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June 16, 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees further slowdown hitting global economic growth in 2022


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Photo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, receives an Honorary Degree, Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC), from the University of National and World Economy. Sofia, Bulgaria. May 17, 2022. IMF Photo/Hristo Rusev.


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Photo: International Monetary Fund Analytical Corner discussion on the topic of ‘A Headwind To Recovery’ as part of the 2022 Spring Meetings. Washington, DC, United States. April 7, 2022. IMF Photo/Kim Haughton.


Washington, DC, June 15, 2022 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees further slowdown hitting global economic growth in 2022, IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice said in Washington, DC, following World Bank and OECD moves to cut their forecasts.

The IMF will publish the next revision of its World Economic Outlook report in July, and if it materializes, that would be its third downgrade this year. In April, the IMF had already slashed its forecast for global economic growth by nearly a whole percentage point to 3.6% in 2022 and 2023.

Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said several factors, including a slowdown in China, persistently high fuel and food prices, and many Central Banks hiking rates, were acting together to slow growth.

“We have inflation continuing to rise, particularly in several advanced economies leading to tightening monetary policy. So, you know, we’re seeing this confluence of crises. The Managing Director discussed the combination of all these things going in the same direction of downside risks. And so, again, I think you can reasonably expect that there will be a downward revision of the growth forecast for 2022 compared to what we were forecasting only a month-and-a-half ago,” Rice told reporters.

Source: IMF

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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.



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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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April 28, 2022

World Intellectual Property Day 2022: Innovators from Syria, Ghana, and China Top Youth Video Contest


WIPO Conference


WIPO Conference


Photos: Delegates from Finland and Kazakhastan at the Forty-Fifth Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 28 to March 30, 2022. Images provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photos: Emmanuel Berrod.


Geneva, April 28, 2022 — Competitors from Syria, Ghana, and China won the top three spots in the youth video competition for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day, which carries the theme “IP and Youth Innovating for a Better Future.”

Hekma Jabouli from Syria won the first prize with her short film showing a homemade smart device designed to help her sister regain mobility after a shrapnel injury to her spinal cord.

In an online vote, Ms. Jabouli’s video was selected best submission among an original pool of nearly 150 entries from dozens of countries.

John Wobil from Ghana took second place for his video about a new rice thresher. At the same time, digital designers Li Binglu and Cai Quinge, Chinese nationals living in Japan, came third with their story about creating new pictograms or emojis to forge connections among remote workers.

WIPO Director General Daren Tang said that younger people are already working on solutions to shared issues, supported by intellectual property (IP) rights like trademarks, patents, designs, Copyright, and others that help people earn a living from their work.

“When humanity needs to come together to address a range of urgent challenges - from overcoming the pandemic to combatting climate change - we must help our youths realize their innovation potential,” Mr. Tang added.

This year, on World Intellectual Property Day, WIPO is celebrating the vision and dynamism of young innovators and creators everywhere.

“WIPO is working to build a more inclusive IP ecosystem by expanding access to IP for groups who have been historically under-represented, including women, smaller enterprises, and younger people, so we selected this year’s theme. A better future begins with young people, and WIPO intends to ensure that IP is there to help them grow,” the organization stated.

The three winning videos were screened at an event at WIPO headquarters on April 26, commemorating World IP Day. The event, entitled “Innovating for Better Health: Supporting Young Innovators through IP,” brought together young innovators from different regions and explored the challenges they face and how innovation ecosystems need to evolve to enable them to thrive.

In 2000, WIPO’s member states designated April 26 - the day the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 - as World Intellectual Property Day to increase general understanding of intellectual property (IP). Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO

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April 21, 2022

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

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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, jazzday.com, 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 15, 2022

IMF Chief addresses the International Monetary Fund 2022 Spring Meetings Curtain Raiser


International Monetary Fund


Photo: Post Spring Meetings 2021, Head of Department Meetings Chief of Staff, Dominique Desruelle, looks on during the post-2021 Spring Meetings meeting with the department heads at the International Monetary Fund. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock. [File photo]


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Photo: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva meets with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the International Monetary Fund on March 23, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.


International Monetary Fund


Photo: Supply Chain and Inflation. There are high gas prices at gas stations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. January 19, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.


