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The war in Ukraine has led to the sudden suspension of usual cultural life in Ukraine: Most artists lost their revenue stream, while art collections are threatened. This situation seriously impacts cultural diversity. UNESCO will provide financial support to Ukrainian artists to support the continuation of artistic creation and access to cultural life, under a pilot programme launched by the Organization in partnership with the Ukrainian NGO Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

On the divided island of Cyprus, Hande and Flora may not have met if it wasn't for a weaving project facilitated by the UN mission in Cyprus, which brought together the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities. Here’s the story of how they went from strangers to friends. UN Peacekeeping has been working towards a political settlement in Cyprus since 1964. UNFICYP continues to supervise ceasefire lines, to maintain a buffer zone, to undertake humanitarian activities and to support the good offices mission of the Secretary-General.

A group of young people planting a tree

In support of the ActNow campaign, the #MyClimateAction photo and video competition encourages people around the world to showcase their climate action. Submit your photo or video.

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Mother Earth through our Lensesthe WIPO Photography Prize encourages Indigenous and local community youth to express themselves on climate action, while learning about copyright.

A woman speaks on a mike on stage.

After launching ‘African Folktales, Reimagined, the ground-breaking competition to find some of Sub-Saharan Africa’s up and coming filmmakers, Netflix and UNESCO announce the six winners.

A view from above of two women walking, carrying containers on their heads, through very cracked soil.

Photography 4 Humanity is an international initiative that calls on photographers to bring to life the power of human rights through their images. Highlighting the most compelling human rights imagery - illustrating courage, despair, hope, injustice, compassion in ways small and large, the images serve to inspire people to get involved and take a stand for human rights. At the core of the Photography 4 Humanity initiative is a global call to action to submit images for an annual competition where the top finalists each year have their photographs exhibited at the United Nations.

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WMO has shortlisted 60 photos, based on technical and artistic merit, and published them on Facebook and Instagram, where you can vote for your favourites. They show the amazing power and beauty of our weather and our natural surrounds and illustrate the theme of World Meteorological Day 2022Early Warning and Early Action. Winning entries will feature in the WMO 2022 online calendar.

painting depicting a deer and peacock in nature and detritus from technology

On November 14, leading policy advocates, artists, and researchers convene at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for the Healing Arts Symposium in a call to action to acknowledge and act on the evidence for the health benefits of the arts.

African filmmaker

Netflix & UNESCO have launched a groundbreaking competition in Sub-Saharan Africa to find Africa’s next generation of filmmakers.

With the support of over 80 prominent international street artists, Street Art for Mankind (SAM) curates and produces large murals, interactive exhibitions, and live performances around the world to bond communities and generations around human rights. Partnering with UNEP, SAM believes in the power of art to trigger social change.

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Today, more and more people are turning their ideas and imaginations into livelihoods. The creative economy is one of the world’s most rapidly growing sectors, contributing 3% of the global GDP. Creativity is also a renewable, sustainable, limitless resource that we can find anywhere around the world. As we face climate crisis and the pandemic, its potential to drive a human-centric, inclusive development has never been more relevant. From 6 to 16 July 2021, UNESCO will highlight the infinite possibilities of digital technologies in an immersive virtual reality exhibition, Korea: Cubically Imagined.

The 2021 Africa Dialogue Series (ADS) celebrates the continent’s identity, culture, history and achievements. It also brings together key stakeholders to discuss challenges and opportunities for Africa under the theme Cultural Identity and Ownership: Reshaping mindsets.

Women and men in traditional dress perform a traditional dance

The impact of COVID-19 on the cultural sector is being felt around the world. This impact is social, economic, and political – it affects the fundamental right of access to culture, the social rights of artists and creative professionals, and the protection of cultural expressions. Tomorrow’s High-Level Event for the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May),  will highlight the transformative role of culture towards SDG implementation, as well as the challenges within the cultural and creative industries and the broader cultural ecosystem. #Voices4Culture

A woman poses in front of a painting in progress with a brush in hand.

UNESCO World Art Day (15 April) reinforces the links between art and society, encourages greater diversity of expression and highlights artist contributions to sustainable development.