Promoting Gender Equality in STEM-related TVET

On 21 to 22 March, UNESCO-UNEVOC was hosting an experts’ workshop in Bonn, Germany on gender equality in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields in Technical and vocational education and training (TVET). The workshop sought to better understand the root causes of gender disparities in STEM-related TVET through discussions with experts from ten UNEVOC Centers across the globe.

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SDG Action Campaign Releases Program for Global Festival of Action

The UN SDG Action Campaign has released its program for the 3-day-long Global Festival of Action taking place in Bonn. It consists of workshops and interactive sessions that will bring together participants from governments, local authorities, International Organizations, civil societies, activists, young advocates, the creative industry and the private sector – to scale up the impact of their work and broaden the global movement to take action for the SDGs.

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The Sun, the Earth and the Weather in cities: more than a movie title! - Op-ed by Dr. Simone Sandholz, UNU-EHS

Opinion-editorial by Dr. Simone Sandholz, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) located in Bonn

“The Sun, the Earth and the Weather” sounds like a movie title, but it is actually this year’s World Meteorological Day’s theme and three of the greatest challenges - but also opportunities – for urban areas.

The Sun

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Wetlands help protect us from floods and purify our water - Op-ed by Zita Sebesvari and Yvonne Walz of UNU-EHS

Opinion-editorial by Zita Sebesvari and Yvonne Walz, United Nations University, Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) located in Bonn

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UNFCCC 25th Anniversary: Climate Action is More Urgent than Ever

Today marks a special day in the history of global climate action: It marks the day when the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) first came into force. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force, Patricia Espinosa, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary delivered remarks on this important milestone and encouraged greater ambition and action for a sustainable future. She said:

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Every Hour 30 People Are Diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB) in the European Region

The latest WHO/ECDC report Tuberculosis surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019 (2017 data) shows that despite an overall decline in numbers of people suffering from TB, the disease remains a major public health challenge in the Region. Of the 275,000 new diagnoses and relapses, an estimated 77,000 people are suffering from difficult-to-treat multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). The European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries fare better, with only 1,041 people reported to have MDR-TB.

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Opening of the UN photo exhibition "People on the way - a global history"

Every two seconds, a human being is forced to flee. 68.5 million people are on the run. 

With these words Arne Molfenter of the Regional Information Centre for Western Europe (UNRIC) opened the photo exhibition "People on the way - a global history" on behalf of UN Bonn. The exhibition shows photos from the UN archives in New York. 

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UN Bonn launches Photo Exhibition at Haus der Bildung in Bonn

Today the photo exhibition "People on the Move – a Global History" will be launched at 6.30 pm at Haus der Bildung in Bonn. In cooperation with UNRIC, VHS Bonn, and the UNO Flüchtlingshilfe e.V., the exhibition presents photos from the United Nations photo archive capturing moments in the lives of people who, for various reasons, have migrated during the last 70 years. Migration is a global phenomenon pervading human history.

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UN Secretary-General Praises Young Climate Activists

Last Friday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres welcomed the worldwide student protests on climate change as he shares the students' concern about the future.

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4th UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi comes to an end: World leaders ramp up solutions for sustainable economies

Over 4,700 heads of state, ministers, business leaders, senior UN officials and civil society representatives met in Nairobi this week for the fourth UN Environment Assembly from 11-15 March in order to take decisions that move global societies to a more sustainable path. Attendees of the meeting under the theme “Innovative Solutions for Environmental Challenges and Sustainable Consumption and Production” also include prominent world leaders as the Presidents of France and Kenya, Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta.  

This year’s discussions focused on following topics:

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