The United Nations will issue new postage stamps and a souvenir card to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30 April 2014. The stamps, featuring three mini-sheets of twelve stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations). Jazz is a unique American musical art form that originated at the beginning of the 20th century. It is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. For over a century, Jazz has united people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities. It serves as a universal language and highlights the musical genre’s role as a powerful communication tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation. In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The stamps and card are available for download on http://jazzday.com/

The United Nations will issue new postage stamps and a souvenir card to celebrate International Jazz Day on 30 April 2014. The stamps, featuring three mini-sheets of twelve stamps were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations). Jazz is a unique American musical art form that originated at the beginning of the 20th century. It is rooted in African traditions, draws from European musical forms, and has evolved into various styles across the globe. For over a century, Jazz has united people of different cultures, religions, and nationalities. It serves as a universal language and highlights the musical genre’s role as a powerful communication tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation. In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”. The stamps and card are available for download on http://jazzday.com/

2013-2014 Education For All Global Monitoring Report

New Education for All Global Monitoring Report, released today shows the global learning crisis is costing $129 billion a year.

Today in Washington, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing for three individuals who have been nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassadors to U.S. missions to the U.N. abroad: Mr. Keith M. Harper, to be the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council; Ms. Crystal Nix-Hines to be the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; and Ms. Pamela K. Hamamoto to be Representative of the U.S. to the Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva 

Sacramento’s Mayor Johnson announces 10 point anti-discrimination plan adopted by 50 U.S. cities. U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism & Discrimination: 10-Point Plan of Action can be found here -> http://www.usmayors.org 

Sacramento’s Mayor Johnson announces 10 point anti-discrimination plan adopted by 50 U.S. cities. U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism & Discrimination: 10-Point Plan of Action can be found here ->

Launch of the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination

On September 12, Nerissa Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs will participate in the launch of the U.S. Coalition of Cities Against Racism and Discrimination.

The U.S. Department of State, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), is committed to working with our global partners to fight against racism, xenophobia, and other forms of discrimination and is pleased the U.S. Conference of Mayors has partnered with UNESCO to establish the U.S. Coalition of UNESCO’s Cities Against Racism and Discrimination. By joining the Coalition, mayors across the United States will sign on to a Ten Point Action to address racism and discrimination in their cities and these Ten Points will be announced during the launch. The launch of the U.S. network will take place during Mayors’ Empowerment Week, hosted by the city of Birmingham to commemorate the civil rights movement 50 years after the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church.

Moving from access to learning in the post-2015 dialogue: Why indicators matter and how we can use them well

Video Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, 3 May 2013

Crime & Unpunishment: Why journalists fear for their safety
 
 
Check out this Infographic”Crime & Unpunishment: Why journalists fear for their safety" for World Press Freedom Day.
Join us for an International Jazz Day concert, live from Istanbul, Turkey today at 2:00PM EDT!  Held every year on April 30th, International Jazz Day brings together communities all over the world to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots, and highlight its important role in advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding.  Hosted by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the Republic of Turkey, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, join us for a star-studded event to celebrate jazz as a universal language of freedom! The live concert at Istanbul’s famed Hagia Irene will feature performances by stellar musicians from around the world, including pianists John Beasley, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri;  vocalists Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento,  Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Rubén Blades, and Joss Stone;  trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela,and Imer Demirer;  bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller, and Ben Williams;  drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta;  guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker;  saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan;  clarinetists Anat Cohen and Hüsnü Şenlendirici;  violinist Jean-Luc Ponty;  tabla master Zakir Hussain;  trombonist Alevtina Polyakova;  Pedro Martinez on percussion, and other special guests.  John Beasley will be the event’s musical director.

Join us for an International Jazz Day concert, live from Istanbul, Turkey today at 2:00PM EDT!  Held every year on April 30th, International Jazz Day brings together communities all over the world to celebrate jazz, learn about its roots, and highlight its important role in advancing intercultural dialogue and understanding.  Hosted by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and jazz legend Herbie Hancock, the Republic of Turkey, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, join us for a star-studded event to celebrate jazz as a universal language of freedom!

The live concert at Istanbul’s famed Hagia Irene will feature performances by stellar musicians from around the world, including pianists John Beasley, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Herbie HancockRamsey Lewis, Keiko Matsui and Eddie Palmieri;  vocalists Al Jarreau, Milton Nascimento,  Dianne Reeves, Esperanza Spalding, Rubén Blades, and Joss Stone;  trumpeters Terence Blanchard, Hugh Masekela,and Imer Demirer;  bassists James Genus, Marcus Miller, and Ben Williams;  drummers Terri Lyne Carrington and Vinnie Colaiuta;  guitarists Bilal Karaman, John McLaughlin, Lee Ritenour and Joe Louis Walker;  saxophonists Dale Barlow, Igor Butman, Branford Marsalis, Wayne Shorter and Liu Yuan;  clarinetists Anat Cohen and Hüsnü Şenlendirici;  violinist Jean-Luc Ponty;  tabla master Zakir Hussain;  trombonist Alevtina Polyakova;  Pedro Martinez on percussion, and other special guests.  John Beasley will be the event’s musical director.

International experts and decision-makers meeting at a United Nations forum in Paris yesterday adopted an action plan to rehabilitate and safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks by Islamic extremists in recent months.
The action plan adopted at the meeting, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the French Government, seeks to rehabilitate cultural heritage damaged during the conflict with the active participation of local communities, and to take measures to protect the ancient manuscripts kept in the region.

Estimated to cost some $11 million, the plan also aims to provide training activities so as to re-establish appropriate conditions for the conservation and management of cultural heritage, including manuscripts and intangible heritage. Read More

International experts and decision-makers meeting at a United Nations forum in Paris yesterday adopted an action plan to rehabilitate and safeguard Mali’s cultural heritage, which has been the target of attacks by Islamic extremists in recent months.

The action plan adopted at the meeting, organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the French Government, seeks to rehabilitate cultural heritage damaged during the conflict with the active participation of local communities, and to take measures to protect the ancient manuscripts kept in the region.

Estimated to cost some $11 million, the plan also aims to provide training activities so as to re-establish appropriate conditions for the conservation and management of cultural heritage, including manuscripts and intangible heritage. Read More

Infographic: Stronger Water Cooperation is vital to prepare for world population increase from 7billion today to 9billion in 2050 http://ow.ly/hDMRW

Infographic: Stronger Water Cooperation is vital to prepare for world population increase from 7billion today to 9billion in 2050 http://ow.ly/hDMRW

UNESCO: Highlights from 2012

Video Remarks for UNESCO’s “Stand Up For Malala-Stand Up for Girls’s Right to Education” Event (Full Text)

CELEBRATING WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY

68 American teachers and 19 international teachers will be honored on UNESCO’s World Teachers’ Day in Washington, D.C. on October 5. The U.S. teachers participated in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Teachers for Global Classrooms program, and the international teachers are currently participating in the Bureau’s Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program. The teachers are gathering for a two-day symposium to discuss how they will integrate global content and practice into their classrooms. Learn More

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