a prisoner in her borders even during a global champion of freedom of the press. Eventually, Maria did speak to us last year in a recorded message. It was an inspiring and electric moment.

“Hearing from Maria is a tonic for journalists. She reminds us of all that is best in our profession. Her drive for truth and her passion and determination are impressive to witness. In addition, her voice reminds us of our role in democracy and our place in the world. This award could not come at a better time as a free press is being attacked across the planet.

“We have two wishes for Maria this morning. First, that her country will now remove the threat of prison from her by dropping the cases against her, letting her focus on her world. Second, that she might now be allowed to travel without restrictions and join us at the National Press Club to receive her award and to flash her famous smile and her peace sign.”

Earlier this year, during a National Press Club virtual address on World Press Freedom Day, Ressa spoke about her fight for press freedom in the Philippines and worldwide.

Founded in 1908, the National Press Club is the World’s Leading Professional Organization for Journalists™. Located three blocks from the White House, the Club represents more than 3,000 reporters, editors, and communicators worldwide.

The National Press Club Journalism Institute, the Club’s non-profit affiliate, promotes and engages global citizenry through an independent and free press and equips journalists with the skills and standards to inform the public in ways that inspire civic engagement.

Source: The National Press Club, Washington, DC


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October 8, 2021

International Press Institute (IPI) congratulates its Executive Board member Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2021

Nobel laureates show the importance of the free press in advancing peace.

International Press Institute

International Press Institute

Vienna, Austria, October 8, 2021 — Maria Ressa, IPI executive board member and CEO of Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, have won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. They have won the prize “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression,” the Nobel Peace Prize Committee said in a statement.

The International Press Institute (IPI) and its members have expressed their pride at the announcement. IPI is a global network of editors, leading journalists, and publishers dedicated to independent journalism.

Hearing the news, IPI Executive Board Chair Khadija Patel said the committee’s decision to award the prize to the two journalists was a source of inspiration.

“Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov are exemplars of this profession,” Patel said. “They are, as well, stories in themselves of the struggles that journalists face every day. It is a recognition of the hard work that they have done. It is recognition as well of the struggles that they face and a sign that their courage is not in vain.”

It is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has gone to a journalist since 1935 - and the first time that two journalists have won it.

IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said the award showed the importance of high-quality, independent journalism in contributing to peace.

“This is an acknowledgment of the incredible value of the type of journalism that Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov do, a journalism that reveals wrongdoings, stands up to autocrats, and supports the rights of the people, courageously and despite constant harassment,” Trionfi said.

In 2018, IPI awarded Ressa’s Rappler with the IPI-IMS Free Media Pioneer Award in recognition of the news outlet’s innovative approach to journalism and audience engagement and its determination to hold authorities accountable despite aggressive attacks.

One of the Philippines’ most prominent journalists, Ressa, has been the target of repeated legal harassment due to her critical reporting.

Muratov’s Novaya Gazeta received the IPI Free Media Pioneer Award in 2009, recognizing Novaya Gazeta’s struggle to keep the flame of independent journalism alive in Russia.

“It is highly relevant that the Nobel Committee has emphasized the role of journalism and freedom of expression for democracy and peace,” IPI Executive Board Vice-Chair Virginia Pérez Alonso said.

“Well, there is an irony that in today’s world, we have more press and more information than the world ever has faced,” Nobel Peace Prize Chair Berit Reiss-Andersen said. “At the same time, we also see the abuse and the manipulation of the free press and the public discourse […], but we intend to underscore how important this activity is for exactly a larger goal: democracy and peace.”

Ole Kristian Bjellaanes, IPI Norway national committee chair, said the award would comfort independent news outlets and individual journalists who often feel isolated.

“This prize is an encouragement to the work of all investigative journalists,” he said. “I am happy that the Norwegian Nobel Committee recognizes the importance of free speech and a free press as a contribution to a freer and more peaceful world.”

