Category: Education

Teenage girls’ education, ‘an indispensable foundation’ for achieving development goals: Guterres

World Bank/Arne Hoel Students in computer programming class at Al Shami Girls Secondary School in the West Bank. Promoting education for adolescent girls is an “indispensable foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”,  Secretary-General António Guterres declared at the launch event of the Drive for 5 education initiative at UN Headquarters on Tuesday, hosted by the Irish […]

Coding in Namibia: UN supports young women’s computing career dreams

UN Namibia Namibian high school girls, who participated in the ‘African Girls Can Code’ programme, pay a visit to UN House in Windhoek to start their journey of putting their coding skills into action. Six young women from Namibia are on the path to a career in the field of information and communications technology (ICT), with the support of the UN […]

The drive for quality education worldwide, faces ‘mammoth challenges’

UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe Young women return home after classes in the town of Bol in Chad. Aligning inclusive, quality education with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was centre-stage on Friday, as the President of the UN General Assembly held a high-level interactive meeting for the International Day of Education. “The education sector is wrestling with mammoth […]

A free press is ‘cornerstone’ for accountability and ‘speaking truth to power’: Guterres

  At a time when disinformation and mistrust of the news media is growing, a free press is “essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights”, said the UN Secretary-General, in his message for World Press Freedom Day, marked on Friday. No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information, said António Guterres, describing unfettered journalism […]

UN celebrates books as ‘bridges across cultures’

The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO has long celebrated the power of International Book and Copyright Day, marked on 23 April, but this year, special attention is being paid to the protection of indigenous languages, many of which are threatened with extinction. Beyond just pure enjoyment, books have always been considered a bridge between generations […]

Urgently address ‘defining challenges of our time’, to empower youth worldwide, top UN official tells forum

Young people require “skills, values, jobs and livelihoods that empower them” so they can help forge a more sustainable world, the President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said on Monday, kicking off its eighth Annual Youth Forum. President of ECOSOC, Inga Rhonda King (centre), addresses the ECOSOC Youth Forum, 8 April 2019., by UN Photo/Evan […]