New UNESCO Report on Artificial Intelligence and Gender Equality

New UNESCO Report on Artificial Intelligence and Gender Equality

UNESCO just released its new report on Artificial Intelligence and Gender Equality, which sets forth proposed elements of a Framework on Gender Equality and AI for further consideration, discussion and elaboration amongst various stakeholders.

Advancing gender equality through education, the sciences, culture, information and communication lies at the heart of UNESCO’s mandate, with Gender Equality constituting one of the two Global Priorities of the Organization since 2008. UNESCO is therefore keen to adopt a gender equality lens in its ongoing work on artificial intelligence in all its programme areas.

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How to build a financial system that works for people and planet

How to build a financial system that works for people and planet

Originally published on World Economic Forum, by Governor, Central Bank of Kenya

  • We now have the tools and know-how to achieve inclusive, sustainable development, writes Patrick Njoroge, Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya.
  • We must use them to leverage new digital-finance technology to build a financial system that works for people and the planet.
  • As the global economy builds back better, digital services will be vital in supporting individuals through transfers, loans and saving mechanisms.

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New Scholarship Opportunities! Global #AlexaSkillChallenge 2021

New Scholarship Opportunities! Global #AlexaSkillChallenge 2021

EDequity.Global is excited to officially announce that the American Association of University Women – San Diego Branch has invested $10,000 to provide scholarships for (12) female and minority students, entrepreneurs and innovators to apply toward Amazon Web Services (AWS) training and certification – scholarships will be awarded to winners of our Global Amazon #AlexaSkillsChallenge! Let’s continue making economic and social impact, achieving gender equity, racial equity and building the next generation of inclusive leadership, jobs and economic development!

An Equitable Future: We can progress equality in education, economics and leadership… working together.

“If we are going to help build the next generation of technologists we need to be committed to work in the public interest by providing scholarships, skills training, opportunity for entrepreneurialism, innovation, roadmaps and role models to women and minority students that introduce them to what this work entails and what success looks like in the career field. The Global Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge is an important first step.” – Jane Niemeier, President AAUW San Diego

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Large population decline expected in China and India

Large population decline expected in China and India

This will make Nigeria the second-largest nation on Earth ahead of China by 2094.

Originally published by World Economic Forum | with the collaboration of Data Journalist, Statista

  • Research by the University of Washington suggests that population declines in India and China could be more rapid than previously thought.
  • Growing access to education and contraception for women could catapult Indian and Chinese fertility below replacement levels quickly.
  • The researchers did not see the same factors at play in most African nations, where population growth will continue to 2100 and beyond.

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Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

Resetting the way we teach science is vital for all our futures

This article is part of the Young Global Leaders Annual Summit

Originally published on World Economic Forum by  Founder of SciDipGLOBAL, molecular biologist, advisor to the EU Science Diplomacy Cluster, and  Biochemist and ed-tech entrepreneur. CEO/Co-founder at Lab4U,

  • COVID-19 has forced big changes in the way lessons are delivered.
  • But education worldwide needs an even more radical rethink.
  • Science, technology, engineering and maths are crucial to our future.

COVID-19 has forced more than 1 billion students and youth out of school, triggering the world’s biggest educational technology (edtech) implementation in history, almost overnight. Schools and universities are scrambling to redesign their teaching and learning to allow for students of all ages to study from home. While this raises huge practical and logistic issues for students, teachers and parents (especially women), it opens up a world of opportunities to reimagine what learning looks like in the 21st century.

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Reimagining the future of skills: what do young people think?

Reimagining the future of skills: what do young people think?

Originally published on World Economic Forum by Henrietta H. Fore & Robert E. Moritz

  • COVID-19 is casting a long shadow over the futures of young people all around the world.
  • On World Youth Skills Day, we asked young people their thoughts on redesigning education and skills for the post-COVID era.

For children and young people looking to gain an education and skills, COVID-19 has made a bad situation even worse.

Before the pandemic, they faced a growing mismatch between the skills they were learning in school and those needed for employment.

 

Now, under the shadow of COVID-19, over one billion are out of school altogether. And millions of young people who were set to join the workforce cannot find jobs.

 

This moment is an important opportunity to reimagine how, and what, education and skills are delivered to prepare students for a rapidly changing world of work.

But governments and businesses cannot address this problem alone.

So, on World Youth Skills Day, we decided to bring together young people from Algeria, Argentina and South Africa to hear their thoughts about how we can re-design and re-imagine education and skills systems to meet their needs.

The virtual discussion, moderated by Mari-Lisa Njenga, a youth advocate from Kenya, identified four important principles that should guide change.

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Why the Global Goals Matter

Why the Global Goals Matter

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development provides a global blueprint for dignity, peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and in the future. A few years into the Agenda, we see how civil society, private sector, and governments are translating this shared vision into national development plans and strategies. Read more about why each Goal matters by reading the PDFs below.

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Digital cooperation in a fracturing world: The UN’s roadmap

Digital cooperation in a fracturing world: The UN’s roadmap

Originally published unfoundation.org by MEGAN ROBERTS on July 30, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has made digital tools indispensable. We work, learn, socialize, celebrate, and grieve virtually, and it is access to these technologies that has made it possible for many aspects of life to continue remotely, if in new forms. But the pandemic has also made life online more dangerous as cyberattacks of all stripes surge, as hackers “bomb” Zoom rooms, and as hate speech and misinformation flourish.

COVID-19 has magnified the critical role for digital technologies but also their underlying risks, and in doing so, made it clear that urgent work is needed to ensure that we can realize a future where new technologies can be harnessed to realize good and that we can work together to manage their risks.

Recently, the UN Foundation partnered with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to host a virtual discussion, featuring Fabrizio Hochschild, special adviser to the UN Secretary-General, on how the United Nations is working with others to help foster a safer and more equitable digital future.

Under-Secretary-General Hochschild explained how the UN Secretary-General’s new Roadmap for Digital Cooperation can help advance a positive digital future. The Roadmap, which was launched last month, builds on the work of the UN’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, led by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma, and which delivered its final report last year. Since then, the UN has been working in partnership with countries, the private sector, civil society, research community, and others to identify how to realize the panel’s recommendations for what they called “the age of digital interdependence.”

The result of these efforts, the Roadmap is a call to:

CONNECT those who are not yet connected;

RESPECT human rights and human agency online; and

PROTECT those who are vulnerable to harms online.

Four points emerged from the wide-ranging discussion…

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