Why have countries committed to development targets they might never reach?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 13.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

It seems a strange decision for any country, let alone all, to sign up to a global commitment they know they will never reach. End Hunger? Eradicate p...

Education needs to fundamentally change if we are to reach our global development goals

Aaron Benavot | Posted 06.09.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

The new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report by UNESCO, released this morning, shows the vast potential for education to propel progress towards a...

Rwanda's Creative Industries Policy takes Shape through the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

''It's really important to have creativity to solve challenges in society, especially following our troubled past. We have to be creative to find solu...

Calling on the Private Sector to Help Reinforce Creative Industries

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Strengthening partnerships with the private sector is the focus for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) as it enters a new era. The ...

No More Excuses - Provide Education to All Forcibly Displaced People

Aaron Benavot | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

By the GEM Report and the UNHCR Education Section Days before the World Humanitarian Summit, we have jointly released a new policy paper, 'No more ...

Spotlighting Artistic Freedom With Unesco's 2005 Convention - Marking World Press Freedom Day

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Salma Zulfiqar

Artistic freedom in the digital environment and tackling new challenges in cultural policies will be among the topics for debate to mark World Press F...

Film and Visual Arts Reaching New Heights in Vietnam - Monitoring the Implementation of the 2005 Convention

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Reaching out to youth and raising their awareness on UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions...

Keeping Up With Changes on Cuba's Creative Scene Through the 2005 Convention

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

Cuba's world of music and audiovisual production is beginning to open up with concert performances and documentary and feature film production growing, reinforcing the need for creative professionals to find new ways in promoting and strengthening their work.

Celebrating Senegal's Creativity with Renewed Commitment to the 2005 Convention

Salma Zulfiqar | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK
Salma Zulfiqar

For Senegalese hip hop artist, Moona Yanni, the world of creativity and music in particular, is a vehicle which allows artists to express themselves a...

Can Mobile Learning Bridge the Digital Divide and Learning Gap?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Tech
Aaron Benavot

ICT for learning may be a trendy and popular topic as a blog on this site last week discussed, but the fact remains that children from poorer households are less likely to have access to ICT both in and out-of-school. As a result, they take longer to adapt to using the technology or hone their ICT skills.

Can Africa Afford Free Education?

Aaron Benavot | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

A lot of the blame for this unfinished business falls on the persisting inequalities in education, not the least of which is related to poverty. The 2015 GMR underlined this fact, showing that in low and middle income countries, the poorest children are 4 times less likely to go to school than the richest, and are 5 times less likely to complete primary education.

How to Triple the Availability of Textbooks Around the World

Aaron Benavot | Posted 19.01.2016 | UK
Aaron Benavot

Our first new policy paper as the GEM Report is out today and shows how altering the textbook market to a more centralised finance model could take up...

HS2 - Will David Slay Goliath in the Battle for Hearts and Minds?

Philip Dewhurst | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Dewhurst

My experience as Corporate Affairs Director of Railtrack in the dark days of rail privatization taught me that the British public have a love-hate rel...

A Day Trip to the Home of Champagne

Rebecca Williams | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rebecca Williams

In the depths of Saint-Nicaise, in the French town of Reims, sleeping beauties lie. A bunker-like steel door opens to deep, stone steps which reveal a maze of tunnels, stretching 17kms underground, carved from chalk by the Romans.

Extremism and the Battle Against Ignorance and Misinformation

Nasser D. Khalili | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK
Nasser D. Khalili

The collective despair and anger at the lives snatched away by terrorism, most recently witnessed in the horror of Tunisia, France and Kuwait, continue to remind us how a perverse ideology is polluting the minds of people in our communities.

ISIL Making Millions From Looted Antiquities

Katy Gregory | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Katy Gregory

In recent months, propaganda films showing extremists using sledgehammers and automatic gunfire to destroy remains of ancient civilisations have commanded swathes of media attention.

These Space Images Could Be Best yet

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Tech

2015, if you weren't aware, is the United Nations' International Year of Light. It is a global recognition of the importance that light plays in our w...

'A Great Rest' on Gran Canaria

Jane Egginton | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jane Egginton

'You are going to be amazed,' Juan Carlos my guide, exclaims as we set off on a tour of the largest of the Canary Islands. Juan tells me that almost half of Gran Canaria forms a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

Planet Appetite: The Surprising Shock of the New in Rotterdam, Holland

Rupert Parker | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

The skyline is not the only thing that's changing in Rotterdam - an experimental restaurant, a colossal market hall, a floating forest and a UNESCO World Heritage 20's tobacco factory, are just some of the new kids on the block.

Aid to Education Has Fallen by 10% Since 2010

Aaron Benavot | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Politics
Aaron Benavot

Humanitarian aid makes up only a small share of the external financing for education: The sector received only 2% of humanitarian appeals in 2013 - a long way from the modest 4% target set by the UN last year.

Afghanistan: Rebuilding Girls' Education After Decades of Conflict

Manos Antoninis | Posted 19.05.2014 | UK
Manos Antoninis

For Nahida, education is not something to be viewed as a problem, but as part of the solution for breaking the cycle of conflict: "Educated people don't take guns," she said. "They don't destroy their country and their schools."

Round the World Travel: 26 UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites Not to Miss

Frontier | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

To travel the world is to witness new things. Travel, quite literally, opens your eyes to a whole new world and introduces you to entirely new people. It is this sense of connecting people and broadening horizons that is part of what makes travel so exciting and beautiful.

The Germans Claim Father Christmas

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK

A German museum is laying claim to Father Christmas by applying for official UNESCO registration. The Christmas Museum, in the town of Rotherburg, ...

Roşia Montană Needs Investment and Mining Before It Can Be a World Heritage Site

Dragos Tanase | Posted 04.02.2014 | UK
Dragos Tanase

Romania's mining tradition dates back over 2,000 years to Roman times and has been the backbone of many of its communities ever since. There can be no doubt that our country's history and archaeology deserves both recognition and preservation.