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May 25, 2022

World Economic Forum's Open Forum returns to Davos.

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Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Mattias Nutt.

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Photo: H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Queen of the Netherlands; United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance, speaking in Unlocking Capital at Scale for Digital Inclusion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, May 24, 2022. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Michael Calabrò.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, May 25, 2022 - As part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022, this year’s Open Forum Davos is focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the role of multilateralism for peace in Europe as well as other global challenges.

Taking place for the first time since January 2020, the Open Forum offers a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders, and policy-makers concerning improving the state of the world.

Young and diverse voices are also playing a prominent role in the discussions, with one session on youth mental health co-designed and moderated by students from Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, each session includes at least one member of the Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a wide-ranging network of people from all walks of life and different parts of the world.

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation, among other high-level panelists, is joined by Ievgeniia Bodnya, who mobilized the Global Shaper Hub she leads in Kyiv to build the Support Ukraine. In another session, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, Chairman of the Klitschko Foundation, discuss how the Russian invasion has affected them and their country.

Also present at the Open Forum are climate activists, including 26-year-old Vanessa Nakate, author and climate advocate who addressed world leaders at the World Economic Forum 2020. The activists articulate how to turn words into action to fight the climate crisis. Gender equality is also featured prominently in the conversations.

The last two years have seen a blending of in-person and virtual interactions on the digital front. Peggy Johnson, Chief Executive Office of augmented reality company Magic Leap, will introduce the possibilities of the Metaverse. She will then join a panel of experts, including Pascal Kaufmann, President, and Founder of the Mindfire Foundation.

Additional panelists who are participating in this year’s Open Forum Davos include:

Open Forum Programme

Monday, May 23
12.30 - 13.30 A Discussion with the Klitschkos
18.30 - 20.00 A Wake-Up Call from Nature

Tuesday, May 24
09.00 - 10.30 Growing Up in the Pandemic
14.30 - 16.00 Working Together for Peace
18.30 - 20.00 Ethical Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Wednesday, May 25
09.00 - 10.30 Turning Words into Action
12.30 - 14.00 A Discussion about Equality
18.30 - 20.00 Racial Disparities in Refugee Treatment

Thursday, May 26
09.00 - 10.30 The Possibilities of the Metaverse

In its 19th year, the Open Forum Davos opens its doors to the public from 23 to January 26 in Davos, Switzerland. It is being held at the Tobelmühle Sports Hall, Tobelmühlestrasse 4 e, Davos Platz, Switzerland.

For over 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Convening under the theme ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies,’ the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 200 sessions bring together global leaders from business, government, and civil society.

Source: World Economic Forum

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May 23, 2022

TIME Reveals Its Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Photo: The 2022 TIME100 issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2022 — Today, TIME revealed the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

The TIME100 includes surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. For example, the nineteenth annual list features Michelle Obama on Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden on Volodymyr Zelensky, Matthew McConaughey on Channing Tatum, Denis Villeneuve on Zendaya, James Corden on Adele, Reese Witherspoon on Zoë Kravitz, Martin Scorsese on Andrew Garfield, Sandra Oh on Simu Liu, Ryan Seacrest on Kris Jenner, Laurene Powell Jobs on Tim Cook, Jeb Bush on Ron DeSantis, Tom Brady on Rafael Nadal and many more.

Of the 2022 TIME100 list, TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “We hope that the TIME100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded… If a crisis unites us, we must find within ourselves that same empathy. The spectrum of leaders on this list, wielding influence in so many ways, is a reminder that we all have the option to use our power for good.”


The 2022 TIME100 features dozens of entertainers, including Channing Tatum, Pete Davidson, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Adele, Simu Liu, Mila Kunis, Oprah Winfrey, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Jon Batiste, Keanu Reeves and more.

Athletes on this year’s list include Nathan Chen, Alex Morgan, Eileen Gu, Candace Parker, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Rafael Nadal.

This year’s list features 49 women, including Mary J.Blige, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Ariana DeBose, Adele, Miranda Lambert, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Nadine Smith, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Quinta Brunson, Zoe Kravitz, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and others.

The list features U.S. President Joe Biden and other U.S. political figures, including Kevin McCarthy, Ron DeSantis, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Other notable writers include Sacha Baron Cohen, Mindy Kaling, LeBron James, Billy Porter, Stevie Wonder, Alexei Navalny, Jimmy Fallon, Bernie Sanders, Bowen Yang, Billie Jean King, Chip, and Joanna Gaines, Jack Harlow, Cory Booker, and more.

