UNESCO. (2021). Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators. Paris, France: UNESCO.
This handbook enables journalism educators worldwide to address one of the challenges of the 21st century – migration and refugee matters. In a set of thirteen modules, journal-ism educators are provided with a comprehensive curriculum. It covers all aspects needed to train analysis, research, presentation, marketing, and ethics of migration coverage.
The handbook is unique as it comprises results of communication studies as well as political and social sciences. It has been developed by an international and cross-cultural group of media researchers, media educators and media practitioners. (p. iii)
Reporting on Migrants and Refugees: Handbook for Journalism Educators is published as part of the UNESCO Series on Journalism Education, and is available in Open Access.
Communications Consultant (Gender and Education), UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 15 September, 2021.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Division for Education 2030 and the Chief of the Section of Education for Inclusion and Gender Equality, and the direct supervision of the Communication Officer on one part and the Liaison Officer for the Joint Program on the other part, the Contractor will support the digital and audio-visual communication efforts of the Section and the visibility efforts of the Joint Program (from 1 September to 30 December 2021). Among other duties, the successful candidate will help to implement the digital communication plan and update/improve it as needed based on upcoming landmarks and events, including a working list of outputs and timeline. Required qualifications include, but are not limited to, advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in communications, media/journalism, political science, social science or a related field. No less than two years of experience developing, producing, disseminating and monitoring creative communication and digital content, of which preferably one year at international level. Excellent knowledge of both English and French.
Program Specialist (Culture). UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 6 September, 2021.
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director-General for Culture, the general supervision of the Director of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), and the direct supervision of the Head of the Arab States Unit of the World Heritage Centre (WHC/ARB), the incumbent shall exercise the function of Program Specialist contributing to the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention in the Arab States Region for cultural and natural heritage, working within the Global Strategy adopted by the World Heritage Committee, using Periodic Reporting and Monitoring Reporting as an efficient conservation tool, implementing the strategic objectives and decisions adopted by the World Heritage Committee, cooperating with UN agencies on all related activities, and acting as Focal Point for a defined number of States Parties in the Unit within the World Heritage Centre. Required qualifications include, but are not limited to, an advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in the field of Cultural and/or Natural Heritage, Humanities, Law or Natural Sciences with specialization in natural or cultural heritage, Culture, Archaeology, Architecture, International Relations, or related area.
Director for Communication and Information Strategy & Policy. UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 13 September, 2021 (extended).
Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, the incumbent is responsible for providing intellectual and strategic leadership and vision to support UNESCO’s global mandate in the various fields of communication and information, including freedom of expression and the safety of journalists, universal access to information, media development and media and information literacy, innovation and digital transformations, and documentary heritage. In collaboration with UNESCO’s worldwide network of field offices, the incumbent will inform the development of UNESCO’s activities and initiatives, including by providing policy analysis and advice, to better meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This role does not include responsibility for UNESCO’s wider external communications, which is managed by the Department of Public Information.
Chief of Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 25 July 2021.
The Inclusion, Rights, and Dialogue Section of UNESCO supports Member States to promote inclusive policies and actions, by countering racism and discrimination, advancing intercultural dialogue and pursuing gender equality.
Under the supervision of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences Sector (ADG/SHS), the incumbent will be responsible for a number of flagship programs and projects, such as: UNESCO’s Roadmap on Anti-racism and non-discrimination; intercultural dialogue and competencies; arts for human rights and social justice; the promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender stereotypes; the international coalition of inclusive and sustainable cities; the Slave Route Project; the right to science and scientific freedom. The successful candidate will lead the design, coordination, execution and evaluation of the program and projects for the Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section.
UNESCO. (2020). The socio-cultural impact of COVID-19: Exploring the role of intercultural dialogue in emerging responses. Paris, France: UNESCO.
This report published by UNESCO argues that intercultural dialogue (ICD) is a substantial part of how the world responds to global challenges such as the pandemic.
[T]he emerging post COVID-19 world will be shaped by new dynamics and complex realities immersed in virtual inter-connectivity and driven by cross-sectoral engagements. To this end, the ICD agenda will have a significant role to play in developing a new socio-cultural compact that will contribute to shaping the way we live, work, connect and engage across national, ethnic and civilizational lines. (p. 15)
In addition to agreeing with the general sentiment, I was delighted to read the friendly comments about the report I prepared for UNESCO 8 years ago:
In its influential 2013 report ‘Intercultural Competencies: conceptual and operational framework‘ UNESCO approaches intercultural dialogue (ICD) as assuming ‘that participants agree to listen to and understand multiple perspectives, including even those held by groups or individuals with whom they disagree’. (p. 2)
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue
Chief of Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 25 July 2021.
The Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section supports Member States to promote inclusive policies and actions, by countering racism and discrimination, advancing intercultural dialogue and pursuing gender equality. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences Sector (ADG/SHS), the incumbent will be responsible for the following flagship programmes and projects:
- UNESCO’s Roadmap on Anti-racism and non-discrimination, including its toolkit
- Intercultural dialogue and competencies, promoting a culture of peace
- Arts for human rights and social justice
- The promotion of gender equality and the fight against gender stereotypes
- The international coalition of inclusive and sustainable cities
- The Slave Route Project
- The right to science and scientific freedom
- Long Description
Under the overall authority and close supervision of the ADG/SHS and reporting to the Director for Policies and Programmes (DIR/PPD) on programme management issues, the incumbent will lead the design, coordination, execution and evaluation of the programme and projects for the Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section.
Director of World Heritage, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 16 August 2021 (Extended).
Under the overall authority of the Director-General of UNESCO, and the direct supervision of the Assistant Director-General for Culture (ADG/CLT), the incumbent shall provide intellectual leadership and strategic vision for cultural and natural heritage at large and World Heritage in particular, in line with the Organization’s prevailing Medium-Term Strategy and Programme and Budget Document (C/5). The incumbent will develop effective programmatic and management strategies to enable the World Heritage Centre (WHC) to consolidate and further strengthen UNESCO’s leadership in the field of cultural and natural Heritage and its contribution to the UN sustainable development agenda. As such s/he is responsible for effectively managing the coordination, implementation and leading policy development and capacity building activities for the World Heritage Centre, the 1972 Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage as well as the 2011 Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape.
As Director of World Heritage, the incumbent will lead the World Heritage Centre’s programmes to support Member States and strengthen UNESCO’s leadership on the protection and promotion of cultural and natural heritage and the 1972 Convention, as an international standard setting instrument. As member of the Senior Management Team of the Culture Sector, s/he will be responsible for ensuring effective reporting to the Governing Bodies of UNESCO as per the Sector’s policy.
Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads Photo Contest, UNESCO, Paris, France. Deadline: 24 August 2020.
The annual Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads International Photo Contest offers an exciting opportunity for young people from all over the world to capture their understanding of the shared heritage of the Silk Roads through the lens of their camera. As the visual arts, and in particular photography, are so often used by today’s youth as a powerful tool for communication and self-expression, images have the potential to play a significant role in raising awareness of the key issues facing our contemporary globalizing world. This year in particular, at a time where many educational and cultural institutions have been temporarily closed, the photo contest provides an opportunity for young people to connect with one another in a digital space and share their creativity and vision for our post-pandemic world. Many hubs of social activity and human interaction, including schools, have been adversely affected by Covid-19, in light of these disruptions UNESCO is endeavouring to support remote learning, educational access, and youth engagement with culture, through its many initiatives.
Organized within the framework of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme, and in line with the objectives of UNESCO Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Programme, the UNESCO Youth Programme, by UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences Sector, the 2021 edition of the Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads photo contest is open for entries from 24 May 2021 to 24 August 2021.
The photographs must accurately reflect the theme, “Reveal the Silk Roads”, through representations of Gastronomy and Food Production, Music and Dance, and Traditional Sports and Games.
Art-Lab for Human Rights and Dialogue, for World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, UNESCO and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (webinar), 22 May 2020.
Five “artivists”, artists/activists, will share with the audience how they adapted, in light of Covid-19, their strategies to reach out to the most vulnerable, who are also, most often, the most invisible. Moreover, they will explain how the pandemic has uncovered human and social realities that we can no longer afford to avoid in the post Covid-19 era.
Art-Lab places human rights and dignity at the centre of sustainable development where cultural diversity and dialogue play a fundamental role. In particular, it strives to mainstream artistic and cultural programmes to reposition the central issue of human rights for policy-actors and to support vulnerable communities in the advancement of their human rights and dignity, by providing them with the necessary resistance resources through the Arts.
The webinar aims to shed light on the important role of art and culture as a tool for Dialogue and Development within a context where economic, social and cultural gaps are growing in parallel with the pandemic – echoing #ArtConnects and #ResiliArt, UNESCO’s recent social media campaign shedding light on the resilience of artists during the pandemic.
Held every year on 21 May, the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebrates not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development. The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”