Source: International Press Institute (IPI)


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Punjab Central University Vice-Chancellor chairs the Technical Session at India Ministry of Education Webinar on Good Governance.

  • India’s Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan calls for furthering the spirit of Collective Partnership.

  • National Education Policy, 2020 will be the pillar of the foundation of NEW INDIA, says Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce & Industry.

India Education Webinar

Photo: The Union Minister for Education, Skill Development, and Entrepreneurship, Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan, and the Minister of State for Education, Ms. Annpurna Devi, released the ‘One-year New Education Policy (NEP) - 2020 Achievement’ booklet in New Delhi on August 24, 2021. [File Photo]

New Delhi, October 7, 2021 — The Ministry of Education of India and the University Grants Commission (UGC) organized a webinar on Collective Partnership today. The webinar was a part of a series of webinars scheduled by the Government of India on Good Governance from September 17, 2021, to October 7, 2021. Union Minister of Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan; Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal; Secretary, Higher Education, Sanjay Murthy; Chairman, UGC, Prof D.P Singh, and senior officials of the Ministry and UGC attended the webinar.

Mr. Dharmendra Pradhan highlighted the importance of good governance. He said that during the covid pandemic, India was one of the leading countries to offer a helping hand to the world. He added that the next 25 years would be crucial for future generations to lead the country towards a more glorious future.

The Minister emphasized the importance of people’s participation in making a self-reliant India. “People’s Participation” is a crucial pillar of Modi Government’s governance model,” he added.

Union Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, said that the world is looking at India as a trusted partner for a skilled workforce with enormous education possibilities attracting foreign institutions and students to come to India as their preferred study destination.

Mr. Sanjay Murthy, Secretary, Higher Education, highlighted the importance of the National Education Policy 2020 and its alignment to delivering good governance while focusing on the collaborative partnership of government departments, NGOs, civil societies, private players, and most importantly, the ordinary person.

In his Opening Remarks, Prof. D.P. Singh, Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), talked about improving the quality of India’s education system.

The webinar on Collective Partnership helped bring together people from academic institutions, Ministries, and educationists to share a platform for furthering discussion on Good Governance.

Prof. R.P. Tiwari, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Punjab, chaired the Technical Session. Prof. R.P. Tiwari is well known for his various other roles. For example, he is the Chairman of the Government Committee for recommending “Governance Reforms” in Chandigarh’s local, Panjab University.

The webinar deliberated on issues of Good Governance with a focus on the role of collective effort and partnership for achieving the same. The discussions focused on strategies that would enable and promote cooperative collaboration to realize the goals of the National Education Policy, 2020. An important takeaway of the webinar was the significance of collaborative partnership to empower people, improve the education system, boost economic growth, and ultimately leave no one behind. Discussions and ideas shared from the webinar will help fulfill the goals of delivering good governance in education.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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October 7, 2021

Lakmé Fashion Week And Fashion Design Council of India Announce Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021.

  • Reuniting once again after a successful season in March, the event embodies the excellence of the Indian Fashion Industry and promotes an era of thought-leading collaboration between the leaders of the industry Lakmé, FDCI, and RISE Worldwide.

  • Tarun Tahiliani opens with a grand digital showcase jointly presented by FDCI and Lakmé Fashion Week.

  • Leading designers like Anamika Khanna, Pankaj & Nidhi, MXS by Monisha Jaising and Shweta Bachchan, Payal Jain, Abhishek Gupta, Geisha Designs by Paras & Shalini, Rina Dhaka, Rana Gill, Jade by Monica & Karishma, Shruti Sancheti, Arpita Mehta, Chola, Nidhi Yasha, Limerick by Abirr n’ Nanki, Nikita Mhaisalkar, NIRMOOHA and many more are gracing the platform.

  • FDCI is presenting designers Troy Costa, JJ Valaya, and Pearl Alumni The Pot Plant.

  • Leading Partners will forge partnerships with top designers, including NEXA, AJIO, Logitech & Natural Diamond Council.