Xi Jinping is on the list for the 13th time, more than any other person this year. Other repeats include Oprah Winfrey (10), Vladimir Putin (7), Joe Biden (5), Christine Lagarde (5), Tim Cook (5), Adele (3), Rafael Nadal (2), Alex Morgan (2), Abiy Ahmed (2), Issa Rae (2), Megan Rapinoe (2) and Ursula von der Leyen (2).

TIME will celebrate the 2022 TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people with the return of the annual TIME100 Summit and TIME100 Gala on June 7 and June 8 in New York City.

The second annual TIME100 Summit on June 7, 2022, will convene leaders from the global TIME100 community to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. Speakers for the day-long event include Apple CEO Tim Cook; co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates; NBA champion, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dwyane Wade; writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling; U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; former U.S. Representative and co-founder, Giffords Gabrielle Giffords; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley; founder and creative director, Brother Vellies Aurora James, designer Christian Siriano; head of global TV, Netflix Bela Bajaria; Olympic Champion, Freestyle Skiing Eileen Gu; writer, director, producer, and actor Taika Waititi; poet and author Cathy Park Hong; artist Jon Batiste; senior vice president, BioNTech SE Dr. Katalin Karikó; filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen and more.

The 16th annual TIME100 Gala, celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people, will take place on June 8, 2022. The event will feature Mary J. Blige and Miranda Lambert performances, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list, remarks from TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal, and more.

Both events will occur at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz, at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Source: TIME

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May 19, 2022

UNESCO World Conference in Barcelona to shape the future of Higher Education

- The third UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education is taking place from May 18 to May 20, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain, to chart a renewed vision for higher education in the next decade.

UNESCO Higher Education

Barcelona, Spain, May 18, 2022 — There are 235 million students enrolled in higher education worldwide. This number has more than doubled in the last 20 years and will likely double again over the coming decade.

Faced with such growing demand, how can we ensure quality higher education adapted to contemporary challenges such as sustainable development? How can international academic mobility be supported? What lessons can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? These questions will be at the heart of the World Conference.

More than 1,500 participants are attending the event coming from universities, governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector, and civil society to share their experiences and ideas to draw a joint global roadmap for the coming decade.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the Spanish Minister of Universities, Joan Subirats, the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, opened the Conference.

• Democratizing access

Disparities persist despite a remarkable 200% increase in enrolment in 20 years in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and South and South-East Asia. As a result, between 40% and 50% of an age group are enrolled in higher education in East and South-East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Central and South Asia, however, only 25% are registered. And the figure drops to 9% for sub-Saharan Africa.

Expanding access to education is necessary, but it has significant logistical and budgetary implications for governments, particularly developing countries. There has been a trend toward increasing tuition fees and other indirect costs in many places, burdening the finances of students and their families.

• Increasing student mobility

Six million of the global student population are studying abroad, and this number will rise to 8 million by 2025. But international frameworks are needed to support mobility, an academic asset for students and a boost to knowledge sharing and mutual understanding.

At the Barcelona Conference, UNESCO will call on its Member States to pursue ratification of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, the first UN treaty to strengthen inter-university cooperation and cross-border academic research. Fourteen states have already ratified the text, and only seven more signatures are needed to enter it into force.

• Learning from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged higher education systems resulting in learning losses and increased inequalities. However, it has also shown that higher education systems with significant public funding are more resilient in the face of a global crisis and better able to ensure continuity of provision and inclusion of the most important number of students. The Conference will draw lessons from the past two years to design more robust and resilient systems.

To develop the roadmap for higher education to 2030, the Conference will focus on the following themes: (1) Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education; (2) Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals; (3) Inclusion; (4) Quality and Relevance of Programmes; (5) Academic Mobility; (6) Governance; (7) Financing; (8) Data and Knowledge Production; (9) International Cooperation and (10) The Futures of Higher Education.

The International Council for Science (ICS) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are among the conference partners, as well as the Global Universities Network for Innovation (GUNI/ACUP) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities.

Source: UNESCO


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May 18, 2022

French actor Vincent Lindon is the President of the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes.

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Cannes, France, May 18, 2022 — French actor Vincent Lindon will be the 75th Festival de Cannes Jury president. Together with eight jury members, the actor who won Best Actor in 2015 will present the Palme d’Or to one of the 21 films in competition on Saturday, May 28, during the closing ceremony, to be broadcast live by France Télévisions and Brut.

• The Jury

Vincent Lindon - President

Rebecca Hall
Actress, producer, screenwriter, director
United Kingdom / United States

Deepika Padukone
Actress, producer

Noomi Rapace

Jasmine Trinca
Actress, director

Asghar Farhadi
Director, producer, screenwriter

Ladj Ly
Director, screenwriter, actor, producer

Jeff Nichols
Director, screenwriter
United States

Joachim Trier
Director, screenwriter

Source: Cannes Film Festival

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May 15, 2022

U.S. Postal Service honors Illustrator Shel Silverstein and Cartoonist Charles M. Schulz

US Postal Service

WASHINGTON, May 14, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has announced several new stamps.

