UNESCO welcomes press councils’ call for professional reporting on COVID-19 in South East Europe
Black Death: how can we learn from the spread of disease along the Silk Roads?
This article explores the spread of plague known as the Black Death across the Silk Roads of the 14th Century CE It examines ways in which people responded to the disease and looks at how we can respond to newly arising challenges today utilizing the Silk Roads as an instructive example of the benefits of an interconnected world built on collaboration and timely and reliable knowledge sharing
COVID-19: Check the facts
In the wake of the COVID19 global pandemic misinformation also referred to as fake news has been circulated in various media in particular social media This has contributed to widespread panic speculation and confusion in dealing with matters to do with preventing and containing this global pandemic Check the facts to make sure you are getting the right information from the right sources
UNESCO experts urge collective responsibility to protect vulnerable persons in global battle against COVID-19
UNESCOs International Bioethics Committee IBC and World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology COMEST have issued a joint statement to guide policy makers and inform the public about essential ethical considerations that need to be addressed during the global fight against the COVID19 pandemic
Disinformation: a silent weapon in times of pandemic
UNESCO and UNDP join forces to promote verified information against COVID 19
Interview with Tania de Montaigne ̶ "The archaic reflex is stigmatization"
Tania de Montaigne author and actor shares her thoughts with us on the upsurge in racist and xenophobic acts since the beginning of the COVID19 crisis She collaborates with UNESCO in the context of the Master Class Series against Racism and Discriminations targeting young people in secondary education This series of interviews is part of UNESCOs initiatives to respond to the major social issues raised by the pandemic
Interview with Azra Akšamija – “What matters most, at the time of crisis, are qualities of our human connections”
Dr Azra Akšamija on the left in the picture Jury member of the UNESCOSharjah Prize for Arab Culture shares with us her personal experience of the current complex situation related to the COVID19 pandemic With the support of her community she has started the global CoMASK initiative to inspire people to create their own masks and by doing so to promote hope humanity solidarity and efficient hygiene practices
How the Republic of Korea flattened the COVID-19 curve: openness, transparency and democracy
The Republic of Korea discovered its first COVID19 case on 20 January 2020 The Korean Centres for Disease Control immediately organized a meeting with biomedicine companies to provide the genetic map of the coronavirus released by the WHO and to ask them to develop test kits After two weeks the test kits were developed and approved for use after one week On 20 February 2020 the number of cases began to explode in and around the City of Daegu to nearly 9000 cases in less than a month making the Republic of Korea one of the most dangerous places in the world The size and the speed of the outbreak seemed to be uncontrollable
Young influencers challenge disinformation in Latin America
With millions of followers on their social networks they warn about the danger of amplifying unverified content and encourage them to commit to responsible habits
Interview with Fethi Mansouri - Advancing a new social contract in the post-Covid-19 era?
Professor Fethi Mansouri PhD UNESCO Chairholder Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at the Deakin University Melbourne Australia and UNITWIN Convenor Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding IDIU shares his views on the impact of COVID19 on intercultural dialogue New forms of solidarity and dialogue are emerging at a time when social distancing seems to be the only efficient blockade to the pandemic At the same time massive economic disparities and access to health care are being pushed to the limit with inevitable consequences on the rise of racism and discriminations Are we ready to engage in a new social contract in view of the postCOVID19 era
Free press in Southern Africa more critical than ever in the fight against COVID-19
UNESCO in partnership with its member states celebrate the 27th World Press Freedom Day WPFD on 3 May 2020 A free press is more critical than ever as this years commemoration comes at a time when the world is facing a global pandemic COVID19 The press is positioned on the frontline in the fight against the distortion of truth by verifying facts and uncovering evidence during crises