Sunday, February 05, 2012

International Institute for Peace joins forces with UNESCO

The International Institute for Peace (IIP), co-founded by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker, will formally join forces with the Organization on 7 February with the signing of an agreement between UNESCO, the Institute, the Rutgers University in New Jersey, US, and the US government, the UN agency said in press statement here Friday.

It said that the agreement will place the IPP under the auspices of UNESCO.

The agreement to this effect will be signed at UNESCO Headquarters after a press conference with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, Forest Whitaker, Rutgers University Chancellor Philip Yeagle, and the US Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion.

At the ceremony, video messages of support from Esther Brimmer, the US Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, and Okello Sam, the founder of Hope North, a centre for refugees, orphans and former child soldiers in northern Uganda, will also be shown.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

UN Alliance of Civilizations Fellowships Available

The objective of the Fellowship programme is to contribute to enhance knowledge and understanding between peoples and societies from Muslim-majority countries, mainly from the Arab World, and from Europe and North America. The programme creates an opportunity for emerging leaders from these societies to get acquainted with the diverse realities and cultural, political and religious environments of the others.

A group of 12 young leaders from the Middle East and North Africa visit 3-6 countries in Europe and the States in the U.S and a group of 12 young leaders from Europe and North America visit 3-6 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The duration of each trip is around 18 days. During their trips, fellows are given the opportunity to meet their counterparts in other regions, and to visit governmental, media, educational, civil society and business institutions.

Applications must be submitted no later than than 12 February 2012.

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

Application Deadlines:
  • Spring 2012: Monday, February 6, 2012
  • Fall 2012: Monday, September 24, 2012
  • Spring 2013: Monday, February 25, 2013
The fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

IEEE and UNESCO sign partnership to promote engineering education in Africa

UNESCO and the world’s largest technical professional association, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), today signed an agreement to implement projects to support the engineering community in Africa.

The agreement, signed at UNESCO’s Headquarters, outlines initiatives that support the common goal of mobilizing engineering education outreach for both students and educators in Africa, a region both organizations regard as a priority.  The combination of IEEE’s core strengths as a professional association (with the technical expertise of its global membership); paired with UNESCO’s overall objective to mobilize science knowledge and policy for sustainable development, should contribute to the partnership’s effectiveness.

IEEE President and CEO Gordon Day, who signed the agreement for IEEE said, “Everywhere in the world, quality of life and prosperity depend on the application of technology. “That means that every country needs to have and sustain a strong high-tech workforce. Through this partnership, IEEE and UNESCO will be better able to help countries in Africa and elsewhere do just that.”

Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, added. “If engineering’s role is more visible and better understood, more people would be attracted to it as a career. Now and in the years to come, we need to ensure that motivated young women and men concerned about problems in the developing world continue to enter the field in sufficient numbers. It is estimated that some 2.5 million new engineers and technicians will be needed in sub-Saharan Africa alone.”

The United States’ and United Kingdom’s Ambassadors and Permanent Delegates to UNESCO, David Killian and Matthew Sudders, attended the signing.

 UNESCO and IEEE agreed to collaborate on several projects and initiatives including accreditation programmes, faculty training and initiatives encouraging the participation of women in engineering.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Launch of a UNESCO-United States-Brazil project for teaching respect in schools

The “Teaching Respect for All,” project born of cooperation between UNESCO, the United States and Brazil, was launched on 18 January at UNESCO Headquarters. This launch is the first step in a process expected to last close to three years with the aim of developing curricula that promote learning to live together in school.

Coordinated by UNESCO, funded from U.S. State Department extra budgetary contributions, the “Teaching Respect for All” project recognizes the key role of schools in combatting racial and ethnic discrimination.

Launched in the presence of the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, the Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Department of State, Esther Brimmer, and Executive Secretary of the Secretariat on Policies of Promotion of Racial Equality in Brazil, Mário Theodoro Lisbôa, this event brought together government representatives, experts and practitioners from different parts of the world. Students at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach (USA) and Bagunçaço, an educational centre for young people in Salvador de Bahia (Brazil), were to take part in this session via videoconference, which will allow them to interact with the other participants.