The Shel Silverstein Forever stamp — featuring artwork from one of his most famous books, “The Giving Tree” — was dedicated at Darwin Elementary, one of the schools he attended as a child.

The extraordinarily versatile Silverstein (1930-1999) was one of the 20th century’s most imaginative authors and illustrators.

Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” published in 1964 by Harper & Row, is about a friendship between a motherly tree and a boy. As the child grows older, the tree gives him its shade, apples, branches, and trunk. The story ends with the boy returning as a grown-up man to rest against the tree’s stump. The bestselling tale of selflessness, accompanied by the author’s elegantly simple black-and-white illustrations, is considered a classic of children’s literature.

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Other new stamps salute the centennial of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000), whose “Peanuts” characters are some of the best known and most beloved in all of American culture. Schulz alone wrote and drew nearly 18,000 strips for five decades. Each character reflects Schulz’s rich imagination and great humanity.

In a celebratory mode, characters from “Peanuts” adorn ten designs on this pane of 20 stamps and form a frame around a 1987 photograph of Schulz.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps from Schulz’s artwork and an existing photograph by Douglas Kirkland.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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May 14, 2022

Camila Cabello to headline Show-Stopping UEFA Champions Final Opening Ceremony Presented by Pepsi

- Grammy Award-Nominated, Multi-Platinum, and Chart-Topping Singer/Songwriter will take to Pepsi Stage live in Paris on May 28 ahead of the World’s most watched Annual Sporting Event.

Pepsi Camila Cabello

NEW YORK, May 14, 2022 — UEFA and Pepsi have revealed that GRAMMY Award-nominated, multi-platinum, and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello will headline this year’s UEFA Champions League Final Opening Ceremony presented by Pepsi. The Opening Ceremony will see the ‘Bam Bam’ ‘Senorita,’ and ‘Havana’ hitmaker takes center stage to kick off one of the World’s most significant sporting events and bring the energy and atmosphere of the UEFA Champions League final to millions of viewers tuning in around the World.

The 5-minute performance would be a breath-taking carnival-themed celebration, brought to life through a stunning display of costumes, dancers, and musicians, choreographed to deliver a high-energy spectacular to fans in the stadium and at home, live from the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28. The Opening Ceremony production will see her perform a medley of her chart-topping hits alongside new releases from the highly-acclaimed third studio album ‘Familia.’

Camila Cabello commented: “I’m so excited to be taking to the stage at the UEFA Champions League final in Paris this month! I intend on putting on an amazing show, bringing together the spirit of my Latin heritage and a feeling of togetherness for sports and music fans all over the World - I can’t wait!”

To announce Camila’s performance at the UEFA Champions League final, Pepsi shared a short video via its YouTube channel, showing what fans can expect in Paris. In the clip, playful animations and floral patterns surround Camila taking inspiration from the iconic Oaxaca carnival in Mexico. The vibrant colors channel the feeling of togetherness and celebrate people of all walks of life coming together, showcasing how the power of music and sport can unite people all around the World.

Pepsi’s Global Marketing Vice President, Eric Melis, said: “Pepsi has been working with UEFA to build the Opening Ceremony platform since 2016. We’re delighted to be returning to live stadium shows and bringing Camila Cabello to the stage this year. Pepsi has a long and rich heritage in entertainment. This year’s show will not disappoint as we bring Camila’s Latina spirit elements to one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year.”

Each year, the Opening Ceremony sees some of the hottest music artists in the World put on an electrifying, show-stopping performance that brings enormous buzz to the UEFA Champions League final in true Pepsi style. The 2022 Opening Ceremony is no different and will be running across the international Pepsi trademark, including Pepsi, Pepsi Black / MAX, and Diet Pepsi.

UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein commented: “We are excited to be collaborating with our long-standing partners at Pepsi for yet another highly entertaining Opening Ceremony performance at the 2022 UEFA Champions League final. These events always provide the ultimate cross-pollination of sport and music, which we know fans love to watch - and Pepsi is the perfect partner to help us do that. We know that Camila Cabello is one of the World’s most popular artists, and she will help us build on our fans’ excitement for the Opening Ceremony performance with a show football fans will never forget.”

This year’s UEFA Champions League final Opening Ceremony performance will air in over 200 countries and territories around the World, just minutes before the biggest game in European club football gets underway.

