IFLA President Desiree Martinez & Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles

IFLA President Desiree Martinez & Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles

In the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation gardens with Aurora Carapinha and the Gulbenkian functionaries. 16 July 2013.

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Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2013

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, 18 July 2013

On Nelson Mandela International Day, I join women and men across the world in honouring a man whose strength, vision and magnanimity changed South Africa and the course of the 20th century.

A UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, Nelson Mandela once said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The life of Nelson Mandela is an education to us all – an example of perseverance in overcoming adversity, of courage in braving the steepest challenges, of moral clarity in promoting reconciliation and peace.

Nelson Mandela has taught the world that the dignity of women and men is the only foundation on which to build just societies. He has shown us that peace is not an ideal, or something abstract, but a way of living, a way of interacting with others and with the world.

On this day, let us pay tribute to Nelson Mandela by upholding and sharing the values that inspire him. In a world where all societies are transforming and every woman and man faces rising pressures, let us all stay true to the moral compass set by Nelson Mandela. Respect, mutual understanding and reconciliation are the strongest foundations for peace and freedom. In this spirit, we must help others, we must reach across all dividing lines, and we must cherish the world we live in. This is UNESCO’s message today.

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Message de la Directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Irina Bokova, à l’occasion de la Journée internationale Nelson Mandela, 18 juillet 2013
En cette Journée internationale Nelson Mandela, je me joins aux femmes et aux hommes du monde entier pour rendre hommage à un homme qui, par sa force, sa clairvoyance et sa magnanimité, a transformé l’Afrique du Sud et changé le cours du XXe siècle.
Ambassadeur de bonne volonté de l’UNESCO depuis 2005, Nelson Mandela a un jour déclaré : « L’éducation est l’arme la plus puissante que l’on puisse utiliser pour changer le monde ».
La vie de Nelson Mandela est une leçon pour nous tous. Elle nous offre un exemple de persévérance dans l’adversité, de courage face aux défis les plus épineux, de clarté morale dans la défense de la réconciliation et de la paix.
Nelson Mandela a enseigné au monde que la dignité des femmes et des hommes est le seul fondement sur lequel bâtir des sociétés justes. Il nous a montré que la paix n’est pas un idéal, ou une abstraction, mais un art de vivre, une manière d’interagir avec les autres et avec le monde.
En cette journée, honorons Nelson Mandela en défendant et en partageant les valeurs qui l’inspirent. Dans un monde où toutes les sociétés sont en pleine mutation, où chaque femme et chaque homme subit des pressions grandissantes, veillons tous à garder le cap moral que nous a fixé Nelson Mandela. Le respect, la compréhension mutuelle et la réconciliation sont les plus solides fondations de la paix et de la liberté. Dans cet esprit, nous devons aider les autres, transcender toutes les lignes de fracture et chérir le monde qui est le nôtre. Tel est le message que veut délivrer l’UNESCO aujourd’hui.

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Call for action projects driven by young people

Be part of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum:
 
Are you member of a youth-led or youth-focused organization, a project leader or a young entrepreneur who is active in an established NGO?
Have you got creative and innovative ideas related to one of the 7 themes of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, from 29 to 31 October 2013 (social inclusion, civic engagement and participation, social entrepreneurship and innovation, prevention of violence and conflicts, intercultural dialogue, democracy and skills development)?

Then, read this message attentively and share it with your friends!
The following information will interest you!
 
You can become one of the young actors driving social change, as part of the UNESCO Youth Forum, by sending us your proposal for an innovative action project tobe implemented in your community, country or region, by 12 August 2013  ̶  International Youth Day!
 
For the first time in its history, the UNESCO Youth Forum will be placed under the global theme “Youth and Social Inclusion: civic engagement, dialogue and skills development”, will select 15 youth-led action projects, representing all of the world’s regions, and award them witha UNESCO Youth Forum Label. The label will be a mark of quality and feasibility, and a concrete recognition of the young initiators of the winning projects, offering a boost in their work. It will also be a starting point for the implementation of the projects, by helping to mobilize support, funds, partnerships and international visibility.
 
By the end of September 2013, out of all the proposals received from 15 July to 12 August 2013, an international independent jury will pre-select 45 projects and their initiators will be invited to submit an original and creative one-minute video describing their project so that these 45 short films can be visible online by mid-October 2013. The 45 pre-selected projects will then be discussed by the young participants of the 8th UNESCO Youth Forum. Finally, 15 youth-led action projects (3 youth-led action projects per the five UNESCO regions) will be selected to be announced on 31 October 2013 and presented to the 37th UNESCO General Conference in November 2013.

To submit a project proposal, fill in the on-line form
 
Allowing young people to submit recommendations to 195 UNESCO’s Member States’ representatives at the highest decision-making level, the UNESCO Youth Forum brings together, every two years, at the eve of the UNESCO General Conference, around 400 young participants  from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, detect common preoccupations and problems.
 
As expounded in its UNESCO Youth Strategy 2014-2021, UNESCO recognizes youth as key drivers of peace and development and agents for positive change. The Organization strives to promote youth-led actions across the globe by offering face-to-face support and help in putting ideas of young women and men into practice.
 
For any questions, please write to youth@unesco.org

Moscow

Cities for People

Specialfeature4In the next few weeks Gehl Architects’ Public Space Public Life study of Moscowwhich focuses on the central districts of Moscow City will be made public. As a lead-up to this release we will issue a series of special reports with the aim to incite dialogue around the challenges and opportunities facing the public realm in Moscow. 

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People come first in modern cities

An increasing number of vibrant metropolises have adopted people first policies as city
planning strategy. Livability has become a criterion in which cities around the world compete.
London, Paris, New York — and now Moscow — have realized that
vivid public spaces define
a city more than anything else
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Edited and curated by Stine Behrendtzen, journalist
Facts and findings are based on Gehl Architect’s report
‘Moscow — Towards a great city for people’

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When studying the world’s hottest and highest ranked cities, it…

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Photo Of The Day – Life in Arunachal Pradesh

The Northeast India Travel Blog

Siang District, Tribal Life in Arunachal Pradesh

Tribes in Arunachal Pradesh live a very simple life, connected much to nature and sustainable practices. Seen above, a granary of an Adi tribesman.

Related: Tribal tour of central Arunachal Pradesh is a great introduction to the various tribes of the region, where you will get to visit some really remote and offbeat places in the east Himalaya landscape.

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