World Environment Day – 5 June

The United Nations designated 5 June as World Environment Day to highlight that the protection and health of the environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of peoples and economic development throughout the world. The celebration of this day provides us with an opportunity to broaden the basis for an enlightened opinion and responsible conduct by individuals, enterprises and communities in preserving and enhancing the environment. The year 1972 marked a turning point in the development of international environmental politics, with the first major conference on environmental issues, known as the Conference on the Human Environment, or the Stockholm […]

ChatGPT in the Classroom: Harnessing the Era of Generative AI in Higher Education

The Global Human Rights Campus  is organizing a webinar that delves into the effects of Generative Artificial Intelligence, in particular ChatGPT , on higher education institutions (HEIs) in the European region. The emergence of ChatGPT and other large linguistic models (LLMs) has provoked significant debate in higher education. While there are compelling arguments about their potential benefits in the classroom, there are also legitimate concerns regarding these technologies. In this webinar, you will explore: - The implications of ChatGPT for higher education, including its capabilities and limitations. - The impact of ChatGPT on the role of educators. - Strategies for […]

Global Sustainable Development Congress 2024: Uniting higher education, governments, industry and society for a sustainable future

The Global Sustainable Development Congress co-hosted by Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation brings together 3,000 global thought leaders and innovators to discuss urgent solutions to the sustainability emergency, will be held from 10 to 13 June 2024, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Challenging the usual thinking on what higher education, governments, businesses and society must do to help society meet the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the congress is a call to action for global universities and businesses to pivot their educational, research, innovation and outreach programmes towards tangible outcomes. […]

World Refugee Day – 20 June

2023 Theme: Hope Away from Home World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. World Refugee Day is an occasion to build empathy and understanding for their plight and to recognize their resilience in rebuilding their lives. Background Every minute 20 people leave everything behind to escape war, persecution or terror. There are several types of forcibly displaced persons: Refugees A […]

2024 Future of Higher Education & Workforce Summit

The 2024 Holon IQ Future of Higher Education & Workforce Summit is a program of presentations, discussions and networking sessions on the key trends and strategic shifts shaping the future of higher education. The program features insights and case studies from institutions leading the way in educational innovation.  Key topics include: Future Higher Education Models; Alternate Credentials & New Approaches to Lifelong Upskilling, Engaging Students and Reinventing Curriculum; Online, Hybrid and On-Campus Higher Education; The Outlook for International Education; and, Integrating Artificial Intelligence. Victoria Galan-Muros, Chief of Research and Analysis at UNESCO IESALC will be among the speakers at the […]

World Population Day – 11 July

2023 Theme: Unleashing the power of gender equality: Uplifting the voices of women and girls to unlock our world’s infinite possibilities What women and girls want matters. They make up 49.7% of the global population, yet women and girls are often ignored in discussions on demographics, with their rights violated in population policies. This pervasive injustice keeps women and girls out of school, the workforce and leadership positions; limits their agency and ability to make decisions about their health and sexual and reproductive lives; and heightens their vulnerability to violence, harmful practices and preventable maternal death, with a woman dying […]

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples – 9 August

In order to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, every 9 August commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This date, adopted in December 1994 by UN General Assembly resolution 49/214, marks the date ofthe first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights held in Geneva in 1982. Each year, UNESCO marks the celebration of the Day by sharing information on projects and activities that are relevant to the annual theme. "Marked every year on 9 August, the International Day of the World’s […]

International Youth Day – 12 August

On 17 December 1999, in its resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day. The Assembly recommended that public information activities be organized to support the Day as a way to promote better awareness of the World Programme of Action for Youth, adopted by the General Assembly in 1996 (resolution 50/81). Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security represents an unprecedented acknowledgement of the urgent need to engage young peacebuilders in promoting peace and countering extremism, and clearly […]

International Day for People of African Descent – 31 August

Honouring the contributions of the African diaspora The International Day for People of African Descent was celebrated for the first time on 31 August 2021. Through this Observance the United Nations aimed to promote the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent. International days reflect the values that society shares. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and have the potential to contribute constructively to the development and well-being of their societies. Any doctrine of racial superiority is scientifically false, morally […]