Source: PepsiCo

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May 10, 2022

Movie celebrities from across India to walk Red Carpet along with Shri Anurag Thakur at Cannes.

• A.R. Rahman, Shekhar Kapur, Akshay Kumar, and Ricky Kej are among the celebs on Red Carpet

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Photo: The Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports, Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, announcing that India will be the official Country of Honour at the upcoming Marche’ Du Film, organized alongside the 75th edition of Cannes Film Festival in France, in New Delhi.

New Delhi, May 10, 2022 — Red Carpet Event at the 75th Cannes Film Festival is going to be a gala event for the Indian audience as celebrities from the cine world across India are set to walk the Red Carpet as part of the Indian delegation on the opening day of Cannes Film Festival 2022 on May 17, 2022.

Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Shri Anurag Thakur will lead the delegation from India to Cannes. The list of celebrities comprises stars from the film and music industries across India. The panel will contain the following celebrities:

This year, the intent is to showcase the rich flavor and diversity of India - culture, heritage, legacy, and developments through its cinema. The Ministry has hand-picked the delegation from across the length and breadth of the country to represent different strengths and aspects of the nation.

Notably, India is the Official Country of Honour at Cannes Film Market (Marché du Film) in this edition of the festival. It is the first time this honor has been bestowed on any country and comes when India celebrates its Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. In addition, India and France are also celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations this year.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

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May 5, 2022

India Art Fair 2022 closes.

India Art Fair


India Art Fair

India Art Fair

New Delhi, May 4, 2022 — The 2022 edition of the India Art Fair, the leading platform to discover and celebrate modern and contemporary art from South Asia, closed on May 1 amid reports of robust sales. The fair offered a strong contingent of 77 exhibitors, including 63 galleries and 14 institutional participants from 16 cities in India.

The fair featured over 500 modern and contemporary artists.

Jaya Asokan, Fair Director of India Art Fair, commented: “As the first fair that I oversaw, I am immensely proud of the team and our artists, galleries, and partners for working so seamlessly together and pushing the boundaries of the region’s artistic language. The upbeat energy at the fair has demonstrated that audiences here are ready to dive back in and experience art in person again, a true embodiment of the strength and resilience of the region’s art scene.”

Leading art-lovers across the cultural landscapes of India and the South Asia region attended the fair to explore and experience the diverse line-up of leading exhibitors and curated programs.

Source: India Art Fair

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April 27, 2022

The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes its SDG Impact Rankings 2022; Lovely, Shoolini, and Chitkara lead in India.

Times Higher Education, Impact Rankings

London, April 27, 2022 — The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE says it uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas:

The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

An Australian institution, Western Sydney University, leads the overall ranking.

In second place is the US’s Arizona State University, and third is Western University from Canada.

No one country dominates the top 10, with universities from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Japan also featuring.

The top institutions from an emerging economy are King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and Universiti Sains Malaysia, in joint fourth place.

According to THE, the Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are overgrowing each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining the ‘THE’ database. These rankings allow institutions to show rapid improvement year on year by introducing clear new policies or providing more transparent and open evidence of their progress.

• Following universities from India appear in the top 300

(India Rank) — ‘THE’ Global Rank — University

Source: Times Higher Education

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April 26, 2022

MasterClass Announces Mariah Carey to Teach the Voice as an Instrument

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2022 — MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, has announced that Mariah Carey will teach a class on how to use the voice as an instrument. For the first time, Carey will bring members into the Butterfly Lounge, her mobile studio, to show how they can use their voices to sing and write and produce melodies, lyrics, and instrumentation that blend genres and break barriers. In addition, members will be the first to hear the reimagined version of “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy and see Carey in action as she directs Brandy on background vocals. Carey’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 150+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Mariah is simply a genius. She’s one of the greatest artists of all time,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In her class, Mariah is opening up her studio for the first time, teaching members how to use their voice throughout the music-making process.”

In her class, Carey reveals how the voice can be used as an instrument and how it can be an extension of the pen as a writer, making it possible for anyone to be a music producer. Carey will provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her music-making process by communicating melodies to a string ensemble to turn personal stories into iconic soundtracks. Taking members into the Butterfly Lounge as she works on a reimagined version of her beloved hit “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy, Carey will examine the importance of background vocals in making music and how to build a song with a choir of voices versus a wall of sound. Carey will teach members how to use their personal experiences as inspiration for writing music and telling a story. Sharing how Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Part II” inspired her writing on “The Roof,” she will show members how to listen beyond genres and use samples as building blocks. Carey will also reflect on the challenges she faced in the music industry and provide tips for navigating the industry and maintaining creative control. Members will leave the class inspired to find their voice, whether advocating for their creative desires or honing it as an instrument.

