Staying Safe From Floods Through Gamification

In many parts of the world, flooding and natural disasters can be a seasonal threat to people’s lives. While these may be a recurrent theme in some regions, education on preventive and awareness are not always as readily adopted as humanitarian agencies would like. UNESCO-Bangkok has teamed up with software developer Opendream to address this very problem through a unique approach.

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New Voices and Modern Tools in UNICEF’s Flagship Report

In December, the United Nations deemed 2014 one of the worst years on record for the world’s children, especially those in the Middle East and Africa. Despite this dire news, it is also important to focus on UNICEF’s successes in its efforts to support the rights of children worldwide, and what can be done to achieve a better outlook for 2015.

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Bringing Science Labs to the Students

  Today marks the 13th annual World Science Day for Peace and Development. The focus of this UN day is to renew scientific commitments to peace and development and to show citizens the extent to which science is relevant in our daily lives. It is an opportunity for international discussions and a venue for innovation, stressing “the responsible use of …

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HeForShe – Gender Inequality as a Human Rights Issue

It is often the most well-known ideas that need an innovative approach. In recent years, feminism has received its fair share of criticism and negative press. Critiques have ranged from the negative interpretations and appropriations of the movement to questions as to whether it remains relevant and useful in our modern age. Yet, no matter how you may view feminism, …

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Young ‘Sheros’ are Making a Difference, One Step at a Time

  This article celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October, 2014.   Think of Malala Yousafzai, the teen-aged Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school, and you’ll be envisioning a ‘shero’. That’s my word for a young woman who is mightier than the oppressors who would deny her an education. Malala is …

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IKEA’s Flat-pack, Solar Powered Refugee Shelter

The IKEA Foundation has partnered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and developed a flat-pack, solar powered refugee shelter called the Refugee Housing Unit. The prototype is the result of more than two years of research and 3.4 million Euros. According to Per Heggenes, CEO of the IKEA Foundation, at least 3.5 million refugees currently live in …

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