Tag: UNs

Ava DuVernay Partners With Lenovo And The UN’s Girl Up To Spotlight Young Female Trailblazers Around The World

Oluwakemi Dauda, a 20-year-old University of Michigan student, isn’t easily satisfied. When she noticed that her high school was lacking teachers and resources, so much so that the ceiling was rotting away, she took matters into her own hands and registered for a computer application class and sought support from non-profit education organization NAF to supplement her education. 

That led her to create Steps to Success, an educational app for young children with severe literacy issues in Detroit. When she launched the tool in 2015, 50% of adults in Detroit were considered “functionally illiterate.” 

Dauda is one of 10 women from around the world featured in New Realities,

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EU wants UN’s technical, protection assessments in Bhasan Char

File Photo: In this handout aerial photo taken on June 19, 2019 and released on October 21 by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects shows buildings intended to accommodate members of the Rohingya refugee community on the silt islet Bhashan Char in the Bay of Bengal

International community reiterates support for Bangladesh, Rohingyas

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink has laid emphasis on visits by UN technical and humanitarian protection teams to Bhasan Char though Rohingya leaders recently expressed satisfaction over the situation there.
“While the first recent “go and see” visit was a welcome step, it would also be important that the proposed UN technical and protection assessments are also able to proceed, as well as the separate humanitarian and protection visits to assess the situation for the 306 refugees already relocated there,” she said.
The government has a plan to begin relocating one lakh Rohingyas to Bhasan

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New method ranks contact-tracing apps according to their compliance with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s criteria for individual rights and fairness form the basis for a newly-published critique of COVID-19 contact-tracing app guidelines for Europe, and of apps already being used by millions in Austria and Singapore.

Released today by researchers in Sweden and Denmark, the analysis is presented with a “scorecard” that rates the apps according to how they comply with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Among the three cases, Singapore’s TraceTogether app was ranked lowest in overall compliance with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that comprise the UN’s “blueprint for peace and prosperity.” Austria’s Stopp Corona, was ranked highest.

The real benefit of aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals is that by doing so, the apps will appeal to more users and get more downloads, says Associate Professor Ricardo Vinuesa, a researcher in the department of Engineering Mechanics at KTH Royal Institute of

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