Once a month, the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information sends a letter to Non-Governmental Organizations, official partners of UNESCO. As ACUNS holds Associate Status with UNESCO, these letters are shared on the ACUNS website.

June 2017

  •  30 July 2017 – Deadline for nominations: Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology
  • 6-12 August 2017 – World Humanities Conference, Liège, Belgium
  • 12 August 2017 – International Youth Day
  • 8 September 2017 – International Literacy Day (ILD)
  • UNESCO Publications
  • Compiled by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), the first status report on ocean sciences around the world, the Global Ocean Science Report: The Current Status of Ocean Science around the World offers a global record of who, how, and where ocean science is conducted: generating knowledge, helping to protect ocean health, and empowering society to support sustainable ocean management in the framework of the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. The Executive Summary of this Report is now available in five languages (English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic). The Russian version is coming soon.

  • A new UNESCO policy paper, Reducing global poverty through universal primary and secondary education, is being released ahead of the UN High Level Political Forum (10-19 July), which will focus on poverty eradication in pursuit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It shows that the global poverty rate could be more than halved if all adults completed secondary school. Yet, UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) data show persistently that completion levels in education will remain well below that target for generations to come. The paper demonstrates the importance of recognizing education as a core lever for ending poverty in all its forms, everywhere. It is available in English via this link.

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