News by topic: Culture, Education


Mobile solutions to empower, educate refugees and displaced people take spotlight at UN forum

28 March – Several initiatives to improve learning through mobile technologies were presented during the Mobile Learning Week 2017, a recently-concluded five-day event held at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


UNESCO chief condemns killing of Mexican reporter in Chihuahua

28 March – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today denounced the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach Velducea in the capital of northern Mexican state Chihuahua on 23 March 2017.


Building peace requires culture, education – message of historic UN Security Council resolution

24 March – Univocally condemning unlawful destruction and pillaging of cultural heritage such as religious sites and artefacts, the United Nations Security Council today adopted an historic resolution that is expected to strengthen protections for such heritage during armed conflicts where they are most vulnerable.


Poetry gives us hope to scale and climb 'cloudy summits of our time' – UN cultural agency

21 March – Poetry gives us hope, the United Nations cultural agency today said, lauding verse's ability to shake us from everyday life and remind us of the surrounding beauty and the resilience of the shared human spirit.


Nowruz a reminder that heritage helps make resilient, sustainable societies – UN cultural agency

21 March – In a message on the occasion of Nowruz – the day that celebrates the arrival of the spring season – the head of the United Nations cultural agency urged everyone to embrace the day's values and be inspired by its universal message of peace and solidarity.


UN forum in Paris to spotlight mobile learning for refugees and displaced persons

17 March – Education experts and government officials will gather at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) from 20 to 24 March, to discuss ways of expanding the use of mobile technologies to “reach people where they are” and improve education opportunities for refugees and displaced persons and others in emergency situations.


EU-UN cash transfer plan for education aims to reach 230,000 refugee children in Turkey

17 March – The European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have launched a large-scale cash transfer project to increase the number of refugee children attending school in Turkey.


UN Broadband Commission urges public-private partnerships to reach 'the unconnected'

17 March – New public-private partnerships are essential if broadband is to reach everyone and help accelerate the achievement of global sustainable development goals, members of the United Nations broadband commission said today.


UNESCO meeting lays groundwork for reviving, protecting Iraq’s cultural heritage

24 February – As details on the destruction of and damage to Iraq’s rich and diverse cultural heritage emerge, the United Nations cultural agency has appealed to the international community to help protect and revive the country’s archaeological, religious and cultural sites for future generations.


Multilingual education is 'absolutely essential,' UNESCO chief says on Mother Language Day

21 February – Learning languages is a promise of peace, innovation and creativity, and will contribute to the achievement of global development goals, the head of the United Nations agency for culture and education has said, marking International Mother Language Day.