UNESCO declares world’s first 5-country biosphere reserve in ‘Amazon of Europe’

What is the news?  Recently, UNESCO designated Mura-Drava-Danube (MDD) as the world’s first ‘five-country biosphere reserve.  The biosphere reserve covers 700 kilometres of the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers and stretches across Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary and Serbia. The total area of the reserve — a million hectares — in the so-called ‘Amazon of Europe’, makes it the… Continue reading UNESCO declares world’s first 5-country biosphere reserve in ‘Amazon of Europe’

UNESCO includes Panna in the “World network of Biosphere Reserves”.

News: UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere(MAB) programme has included Panna Biosphere Reserve to UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.   Facts: Panna Biosphere Reserve: It is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Vegetation: Panna is characterized by forests and marshy vegetation, with an abundance of rare medicinal plants as well as other non-timber forestry… Continue reading UNESCO includes Panna in the “World network of Biosphere Reserves”.

Virtual Event on UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready Recognition to Odisha Communities

News: The Odisha State Disaster Management Authority(OSDMA) has implemented the Tsunami Ready programme in two villages. Facts: Tsunami Ready Programme: It is a community performance-based programme initiated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission(IOC) of UNESCO. Aim: To promote tsunami preparedness through active collaboration of public, community leaders and national and local emergency management agencies. Objectives: To… Continue reading Virtual Event on UNESCO-IOC Tsunami Ready Recognition to Odisha Communities

COVID-19 widened educational divide: UNESCO report

News: UNESCO has released a report titled “Global Education Monitoring Report 2020”. Facts: Theme: “Inclusion and education: All means all”. Aim: To monitor progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on education as well as other education-related points in the SDG Agenda. Additional Facts: SDG 4: It aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality… Continue reading COVID-19 widened educational divide: UNESCO report

Global Education Coalition(GEC)

News:The Global Education Coalition has been launched by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). Facts: Aim:To facilitate inclusive learning opportunities for children and youth during this period of sudden and unprecedented educational disruption. Members:It is an open partnership that includes international organizations (ILO,UNICEF,WB among others) , private sector partners (Facebook, Google) and Philanthropic… Continue reading Global Education Coalition(GEC)

Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO

News:Recently,the Indian Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO(INCCU) was chaired by the Union Human Resource Development(HRD) Minister. Facts: About INCCU: Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO(INCCU) was formed by the Government of India in 1949.It was made a permanent commission in 1951. It functions under the Department of Secondary and Higher Education in the Ministry… Continue reading Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO

Nepal’s Seke ‘near-extinct’: The six degrees of endangerment of a language

News:Recently, several newspapers have reported that the near-extinct Nepalese language ‘Seke’ has just 700 speakers around the world. Facts: About Seke Language: Seke means golden language.It is one of the over 100 indigenous languages of Nepal. It is mainly spoken in the five villages of Chuksang, Chaile, Gyakar, Tangbe and Tetang in the Upper Mustang… Continue reading Nepal’s Seke ‘near-extinct’: The six degrees of endangerment of a language

Pink City Jaipur gets UNESCO World Heritage tag

The United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added Jaipur to its World Heritage List. This announcement was made during the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Azerbaijan. The City of Jaipur is popularly known as “Pink City” for its trademark building colour.It was founded in 1727 under the patronage of… Continue reading Pink City Jaipur gets UNESCO World Heritage tag

Women still under-represented in science, tech

According to a report by UNESCO, women remains considerably under-represented across STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) studies and careers. The report says that globally only 29% of those in science research and development are women with a lowest in south and west Asia at 19% and the highest in central Asia with 48%. The… Continue reading Women still under-represented in science, tech

Workshop held as Srinagar awaits UNESCO stamp

A workshop was held at Srinagar’s Institute of Hotel Management for promoting the city’s art and craft. This event was held to prepare a dossier for the inclusion of Srinagar in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network(UCCN) as a city of Crafts and Folk Art.Jammu and Kashmir does not have any site or monument with the… Continue reading Workshop held as Srinagar awaits UNESCO stamp