News by topic: Culture, Education


'Stronger, more connected science' needed for UN blueprint to end poverty, tackle climate change – Ban

18 September – A greater place for science in international decision-making is essential to making real the blueprint for ending extreme poverty and averting the threat of runaway climate change set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today.


UN chief urges global support for plan to unlock biggest expansion of educational opportunity in history

18 September – For too long, quality education has been accessible to the privileged few, but as people become more interdependent, quality education and lifelong learning must be available to all, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, declaring education a “human right and universal good” at the launch of a United Nations-backed report setting out a plan for the largest expansion of education opportunity in history.


UNESCO study informs policymakers on benefits of adult learning and education

8 September – Adult learning and education can improve health and well-being, employment opportunities and develop local communities, according to a new report from the United Nations culture and education agency.


UNESCO marks Literacy Day with anniversary event on literacy's power to realise global goals

8 September – The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today kicked off a two-day event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day with a reminder of literacy's power to realise the goals of the new global agenda.


On eve of Literacy Day, UN Secretary-General highlights literacy's role in 2030 Agenda

7 September – On the eve of International Literacy Day, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on governments and their partners, including in the private sector, to join forces for universal literacy and build peaceful, just, inclusive and sustainable societies – a vision set out in the new global development agenda.


UN-backed report finds urgent need for greater headway to achieve world education goals

6 September – There is an urgent need for greater headway in education without which, on current trends, the world will be half a century late for achieving the education-related goals contained in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new United Nations-backed independent report.


In 10 countries with highest out-of-school rates, 40 per cent of children not accessing basic education – UN

1 September – As millions of children around the world prepare to return to school this month, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today highlighted that in the top ten countries with the highest rates of children missing out on primary education, nearly two in every five children – 18 million – are out of school.


Inclusive education vital for all, including persons with disabilities – UN rights experts

1 September – Inclusive education is central to achieving high quality education for all learners, including those with disabilities, and for the development of inclusive, peaceful and fair societies, UN human rights experts have said in authoritative new guidelines on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.


UNESCO chief condemns deaths of media workers in Brazil and Iraq

30 August – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom has spoken out against the murder of two media workers – Mauricio Campos Rosa, a journalist and newspaper owner in Brazil, and Ali Ghani, a broadcast technician in Iraq.


UNESCO’s head condemns killing of Indian paper’s bureau chief

29 August – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the murder of a bureau chief of a domestic daily newspaper in India.