News by topic: Culture, Education


Two UN agencies team up to protect cultural heritage with geo-spatial technologies

1 July – Two United Nations agencies have signed an agreement to protect cultural and natural heritage sites by using the latest geo-spatial technologies, including a satellite imaging system.


Condemning death of Syrian journalist, UNESCO head highlights protection of civilians in conflicts

30 June – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending the freedom of the media today denounced the death of Syrian photojournalist, Khalid Al Issa, who was killed after a homemade bomb detonated in his building.


Poverty and early deaths await millions of world's most disadvantaged children – UNICEF

28 June – Some 69 million children under five years of age will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, unless the world focuses more on the plight of its most disadvantaged children, according to a United Nations report published today.


UNESCO chief urges probe into killing of journalist in Mexico

27 June – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today called for an investigation into the killing of journalist Zamira Esther Bautista in Ciudad Victoria, the capital of the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.


UNESCO and ICC join forces to end impunity for destruction of cultural heritage

14 June – The United Nations cultural agency and International Criminal Court (ICC) are working together in the fight against impunity for deliberate destruction of cultural heritage, which could constitute a war crime.


UNESCO chief denounces killing of journalists in Somalia and Afghanistan

8 June – The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today condemned the killings of a broadcast journalist in Somalia and a photojournalist and his interpreter in Afghanistan, who all lost their lives last Sunday.


Cyprus: cultural rights are not ‘bargaining chip,’ UN expert warns

2 June – The political division between Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus creates many obstacles to the exercise of cultural rights, which should not be considered as a bargaining chip, a United Nations human rights expert said today at the end of her first fact-finding mission to the island nation.


DPI/NGO: UN conference adopts global education action agenda to mobilize civil society

1 June – A global education action agenda affirming the importance of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong opportunities for all – was adopted today in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea.


DPI/NGO: UN conference reflects on quality divide in education

31 May – The third Sustainable Development Goal – to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all – was front and centre at a United Nations conference in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, providing face-to-face opportunities for tackling a range of issues, including the education gap.


DPI/NGO: 'You have unlimited power' Ban tells youth, rallying support for UN 2030 Agenda

30 May – On first day of the sixty-sixth United Nations Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organizations Conference in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged youth to continue to raise their voices in pushing governments to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.