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Live From the Marrakech Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.11.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

You've been to Ouarzazate, Morocco -- at least visually -- even if you don't know it.

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Irina Bokova

The international community has been striving to shape a safer and richer future for the world. This was the purpose of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2000 for the first 15 years of the new millennium.

Peace as a Human Right

Robert Koehler | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

It's our job, not God's, to create the new story of who we are, and millions -- billions -- of people fervently wish we could do so. The problem is that the worst of our nature is better organized than the best of it.

The Fateful Decision: British House of Commons Votes on Palestine

James Zogby | Posted 12.11.2014 | World
James Zogby

Passage will send a message that the world is paying attention to their plight and recognizes their rights. It will also provide an incentive to those in the Palestinian leadership who have embraced a non-violent, diplomatic strategy to securing their rights.

UNESCO Makes a Stand on 'Cultural Cleansing'

Lyn Julius | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Lyn Julius

In collaboration with the Iraqi authorities, UNESCO has called for utmost vigilance from the world's great museums, the art market, Interpol and other partner organizations in the fight against illicit traffic and has shared information relevant to Iraq's cultural heritage with all parties involved in air strikes.

The People's Climate March

Peter Neill | Posted 11.30.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Until we as ocean advocates can make the case that climate itself is a function of the ocean, along with its impact on fresh water, energy, food, health, and security, the UN and other agents of governance will continue to struggle with the compromised attitudes and actions, or lack thereof, promoted by vested interests.

Inspired by Poverty Point, New Orleans could seek UN heritage status

Susan Buchanan | Posted 11.28.2014 | Travel
Susan Buchanan

The Paris-based United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in June designated an ancient Native American complex known as Poverty Point, east of Monroe, as Louisiana's first World Heritage site.

The Power of Books to Change the World

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

If we needed another call to action regarding the transformative power of education - on individual lives and the world we live in - here it is. In ...

The Global Search for Education: Got Mobile? Get it Right!

C. M. Rubin | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
C. M. Rubin

Investment in technology is on the increase. Some continue to claim it hurts the classroom. Others are more convinced it is transforming the classroom in a positive way. However, most now believe the goal must be about transforming the learning process.

Culture a Key to Peace in Iraq

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.17.2014 | World
Irina Bokova

News of the systematic persecution of ethnic and religious minorities, attacks against cultural heritage and education in Iraq has become part of our daily fare. We are witnessing a process of "cultural cleansing' in Iraq that is unprecedented in recent history.

Need or Greed? Biodiversity, Conservation and Ocean Health

Peter Neill | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Since the founding of the World Ocean Observatory more than a decade ago, I have attended many conferences and international meetings on ocean and cli...

New Cultural Lenses to Create a Sustainable Future

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

The willingness to adapt and change, the curiosity to look beyond and find more to be discovered, more to contribute to, more to advance, more to develop, more to make progress lies within the human arrow of learning and teaching.

UNESCO's 1,000th World Heritage Site Is Stunning

Roadtrippers | Posted 09.07.2014 | Travel
Roadtrippers

The marshy area, which comprises two million hectares, provides water to the giraffes, zebra, antelope and elephants during the dry winter months.

Seeking Justice -- Or at Least the Truth -- For 'Comfort Women'

Christine Ahn | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Christine Ahn

On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing, a communal home established for former "comfort women" in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace.

This Is What It's Like to Stay Inside Spain's La Alhambra

Oyster | Posted 08.24.2014 | Travel
Oyster

Plenty of people visit UNESCO World Heritage sites on vacation. Not too many get the experience of actually sleeping in one.

Got Global Governance?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Christopher Holshek

If you want good global governance, you have to provide good global citizenship.

Joint Chinese/Mexican Mega-Development Threatens UNESCO World Heritage Site: Provoking an International Outcry

Wild River Review | Posted 08.03.2014 | World
Wild River Review

One of the rarest and environmentally sensitive land and sea ecosystems in the western Pacific is under threat of mega-development.

When War Destroys Identity

Mehroz Baig | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Mehroz Baig

Conflict causes disruption and destruction of many sorts, including that of a people's identity. That can be especially true with armed conflict where cultural sites and monuments are at greater risk of being damaged, intentionally or otherwise.

New Book Offers 'Biography' of Galápagos

Cecilia Alvear | Posted 07.04.2014 | Books
Cecilia Alvear

The bishop, who along with the sailors, had to endure a water shortage, was not impressed and later wrote to the King of Spain the place looked "as though at some time God had showered stones."

Where the Road Ends, the Music Begins

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Travel
Susan Sacirbey

Cape May, New Jersey with its historic Victorian architecture may appear to share little with New Orleans, but when the end of the road meets the wate...

Scaling Up Education: Finding New Financing Methods

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

It looks like funding for education aid is always going to be a source of controversy. Disbursed aid levels for education in developing countries are barely reaching one-third of what governments have committed to.

7 Reasons to Include Galapagos Islands on Your Bucket List

Sucheta Rawal | Posted 06.10.2014 | Travel
Sucheta Rawal

Traveling to Galapagos Islands has been on my bucket list for a very long time, and I was finally able to cross it off last month. The Islands are undoubtedly the most unique place I have ever been to, and here's why it needs to be on your bucket list, too.

At Risk: Egypt's Heritage -- and Our Own

Deborah Lehr | Posted 05.26.2014 | World
Deborah Lehr

There is a crisis unfolding in Egypt: some of the world's most precious archaeological sites and artifacts are being senselessly looted.

Why We Need Women to Advance in Science

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 05.24.2014 | Science
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Women have been investigating the natural world since antiquity -- but probably a lot of people would be hard-pressed to name a female scientist besides Marie Curie.

The Private Sector Tackling Education in Emerging Economies

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

Anyone who really wants to understand what is happening with education in emerging economies should look to Sunny Varkey. Born to expat Indian teachers in Dubai, Varkey is now head of the largest operator of private K-12 schools in the world, GEMS Education.