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japan1UNESCO has launched the fourth edition of the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). Funded by the Government of Japan, the Prize annually rewards three outstanding ESD projects and programmes with US$ 50,000 each.

EOMAPA new World Water Quality Portal, launched by UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), provides information on freshwater quality at the global scale using remote sensing data. Water quality affects human health, as well as ecosystems, biodiversity, food production and economic growth.

proscoAudrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, and Jeong-shik Kwak, Director-General of the South Korean Conglomerate “POSCO 1% Foundation”, signed a partnership framework agreement on 8 January 2018, establishing the “UNESCO-POSCO 1% Foundation” Fund.

alaskaThe Arctic continued in 2017 to warm at double the rate of the global temperature increase, resulting in the second warmest air temperatures, above average ocean temperatures, loss of sea ice, and a range of human, ocean and ecosystem effects, according to the United Nations weather agency.