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Dr. Sribhavani Receives Prestigious 2024 Global Changemakers Award for Revolutionary Contributions to Education
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Dr. Sribhavani Receives Prestigious 2024 Global Changemakers Award for Revolutionary Contributions to Education

Recognized for Excellence in Education and International Impact June 19, 2024 — In a prestigious ceremony held last night, Dr. Sribhavani was awarded the 2024 Global Changemakers Award, receiving accolades in both the Education and International Icon categories. This esteemed recognition celebrates her groundbreaking contributions and unwavering dedication to education on a global scale.   Dr. Sribhavani's innovative approaches and tireless efforts have transformed the educational landscape, earning her admiration and respect worldwide. Her work has not only improved educational outcomes for countless students but has also set new standards in international educational practices. The Global Changemakers Award is renowned for highlighting individuals who drive sig...
UN Expert: US Is Not Treating Student Protesters Who Support Palestine Fairly
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UN Expert: US Is Not Treating Student Protesters Who Support Palestine Fairly

The recent rise in student protest attacks on American campuses, according to a UN independent human rights expert, points to a "erosion of intellectual freedom and democratic principles within educational settings." UN Special Rapporteur on the right to education Farida Shaheed said in a statement at the conclusion of her official visit to the US, "I am deeply troubled by the violent crackdown on peaceful demonstrators, arrests, detentions, police violence, surveillance and disciplinary measures and sanctions against members of the educational community exercising their right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression." The expert, who was appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, expressed her particular concern about the way demonstrators—especially those who support the P...
A historically Black Louisiana college is the second institution to postpone its UN ambassador’s speech in light of the protests in Gaza.
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A historically Black Louisiana college is the second institution to postpone its UN ambassador’s speech in light of the protests in Gaza.

In response to the students' protests in Gaza, Xavier University of Louisiana, a historically Black college in New Orleans, became the second institution to postpone the speech of UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield. In response to criticism about Thomas-Greenfield's voting record at the UN from students and the community, the university changed its mind about the commencement speaker. Reynold Verret, the president of the university, made the announcement via email on Wednesday. In the email, Verret stated, "Everyone's goal is to have a commencement ceremony that appropriately honors the graduates and their achievements." "The great majority of students desire an interruption-free commencement ceremony. That being said, we will not be having the commencement speaker as sched...
Ghana’s Essential Support for the New Free Education Treaty
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Ghana’s Essential Support for the New Free Education Treaty

It now has a vital role to play in ensuring that more children worldwide have access to free education as a member of the UN Human Rights Council. A new initiative spearheaded by Sierra Leone, the Dominican Republic, and Luxembourg is asking members of the United Nations (UN) to support the creation of an international treaty that would explicitly guarantee every child the right to free pre-primary education for at least one year and free secondary education for another. Less than a year after Ghana gained independence and at a time when less than half of children globally of similar ages were enrolled in school, Ghana took the first step toward free education in 1952 when it implemented tuition-free elementary education for children aged six to twelve. President Kwame Nkrumah th...
OpenAI and Microsoft establish the Societal Resilience Fund
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OpenAI and Microsoft establish the Societal Resilience Fund

A $2 million Societal Resilience Fund is being launched today by Microsoft and OpenAI to promote AI literacy and education among voters and vulnerable populations. Two billion people will cast ballots in democratic elections this year, making it more crucial than ever to give people the knowledge and resources they need to navigate the increasingly complicated digital landscape and locate reliable sources. The Older Adults Technology Services from AARP (OATS), the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), and Partnership on AI (PAI) are just a few of the organizations that will benefit from fund grants as they provide AI education and support efforts to increase public awareness ...
A high-ranking U.N. court will not compel Germany to stop selling arms to Israel.
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A high-ranking U.N. court will not compel Germany to stop selling arms to Israel.

In response to a request from Nicaragua, the International Court of Justice declined to order Germany to cease providing arms and assistance to Israel. Nicaragua filed the lawsuit, claiming that Germany is failing to stop potential genocide against Palestinians in Israel's conflict with Hamas in the Gaza Strip by arming and otherwise supporting Israel. The ICJ judges ruled in a preliminary finding on Tuesday, voting 15-1, that the grounds for issuing such an order were not met based on the legal arguments put out. "Nobody is above the law," the German Foreign Ministry said in response to the ruling on social media. This directs our behavior. We applaud the International Court of Justice's ruling from today." It went on, "Germany is not involved in the Middle East conflict—q...
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The January–March 2024 issue of the Regional Bureau for West and Central Africa Education Newsletter

By March 2024, the fighting that began in April 2023 in Sudan had drove over 1.6 million people out of the country and over 1.7 million into five neighboring countries: South Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Chad, the Central African Republic (CAR), and Ethiopia. The request for $1.4 billion in the 2024 Regional Refugee Response Plan (RRRP) for the Sudan disaster contains $103 million for educational activities. The plan is intended to assist 2.7 million people, including host populations, returnees, refugees, and residents of other countries.Since the beginning of the conflict, Sudanese asylum seekers have been allowed entry into the CAR and Chad. Since April 2023, around 594,000 Sudanese have sought asylum in the CAR and Chad as of the end of March. Of them, over 570,000 have sought asylum in Cha...
The UN commends India for raising its per capita income and life expectancy.
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The UN commends India for raising its per capita income and life expectancy.

According to the UN Human Development Index (HDI) report, India's average life expectancy increased from 62.7 years in 2022 to 67.7 years in 2022. Furthermore, over the course of a year, India's gross national income (GNI) per capita has increased by 6.3% to $6951. The projected number of years of education per person increased to 12.6 according to the HDI survey. India ranked 134th out of 193 nations in the UN's 2023–2024 study, "Breaking the Gridlock: Reimagining Cooperation in a Polarized World," with an HDI score of 0.644 in 2022. India is thus categorized as having "medium human development." Notably, India's HDI score increased in 2022 after declining the year before and trending stagnantly in the years prior. India's HDI was 0.434 in 1990; a positive change of 48.4% is se...
UN Peacekeepers Leave East Democratic Republic of the Congo
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UN Peacekeepers Leave East Democratic Republic of the Congo

  By giving national police control of a UN post, the UN began the removal of MONUSCO peacekeeping personnel from the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Wednesday, as observed by an AFP team. The flags of the DRC were officially replaced with those of the United Nations and Pakistan, whose forces were stationed at the Kamanyola base on the borders of Rwanda and Burundi.
Global Call for Women’s Rights and an All-Inclusive Political Framework in Afghanistan at the UN Security Council Meeting
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Global Call for Women’s Rights and an All-Inclusive Political Framework in Afghanistan at the UN Security Council Meeting

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors to discuss Afghanistan, but no decision was made at the end of the meeting. Members talked about extending UNAMA's mandate, naming a UN Special Envoy, and going over the outcomes of the Doha Meeting during the session. The current president of the Security Council emphasized that developing an inclusive political framework and respecting human rights—with a particular emphasis on women's rights—are essential to bringing about peace and security in Afghanistan. He urged the Taliban to respect Afghanistan's international commitments and to eliminate their discriminatory policies, systemic oppression, and gender-based discrimination. Eleven nations that have ratified the Security Council's Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) principles simul...