Lakme Fashion Week

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer Arpita Mehta showcases her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer Arpita Mehta showcases her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani showcases his collection “The Reunion” at Lakmé Fashion Week October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer JJ Valaya launches his collection “RUMELI” at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Actress Mrunal Thakur turns showstopper for the FDCI Showcase at Fashion Designer JJ Valaya’s launch of his collection “RUMELI” at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani showcases his collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Twinkle Hanspal’s collection reflects the modern union of East meets West. Here she celebrates the classic Indian silhouettes with a contemporary twist at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer Anamika Khanna showcases her collection at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Fashion Designer Gaurang showcases ‘Chaand,’ a collection of ethereal Jamdani Sarees at Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

Mumbai, October 7, 2021 — The powerhouses of fashion and beauty in India - Lakmé, Fashion Design Council of India & RISE Worldwide are jointly presenting FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with digital and on-ground shows from October 5 to October 10, 2021.

Lakmé Fashion Week and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) have released the schedule comprising the best curation designers from Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities across India.

The upcoming season will showcase a host of new, emerging talent and the biggest and most established names from Delhi, Mumbai, and other parts of the country, setting an unparalleled benchmark in innovations, sustainability, and creativity.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI, commented, “The Fashion Design Council of India for decades has tirelessly worked to make the design industry lead from the front and leave a global footprint. Our partnership with Lakmé Fashion Week to present a joint schedule this season has blurred geographical boundaries and will help one view the Indian Fashion industry more holistically. It also enables both FDCI and LFW to deliver the best and obtain in all forms, be it creative or the business of fashion.”

Sumati Mattu, Head of Innovations at Lakmé, said, “Lakmé led the inception of the Fashion Week in India decades ago with the idea of driving the twin worlds of fashion and beauty for the discerning Indian consumer. Since the beginning of the Lakmé Fashion Week, we have attempted to inspire thought leadership while driving the interests and expansion of the Indian Fashion Industry and giving a stage to fresh design talent in the country. Our continued collaboration with FDCI to present a joint schedule creates more opportunities for the industry to thrive and brings more fresh talent into the industry folds. We continue to remain true to the pillars of Lakmé Fashion Week, which are discoverability, sustainability, and talkability as we present the best in Indian fashion & beauty this season to a global audience.”

Source: Fashion Design Council of India


6 Degree platform presents Gaurang’s ‘Chaand,’ a collection that brings forth an anthology of ethereal Jamdani Sarees from across India to FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021.

FDCI Showcase: JJ Valaya with his majestic ‘Rumeli’ collection. FDCI x Lakmé Fashion Week, October 5 — October 10, 2021. StumbleUpon reddit Facebook Google Plus Tweet This Seed This on Newsvine

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October 6, 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets the CEO of QS Quacquarelli Symonds.


QS, Narendra Modi

Photo: New Delhi, India, October 5, 2021. Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO and Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. They discussed higher education.

“Had a productive meeting with Nunzio Quacquarelli, the CEO and Managing Director of QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. We talked at length about aspects relating to the education sector,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds is a leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to global higher education.

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, is a popular source of comparative data about the performance of universities.

Source: Narendra Modi/Twitter

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October 5, 2021

Goodyear is looking for Highway Heroes.

Goodyear’s Highway Hero Award recognizes extraordinary acts of courage by North American truck drivers.

Goodyear Highway Heroes

Goodyear Highway Heroes

Photo: Plus truck with Goodyear tires. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is collaborating with Plus, a global provider of self-driving truck technology.

AKRON, Ohio, October 5, 2021 — On the heels of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is opening a call for nominations for its 2020-2021 Highway Hero Award.

From now through December 31, 2021, you can nominate a professional truck driver who has acted selflessly for the good of others on the highways across North America.

