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11 Dec 2018 description

In the lead-up to the United Nations High-Level Conference to formally adopt the Global Compact (link is external) for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, UNESCO opened “

11 Dec 2018 description

Climate change is disrupting national economies and affecting livelihoods, particularly through the impact on water and water-related hazards. The impact of water-related hazards is felt more in developing than in developed countries, both in terms of economical and human losses, reinforcing inequality and poverty.

28 Nov 2018 description

UNESCO, the Centre for UNESCO of Catalonia, the Generalitat de Catalunya and the City Council of Barcelona are holding an International Expert Meeting on Public policies supporting the Right to education of Refugees, on the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2018, which marks the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), to draw attention to the importance of all refugees enjoying equal access to an education of good quality.

22 Nov 2018 description

“Making sure undocumented migrants are equally able to access education is one of several challenges in realizing the fundamental human rights of refugees,” says Professor Fons Coomans, UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Peace at the Department of International and European Law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He spoke to UNESCO on the challenges in providing education to refugees.

20 Nov 2018 description


Depuis des temps immémoriaux, l’homme se déplace d’un endroit à un autre, soit pour tenter sa chance ailleurs, soit pour fuir un danger. Ces mouvements de populations peuvent avoir des répercussions considérables sur des systèmes éducatifs. L’édition 2019 du Rapport mondial de suivi sur l’éducation est la première publication du genre consacrée à une analyse approfondie de ces questions dans toutes les régions du monde.

20 Nov 2018 description


La gente se ha desplazado siempre de un lugar a otro, a veces en busca de mejores oportunidades, en otros casos para huir del peligro. Estos desplazamientos pueden tener considerables efectos sobre los sistemas educativos. La edición 2019 del Informe de Seguimiento de la Educación en el Mundo es la primera en su género que estudia en profundidad estas problemáticas en todas partes del mundo.

20 Nov 2018 description
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New UNESCO report shows insufficient progress on including migrants and refugees in national education systems

Migrant and refugee children in the world today could fill half a million classrooms

19 Nov 2018 description


  • Alors que le monde continue de s’urbaniser à un rythme toujours plus rapide et avec une ampleur sans précédent, les villes payent un tribut de plus en plus lourd aux conflits, aux crises et aux catastrophes naturelles.

  • Un nouveau document de synthèse de la Banque mondiale et de l'UNESCO, intitulé CURE, propose un cadre amélioré, fondé sur la culture, pour la reconstruction et le relèvement des villes.

16 Nov 2018 description

Culture – the “X Factor” for Building Back Better after Conflict and Disasters


- As the world continues to urbanize rapidly, cities are increasingly bearing the brunt of conflicts, crises, and disasters, which have a devastating effect on culture.

- A new World Bank-UNESCO Position Paper, Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery (CURE), proposes an enhanced culture-based framework for city reconstruction and recovery.

13 Nov 2018 description

Intercultural dialogue is essential for advancing inclusive peacebuilding goals, but its effectiveness will remain constrained until more is understood about the conditions under which it thrives. This was the message shared by UNESCO during a panel discussion on New Measures of Inclusive Peacebuilding, co-organised by UNESCO, the Institute of Economics and Peace, and Interpeace, as part of the Geneva Peace Week, on 9 November 2018 in the Palais des Nations.

27 Sep 2018 description

Children, women and men fleeing conflict, persecution and natural disasters around the world. These powerful images have made countless headlines over the last few years and are still at the forefront of major global political, economic and moral discussions.

As refugees arrive in their host countries to rebuild their lives, access to education is not only essential, but it is their right. States must adapt their education systems to the arrival of newcomers and ensure that no one is denied their right to access quality education.

21 Sep 2018 description

Over 40 countries around the Pacific Rim will participate in a mock tsunami scenario from September to November 2018. The purpose of this exercise is to test country tsunami decision-making procedures and communication systems and processes.

18 Sep 2018 description

A record 115,000 people in the Indian Ocean region evacuated during the tsunami exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2018 (IOWave18) conducted on 4-5 September 2018. The exercise was coordinated by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as part of the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigations System (IOTWMS).

04 Sep 2018 description

Twenty-four countries bordering the Indian Ocean will engage in Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2018 (IOWave18), a large-scale tsunami exercise based on two scenarios that will be enacted on the 4th and 5th September respectively.

The scenario to be tested on 4 September will simulate a magnitude 9.0 earthquake off the southern coast of Islamic Republic of Iran. The 5 September scenario will simulate a magnitude 9.3 earthquake off the western coast of Northern Sumatra.

30 Aug 2018 description

New study assesses sea level rise over past 25 years

Over the last 50 years more than 90 % of the excess heat excess accumulated in the climate system because of greenhouse gas emissions has been stored in the ocean. The rest has been warming the atmosphere and continents, and melting sea and land ice.

28 Aug 2018 description

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Transboundary water cooperation is critical for ensuring sustainable management of water resources and achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6. Across the world, 153 countries share rivers, lakes and aquifers. Transboundary basins cover more than half of the Earth’s land surface, account for an estimated 60 per cent of global freshwater flow and are home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population.

21 Aug 2018 description

Experts from the Caribbean, Pacific and European tsunami early warning networks gathered in Valparaiso, Chile, for a ten-day training (1-10 August 2018) focused on improving operating procedures for tsunami warning and emergency response.

It was the first time that the training assembled experts from multiple ocean basins, a move that organizers hope will spark renewed scientific dialogue and exchange over best practices across national and regional experiences with tsunami early warning.

07 Jul 2018 description

In collaboration with UNESCO Dakar, UNESCO-IICBA organized a planning meeting for the project "Youth Empowerment for Peace and Resilience Building and the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in Sahel Countries through Teacher Development" from 28 to 29 June 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. Leveraging the success of the consultation workshop that was held in Addis Ababa in May 2018, this meeting aimed to discuss the contextualization of IICBA's teacher training material for peace-building, and to map out action plans for the upcoming trainings and Japan study tour.

25 May 2018 description

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have set an ambitious target for the international community: by 2030, all young people should be completing secondary school of good quality. The challenge is a daunting one; in 2010–2015, on average only 45% of young people were completing secondary school. More and better financing will be an essential part of any strategy to achieve the goal.

25 May 2018 description

Un nouveau document d’orientation du Rapport mondial de suivi sur l’éducation (GEM) de l’UNESCO révèle qu’entre 2015 et 2016 l’aide à l’éducation a augmenté de 13 %, soit d’1,5 milliard de dollars, pour atteindre le niveau record de 13,4 milliards de dollars, son plus haut niveau enregistré depuis le début des analyses en 2002.