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April 11, 2019

World Press Freedom Day Handover Ceremony

The World Press Freedom Day Handover ceremony took place at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on 9 April 2019, in the presence of the 2018 and 2019 […]
April 5, 2019

9 questions for a youth education advocate

“When we invest strongly in education, everyone benefits!” Meet Victoria Ibiwoye from Nigeria, the Youth Representative for the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee.  She is a passionate young […]
April 2, 2019

Worldwide celebration of International Jazz Day, 30 April

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock today announced the programme for the 2019 edition of International Jazz Day, which will be launched […]
March 28, 2019

Call for Nominations: 2019-2020 UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.

The UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was created in 2008 to support the improvement of […]
March 21, 2019

World Water Day

World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management […]
March 21, 2019

World Poetry Day

Held every year on 21 March, World Poetry Day celebrates one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity. Practiced throughout history […]
March 20, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATION – “L’ORÉAL-UNESCO FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE” SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA PROGRAMME FELLOWSHIPS 2019

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science initiative began 20 years ago. Since that inaugural year, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and […]
March 19, 2019

Billions deprived of the right to water

UNESCO Publication on behalf of UN Water Launch of the United Nations World Water Development Report on 19 March Access to water and sanitation is internationally […]
March 18, 2019

Information commissioners key to successful monitoring and reporting on SDG 16.10.2

Recognising the vital role of information commissioners in upholding information rights in the interest of sustainable development, UNESCO hosted recently a training workshop in Johannesburg, South […]
March 15, 2019

GHANAIAN FEMALE SCIENTIST RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH

Paris, 15 March 2019– Since 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation, in partnership with UNESCO, has worked to improve the representation of women in scientific careers, remaining strong […]
March 14, 2019

What makes a good classroom? New UIS data on school conditions

New data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) reveal serious disparities in the schooling conditions facing children and teachers – from access to electricity, clean drinking […]
March 12, 2019

UNESCO mourns the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Airplane crash and the loss of United Nations staff

During a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, the Organization’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay expressed her condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of the 10 March […]
March 11, 2019

Call for Submissions: The 2019 Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize

The Ghanaian Languages Short Story Prize is a literary prize that seeks to discover and celebrate literature written in indigenous Ghanaian languages. We celebrate, support and […]
March 11, 2019

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences

The UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences rewards significant efforts of individuals or institutions through scientific research towards improving the quality of […]
March 8, 2019

CALL FOR NOMINATION: UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 2019

  Gender equality in education is a basic right and a prerequisite to build inclusive societies. Although notable progress has been made over the last 20 […]
March 7, 2019

International Women’s Day

In 1945, the Charter of the United Nations(link is external) became the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. The UN celebrated […]
February 27, 2019

Call for Participation: International Essay Contest for Young People 2019

What does “Kindness” mean to you? How do you think we can create a kinder society? Young people from around the world are invited to reflect […]
February 25, 2019

Discover the new Right to Education Handbook

Education is a fundamental human right of every woman, man and child. However, millions are still deprived of educational opportunities every day, many as a result […]
February 22, 2019

Call for Submissions – Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE), Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM

The Joint UN Programme for Empowering Adolescent Girls has dedicated funds to support 15 small-scale projects to be implemented by adolescent health ambassadors through the National […]
February 22, 2019

10TH CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has launched its 9th call for funding requests. IFCD is a multi-donor fund established under Article 18 of the […]
July 1, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: THE AVICENNA PRIZE FOR ETHICS IN SCIENCE 2019

Established in 2003 by the Executive Board of UNESCO on the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Prize owes its name to the renowned […]
June 27, 2019

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: WORKSHOP FOR DEFINING INDICATORS OF INFORMATION PRESERVATION SUSTAINABILITY 2019

The UNESCO Regional Multisectoral Office for West Africa-Sahel, through the Communication and Information Programme, is organizing an experts’ workshop to develop indicators to monitor the sustainability […]
June 27, 2019

UNESCO-UNAM Jaime Torres Bodet Prize in Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts 2019

The creation of the Prize was approved on 27 October 2014 by the 195th session of the Executive Board. Purpose The purpose of the UNESCO-UNAM Jaime […]
June 18, 2019

CALL FOR APPLICATION: WORLD YOUTH ON KINDNESS 2019

  The first World Youth Fully Funded Conference on Kindness – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: Gandhi for the Contemporary World is bringing together 100 rigorously selected young leaders, […]
June 17, 2019

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS – 2019 UNESCO KING HAMAD BIN ISA AL-KHALIFA PRIZE

In today’s rapidly changing and interconnected societies, technologies have a great potential to enhance teaching, learning and expand access to quality education. According to International Telecommunication […]
May 31, 2019

CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS: GLOBAL MEDIA AND INFORMATION LITERACY WEEK 2019 YOUTH AGENDA FORUM

The Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2019 scholarships aim to support students and young professionals from around the globe to participate in the Global […]
May 23, 2019

Nominate Extraordinary Female Scientists for the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards

Scientists from around the world are invited to nominate candidates for the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science awards. The awards will recognize the scientific accomplishments […]
May 20, 2019

UNESCO AFRICAN HERITAGE INSTAGRAM VIDEO CONTEST.

The World Heritage Centre, in partnership with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and UNESCO Brazzaville, launched the #MyAfricanHeritage Instagram video contest on African World Heritage […]
May 15, 2019

Ghana celebrates International Day of Light 2019

Date: 16th May, 2019 Venue: Museum of Science and Technology, Accra Time: 10:00 AM Light plays a central role in our lives. On the most fundamental level, […]