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water16 November 2014 – The most basic of all human rights – water – is also a central element in global affairs and the development agenda with wide implications on international peace and security, the Deputy Secretary-General told participants today the World Water Summit held in London.

“Around today’s world, we see how a lack of access to water can fuel conflict and even threaten peace and stability,” Jan Eliasson pointed out as he delivered the keynote address on “Tackling the Global Water Challenges: What’s Next?,” to the Summit, which was organized by The Economist.

conference_unescoUNESCO’s Director-General, the Crown Prince of Japan and Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco - the President of the Mohammed VI Foundation for the Protection of the Environment - will open the World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan next Monday, 10 November.

The Conference will mark the end of the UN Decade of ESD (2005-2014) will create a Roadmap to launch the Global Action Programme (GAP), a follow-up to the Decade that will propose new goals and objectives, priority action areas and strategies.

IPCCCiting “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued today has warned that if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.

Echoing that dire warning, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that if the world maintains its “business as usual” attitude about climate change, the opportunity to keep temperature rise below the internationally target of 2 degrees Celsius, “will slip away within the next decade.”

10On October 31, 2014 the 8th Session of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-sponsored Fellowships Programme 2014 for specialists from developing countries and countries in transition was ended by graduation ceremony of awarding certificates.

The Ceremony was attended by Mr. Vladimir Berdin, Deputy Executive Director of the International Sustainable Energy Development Centre under the auspices of UNESCO, Mr.Valery Zykov, Deputy Dean of the Ecological Faculty of the Russian Peoples' Friendship University (PFUR), Dr. Margarita Redina, Head teacher of the education programme, Mr. Alexander Antonov, Head of Educational Programmes Sector at ISEDC, and experts and teachers of the course.

6On 27th of October 2014 a scientific and educational seminar took place at the International Sustainable Energy Development Centre under the auspices of UNESCO (ISEDC), in the framework of the 8th session of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme "Sustainable Energy for All".

4The eighth session of the UNESCO/ISEDC Co-Sponsored Fellowships Programme is being held in Moscow from 6 to 31 October 2014 at the premises of the Ecological Faculty of People’s Friendship University of Russia.

The Programme is participated by 19 young professionals - representatives of 18 countries with developing and transition economies, representing such regions as Latin America, Africa, Asia and Central Europe.

14The annual Forum and Exhibition «Open Innovations» were held in Moscow on 14–16 October 2014 supported by the Moscow Government and the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.

The Forum «Open Innovations» is a global discussion platform that is dedicated to emerging technologies and furthering innovation prospects and collaboration worldwide.

bokova4On October 7 UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova gave an on-line lecture to students from 38 universities in all regions enrolled in the “Global Classroom on Sustainable Development.”

This Global Masters on development Practice course is led by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network at Columbia University, New York.

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