International Monetary Fund


Washington, DC, April 15, 2022 — The IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva raised the 2022 Spring Meetings curtain yesterday, April 14, in an event hosted by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The IMF MD stated that the world is facing a crisis on top of an emergency: First, the pandemic, and second, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Global growth prospects vary significantly across countries: from catastrophic economic losses in Ukraine to a severe contraction in Russia to countries facing spillovers from the war through commodity, trade, and financial channels, IMF said. IMF will release detailed forecasts in the World Economic Report next Tuesday.

“The outlook has deteriorated substantially, largely because of the war and its repercussions. In addition, inflation, financial tightening, and frequent, wide-ranging lockdowns in China causing new bottlenecks in global supply chains are also weighing on activity. As a result, we will be projecting a further downgrading global growth for 2022 and 2023. Fortunately for most countries, growth will remain in positive territory. That said, the impact of the war will contribute to forecast downgrades for 143 economies this year, accounting for 86 percent of global GDP,” said Georgieva.


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Photo: Consumer Price Inflation Chart. Source: IMF.


Emerging and developing economies face the added risk of potential spillovers from monetary tightening in advanced economies—higher borrowing costs and capital outflows.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered spillovers through three main channels. The first is commodity prices, wheat oil, gas, and metals. The second one is the pressure on inflation and the necessity for central banks to tighten up faster than they would otherwise with all the consequences for emerging markets. And the third one is the financial channels remittances and the impact on how the monetary system will look after the war. So when you look at this impact from a human standpoint, the most dramatic one is food prices. Why? Because that comes on top of already deepening food insecurity in many parts of the world. Remember, we had bad harvests in several countries, locusts in Africa, and the Horn of Africa that have already generated pressure. And now the war is heating on the world’s low-income families even more,” added Georgieva.

Georgieva concluded the event by stressing that the international community’s immediate priorities are to end the war in Ukraine, confront the pandemic, and tackle inflation and debt.

“2020 is the record highest borrowing year since World War II. Even the global financial crisis didn’t lead to such an expansion of borrowing in one year. Now, when we have a global debt level of 256% of global GDP, we have to think of its impact. Interest rates are low. In some cases, even negative, this is easy. In fact, in 2021, debt went up, but debt service in many countries went down. Why? Because of accommodative monetary policy. When inflation accelerated, I should say that part of the inflation pressure came from demand picking up after the pandemic. Still, supply chains are getting broken, and supply is not catching up with this demand. Price stability is essential for growth, so central banks have to take action. They have to act decisively. Interest payments go up when they do so, and servicing debt becomes much more difficult,” the IMF MD concluded.

The world’s financial leaders are set to meet in Washington, DC, next week for the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings.

Rising inflation, the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, and the lingering effects of the pandemic are front and center for policymakers.

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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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"


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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 30, 2022

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


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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.


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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 2, 2022

United Nations Secretary-General Launches Humanitarian Flash Appeal and Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine


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Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left) walks in the corridor at UN Headquarters, on his way to launch a Humanitarian Flash Appeal and a Regional Refugee Response Plan for Ukraine. March 01, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


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Photo: Richard M. Mills, Jr., Deputy Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


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Photo: A broad view of the Security Council Chamber as Filippo Grandi (on-screen), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, briefs the meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


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Photo: Sergiy Kyslytsya, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, addresses the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Loey Felipe.


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Photo: Pordis Kolbrun Reykfjoro Gylfadottir, Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development Cooperation of Iceland, addresses the high-level segment of the 49th regular session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva. February 28, 2022. Switzerland. Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin.


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Photo: Melanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada, addresses the High-Level Segment 2022 Conference on Disarmament. February 28, 2022. Switzerland. Geneva. UN Photo/Violaine Martin.


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Photo: Vassily Nebenzia, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for February, chairs the Security Council meeting on the situation in Ukraine. February 28, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


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Photo: A view of New York from United Nations Headquarters. March 01, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations

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February 7, 2022

Picasso’s Guernica Tapestry outside the United Nations Security Council Chamber.


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Photo: Picasso’s iconic Guernica tapestry has been cared for by conservators and rehung outside the United Nations Security Council Chamber. It is widely agreed that the impactful message of this vital artwork extends beyond any one entity, institution, or audience. Picasso’s original exposition of the work challenged a broad audience of viewers to confront the powerful symbols deeply through an international tour of the exhibition.

