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The UNESCO Netexplo Forum 2020 consists of two parts: Netexplo Innovation Forum 2020 and Netexplo Smart Cities Accelerator.
The Innovation Forum 2020 will showcase 10 breakthrough digital innovations with the potential of profound and lasting impact on the digital society. The innovations are spotted worldwide through a year-long work by the Netexplo University Network, made up of globally renowned universities in the technology domain. The Innovation Forum will highlight some of the most promising global innovators in digital technologies, whose innovations have influences the development of our society through new forms of education, communication, information, solidarity and management around the globe.

The UNESCO Netexplo Forum 2020 will also comprise of the second edition of the Netexplo Smart Cities Accelerator programme. Building on its first edition, the event aims to share the best practices on Smart Cities all around the world. Cities decision-makers face a range of questions in the attempt of meeting their citizens’ most urgent needs. These vary from safety, to funding models, to infrastructure and attractiveness. There are as many solutions as there are cultures and territories. And all of them are sources of inspiration. The event aims at helping city decision-makers to seize the opportunities offered by Smart Cities to improve the lives of women and men worldwide.

An open session for the public, especially International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) National Committees, representatives of UNESCO’s Member States and cooperating organizations, will take place at UNESCO.

IGCP is a joint programme of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS). It supports scientific projects related to the Earth sciences across the world, selected by the IGCP Council and Scientific Board and involving one of the five themes that constitute the Programme: earth resources, global change, Geohazards, Hydrogeology and Geodynamic.

On the occasion of the Open Session, and within the framework of the UNESCO Global Geoparks, new applications will be presented.

Your participation would be very valuable for us to collect your constructive comments regarding IGCP projects.

Celebration of World Water Day and presentation of the 2020 UN World Water Development Report: "Water and Climate Change".

The United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), is the UN-Water flagship report on water that gives an overall picture of the state, use and management of the world’s freshwater resources. Its production is coordinated by UNESCO WWAP and it aims to provide decision-makers with tools to formulate and implement sustainable water policies.

The 2020 World Water Development Report focuses on "Water and Climate Change".

UNESCO in partnership with Education Cannot Wait and NORCAP, with support from SIDA, will host the second international conference on Education Management Information Systems (EMIS).
This second edition focuses on the role of EMIS within the Education in Emergencies (EiE) data landscape. It aims to address the humanitarian and development coherence through better alignment of EMIS and humanitarian data systems.

The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries.

The Programme provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.

September 8th was proclaimed as International Literacy Day (ILD) at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966. Since 1967, International Literacy Day (ILD) celebrations have taken place annually around the world to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.

More information on 2020 Literacy Day coming soon.

Since 1967, UNESCO has awarded International Literacy Prizes to outstanding and innovative programmes that promote literacy. Throughout the years, the prestigious Prizes have rewarded over 495 initiatives undertaken by governments and NGOs across the world.

The Prizes are awarded annually at an official ceremony on International Literacy Day (8 September).
Currently there are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards)
Established in 1989, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards)
Established in 2005, with the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration to literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.

Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.

The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.
Over the last 40 years, following the decisions and guidelines of the Intergovernmental Council and its Bureau, the IPDC has focused its projects on the most urgent priorities in communication development all around the world.The efforts of the IPDC have had an important impact on a broad range of fields covering, among others, the promotion of media independence and pluralism, development of community media, radio and television organizations, modernization of national and regional news agencies, and training of media professionals. IPDC has mobilized some US$ 120 million for over 2000 projects in more than 140 developing countries and countries in transition.

Although efforts have been made to promote quality education for all, there has not been the transformation in educational systems nor policies needed to translate the promise of SDG4 into a reality.

The Seminar will provide a platform for dialogue and exchanges around policies and practices that are effective in promoting inclusion in education for learners with disabilties and learning difficulties.