News by topic: Culture, Education


With special event, UN to mark 'Victory over Slavery: Haiti and Beyond'

10 July – Visitors to the United Nations later today and those to the Bronx Museum of Fine Arts tomorrow will have a chance to see an exhibit and a film focusing on the struggle by slaves for independence in Haiti – the first successful slave revolt in the world that "continues to inspire."


FEATURE: For winners of UN essay contest, multilingualism makes the world go ‘round

27 June – An Arabic-speaking Chinese woman? A Mandarin-speaking Malagasy lady? A Spanish-speaking Portuguese gentleman from France? At first glance – or “listen”– all this might seem a bit strange, since the subjects come from cultures that are quite different from the languages they have chosen to speak and develop an expertise in.


Rebuilding Timbuktu: UN agency working with Mali to 'keep culture significant'

27 June – Two of the World Heritage mausoleums destroyed in Timbuktu have now been rebuilt through a partnership with local communities, the United Nations cultural agency said, adding that it will need an additional $8 million to finish the rehabilitation of the site and of libraries that could again store hundreds of thousands of Malian manuscripts.


Showing little change, global number of children out of school stalls at 58 million – UNESCO

26 June – The global number of out-of-school children aged 6 to 11 is still as high as 58 million, showing little overall improvement since 2007, according to a new United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) report, which also reveals that positive change is possible, spotlighting success in 17 countries that have reversed that trend over the past decade.


Haiti: UNESCO to send experts to examine possible wreck of 'Santa Maria'

23 June – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it will provide technical assistance requested by the Government of Haiti and send a mission to the site of an underwater shipwreck, which may be that of the Santa Maria, the flagship of Christopher Columbus’s first voyage to America.