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Digital Meets Creativity

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 09.08.2016 | World
Salma Zulfiqar

The impact of the digital revolution on the cultural and creative industries, as underscored in the 2005 Convention on the Protection and the Promotio...

Africa's renaissance starts on school benches

Irina Bokova | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics
Irina Bokova

On a hill outside Dakar, Senegal, stands the African Renaisance Monument, unveiled in 2010. This massive bronze statue stands some 50 meters tall, dep...

"UNSG: Breaking The Last Glass Ceiling"

Ernesta Redi Neudert | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Ernesta Redi Neudert

This year has seen the impressive rise of strong, inspiring women at the forefront of global politics. Hillary Clinton stands an excellent chance to be elected as the first female President of the United States. Britain has just elected its second female Prime Minster in Theresa May, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel's principled humanitarian position on the refugee crisis has given Europe much needed leadership. It is obvious why some people say this is the 'Year of the Woman'.

Can The World's Top Diplomat Ever Be A Woman?

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 08.04.2016 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Led by Columbia, many UN members want a woman as secretary-general of the world body. But if a recent straw poll is any guide, the choice will be another man.

50 Years After Death, Visionary Architect Still Making History

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 07.23.2016 | Arts

Le Corbusier, the pioneering modernist architect who is lionized for his ideas as much as his buildings, got another boost this week when his body of ...

These 21 New World Heritage Sites Are A Traveler's Dream Bucket List

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 07.22.2016 | Travel

If you have plans to see the entire world in all its grandeur, UNESCO’s official list of World Heritage Sites is a good place to start. This sacred ...

'Garden Of Eden' Becomes World Heritage Site

Reuters | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.19.2016 | Religion

A wetland in southeast Iraq, thought to be the biblical Garden of Eden and almost completely drained during Saddam Hussein’s rule, has become a UNES...

The Miami of the German World

Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann | Posted 06.20.2016 | Travel
Dr. Dr. phil. Immanuel Fruhmann

Graz is a town, some say city (depending on your definition) you might not expect to exist in the German-speaking world. It may have something to do with the fact, that you have never heard of a city called Graz to exist.

Helsinki's Data Journalism, Transparency and Scoops

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 06.05.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Turning numbers and data into scoops. Helsinki journalists have been doing it for years and serve as good examples for media worldwide. "We do a lot...

Art and Disaster

Michael Møller | Posted 06.03.2016 | Impact
Michael Møller

The images of Paris underwater and the immediate action from the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay to close their doors to protect their world-class art c...

What We Owe the People of Syria

Irina Bokova | Posted 06.03.2016 | Politics
Irina Bokova

That we need to do more and better is clear. Nobody, including UNESCO, has any lessons to give. All that counts is the desire to work with everyone, focusing on the heritage, refusing to let it be exploited.

Handsome and Hanseatic: There are architectural gems in the medieval towns of former East Germany

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 05.31.2016 | Travel
Rebecca Tinsley

We have pirates to blame for the Hanseatic League. It began as an alliance of city states, bonding together to defeat bandits roaming the Baltic. But ...

Conflict, Ethics and Arab Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.30.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Arab media aren't facing up to their responsibility of not fanning the flames of hate speech and sedition, and should exert more effort to mitigate conflicts they help provoke.

Our Most Iconic Places Are Under Dire Threat From Climate Change

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green

Dozens of the Earth's most cherished World Heritage sites are under dire threat from climate change -- and some may be damaged beyond saving, warns a ...

A Holistic Approach To Press Freedom In Jordan

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.12.2016 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The celebration of Press Freedom Day by Jordan's UNESCO office by means of a debate on this year's theme of access to information revealed the gap that exists between Jordan's public position and the reality.

Prevention, Resilience, and Efficiency

Irina Bokova | Posted 05.11.2016 | World
Irina Bokova

It is our obligation to protect and to empower women, to end violence, including sexual violence, and to safeguard women's role in our societies. There can be no excuse for the appalling crimes of sexual violence. The UN has to show its strong commitment to ending impunity for violence against women and girls.

#WPFD2016 Drives Freedom, Safety, Rights for Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.07.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

As UNESCO held its World Press Freedom Day (#WPFD2016) conference this week, an Egyptian speaker lamented the declining state of liberty in her countr...

On Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, Remember Schools

Juliet Sorensen | Posted 04.28.2016 | Education
Juliet Sorensen

This celebration of potential and opportunity is premised on the assumption that school is the humdrum default, to be taken for granted on a weekday in April. It ignores the reality that much of the world needs a Take Our Daughters and Sons to School Day.

Refugees Have a Right to Asylum, Not Bias and Barbed Wire

Ban Ki-moon | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Ban Ki-moon

I, myself, was once a displaced person. As a child in war-torn Korea, I saw my village destroyed. Today, I am determined that the United Nations does everything in its power to help refugees everywhere to keep their dreams alive.

Almost Half Of World Heritage Sites Are Threatened, Report Finds

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.06.2016 | Green

Nearly half of the planet's world heritage sites are threatened by development, despite international protections, according to a report released Wedn...

A Growing Movement to #SaveSundarbans

Neha Mathew | Posted 04.06.2016 | Green
Neha Mathew

The Sundarbans are home to a myriad of wildlife, including the Ganges and Irrawaddy Dolphins and is the largest habitat of the majestic Bengal Tiger. Over two million people's livelihoods depend on access to the Sundarbans' natural resources. And the Sundarbans are in trouble.

Developer Financing Accelerates Residential Solar and Carbon Reductions in Luxury Real Estate

Mark Coleman | Posted 03.30.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

On the heels of COP21 and increased global awareness and commitment to reduce carbon, development with a purpose has finally found paradise. A powerfu...

Indigenous People Lead Effort to Keep 'Water Heart' Beating Strong in Northern Canada

Jennifer Lamson | Posted 03.28.2016 | Green
Jennifer Lamson

For generations, the Sahtúgot'ine Dene people in northern Canada have told a story about the "water heart," a power that connects all living things throughout their traditional territory. This heart beats deep within Great Bear Lake, a place as magnificent and untamed as its name suggests.

The Global Search for Education: Innovation, Quality and Mobile

C. M. Rubin | Posted 03.07.2016 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"I think technology has the potential to unlock new approaches to assessment that will change what and how we teach. I believe that the current curric...

Journo Safety College Course Advances in Beirut

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 02.18.2016 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Academics, media professionals and experts met this week to push for a course on safety for journalists as a coalition of concerned stakeholders urged U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to uphold a pledge he made last year to defend their security.