“We designed the annual Goodyear Highway Hero Award decades ago to honor the heroic efforts of professional truck drivers who act as first responders on the highway,” said Gary Medalis, Goodyear’s director, Product Marketing. “These drivers are at the center of the trucking industry and are seldom recognized for their important role in keeping the global supply chain moving. The Goodyear Highway Hero Award is our way of shedding light on the merits of this profession and rewarding those who go above and beyond in their duty.”

To enter the Goodyear Highway Hero Award program, visit and tell the story of a driver you know who is deserving of the honor via the nomination form. The grand prize winner will be announced in early 2022 and will receive a package that includes a cash prize and a trip to Orlando for the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition, which takes place March 8 - 11, 2022. In addition, two finalists will also receive a prize package.

While the program was formerly on pause due to COVID-19, the 2020-2021 Goodyear Highway Hero Award marks the 37th year Goodyear has celebrated truck drivers with the award. Past winners include a driver who ripped the back door from a burning car to save two passengers and a driver who dove into a pond to pull a child from a submerged car.

Nominations for this year’s program must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time truck driver
  • Must reside in the U.S. or Canada
  • The incident must have occurred in the U.S. or Canada
  • Nominee must be on the job or on the way to and from work, and in their truck, at the time of the incident
  • Nominee’s truck at the time of the incident must have 12 wheels or more
  • The incident must have happened between March 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021

Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 72,000 people and manufactures its products in 55 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.

Source: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company

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October 4, 2021

L'Oréal Paris Fashion made a Bold Statement with its Public Runway Show at the Symbolic Human Rights Square transformed for the Occasion into the Square of Human and Women's Rights

Twenty-six spokespeople, 19 designer partners, and 20 creative performers broadcast across more than 30 countries - inviting men and women all over the world to “stand up” against street harassment.

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Runway during “Le Defile L’Oreal Paris 2021” as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Camila Cabello at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Aja Naomi King at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Nikolaj & Filippa Coster Waldau at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Aishwarya Rai at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Cindy Bruna at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Katherine Langford at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

L'Oréal Paris Fashion Show

Photo: Aishwarya Rai at the L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show as part of Paris Fashion Week on October 03, 2021, in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino/Getty Images For L’Oreal).

PARIS, October 04, 2021 — On October 03, L’Oréal Paris stood up for women’s rights on the Runway, paying tribute to an empowered and inclusive vision of beauty. As an official partner of Paris Fashion Week, the brand hosted its 2021 public runway show open to all at the Parvis des Droits de l’Homme - a symbolic site in Paris where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted. The show’s theme was an ode to women’s empowerment and diversity in alignment with the brand’s global outreach program, “Stand Up Against Street Harassment,” which aims to educate the public on how to fight street harassment and to empower women to walk without fear. In the context of the 50th anniversary of L’Oréal Paris’ inspiring slogan, “Because I’m Worth It,” this bold approach resonated as a powerful statement about the individual value and as an expression of the brand’s commitment to supporting all women around the world.

Standing Up for Women’s Rights on the Runway

This year, “Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris” (The L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show) took a bold departure from the format of typical fashion shows, amplifying the brand’s central theme of self-worth, freedom of movement, and self-expression. Hosted at the Parvis des Droits de L’Homme (an esplanade at the foot of the Palais de Chaillot with a panorama view of the Eiffel tower where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted), the show transformed the historic space into the Parvis des droits de l’Homme et de la Femme (Square of Human and Women’s Rights). In addition, the company designed the empowered approach to align with and boost the brand’s global outreach program, “Stand Up Against Street Harassment,” established in 2020 and currently present in over 20 countries. L’Oréal Paris believes that women should walk without fear of harassment and feel their sense of worth.