“I’ve never let cameras in when I create—not when I’m writing, especially not when singing,” Carey said. “But now I’m taking MasterClass members into my studio to show them how they can write and produce music using their voice and become anything they want to be as long as they create, re-create, reimagine and reinvent.”

Lessons in this online class include:

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, entrepreneur, and pop icon. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she has been referred to as the “Songbird Supreme.” Holding the record for the most No. 1 singles and most certified albums by any solo artist or female artist, Carey has received Billboard’s Artist of the Decade (the 1990s). She also received the Icons Award, the World Music Awards’ Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and holds three Guinness World Records. She is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer with 19 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles and more than 200 million records sold, making her the best-selling female artist. Her songs shatter records, her love of music blends genres, and her penmanship and producing ability have earned her a spot in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The MasterClass is the streaming platform where the world’s best come together, so anyone can access and be inspired by their knowledge and stories. With an annual membership, members get unprecedented access to 150+ instructors and classes across various fields, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing, and more.

Source: MasterClass


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April 21, 2022

Call for Nominations for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards



Paris, April 21, 2022 — UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal have invited scientists worldwide to nominate candidates for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) International Awards.

The 2023 edition of the FWIS International Awards will designate five outstanding scientific women researchers in Physical sciences, Mathematics, and Computer science. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000 for her contribution to scientific research at a ceremony in Paris in March 2023.

Nominations must be submitted through the dedicated online platform by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Source: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards


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International Jazz Day 2022, a Call for Global Peace and Unity

Flagship All-Star Jazz Day Concert to be hosted at UN in New York on April 30

Jazz Day 2022

Photos: International Jazz Day 2022 Posters.

Paris, April 20, 2022 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced the program for the 2022 celebration of International Jazz Day, April 30, with more events taking place in more than 180 countries.

The flagship Jazz Day event, a spectacular All-Star Global Concert, will be staged in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, emphasizing the importance of jazz to achieve unity and peace through dialogue and diplomacy. It will feature performances by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists.

The concert will be webcast worldwide (April 30, 11 pm CET) on the UNESCO website, YouTube, Facebook,, UN Web TV, and US State Department outlets.

“Jazz carries a universal message with the power to strengthen dialogue, our understanding of each other, and our mutual respect. As the world is affected by multiple crises and conflicts, this international day highlights how much music and culture can contribute to peace,” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said.

“With conflict and division in many parts of the world, I hope that, through the universal language of jazz, our celebration this year can inspire people of all nations to heal, hope, and work together to foster peace,” said Jazz Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock co-chairs International Jazz Day with the Director-General of UNESCO.

• Masterclasses, concerts, educational and other programs worldwide

Earlier in the evening of April 30 (9 pm CET), UNESCO will celebrate the musical talent of women from across Africa with the second edition of its JazzWomenAfrica concert series. Organized in collaboration with the cultural agency ANYA Music (Morocco), JazzWomenAfrica helps counter the under-representation and insufficient recognition of women in the music industry. A discussion with women artists and music producers on this theme will take place on April 29 (5 pm CET).

World-renowned jazz artists, including multiple Grammy Awards winners Arturo O’Farrill, Terri Lyne Carrington, Oran Etkin, Danny Grissett, Dan Tepfer, and others, will lead master classes and presentations.

Stakeholders across the UNESCO Creative Cities Network around the globe will organize their celebrations throughout International Jazz Day.

Established by UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every April 30.

Source: UNESCO

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April 19, 2022

Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, meets IMF Managing Director Ms. Kristalina Georgieva in Washington D.C.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: A woman heads towards the metro station at Connaught Place in New Delhi, India, on March 29, 2022. Women make up 19 percent of the workforce in India, down from approximately 30 percent in 1990, as per a World Bank report. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Saumya Khandelwal.

Washington, April 19, 2022 — India’s Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, had a bilateral meeting with Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB) Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. today.

Both the Finance Minister and the Managing Director were accompanied by senior officials like Mr. Anantha V. Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and Ms. Gita Gopinath, FDMD of IMF.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of importance for India besides several topics currently being faced by the global and the regional economies.

Ms. Georgieva highlighted the resilience of India, which remains the fastest-growing country across the globe despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Georgieva also referred to a well-targeted policy mix followed by India. She lauded India for its contribution to the capacity development activities of the IMF.

Ms. Georgieva praised India’s vaccination program and extended help to its neighbor and other vulnerable economies. In addition, the IMF MD referred India’s resources to Sri Lanka during their complex economic crisis. Ms. Sitharaman indicated that IMF should support and urgently provide financial assistance to Sri Lanka. The Managing Director assured the Finance Minister that the IMF would continue to engage with Sri Lanka actively.

