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UNESCO education report advises ban on smartphones in schools

UNESCO education report advises ban on smartphones in schools

new UN report raised concerns on Wednesday about the excessive use of smartphones, calling for them to be banned in schools worldwide. According to the UN’s education, science and culture agency UNESCO, the over-use of mobile phones impacts learning.

UNESCO’s report on technology in education urges countries to carefully consider how technology is used in schools.

It emphasises the need for a “human-centered vision” where digital technology serves as a tool rather than taking precedence. 

Speaking to UN News, UNESCO’s Manos Antoninis also warned of the danger of data leaks in educational tech, as only 16 per cent of countries guarantee data privacy in the classroom, by law. 

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INTERVIEW: Heatwaves endanger workers and reduce productivity

INTERVIEW: Heatwaves endanger workers and reduce productivity

Sharply rising temperatures across the globe continue to endanger the safety of workers and impact communities with the “least capacity for adaptation,” according to a senior economist at the International Labour Organization (ILO). 

Data from the UN’s World Meteorological Organization reveals this July is set to be the hottest month ever recorded. 

Heatwaves not only threaten the environment but create additional obstacles for countries attempting to achieve sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all, the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 8, according to the ILO’s Nicolas Maître.

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UN Day Race: 16 – 29 October 2022


UN Day Race: 16 – 29 October 2022

Organized by the UNA-NYC

Run, bike, or walk with us — as we celebrate the 77th anniversary of the United Nations (October 24th is UN Day) and recognize its tireless efforts to create a world in which everyone thrives in peace, dignity, and equality on a healthy planet. This year’s theme will be Climate Change.

The event is virtual, which means you may complete it at any time between October 16th and October 29th, anywhere in the world. You can choose between two distances: 5K and 10K.

Don’t forget to share a photo of yourself on social media completing the race, using the hashtags #UNDay, #USAforUN, and #UNDayRace!

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the community-based organization WE ACT For Environmental Justice. To read about their work, click here. The event is sponsored by the United Nations Association of New York and the remaining proceeds will go towards supporting our work and mission.

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1st International Academic Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals: Why It Matters

1st International Academic Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals - Why It Matters

1st International Academic Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals: Why It Matters

Dates: 5 – 7 October 2022

Location: Utah Valley University

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Utah Valley University, in partnership with the Department of Global Communications through the Civil Society Unit and the Academic Impact Initiative, invite you to register for the 1st International Academic Conference on the Sustainable Development Goals: Why It Matters.

This academic conference will take place as the Decade of Action begins the countdown towards 2030, and the global community, including academic institutions, civil society organizations, private sector entities, local and national governments, as well as media outlets, explore ways through which the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 Goals become an intrinsic part of their efforts.

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Afghan Women, Human Rights & the transformative power of the Arts

Afghan Women, Human Rights & the transformative power of the Arts

Shared and co-organized by the United Voices for Peace

Date: 22 September 2022

Time: 6 pm EDT

Location: 424 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019


It has been a year since the Taliban took over Afghanistan, and with the economic sanctions and other restrictions from the international community. As a result, Afghanistan is facing a dire humanitarian crisis. Afghan women and children, particularly girls, have been hit the hardest. After two decades of hard-won gains, Afghan women have seen their rights evaporate before their eyes and young girls’ dreams for their futures have been squashed.

Join MALA, United Voices 4 Peace and the 49% for a special screening of the short animated film “Samira’s Camera’’* followed by a panel discussion around Afghan Women, Human Rights & the transformative power of the Arts, to mark this year’ International Peace Day. Sign up on Eventbrite to help us share Samira’s story – and the story of Afghan women- with the World !

About the movie:

Samira’s Camera is a four minute animated film about Samira*, a filmmaker, young mother, and wife who was uprooted from her home following threats by the Taliban. Samira spends her days trawling the streets of Kabul, capturing stories most are too frightened to tell. At night, she, her husband, and one-year-old son shelter in a safe house.

Samira is based on the true story of our friend and colleague, a filmmaker whose films we have been proud to show at our film festivals and gatherings. After the Taliban came to power, Samira reached out to us for help. We committed to helping her family, but just as critically, we promised to tell her story.

Monthly Workshop

Monthly Workshop

Organized by ATOP Meaningful World

Date: 24 September 2022Time:10:00 am – 3:30 pm EST

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This workshop is recommended for those seeking a greater understanding of emotional management, lessons learned, transforming vicarious trauma and horizontal violence, peace building, meaning making, and transcendence. This is hosted by Dr. Ani Kalayjian with our visionary speaker Dr. Douglas Scherer.

World Press Freedom Day 2022 Reflections On Press Freedom

World Press Freedom Day 2022

World Press Freedom Day 2022

Date: 3 May 2022
Time: 11 am – 12 pm EDT
Watch live on YouTube
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On Tuesday, 3 May 2022, the Journalists and Writers Foundation will host a virtual event to mark World Press Freedom Day 2022 with the theme of “Reflections on Press Freedom”. Moderated by South African journalist Yazeed Kamaldien, the event will host Isobel Koshiw, the Guardian’s correspondent in Kiev, JJ Green, National Security Correspondent at WTOP Radio, and Abdullah Bozkurt, Director of the Nordic Monitor. Learn more…

Sport for One Humanity

Sports for one Humanity

Sport for One Humanity

Sport for One Humanity aims to select and support innovative sports-based projects implemented by civil society organizations that promote a culture of peace, mutual understanding and cooperation among diverse communities and cultures around the world. The initiative will give priority to projects using and promoting sport as a tool for strengthening diversity and inclusiveness, education and empowerment of youth, empowerment of women and girls, inclusion of persons with disabilities and vulnerable groups and fostering peaceful and inclusive societies.

Learn more and apply for this opportunity by 25 May 2022  Learn more…

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