News by topic: Culture, Education


Marking 10-year partnership, UNICEF and Gucci celebrate education successes across Africa and Asia

3 June – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is celebrating its longstanding partnership with luxury goods brand Gucci and marking a decade of successes in bringing access to quality education to more than seven million children across sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, the agency announced.


UN General Assembly calls for an immediate halt to ‘wanton’ destruction of Iraq’s cultural heritage

28 May – The United Nations General Assembly today expressed outrage that attacks on Iraq’s cultural heritage are being used as a tactic of war to spread terror and hatred, “a new phenomenon,” the head of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) labelled as a form of “cultural cleansing” threatening the people and security in the region.


Adopting resolution, Security Council condemns violence against journalists, urges end to impunity

27 May – Deeply concerned by the frequency of acts of violence in many parts of the world against media professionals in armed conflict, the United Nations Security Council today adopted a resolution condemning all violations and abuses committed against journalists and strongly deploring impunity for such acts.


As thousands flee Syria’s besieged historic city of Palmyra, UN refugee agency readies response plan

22 May – The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are preparing aid for some 11,000 people fleeing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra and surrounding villages, which have been overrun by militant forces this week.


2015 ‘year of fear’ for children, UN education envoy says, urging schools funding in crisis zones

21 May – The United Nations education envoy told journalists in New York today that “shocking figures” relating to the position of children in emergency situations underlined the need for a new humanitarian fund to ensure the education of millions of children.


UN hails outcome of Incheon forum as ‘huge step forward’ for education

21 May – The United Nations has hailed the “transformative” vision for education over the next 15 years that was adopted today at a global forum in Incheon, Republic of Korea, and which encourages countries to provide inclusive, equitable, quality education opportunities for all.


On World Day, UN warns global cultural diversity ‘under attack’

21 May – As the planet’s cultural diversity comes under continued attack from militant groups espousing virulent forms of intolerance, the international community must fight back through openness and acceptance of the world’s myriad traditions, the United Nations cultural agency declared today.


UNESCO chief urges ‘immediate’ cessation of hostilities at Palmyra world heritage site

20 May – The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on all warring factions in Syria to immediately end hostilities within the archaeological site of Palmyra following reports that extremist groups had breached the ancient city’s perimeter.


In Seoul, Ban spotlights role of young people and technology in future development agenda

20 May – Continuing his official visit to Republic of Korea, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at two forums today highlighted the importance of youth, education and information communication technologies (ICTs) in shaping the future sustainable development agenda.


At UN forum, Ban urges leaders aim to set global education roadmap until 2030

19 May – Education is not a privilege but rather a birthright that secures human rights and fights violent extremism, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today in Incheon, Republic of Korea, as he opened the World Education Forum 2015 which aims to set the roadmap for global education until 2030.