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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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Interfaith Harmony | 1-7 February

World Environment Day

The first week of February is marked as World Interfaith Harmony Week, during which religious leaders are urged to use their pulpit to promote interfaith dialogue, mutual respect and understanding across different faiths. As mutual understanding and interreligious dialogue constitute important dimensions of a culture of peace, states are encouraged to promote spreading the message of interfaith harmony and goodwill in the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship. In these trying times, we need this spirit more than ever. Learn more…

World Environment Day



World Environment Day

Every year WED takes place on the 5th June – and this time it is in the middle of COVID-19 pandemic. While COVID-19 continues to bring unprecedented challenges to our lives, we, the children and youth, will not forget about the need for climate ambition and leadership to protect the environment – now more than ever!

These are Unprecedented Times, and We Need Unprecedented Actions.

The theme for this year’s WED is biodiversity and take action #ForNature — a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world. Visit the youth WED portal at

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UN Global communications on Sustainable Goals







The UN Sustainable Development Goals address the global challenges that we are facing and introduce seventeen goals as a roadmap to achieve by 2030 to help us eliminate poverty, hunger and more

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And click on any specific goal to learn more about each issue.

No Poverty
Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being
Quality of Education
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation
Affordable and Clean Energy
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Reduced Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Consumption and Production
Climate Action
Life Below Water
Life on Land
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Partnership for the Goals

UN Sustainable Development Goals

Visit UN Sustainable Development Goals for information on climate change, equity, the impact of urbanization on communities, economic and mor

UN Sustainable Development is hoping that we accomplish our roadmap, and indicates that we together will be able to deliver what we want for all people and for our planet.

UN Secretary General has also invited every community and society to focus on:

global action securing smarter solutions for the Sustainable Development

local action planting and monitoring frameworks of governments, cities and local authorities

people action generating continuous movement for transformations.

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Build resilient, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Build resilient, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to transform our world:

Investments in infrastructure – transport, irrigation, energy and information and communication technology – are crucial to achieving sustainable development and empowering communities in many countries.

It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure.

Basic infrastructure like roads, information and communication technologies, sanitation, electrical power and water remains scarce in many developing countries

About 2.6 billion people in the developing world are facing difficulties in accessing electricity full time

2.5 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation and almost 800 million people lack access to water, many hundreds of millions of them in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia

1-1.5 billion people do not have access to reliable phone services

Quality infrastructure is positively related to the achievement of social, economic and political goals

Small and medium-sized enterprises that engage in industrial processing and manufacturing are the most critical for the early stages of industrialization and are typically the largest job creators. They make up over 90 per cent of business worldwide and account for between 50-60 per cent of employment

In developing countries, barely 30 per cent of agricultural production undergoes industrial processing. In high-income countries, 98 per cent is processed. This suggests that there are great opportunities for developing countries in agribusiness

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Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: 17 Goals to transform our world

End poverty in all its forms everywhere

Extreme poverty rates have been cut by more than half since 1990. While this is a remarkable achievement, one in five people in developing regions still live on less than $1.25 a day, and there are millions more who make little more than this daily amount, plus many people risk slipping back into poverty.

Poverty is more than the lack of income and resources to ensure a sustainable livelihood. Its manifestations include hunger and malnutrition, limited access to education and other basic services, social discrimination and exclusion as well as the lack of participation in decision-making. Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

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The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

Third Review and Appraisal of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing

February 24, 2017

The Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), 2002, adopted by the Second World Assembly on Ageing, held in Madrid from 8 to 12 April 2002, requested a systematic review of its implementation as being essential for the Plan’s success in improving the quality of life of older persons. The review and appraisal of the Madrid Plan of Action takes place every five years.

The first review and appraisal was concluded in 2008 with a global review at the Commission for Social Development at its forty-sixth session. The second review and appraisal process started in 2011 and concluded in a global review in 2013 at the Commission for Social Development at its fifty-first session.

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End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

It is time to rethink how we grow, share and consume our food.

If done right, agriculture, forestry and fisheries can provide nutritious food for all and generate decent incomes, while supporting people-centred rural development and protecting the environment.

Right now, our soils, freshwater, oceans, forests and biodiversity are being rapidly degraded. Climate change is putting even more pressure on the resources we depend on, increasing risks associated with disasters such as droughts and floods. Many rural women and men can no longer make ends meet on their land, forcing them to migrate to cities in search of opportunities.

A profound change of the global food and agriculture system is needed if we are to nourish today’s 795 million hungry and the additional 2 billion people expected by 2050.

The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

Excerpt from UN Sustainable Development

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