The picture shows a view of the tapestry outside the United Nations Security Council Chamber. New York, United States of America. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

Source: United Nations, New York

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January 9, 2022

View of UN Headquarters in Snow


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Photo: A view of UN Headquarters in snow. January 7, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


United Nations


Photo: A view of the Visitors Plaza at UN Headquarters in snow. January 7, 2022. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


Source: United Nations, New York

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December 15, 2021

UNESCO inscribes ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity


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Unesco, Durga Puja


Unesco, Durga Puja


Photos: Durga Puja inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Images Credit: UNESCO; Ministry of Culture, Government of India.


New Delhi, December 15, 2021 — In an important announcement, the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention on Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session being held at Paris, France from 13th to 18th December 2021. The Committee commended Durga Puja for its initiatives to involve marginalized groups and individuals and women in their participation in safeguarding the element.

As a ten-day celebration, Durga Puja represents the collective worship of the Hindu Goddess Durga. During this time, masterfully designed clay models of the Goddess are worshipped in “pandals” or pavilions where communities get together and celebrate. In addition, several folk pieces of music, culinary, craft, and performing arts traditions add to the dynamism of this celebration.

While Durga Puja is one of the most important festivals of West Bengal, India, it is widely observed across the country and in major cities of the world by the Bengali diaspora.

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.

With the inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata, India now has 14 intangible cultural heritage elements on the prestigious UNESCO Representative List of ICH of Humanity. The recent ICH elements that saw inscriptions are Kumbh Mela (2017) and Yoga (2016).

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO Convention, which aims for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Heritage and traditions and living expression. Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, words, knowledge, skills - as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces associated with them that communities, groups, and, in some cases, individuals recognize as a part of their cultural inheritance.

Sources: UNESCO; Ministry of Culture, Government of India.

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December 3, 2021

Gita Gopinath to Be IMF's New First Deputy Managing Director


IMF, Gita Gopinath


Photo: The International Monetary Fund’s HQ1 and HQ2 buildings sit amid the season’s first snow. December 16, 2020. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.


IMF, Gita Gopinath


Photo: Chief Economist Gita Gopinath provides the World Economic Outlook during the 2021 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund. October 12, 2021. Washington, DC, United States. IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock.


Washington, DC, December 2, 2021: Today, the IMF said that First Deputy Managing Director (FDMD) Geoffrey Okamoto would leave the Fund early next year. Gita Gopinath, currently the IMF’s Chief Economist, is proposed to be the Fund’s new First Deputy Managing Director. Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s Managing Director, announced, “Both Geoffrey and Gita are tremendous colleagues — I am sad to see Geoffrey go. But, at the same time, I am delighted that Gita has decided to stay and accept the new responsibility of being our FDMD.” Ms. Gopinath was to return to her academic position at Harvard University in January 2022.

Ms. Georgieva added: “Especially given that the pandemic has led to an increase in the scale and scope of the macroeconomic challenges facing our member countries. I believe that Gita — universally recognized as one of the world’s leading macroeconomists — has precisely the expertise that we need for the FDMD role at this point. Indeed, her particular skill set—combined with her years of experience at the Fund as Chief Economist—make her uniquely well qualified. She is the right person at the right time.”

Ms. Georgieva noted that Ms. Gopinath’s contribution to the Fund’s work has already been exceptional, especially her “intellectual leadership in helping the global economy and the Fund to navigate the twists and turns of the worst economic crisis of our lives.” She also said that Ms. Gopinath—the first female Chief Economist in IMF history—has garnered respect and admiration across our member countries and the institution, with a proven track record in leading analytically rigorous work on a broad range of issues.”

Ms. Georgieva observed that under Ms. Gopinath’s leadership, the IMF’s Research Department had gone from “strength to strength.” For example, the IMF Research Department now does multilateral surveillance via The World Economic Outlook, a new analytical approach to help countries respond to international capital flows. Ms. Georgieva also praised Ms. Gopinath’s recent work on a Pandemic Plan to end the COVID-19 crisis by setting targets to vaccinate the world at a feasible cost.

