Press Release: World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development

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 Celebrating cultural diversity means opening up new perspectives for sustainable development and promoting creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship as sources of millions of jobs worldwide particularly for young people and especially for women. Culture is a sustainable development accelerator whose potential has been recognized in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by the United Nations.


-Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

WORLD TELECOMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION SOCIETY DAY: ‘ICT ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR SOCIAL IMPACT’

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ICT involves the use of modern and old technologies for gathering, storing and retrieval of information with subsequent transmission to third party for further usage. The youth being adaptable, creative and innovative stand the best to benefit from the rapid development of ICT. The proliferation of Information and Communication Technologies presents on the other hand both opportunities and challenges in terms of social development and inclusion of youth. (United Nations, 2005).

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FAMILIES: ‘FAMILIES, HEALTHY LIVES AND SUSTAINABLE FUTURE’

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 Equitable social and economic development depends on fair legal frameworks and social norms that support the rights of women and children. Discriminatory laws and practices that do not give equal rights to all, and that suppress women’s and children’s rights, have no place in contemporary families, communities, societies and nations.

-Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS - THIS IS YOUR RIGHT

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I call on everyone to stand united in defending and encouraging press freedom and the right to access to information. This is essential for human rights and dignity, for our aspirations for sustainable development, for common determination to build lasting peace.


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UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova
 
Every year, on the 3rd of May is a day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, and evaluate the practice of press freedom around the world. In this day, we pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession and defend the media from attacks on their independence.
 
This day was proclaimed as the World Press Freedom Day by the United Nations’ General Assembly in 1993, following a recommendation adopted at the twenty-sixth session of UNESCO's General Conference in 1991. Today serves as an occasion to inform citizens of violations of press freedom as well as enlighten them with the fact that in dozens of countries around the world, publications are censored, fined, suspended and closed down, while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed, attacked, detained and even murdered. This year’s theme is “Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - this is your right”! It focuses on three different aspects of press freedom which are freedom of information as a fundamental freedom and as a human right; protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach; as well as ensuring safety for journalism online and offline.

OPEN CALL FOR NGOS TO APPLY FOR CONSULTATIVE STATUS WITH UNITED NATIONS

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The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) is the United Nations’ central platform for reflection, debate, and innovative thinking on sustainable development. It serves as the central mechanism for the activities of the United Nations system and its specialized agencies, and supervises the subsidiary and expert bodies in the economic, social and environmental fields and brings people and issues together to promote collective action for a sustainable world.

It is established by the United Nations Charter as the principal organ, under the authority of the General Assembly, in order to promote higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development, solutions of international economic, social, health, and related problems; and international cultural and educational cooperation and universal respect for, as well as observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.

Consultative relationships may be established with international, regional, sub regional and national non-governmental, non-profit public or voluntary organisations. NGOs affiliated to an international organisation that are already in status may be admitted provided that they are able to demonstrate that their programme of work is of direct relevance to the aims and purposes of the United Nations. In the case of national organisations, consultation with the Member State concerned is required.