November 18, 2015
PRESS START: Crowdfunding Stories that Matter
Crowdfunding platform Press Start was launched today to raise money for independent journalism in countries where the press cannot report freely -- a goal all the more crucial as media freedom sits at its lowest level in a decade.
The site was introduced via a Kickstarter campaign, potentially revolutionizing the way the best and bravest reporters are funded in the developing world and countries in transition.
'Tolerance must be taught, nurtured and defended,' says Ban on International Day
16 November 2015 – Tolerance is much more than passively accepting the “other;” it brings obligations to act, and must be taught, nurtured and defended, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on the world to recognize the mounting threat posed by those who strive to divide, and pledge to forge a path defined by dialogue and mutual understanding.
UN Internet Governance Forum closes, highlights linkages with sustainable development
14 November 2015 – Consensus at the closing 10th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Brazil today underscored the contribution of Information Communications Technologies (ICTs) and the Internet to the achievement of the recently adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations announced.
Science stands at heart of sustainable future, UNESCO says on World Science Day
10 November 2015 – Citing science, technology and innovation as key components of the upcoming United Nations climate change negotiations in Paris, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today urged governments to “do everything to support societies across the world, on every continent, to create and share knowledge.”
‘Turn digital divides into digital opportunities,’ Ban tells annual UN forum on Internet governance
10 November 2015 – To cover the “breadth and depth” of the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, the potential of the data revolution must be explored through the use of new and non-traditional sources of data, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed at the 10th annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which opened today in João Pessoa, Brazil.
UN at 70: former envoy and Nobel laureate says Security Council reform vital for more effective Organization
13 November 2015 – “Old tools and approaches are not always enough to solve current complex crises.” This is according to former Finnish President and United Nations envoy Martti Ahtisaari, who highlights the importance of reforming the Security Council, as he reflects on the UN’s 70th anniversary in a new book published for the occasion.
Indonesia signs the historic Bali Declaration targeting the looming TB diabetes co-epidemic
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Economic and Social Council President urges stronger cooperation to thwart tax evasion and avoidance
11 November 2015 – Citing an enormous loss of $100 to $240 billion dollars in uncollected global corporate income tax revenues each year, Oh Joon, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) today stressed the need to curb tax evasion and avoidance and called for stronger international tax cooperation.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) joining Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit in Bangladesh
Trafficking in cultural property ‘source of enormous illicit profits,’ UN official tells forum
5 November 2015 – Trafficking in cultural property has increasingly come to the attention of the international community and represents a source of enormous illicit profits, an official from UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) stressed today at a special event in St. Petersburg, Russia.