A Cast of Empowered Global Spokespeople

Returning for its fourth edition since 2017, “Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris” (The L’Oréal Paris Fashion Show) is always an opportunity to unite the brand’s global spokespeople in Paris on the catwalk. This year, Katherine Langford, Yseult, Camille Razat, Nidhi Sunil, Jaha Dukureh, and Bebe Vio made their first appearances on behalf of the brand. In addition, timeless beauty Helen Mirren also returned to the Runway, bringing her signature confidence and charisma to the catwalk. Other returning spokespeople at Le Défilé included Aishwarya Rai, Camila Cabello, Amber Heard, Aja Naomi King, Liya Kebede, Cindy Bruna, Soo Joo Park, Luma Grothe, and Nikolaj Coster Waldau.

Inclusive Looks for All Women

In its direct-to-consumer approach, L’Oréal Paris shared how-to’s straight from the Runway. In-house global makeup director Val Garland and her team of artists created looks for women of all skin tones and ages. In contrast, international hair artist Stephane Lancien and his team crafted an array of unique hairstyles. For its fourth edition year, “Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris” embraced the synergy between beauty and fashion and shared it on a global scale.

The brand partners for the 2021 Le Défilé L’Oréal Paris were Alexandre Blanc, Ami, Azzaro, Balmain, Coperni, EgonLab, Elie Saab, Ester Manas, Giambattista Valli, Koché, La Fetiche, Mossi, Mugler, Nicola Lecourt Mansion, Olivier Theyskens, Pierre Hardy, Rokh, Uniforme, and Xuly Bët.

Source: L’Oréal Paris

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October 3, 2021

Pepsico Positive takes Center Stage at Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Day

PepsiCo Celebrates the Opening Ceremony and Official Inauguration of the PepsiCo Pavilions — Bringing Innovation, Sustainable Fun to the First World Expo Ever Hosted in the Middle East.

Pepsi, Dubai

Pepsi, Dubai

Pepsi, Dubai

Pepsi, Dubai

Photos: Pepsi Go, the brand’s first AI-powered store, offers Expo 2020 Dubai visitors a seamless, contactless check-out experience. Images provided by Pepsico.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 2, 2021 — As the Official Beverage and Snack Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, PepsiCo celebrated the opening of the global event by inaugurating its three pavilions: The Plus (Pepsi and Lay’s), The Bolt (Gatorade) and The Drop (Aquafina). The latest innovations from PepsiCo, such as the Aquafina Water Station and Pepsi Go, are also open to Expo 2020 Dubai visitors to experience new snack and drink options.

PepsiCo will offer the first pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) look in action to visitors of Expo 2020 Dubai through the various experiences included in each pavilion. The company recently announced pep+, its end-to-end strategic transformation, putting sustainability at the center of creating shared value and growth. PepsiCo provides Expo 2020 Dubai visitors with positive food and drinks choices from Aquafina and Sunbites and positive experiences of its transformation.

For more than 170 years, World Expos have brought people together and provided a platform to showcase the innovations and technologies that shape the world’s shared future. PepsiCo said it is proud to be part of the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa, South Asia region.

Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo’s chairman and CEO, led the PepsiCo delegation throughout the Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony, officially inaugurating the PepsiCo Pavilions. The ribbon-cutting moment marked the official start of the PepsiCo experience at Expo 2020 Dubai, which will see the global brand bring its unique sense of fun to the event while also leading conversations that will address some of the world’s most significant issues.

“It is an honor to be in Dubai to celebrate the Opening Ceremony of Expo 2020 and PepsiCo’s role as Expo’s Official Beverage and Snack Partner. Expo 2020 Dubai will be a hub for innovation, creativity, and cross-industry collaboration. Our amazing PepsiCo pavilions - The Plus, The Bolt, and The Drop - will demonstrate how we are leveraging these capabilities to support our pep+ vision of driving positive outcomes for people, the planet, and our business. With millions of visitors coming together from nearly 200 countries across the world, Expo gives us hope that together we can meet our shared challenges and build a more sustainable future for us all,” said Ramon Laguarta, PepsiCo Chairman and CEO.

