News by topic: Culture, Education


On World Day, UN agencies urge countering threats to cultural diversity

21 May – Cultural diversity – the driving force of change and development – is increasingly under threat, United Nations agencies today said, reaffirming support for the cultural diversity that stems from migration.


UNESCO urges investigation into murder of award-winning Mexican journalist

16 May – Following the killing of award-winning Mexican journalist Javier Arturo Valdez Cárdenas, the head of the United Nations cultural agency today encouraged the country’s authorities to move quickly to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure the killing does not go unpunished.


Buddha's message of compassion 'timeless' says UN chief on international day

10 May – Observing the Day of Vesak, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called on the global community to draw inspiration from the journey of Lord Buddha and embrace his message of compassion.


Baku Forum: Time to find 'magic formula' for peaceful coexistence, says UNESCO chief

6 May – It is time to find that “magic formula” that will encourage people to live together in peace, the head of the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO) urged earlier today at the end of a UN-backed conference on intercultural dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan.


World needs 'soft power' of education, culture, sciences, to combat 'ancient hatreds'– UNESCO chief

5 May – 'Hard power' can no longer stop conflicts nor the rise of violent extremism and “ancient hatreds” such as antisemitism and racial discrimination, the head of the United Nations cultural agency said today, insisting that “we need 'soft power' of education, knowledge, culture, communication, the sciences, to strengthen the values we share and recognize the destiny we hold in common.”


Peace, human security at forefront of UN intercultural dialogue forum

4 May – The integration of migrants in cities, countering the rise of violent extremism, as well as youth radicalization on the Internet are just some of the issues being discussed at a United Nations conference opening on Friday in Baku, Azerbaijan.


In 'post truth' era, leaders must defend objective, independent media, UN says on Press Freedom Day

3 May – In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations today said.


On International Day, UNESCO spotlights power of jazz to promote dialogue among cultures

30 April – Marking International Jazz Day, the United Nations cultural agency today stressed the power of jazz to unite people and its contribution to peace.


FEATURE: International Jazz Day – a global celebration of creativity and diversity

28 April – Blues, boogie, bebop or ragtime, no matter what it is called, jazz is a language that translates across cultures and continents, bridging gaps and bringing unity.


Spread of literacy among women highlighted in UNESCO anniversary global review

21 April – The increase in reading and writing proficiency among women is a result of the significant up tic in their enrolment and completion of primary education over the last five decades, even as overall funding for adult literacy has remained low, a recently-launched study by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has found.