On her new appointment, Ms. Gopinath said:

“I am honored and humbled to become the IMF’s next FDMD. Over the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience first-hand and be a part of the hugely important work done by the IMF at the intersection of rigorous economic analysis and public policy. It is gratifying to see the positive impact of our work on economies and the lives of many people worldwide. As the pandemic continues its grip on us, the work of the Fund has never been more critical. I am very thankful to Kristalina and the Board for this opportunity, and so look forward to collaborating closely with all the incredibly brilliant and committed colleagues at the Fund, working with whom has been an absolute privilege.”

Source: IMF

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November 11, 2021

Guardian for International Peace and Security, Gift from Mexico to the United Nations


United Nations, Peace


Photo: A guardian for international peace and security sits on the Visitors Plaza outside UN Headquarters. The guardian is a fusion of jaguar and eagle and donated by the Government of Oaxaca, Mexico. Artists Jacobo and Maria Angeles created it. November 09, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.


United Nations, Peace


Photo: Alicia Guadalupe Buenrostro Massieu, Deputy Permanent Representative of Mexico to the United Nations and President of the Security Council for November, chairs the Security Council meeting on United Nations peacekeeping operations and Police Commissioners. November 10, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

Source: United Nations

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November 9, 2021

Audrey Azoulay Re-elected as the Head of UNESCO with Massive Support.


Audrey Azoulay


Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.


Paris, November 9, 2021 — Audrey Azoulay was re-elected Tuesday to the post of Director-General of UNESCO with the massive support of the Organization’s 193 Member States.

Ms. Azoulay’s re-election took place in a spirit of consensus with the overwhelming backing of UNESCO Member States, obtaining 155 votes out of a total of 169 ballots cast.

“I see this result as a sign of regained unity within our Organization. Over the last four years, we have been able to restore confidence in UNESCO, and in some respects, this has also been about restoring UNESCO’s confidence in itself. First, we regained serenity by reducing the political tensions that stood in our way and looking for common positions on divisive subjects. We were then able to develop a shared ambition, notably by reconnecting with the tradition of leading major operations in the field,” Audrey Azoulay said.

Over the past four years, UNESCO has undergone a significant modernization process to improve the efficiency of its actions.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, while hundreds of millions of children and adolescents lost their right to learn, UNESCO once again proved its ability to establish the Global Education Coalition, which made it possible to ensure educational continuity in 112 countries.

Source: UNESCO

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi delighted over Srinagar joining UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)


UNESCO Creative Cities Network designates Srinagar a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.


UNESCO Creative Cities, Srinagar


Photo: Dal Lake, Srinagar. Image Credit: Saka Bonetto.


Paris, France, November 8, 2021 — UNESCO announced today that the city of Srinagar had joined the UNESCO Network of Creative Cities. UNESCO has designated it as a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness over Srinagar joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) as a Creative City of Craft and Folk Arts.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said: “Delighted that beautiful Srinagar joins the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) with a special mention for its craft and folk art. It is fitting recognition for the vibrant cultural ethos of Srinagar. Congratulations to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Srinagar joins Chennai and Varanasi - UNESCO Cities of music; Jaipur - UNESCO City of crafts and folk arts; Mumbai - UNESCO City of the film; and Hyderabad - UNESCO City of gastronomy.

Worldwide, 49 new cities have joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) following their designation by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay to recognize their commitment to placing culture and creativity at the heart of their development and sharing knowledge & good practices.

The Network now numbers 295 cities reaching 90 countries that invest in culture and creativity - crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, media arts, and music - to advance sustainable urban development.

“A new urban model needs to be developed in every city, with its architects, town planners, landscapers, and citizens. We are urging everyone to work with States to reinforce the international cooperation between cities which UNESCO wishes to promote”, said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

“I would like to offer my warm congratulations to India and especially to Srinagar. This is a great recognition of the vitality of the arts and crafts sector in Srinagar”, Eric Falt, UNESCO New Delhi Director, remarked.