Experience PepsiCo’s Pavilions

Visitors can immerse themselves in the fun and inspiring world of PepsiCo at The Plus, The Bolt, and The Drop pavilions while also learning about the positive changes PepsiCo is making to create more sustainable products, packaging, and supply chain for consumers around the world.

Expo 2020 Dubai

From Oct. 1, 2021, to Mar. 31, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalyzing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges.

Source: PepsiCo, Inc.

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October 1, 2021

Dubai Expo 2020's Opening Ceremony unites Millions around the World.

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Photos: Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony. Images provided by Expo 2020 Dubai.

DUBAI, 30 September 2021 - A glittering line-up of stars helped welcome the world to Expo 2020 Dubai with the Opening Ceremony watched by a 3,000-strong audience, as well as the millions across the globe.

The inclusive World Expo was officially underway with the golden ring - the inspiration for the Expo 2020 Dubai logo - raised to the trellis of the magnificent Al Wasl Plaza and the spectacular setting.

In addition to music from some of the most influential artists and a beautiful live orchestra, a sensory overload of powerful visuals beamed across Al Wasl Plaza’s dome, the giant 360-degree projection screen. More than 3,000 lighting fixtures, 1,000 speakers, 1,300 costumes, and passion and emotion from each of the 1,000-plus participating performers and volunteers also contributed to a one-of-a-kind spectacle of masterful artistic collaboration.

The flags of 192 participating nations opened one by one via a domino effect. It was a proud and visually stunning moment that also signified a reawakening of the world.

It was celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli who brought the house down, rounding off the night’s electrifying proceedings with one of his all-time classics, The Prayer.

Before that, chart-topping British vocalist Ellie Goulding belted out a resounding, uplifting version of Anything Can Happen. Next, Andra Day enraptured the audience with Rise-Up. Next, Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang wowed with his magic. Finally, four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo and renowned Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu sang John Legend’s mighty Are You Out There?

The artistic prowess of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s all-women ensemble, the Firdaus Orchestra, comprising 50 musicians from across the Arab world, also proved a pivotal part of the ceremony’s inspiring journey.

Scott Givens, Executive Producer, Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony, who co-curated and co-produced the show with Franco Dragone, Artistic Director, said: “We picked artists that had songs that belonged in the ceremony and that tied in with Expo’s themes.

“Of course, we wanted to represent the world, we wanted to be plural, and we wanted to reflect the diversity of our planet. I’m very proud of the combination of talent that we’ve brought together to do this and the way they’ve executed the story.”

A feeling of warmth, respect, togetherness, and camaraderie was palpable throughout the celebration, which also demonstrated that the world is ready to re-embrace live events. As a result, the stage is now set for Expo 2020 Dubai to host one of the most significant cultural gatherings in the world. The Expo would be presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days. More than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, along with millions of visitors, would create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever.

Source: Expo 2020 Dubai


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September 29, 2021

New York City Mayor, de Blasio, announces Columbia University will operate and oversee Pandemic Response Institute.

Pandemic Response Institute (PRI) allocated $20 Million in City Funding, tasked with Preparing Communities Ahead of the Next Pandemic.

Columbia University

City University of New York

NEW YORK, September 29, 2021 — Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced Pandemic Response Institute (PRI). Columbia University would launch and operate it. The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) will be a crucial partner.

A broad consortium of non-profit public health entities, community-based organizations, industries, and businesses will work with the Institute to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from public health emergencies.

The PRI (Pandemic Response Institute) will get up to $20 million in City capital funding for eligible costs. It would prepare New York City for future health emergencies and epidemics more effectively and equitably. In addition, it would position the city as a global leader to serve as a model for public health response.

“The Pandemic Response Institute, operated by Columbia University with key partner CUNY SPH, will play a critical role in preparing for future pandemics and promoting equity in public health,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Born out of New York’s quick action during the early days of the pandemic, this institute will put our hardest learned lessons to work so that when the next public health crisis emerges, New York City will not only be prepared; we will be ready to lead these global fights.”