Discussing the recent geopolitical developments, Ms. Sitharaman and Ms. Georgieva raised concerns about its impact on the global economy and the challenges linked to the rising energy prices.

Explaining India’s policy approach, Ms. Sitharaman mentioned that an accommodative fiscal stance accompanied significant structural reforms, including the bankruptcy code and targeted help to vulnerable sections.

Ms. Sitharaman said that Monetary Authority fully supported and complemented these efforts with an accommodative stance.

The Finance Minister further stated that India had a sound agricultural output, supported by a good monsoon during the COVID pandemic. As a result, agricultural exports and other exports have also sharply increased. She concluded that India is entering into new economic activities to help resolve some of the global supply chain issues.

Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India


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April 7, 2022

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is back with the second edition of the Couture Hall of Fame.

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) honors Anamika Khanna, JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Asha Kochhar, and Vidyun Singh for their contribution by inducting them into the Couture Hall of Fame.

Fashion Design Council of India

Fashion Design Council of India

Photo: A glimpse of the FDCI Designer Stockroom, which received an overwhelming response. Image Credit: FDCI.

New Delhi, April 6, 2022 — The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) Couture Hall of Fame awards featured a glittering ceremony at the Taj Mahal hotel.

It was an evening of glamour as the leading lights of haute couture, known for elevating Indian crafts with laborious techniques, were given a much-awaited ovation.

Anamika Khanna, acclaimed for her timeless, detailed pieces, was among those who won excellence in nurturing the design language.

JJ Valaya, the czar of embroideries, who adds his magical touch with a royal edge, was given the trophy by Indian economist and civil servant Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Bollywood’s favorite designer, Manish Malhotra, was elated to receive the honor from Managing Editor (Lifestyle), Hindustan Times, Ms. Sonal Kalra.

Neeti Aayog CEO, Mr. Amitabh Kant, felicitated Media Makers Asha Kochhar & Vidyun Singh for their contribution to the Indian fashion universe.

The beauty of the evening was the soul-stirring music by Taufiq Qureshi, who performed on the stage and kept the well-heeled audience mesmerized by his rhythm. Sahil Vasudeva played on the piano, keeping the night engaging during a seven-course meal, while Violinist Madina Abaeva enthralled the guests with her tunes.

The master of ceremonies of the evening, Rajiv Makhni, kept the audience in good humor with his witty introductions.

Those present at the prestigious award function were guests of the awardees at their reserved tables. The other attendees included FDCI’s present and former Board members and erstwhile couturiers who have been part of the Couture Week journey.

“The FDCI has always believed in awarding those whose contribution to the Indian design space has been exemplary. Their dialogue with textures, movement, fabrics, and craftsmanship over the years shows their innate ability to create passionately. Therefore, the FDCI and the Board of Governors have honored this evening,” Sunil Sethi, Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India, concluded.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)

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April 1, 2022

UNESCO awards India the "Certificate of Inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Photos: Paris, France. The UNESCO Director-General handed over the “Certificate of inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage” to the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO. Images provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Lily CHAVANCE.

Paris, March 31, 2021 — UNESCO presented India the Certificate of inscription of “Durga Puja in Kolkata” to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Earlier, the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s Convention on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session in Paris, France, from 13th to 18th December 2021.

Durga Puja celebrates feminine divinity and a consummate expression of dance, music, crafts, rituals, practices, culinary and cultural aspects. The festival transcends the boundaries of caste, creed, and economic classes and joins the people together in its celebration.

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and traditions and living expression. Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, words, knowledge, skills, instruments, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces that communities and groups recognize as a part of their cultural inheritance.

Source: UNESCO

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March 31, 2022

Automated Study Tool wins Best Idea at Innovation for University Students.

Red Bull Basement

Photo: Arizona State University students Sylvia Lopez and Brinlee Kidd were named Red Bull Basement Global Final winners.

Red Bull Basement

ISTANBUL, March 30, 2022 — Inspiration was in the air as finalist teams from universities worldwide converged in Istanbul to pitch their ingenious ideas at the Red Bull Basement Global climax Final 2021.

The program empowers student innovators to kickstart their ideas to drive a positive impact on campus and disrupt the world tomorrow. While the Arizona State University team made the biggest impression with their “Jotted” idea, the four-day collaboration revealed ingenious concepts for everything from climate action to career tools.

Red Bull Basement received more than 4,000 applications worldwide. It was a new high, and in all, 44 finalist teams from 43 countries worked for months to bring their ideas to life. The vast majority of the finalists attended the Global Final in person, with a handful participating virtually.

