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“Disaster Communication for UNESCO Sites” Webinar Education for Disaster Risk Reduction Integrating SFDRR and SDGs for In-Service Teacher Training

“Disaster Communication for UNESCO Sites” Webinar Education for Disaster Risk Reduction Integrating SFDRR and SDGs for In-Service Teacher Training

COVID-19 is spreading human suffering, destabilizing the global economy and upending the lives of billions of people around the world. The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 was adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015. The present Framework will apply to the risk of small-scale and large-scale, frequent and infrequent, sudden and slow-onset disasters caused by natural or man-made hazards, as well as the related environmental and biological hazards and risks. In addition, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being at all ages is essential to sustainable development (SDGs).   UNESCO Office Jakarta, with generous support from Japan-Fund-in-Trust, and in partnership with Miyagi University of Education, Sendai, Japan will host a webinar on “Disaster Communication for UNESCO Sites”: Education for Disaster Risk Reduction Integrating SFDRR and SDGs for In-Service Teacher Training.   Long term school closures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic present an unprecedented risk to children’s education, protection and wellbeing. School reopening must be safe and consistent with each area’s overall COVID-19 health response. Therefore, we would like to have an opportunity to discuss reopening schools after the occurrence of disasters.    Register Now! https://bit.ly/UNESCO-MC240620-Reg
Jun 24, 2020 , Source: uneconews
22 Police stations in Pakistan's Capital Territory Incorporate Indicators on Crimes Against Journalists in Automated Crime Database
“Let’s Do a Happy Branding”

“Let’s Do a Happy Branding”

Young cultural entrepreneur at historical sites learn fundamental skills of marketing during COVID-19 challenges
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews

UNESCO Director-General denounces murder of media owner Jorge Armenta Ávalos in Mexico

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, has condemned the killing of Jorge Armenta Ávalos, founder and owner of the online and print media company Medios Obson, in Obregón in the Mexican state of Sonora on 16 May.   One of the two police officers who were in charge of protecting the publisher was killed in the attack and another was injured.    “I condemn the murder of Jorge Armenta Ávalos,” said the Director-General. “This ruthless attack on a journalist and on the police officers who were there to protect him, provides yet another tragic illustration of the imperative need to end the impunity enjoyed by all too many criminals who resort to gunpoint censorship to stifle freedom of information and open debate.”   Jorge Armenta Ávalos was under government protection due to earlier threats to his life.   UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.   ****   See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists Media contact: Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi,     
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews

UNESCO Director-General condemns Kabul attack on media crew that claimed the lives of Mir Wahed Shah and Shafiq Amiri

  Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, has condemned the killing of journalist Mir Wahed Shah and technician Shafiq Amiri in a bomb attack on their minibus in the Afghan capital on 30 May. “I condemn the attack that claimed the lives of journalist Mir Wahed Shah and television technician Shafiq Amiri,” said the Director-General. “I wish a complete recovery for those who were injured in this criminal attack on a media vehicle. The targeting of media personnel contravenes international law, and undermines society as a whole. I urge the authorities to spare no effort in bringing the culprits of this crime to justice, as a necessary step to improve the safety of journalists in Afghanistan, uphold media freedom, and support informed public debate.”   Economics reporter Mir Wahed Shah and television technician Shafiq Amiri, both employees of local broadcaster Kurshid TV, were killed when the company vehicle they were travelling in with other employees of the privately-owned broadcaster was hit by a bomb. ISIL extremists have claimed responsibility for the attack on the vehicle that injured at least six other television employees.   UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.   ****   See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists Media contact: Guilherme Canela De Souza Godoi,       
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews

UN agencies empowering children and young people in the face of COVID-19

Children and adolescents are less likely to get severe disease from COVID-19 according to the latest evidence, however severe cases and death can still occur. Despite the relatively low rates of serious illness, children and adolescents remain an important part of fighting the virus and saving lives, and it is critical that they are supported and empowered to take all recommended hygiene and physical distancing measures. As part of UNESCO’s work in promoting better health and well-being for all children and young people, it has contributed to the development of a practical guide in a ‘questions and answers’ (Q&A) format on children and adolescents and COVID-19. This work was led by the World Health Organization, in collaboration with the Adolescents and Youth Constituency of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, UNESCO, UNFPA, and UNICEF. The Q&A provide children and adolescents with accurate, non-judgmental information and advice around COVID-19, including how to help stop the spread of the virus, what to do if they develop symptoms of the disease, and how to best manage their health and well-being during the confinement period and after. It considers children and young people as critical actors in the response to COVID-19, not as passive beneficiaries. The closure of schools and transition to home learning has been a source of stress for many adolescents and young people, resulting in anxiety and other mental health issues. Not all adolescents have access to the internet or other means to benefit from distance learning, and some have to care for younger siblings in the home while parents and caregivers go to work. Others are simply struggling to keep up with their education, and to stay motivated. The Q&A encourages adolescents to draw on skills and strategies that have helped them to manage life challenges in the past, including keeping active and staying connected with friends and family. It also helps deal with any concerns about safety as schools prepare to reopen, urging adolescents to follow the guidelines and rules provided by the school.  “It is very normal for adolescents and youth to feel anxious about COVID-19 and the resulting confinement, as it is for all of us,” said Dr Anshu Banerjee, Director of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health at the World Health Organization. “We hope that this Q&A empowers them with new information and ideas about how to cope during this stressful period, and how we can all work together to stop the spread of COVID-19.” Vibeke Jensen, Director of UNESCO’s Division for Peace and Sustainable Development, said: “This Q&A is one small part of UNESCO’s longstanding commitment to engage and empower young people, and to promote safe, inclusive and health-promoting learning environments for all. We know that learning in an environment that is free from fear, harm and discrimination is essential to a good quality education, and to transitioning to adulthood in a safe and productive way.”     Q&A: Adolescents, youth and COVID-19 UNESCO Strategy on Education for Health and Well-Being UNESCO’s response to the COVID-19 crisis
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews

Released Ocean Literacy for All Toolkit in Italian on World Oceans Day

The ocean is a source of food, energy, raw materials, minerals and, more and more frequently, innovative drugs. And not only does it regulate the earth climate but it also hosts the greatest diversity of living beings and ecosystems, while providing economic, social and aesthetic services to all humanity. Knowing and understanding the influence of the ocean on us and our influence on the ocean becomes, hence, fundamental for living and acting in a sustainable way. This is the essence of Ocean Literacy!
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews

Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit

On the occasion of World Oceans Day, 8 June, UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will host the first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit, in partnership with Ocean Wise, EuroGOOS and Experiential Atelier. This exclusive edition will celebrate the successes of the Ocean Literacy community worldwide and explore them as an essential tool for the transformation of scientific knowledge into action. Ocean Literacy (OL) is defined as the understanding of our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us. Ocean literacy is a methodological approach to increase the awareness of the public about responsible and informed behavior towards the ocean and its resources. It is not just knowledge about the state of the ocean but a deeper understanding of our individual and collective responsibilities to take care of our planet’s largest ecosystem. In the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 – 2030 (“The Decade” for short), Ocean Literacy is expected to play a key role to transform ocean knowledge into action. As part of the Decade, OL will help to advance sustainable production practices, develop evidence-based public marine policy, influence the ocean science research agenda by identifying the science questions that are most relevant to society, promote a more responsible citizenry, and encourage young people to start a career in the ocean economy or in marine science. Celebrate the World Oceans Day by joining the First Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit The first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit is being organized on the occasion of World Oceans Day 2020 (June 8). The Summit will celebrate the successes of the ocean literacy community worldwide and aims to achieve the following three objectives: Present the need for shared responsibility, connectivity, and a global vision for the ocean. Explore the role of OL as an essential tool for the transformation of scientific knowledge into action within the context of the Decade. Inspire stakeholders, institutions, organizations, and individuals to join the global OL community and contribute to the achievement of its goals in the course of the Decade UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 – 2030 The Decade will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of the ocean. The Decade is embracing a participative and transformative process so that scientists, policy makers, managers, and service users can work together to ensure that ocean science delivers greater benefits for both the ocean ecosystem and for society. The Decade will address 6 societal outcomes: -A Clean Ocean -A Sustainable and Productive Ocean -A Healthy and Resilient Ocean -A Transparent and Accessible Ocean -A Predicted Ocean-A Safe Ocean Online:  Registration to the Ocean Literacy Virtual Summit Tags: Ocean Literacy, SDG 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development   Join the conversation at: https://education.ocean.org/olsummit/
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews
UNESCO AND THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION LAUNCH “YOUTH AND INNOVATION FOR OCEAN” INITIATIVE

UNESCO AND THE COCA-COLA FOUNDATION LAUNCH “YOUTH AND INNOVATION FOR OCEAN” INITIATIVE

Hanoi, 8 June 2020: On World Oceans Day, UNESCO is pleased to announce the “Youth and Innovation for Ocean” initiative to empower university students and young professionals to put forward innovative and practical solutions in reducing, reusing, recycling and managing plastic waste in coastal regions of Viet Nam. The initiative is under the partnership between UNESCO and The Coca-Cola Foundation established since 2017 for solutions to manage plastic waste, toward as sustainable green economy in Vietnam.
Jun 8, 2020 , Source: uneconews