“The Pandemic Response Institute will serve as our City’s anchor as we invest and ensure we have the tools we need to confront — and prevent — future public health emergencies,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Vicki Been. “We are grateful to our partners at Columbia and CUNY SPH for putting forth an ambitious and comprehensive vision for such an urgent need for New York City.”

“The experience of confronting COVID-19 and recent natural disasters has proven that we must work together to prepare and respond to public health emergencies,” said First Deputy Health Commissioner and Chief Equity Officer Dr. Torian Easterling. “These investments will prepare us to fight future health crises and ensure a just recovery and the opportunity to establish New York City as the public health capital of the world.”

“One of the lessons we’ve learned over the last 18 months during the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of a robust public health emergency response system,” said Emergency Management Commissioner John Scrivani. “The partnership with Columbia University and the other institutions will make the Pandemic Response Institute a hub of innovation, information, and planning to prepare us for the next health crisis better. A dedicated institute to analyze and plan for future crises, along with resources and collaboration with City agencies, will help minimize the impact of future disasters and strengthen our public health responses.”

“Our commitment to building a recovery for all of us includes ensuring a robust public health response to any future emergency,” said the City’s Senior Advisor for Recovery, Lorraine Grillo. “We look forward to working with Columbia and CUNY to bolster our city’s infrastructure, so we are better prepared to swiftly and equitably address any threat to the well-being of our communities.”

“Columbia University with key partner CUNY SPH demonstrated to us a high level of expertise that was unmatched,” said NYCEDC President and CEO Rachel Loeb. “NYCEDC has every confidence these esteemed institutions and their partners will put New York City and all New Yorkers first. Keeping people safe and our economy open means we need an unprecedented public health response that is forward-looking and dedicated to addressing health disparities. NYCEDC is proud to help establish a Pandemic Response Institute that will be innovative and critical to our public health infrastructure.”

“The COVID-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the critical need for strong and vibrant multi-sector partnerships to protect New Yorkers from emergent health threats effectively,” said Wafaa El-Sadr. El-Sadr is Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and Director of ICAP and Columbia World Projects. He is leading the PRI. “The Pandemic Response Institute will create an unprecedented nexus for engagement, expertise, and resources from across our city,” he added.

“We are enormously excited to partner with Columbia University in this vital effort,” said Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of CUNY SPH. “Our school’s primary commitment to health equity and social justice, coupled with existing strengths in health communication, systems modeling, and community outreach, will help to shape and support this initiative to advance a new vision for the health of all New Yorkers.”

NYCEDC (New York City Economic Development Corporation), DOHMH (The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene), and New York City Emergency Management reviewed and selected Columbia to launch this Institute with a critical partnership with CUNY SPH and other collaborators, following a Request for Proposals (RFP) in April. Through its Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University put forth an ambitious and compelling vision for the PRI.

The PRI will specifically focus on:

  • Building or strengthening technologies and systems to support real-time data collection and sharing.
  • Driving cutting-edge research on public health innovation and creating capacity to scale technological solutions in future public health emergencies rapidly.
  • Piloting community-based partnership models and workforce training programs to improve emergency preparedness and advance health outcomes across all communities.

Dr. Claire Pomeroy, President and CEO of the Lasker Foundation, remarked, “Thanks to the Pandemic Response Institute, we are better positioned to build a healthier, more resilient, and more just New York City — and serve as a model for the world.”

Source: The City of New York, Office of the Mayor

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World Leaders, CEOs, & Global Celebrities Gather at Harvard University for the HPAIR Summit

  • Government ministers from Asia, Europe, and the U.S., Fortune 500 business CEOs, philanthropic leaders, and decorated celebrities delivered remarks at the annual HPAIR conference.

  • The meeting was held virtually. It discussed progress across technological frontiers, addressing social issues, improving global governance, and fostering philanthropy.