The event in Istanbul was an immersive experience that allowed the student teams to network and engage in workshops with visionary thought leaders. The sessions in the schedule packed with opportunities included:

The event concluded with the top 10 teams making their final pitch to a judging panel of prominent global visionaries. Again, the winning Jotted idea from Arizona State University made a deep impression. Brinlee Kidd and Sylvia Lopez are developing an automated, real-time note-taking tool that generates flashcards and creates practice quizzes. The students believe that Jotted could revolutionize how people find and aggregate knowledge worldwide. The team will now benefit from additional resources and contacts to fully bring their idea to reality.

Describing their experience at the Global Final, the Jotted teammates said, “Everybody wins when you come here. The people we’ve met are some of the best and brightest in the world - so exciting and interesting and active. With the things that we learned, from the business point of view and the technical perspective, we feel much more confident moving forward in our venture. We’re turning a new page in an incredible book, and we’re excited to go on this journey.”

Rounding out the top 10 were:

Most ideas focused on categories based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The top three focus areas were Education, Smart Cities, and Body & Mind.

Following events in Berlin (2018) and Toronto (2019) and a virtual Global Workshop in 2020, the Red Bull Basement Global Final in Istanbul was much awaited.

Over the years, Red Bull Basement participants have gone on to realize their ideas for global impact. For example, the winning team from 2019, “Audvice,” has made significant strides, receiving six-figure funding for their learning and collaboration tool in the first investment round. While the 2020 winners Lylo are now working to bring their ecologically friendly reinvention of the clothes washing machine to market.

Red Bull Basement’s Global Partners include NTT, Intel, and Porsche.

Source: Red Bull


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March 30, 2022

UNESCO and Anthology partner to Define the Future of Education at the 2022 World Higher Education Conference.

Unesco, Higher Education, Barcelona

Photo: Trade Buildings. Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is the venue of the World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) from May 18 to May 20, 2022. Image Credit: Josep Maria Torra.

Unesco, Anthology

BOCA RATON, Fla. and PARIS, March 28, 2022— Anthology, a leading provider of education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have announced Anthology’s sponsorship for the World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022). The conference takes place in Barcelona, Spain, from March 18, 2022, to March 20, 2022.

UNESCO and Blackboard, now part of Anthology, initially formed a partnership to support global digital learning initiatives in 2020. This flagship higher education event, held only once each decade, marks the organizations’ continued collaboration to help define the future of higher education.

The UNESCO World Higher Education Conference aims to break away from traditional models of higher education and open doors to new, innovative, creative, and visionary conceptions that serve current agendas for sustainable development and pave the way for future learning communities. The WHEC2022 will gather representatives from the worldwide higher education ecosystem, from academics to political leaders and youth, to reshape the ideas and practices in higher education for a more sustainable future. More than 2,000 in-person attendees and 10,000 virtual attendees would convene for this year’s event.

“We are honored to participate in such a momentous event and have a voice in the global conversation about the future of higher education,” said Jim Milton, Anthology Chairman and CEO. “There is an incredible synergy between the work UNESCO is leading and our vision of creating an inspiring and infinite world of learning without boundaries. We look forward to our continued partnership as we seek the best outcomes for learners and leaders across the education community.”

“The third World Higher Education Conference will concentrate on higher education as an agent of social change to contribute to leaving no one behind in higher ed,” said Mr. Peter Wells, UNESCO Chief of Higher Education. “Anthology’s dedication to supporting the entire learning lifecycle for students of all backgrounds makes them an excellent partner for UNESCO, both for this event and future.”

“Anthology” offers the largest EdTech ecosystem globally for education, recently combining with Blackboard to support more than 150 million users in 80 countries. With a mission to provide dynamic, data-informed experiences to the global education community, Anthology helps learners, leaders, and educators achieve their goals through over 60 SaaS products and services designed to advance learning.

UNESCO is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. The organization believes that education is a human right and that access must match quality. Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond.

Source: Anthology


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March 28, 2022

Academy announces Oscars 2022 Winners.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Jennifer Garner arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Jake Gyllenhaal arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Maddie Ziegler arrives on the red carpet of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

Oscars 2022

Photo: Ben Proudfoot poses backstage with the Oscar for Documentary Short Subject during the live A.B.C. telecast of the 94th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Image Credit: Michael Baker / © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 27. 2022 — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the Oscar Winners on Sunday, March 27, 2022, via an event held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood. The pageant was televised live on A.B.C. and in more than 200 territories worldwide.

