News by topic: Culture, Education

Nearly 69 million new teachers needed to achieve global education goals, UNESCO reports

5 October – On World Teacher's Day, the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has issued statistics revealing that close to 69 million new teachers are needed to provide quality universal primary and secondary education by 2030, the deadline of the new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Iraq: UNICEF launches back-to-school campaign to help millions missing out on education

30 September – Several weeks before of the start of the new school year, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), together with the Iraqi Ministry of Education, launched a nationwide ‘Back to School’ campaign in 10 governorates.

ICC finds Malian extremist guilty of war crime in destroying historic sites in Timbuktu

27 September – The International Criminal Court (ICC) today found a Malian Islamist accused of destroying historical and religious monuments in the fabled city of Timbuktu guilty in the first-ever prosecution of the destruction of cultural heritage as a war crime.

UNESCO chief condemns murder of Jordanian writer

26 September – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today expressed indignation at the killing of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar.

'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.