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

• Here are the New Creative Cities:

  1. Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) - Music
  2. Batumi (Georgia) - Music
  3. Belfast (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Music
  4. Bida (Nigeria) - Handicrafts and Folk Art
  5. Bohicon (Benin) - Gastronomy
  6. Buraidah (Saudi Arabia) - Gastronomy
  7. Bursa (Turkey) - Crafts and Folk Art
  8. Campina Grande (Brazil) - Media Arts
  9. Cannes (France) - Film
  10. Cluj-Napoca (Romania) - Film
  11. Como (Italy) - Craft and Folk Art
  12. Covilhã (Portugal) - Design
  13. Doha (Qatar) - Design
  14. Gdynia (Poland) - Film
  15. Gimhae (Republic of Korea) - Craft and Folk Art
  16. Göteborg (Sweden) - Literature
  17. Hamar (Norway) - Media Arts
  18. Huai’an (China) - Gastronomy
  19. Huancayo (Peru) - Music
  20. Ibagué (Colombia) - Music
  21. Jakarta (Indonesia) - Literature
  22. Kermanshah (Iran) - Gastronomy
  23. Kharkiv (Ukraine) - Music
  24. Kuching (Malaysia) - Gastronomy
  25. Lankaran (Azerbaijan) - Gastronomy
  26. Launceston (Australia) - Gastronomy
  27. London (Canada) - Music
  28. Manises (Spain) - Crafts and Folk Art
  29. Modena (Italy) - Media Arts
  30. Nakuru (Kenya) - Crafts and Folk Art
  31. Namur (Belgium) - Media Arts
  32. Pasto (Colombia) - Crafts and Folk Art
  33. Perth (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) - Crafts and Folk Art
  34. Phetchaburi (Thailand) - Gastronomy
  35. Port Louis (Mauritius) - Music
  36. Recife (Brazil) - Music
  37. Rouen (France) - Gastronomy
  38. Saint Petersburg (Russian Federation) - Gastronomy
  39. Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal) - Gastronomy
  40. Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) - Music
  41. Srinagar (India) - Crafts and Folk Art
  42. Tallinn (Estonia) - Music
  43. Tbilisi (Georgia) - Media Arts
  44. Thessaloniki (Greece) - Gastronomy
  45. Usuki (Japan) - Gastronomy
  46. Vilnius (Lithuania) - Literature
  47. Weifang (China) - Handicraft and Folk Art
  48. Whanganui (New Zealand) - Design
  49. Xalapa (Mexico) - Music

Source: UNESCO

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October 30, 2021

The G20 Summit starts in Rome.


G20 Summit


G20 Summit


Photos: G20 Summit Working Sessions. Rome, Italy. October 30, 2021. Images provided by G20 Rome.


Rome, Italy. October 30, 2021 — The first G20 Summit hosted by Italy started today in Rome. On Saturday 30 and Sunday, October 31, the Heads of State and Government of the world’s major economies, together with invited countries and representatives of international and regional organizations, will address several critical topics of the global agenda.

The Summit represents the culminating moment of the intense work carried out during the whole year of the Italian G20 Presidency through Ministers’ Meetings, Sherpa meetings, Working Groups, and Engagement Groups.

The Summit takes place in the EUR district, inside the Nuvola Convention Center, globally recognized as one of the most refined examples of contemporary aesthetics. The Media Centre is housed in the Palazzo dei Congressi, another landmark of the area.

Source: G20 Rome

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Leaders attending the G20 Summit in Rome gather for official family photos. Rome, October 30, 2021.



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October 10, 2021

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


UNESCO


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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September 25, 2021

The General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s Seventy-Sixth Session


United Nations


Photo: Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session. September 21, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.


United Nations


Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (left), Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed (center) and Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General, stand in the Economic and Social Council Chamber that the UN would use for greeting High-Level visitors on the side of the general debate of the UN General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session. September 21, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.


United Nations


Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the opening of the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session. September 21, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.


United Nations


Photo: A moderated dialogue on “Youth in Action: Shaping the future now!” with Vladislav Kaim, Member of UN Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change, and Yande, Chairperson of Transform Education. The dialogue is part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Moment day at UN Headquarters. Juju Chang, ABC News Co-anchor of Nightline at ABC News, moderates the dialogue. September 20, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elías.


United Nations


Photo: A broad view of the General Assembly Hall as Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session. September 21, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.


United Nations


Photo: Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, takes a photo with UN Staff while attending the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session. September 21, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.


United Nations


Photo: Talita Melo (left), Digital Communications Specialist, and Midhfa Naeem, Deputy Chef de Cabinet for the President of the General Assembly, work on video footage of Abdulla Shahid, President of the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly. September 21, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist.


United Nations


Photo: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-sixth session. September 25, 2021. The United States of America. New York. UN Photo/Cia Pak.

Source: United Nations, New York

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