• Following are the Nominees and WINNERS of the 94th Academy Awards:

• Performance by an actor in a leading role

• Performance by an actor in a supporting role

• Performance by an actress in a leading role

• Performance by an actress in a supporting role

• Best animated feature film of the year

• Achievement in cinematography

• Achievement in costume design

• Achievement in directing

• Best documentary feature

• Best documentary short subject

• Achievement in film editing

• Best international feature film of the year

• Achievement in makeup and hairstyling

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

• Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)

• Best motion picture of the year

• Achievement in production design

• Best animated short film

• Best live-action short film

• Achievement in sound

• Achievement in visual effects

• Adapted screenplay

• Original screenplay

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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March 24, 2022

Lakmé Fashion Week and Fashion Design Council of India announce Designers And Partners for the New Delhi Show, March 23 to 27, 2022

Lakmé Fashion Week

Lakmé Fashion Week

Photo: Masoom Minawala as the show stopper for Lakme Salon and Varun Bahl Couture presentation “QUINTESSENTIAL” at FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week, New Delhi, March 23, 2022. Image Credit: FDCIxLFW.

New Delhi, March 24, 2022: After two years of digital showcases due to the pandemic, the powerhouses of fashion and beauty in India- Lakmé Fashion Week (jointly organized by Lakmé & RISE Worldwide) and the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) together are hosting a fully on-ground, season-fluid edition in New Delhi, from 23rd-27th March 2022.

The schedule comprises one of the strongest curations of designers from across India. FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week. It commences with the Opening Show on March 22 and will culminate with the Lakmé Absolute Grand Finale on March 27.

Sunil Sethi, Chairman FDCI, commented, “Energies are at an all-time high as we curate a diverse range of pathbreaking showcases and initiatives. This edition is exceptional as we make a full physical comeback after two years of adapting to the digital environment. Our audiences can expect the best designers and talent at this edition of FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week with an extremely intense and power-packed schedule.”

Participating designers at this season-fluid edition include Alpana Neeraj, Alpona Designs, Ashish N Soni, Aisha Rao, Antar-Agni, Anju Modi, Anavila, Aartivijay Gupta, Ananya Modi Jain, Abhishek Sharma, Abhishek Gupta Benares, Charu Parashar, Countrymade, Diksha Khanna, Divyam Mehta, Eshaa Amiin, HUEMN, JJ Valaya, JAJAABOR, Kiniho, Khanijo, KAVERI, Ka-Sha, Label Rahul Dasgupta, Manish Malhotra, Mossi Traoré, Mynah’s Reynu Taandon + Nikhita, Nikhita Mhaisalkar, Nitin Bal Chauhan, Nirmooha, Outhouse, Pramaa by Pratima Pandey, Payal Pratap, Pawan Sachdeva, Pankaj & Nidhi, Punit Balana, RARA Avis by Sonal Verma, Rahul Singh, Rimzim Dadu, Rina Dhaka, Rajdeep Ranawat, Ranna Gill, Satya Paul by Rajesh Pratap Singh, Suneet Varma, Samant Chauhan, Shantnu and Nikhil, Shivan & Narresh, Shriya Khanna, Swatti Kapoor, Siddhartha Bansal, Siddartha Tytler, Shruti Sancheti, Tarun Tahiliani, Two Point Two, Varun Bahl, and Vaishali S.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India


Lakmé Salon and Varun Bahl Couture present “QUINTESSENTIAL”
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U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet and Tulips Flowers Stamps

Stamps Designed for Invitations, Oversize Cards, and Small Gifts.

U.S. Postal Service

Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues Sunflower Bouquet Stamp.

U.S. Postal Service

Photo: U.S. Postal Service Issues 2022 Tulips Forever Stamp.

LAWRENCE, Kan. and MOUNT VERNON, Wash., March 24, 2022 — The U.S. Postal Service has issued a beautiful sunflower bouquet stamp and a Tulips Forever stamp.

U.S. Postal Service said that the sunflower stamp features five sunflowers as part of a bright and beautiful bouquet. The stamp forms a natural pair with the Tulips Forever stamp. In addition to regular correspondence, the two stamps are perfect for party invitations, thank-you notes, and important announcements.

The sunflower stamp’s art comprises a still-life image of several orange-and-yellow sunflowers intermingled with irises, dahlias, and coneflowers. In addition, the stamp shows other small red, purple, white, and pink flowers against a white background.

Long treasured for bringing cheer to a summer landscape or garden, sunflowers grow in various sizes and colors, making them popular in bouquets of cut flowers. When combined with other flowers, bouquets like the one on this stamp convey a fond announcement of friendship and love.

The Tulips Forever stamp features a colorful, eye-catching array of red, orange, yellow, purple, and white tulips against a bright white background. The result is a luminous, almost ethereal, assortment of overlapping tulips in a profusion of color.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with digital photography by Harold Davis.

Source: U.S. Postal Service

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