In Focus
International Jazz Day (30 April)

In November 2011, the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed  30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.

In the Spotlight

Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock

Jazz icon Herbie Hancock was inducted as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue in 2011. Hancock is a music legend, with a career that spans over five decades and has won him a slew of pretigious awards, including fourteen Grammy Awards and an Oscar. He coordinated the first International Jazz Day, a celebration of a musical genre that’s firmly rooted in American tradition but has its roots in Africa and merges both African and European music traditions.




The UN System at Work

World Health Organization

During World Immunization Week 2016, held 24-30 April, WHO highlights recent gains in immunization coverage, and outlines further steps countries can take to “Close the Immunization Gap” and meet global vaccination targets by 2020. Immunization averts 2 to 3 million deaths annually; however, an additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided if global vaccination coverage improves.

The UN System 

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