• AI Ethics: Another step closer to the adoption of UNESCO’s Recommendation

    Paris, 2 July, After months of constructive dialogue and negotiation, representatives from UNESCO’s member states have agreed on the draft text of an ambitious and wide-ranging new template for the ethical development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. Momentum for change on ethical AI is gathering in the run-up to UNESCO’s General Conference in November – when the Recommendation will be submitted to UNESCO member states for adoption. The Recommendation will establish a global framework to ensure that digital transformations promote human rights and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. It will address issues around transparency, accountability and privacy, contain action-oriented policy chapters on data governance, education, culture, healthcare and the economy, and provide governments and policy makers with a global framework for regulating AI. Once adopted, leaders everywhere will have a shared reference point on how to control the risks and harness these new technologies as a…

    Special attention 07/14/2021
  • Reopening schools cannot wait: joint statement by UNICEF and UNESCO

    Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay It’s been 18 months since the COVID-19 outbreak started and education for millions of children is still disrupted. As of today, primary and secondary schools are shuttered in 19 countries, affecting over 156 million students. This should not go on. Schools should be the last to close and the first to reopen. In their efforts to limit transmission, governments have too often shut down schools and kept them closed for prolonged periods, even when the epidemiological situation didn’t warrant it. These actions were frequently taken as a first recourse rather than a last measure. In many cases, schools were closed while bars and restaurants remained open. The losses that children and young people will incur from not being in school may never be recouped. From learning loss, mental distress, exposure to violence and abuse, to missed school-based meals…

    Special attention 07/12/2021
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    Special attention 07/12/2021
  • UNESCO and WHO urge countries to make every school a health-promoting school

    UNESCO and the World Health Organization today launched the Global Standards for Health-promoting Schools, a resource package for schools to improve the health and well-being of 1.9 billion school-aged children and adolescents. The closure of many schools around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic has caused severe disruptions to education. An estimated 365 million primary school students have gone without school meals and significantly increased rates of stress, anxiety and other mental health issues have been observed.  Schools play a vital role in the well-being of students, families and their communities, and the link between education and health has never been more evident. These newly launched global standards are designed to create schools that nurture education and health, and that equip students with the knowledge and skills for their future health and well-being, employability and life prospects. —— Dr Tedros, WHO Director-General Based on a set of eight global standards, the…

    Special attention 07/02/2021
  • Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Beijing Office Attended the Opening Ceremony of the 1st Jingshi Students International Exchange Week Held by Beijing Normal University

    On 28 June 2021, at the invitation of Beijing Normal University (BNU), Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director of UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office attended the opening ceremony of the first Jingshi Students International Exchange Week, joined in the panel discussion on “Youth Global Competency”, and had an official meeting with Prof. Zuoyu Zhou, the Vice President of BNU. Hosted by Prof. Saini Yang, Prof. Khan attended the panel discussion together with Mr. Guoguang Zheng, Mr. Yansheng Ma, and Prof. Xiaodong Zeng. Prof. Khan shared his insights and expectations of Chinese youth on how to boost their global competence and qualifications for international organizations.   Youth has to face up to global challenges, such as inequality and climate emergency issues. UNESCO has launched programmes including Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to empower learners of all ages with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to address the interconnected global challenges…

    Special attention 07/01/2021
  • UN Publishes New Report on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

    Despite good progress in some countries, too many are failing to ensure children and young people have the knowledge and skills they need for good health and well-being, according to findings from a new UN report on comprehensive sexuality education (CSE). Too often, teachers are not prepared, students are not learning the range of topics they need to learn and misinformation undermines the development of CSE. Today, millions of children and young people still receive little information on how to manage the transition to adulthood. The findings from the report, released by UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and the WHO, are being released in the lead up to the Generation Equality Forum, at which UNESCO will announce a set of concrete commitments on girls’ education. Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, Stefania Giannini, said the findings released from The journey towards comprehensive sexuality education: Global Status Report, reveal the progress…

    Special attention 06/30/2021
  • UNESCO report calls for substantial increases in investment in science in the face of growing crises

    Spending on science worldwide increased (+19%) between 2014 and 2018, as did the number of scientists (+13.7%). This trend has been further boosted by the COVID crisis, according to UNESCO’s new Science Report, The Race against Time for Smarter Development. But, these figures hide significant disparities: just two countries, the United States and China, account for nearly two-thirds of this increase (63%) while four out of five countries lag far behind, investing less than 1% of their GDP in scientific research. The scientific landscape thus remains largely a landscape of power. Published every five years, the new report provides an overview of science and science policy. Artificial intelligence and robotics are particularly dynamic fields, according to the report which notes that almost 150,000 articles were published on these subjects in 2019 alone. Research in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics has surged in lower middle-income countries, which contributed 25.3% of publications in…

    Special attention 06/16/2021
  • UNESCO participated in International Conference on Sustainable Development and Genuine Progress organized by Beijing Normal University

    On May 29th to 30th, the International Conference on Sustainable Development and Genuine Progress was successfully hosted by Beijing Normal University. The important conference strategically focused on the challenges and progress in Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The conference also discussed challenges and achievements in China’s country-level SDG localization and implementation. Approximately 100 international and Chinese guests and experts spoke at the conference.  Robert Parua, Education Programme Specialist from the UNESCO Beijing Cluster Office, gave the opening remark at the conference and delivered a presentation in the Parallel Session on Education for Sustainable Development held on May 30. He introduced the ESD for 2030 Roadmap and highlighted the key features of the 2021 Berlin Declaration on Education for Sustainable Development adopted at the UNESCO International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development 17-19 May 2021. 

    Special attention 06/02/2021
  • UNESCO Clubs 2021 Worldwide Youth Multimedia Competition

    Organizers:UNESCO The project time:4 months Application deadline:2021.5.30 Suitable for:10-24 years adolescent Organizers Introduction UNESCO’s mission is to mobilize the optimism of youth to respond to an acute world problem to serve others now.    Last year, motivated participants from over 65 countries submitted over 600 projects in this highly rewarding contest. Project Introduction USFUCA, UNESCO Center for Peace and World Genesis Foundation invite youth around the world to take part in this year’s Multimedia Competition.  Unparalleled connectivity put youth in one of the greatest positions to bring much needed change to the world. Project Highlights Prizes:The three finalists in each age group will receive an official plaque engraved with their name and a certificate. They will have an invitation to UNESCO’s Builders of the Universe Camp held at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, USA. The invitation will include a scholarship for the fee for the camp, food, accommodations, and transport to…

    Special attention 05/11/2021
  • Fostering closer strategic partnership with UNEVOC Centers in China

    As part of UNESCO’s global strategy to enhance strategic partnership with UNEVOC Centres in China, Mr. Robert Parua, Education Programme Specialist of UNESCO Beijing Office, paid an official visit to one of the UNEVOC Centres in China at Zhejiang Technical Institute of Economics (ZTIE), located in the beautiful city of Hangzhou on 22 April 2021.   Mr. Parua met with Dr. Chandler, Vice President of the institute to discuss potential areas of cooperation. During the meeting, both sides agreed to boost and strengthen their collaboration on a broad range of TVET-related Topics. Both parties reviewed their on-going collaboration and discussed potential areas of collaboration.  The discussion also focused on strengthening TVET Sector response to the COVID-19 pandemic as a critical component in building the resilience of the TVET Sector.   The main objective of the discussion of the two parties was to further advance the strategic partnership and TVET reform agenda in…

    Special attention 04/29/2021

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