  • Dubbed “The Davos of Harvard” by Business Insider, 75 Harvard students organized the HPAIR conference to democratize information by connecting today’s leaders with the future leaders of tomorrow. The event welcomed over 9,000 delegates worldwide. Co-Presidents Zeel Patel and Eric Lin led the meeting.



CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 28, 2021 — The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) that operates the largest student-run conference in the USA and Asia has concluded its flagship HPAIR 2021 Conference. It was the most extensive gathering in its 30-year history. The summit’s theme was Reinventing with Resilience, where attendees shared visions on improving the state of the world following COVID-19 by engaging in disruptive innovation across social, political, academic, and business dimensions.

Government ministers, Fortune 500 business CEOs, and decorated celebrities listed below gathered at Harvard University.

• Notable keynote speakers for the event included:

  • Bob Sternfels, CEO of McKinsey & Company
  • Manny Maceda, CEO of Bain & Company
  • Rich Lesser, CEO of Boston Consulting Group
  • Mark Suzman, CEO of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Jimmy Wales, Co-Founder of Wikipedia
  • Ambassador Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative, Cabinet Member of the United States under President Biden’s Administration
  • Adam D’Angelo, CEO & Co-Founder of Quora, Former CTO of Facebook
  • HE Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance for Indonesia, Former Managing Director & CFO of the World Bank
  • HE Minister Nadiem Makarim, Minister of Education & Culture for Indonesia, former Co-Founder of GoJek
  • N.R. Narayana Murthy, Founder and former CEO of Infosys, Board Member of the U.N. Foundation, Ford Foundation, and former Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum
  • Andreas Weigend, former Chief Scientist of, Advisor to Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel
  • Ajay Piramal, Chairman of the Piramal Group
  • Muhammad Yunus, winner of Nobel Peace Prize 2006 & the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Aparna Bawa, COO of Zoom
  • Justin Kan, Co-Founder of Twitch, Partner at Y Combinator
  • Anne Chow, CEO of AT&T (Business)
  • Yuriko Koike, Governor of Tokyo, Former Minister of Defence for Japan
  • Lord Ed Vaizey, Member of the House of Lords for the UK.
  • Professor Peter Singer, Renowned Ethical Philosopher at Princeton University, Founder of The Life You Can Save
  • Jessica Meir, NASA Astronaut
  • Steve Aoki, Celebrity American D.J. & Record Producer
  • Ho Kwon Ping, Chairman, and Founder of Banyan Tree Hotels
  • Sheila Patel, CEO of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Veronica Chou, Founder and CEO of Everybody & Everyone
  • Idris Jala, former CEO of Malaysia Airlines

“Our core focus has always been to gather people who are pioneers in their respective fields and engage them in Socratic dialogue with one another on issues of global importance. And then to capture those ideas generated and share them worldwide,” remarked Zeel Patel, Co-President of HPAIR. “It creates a mesocosm of information transfer that only happens when two leaders interact, such as the CEO of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Co-Founder of Wikipedia.”

Lesly Goh, former CTO of The World Bank Group and member of HPAIR’s Board of Advisors, applauded the global team on their achievements: “it was quite a pleasure to support Zeel, Eric, and their team of 75 Harvard students as they orchestrated the conference from their Dubai, Boston, and Taipei offices. While the virtual format brought on tremendous challenges, it also provided incredible opportunities to maximize HPAIR’s impact and accelerate our mission of democratizing insights to our delegates, connecting young future leaders with leaders globally.”

The Harvard College Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR) is a 30-year-old non-profit organization founded to create a forum of exchange for young professionals and current world leaders to discuss and learn about the most important technological, political, and economic issues facing the globe. The mission is to connect today’s top leaders with the future leaders of tomorrow in a dynamic forum of engagement.

Since 1991, HPAIR has organized 50 conferences in 19 different host countries, touching the lives of more than 40,000 students and young professionals. In addition, HPAIR hosts two student-led conferences a year, one on Harvard’s campus and one in Asia-Pacific.

Source: Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations (HPAIR)

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