#InternationalDayOfTolerance; #IDT; #UN; #UNESCO
New York, Nov 16 (Canadian-Media): International Day of Tolerance (IDT) was declared on Nov 16 by the UN General Assembly in the year 1996 after the United Nations declared a Year for Tolerance in 1995, media reports said.
During the time of Apartheid in South Africa, when black people were denied their basic human and political rights, two youngsters of different races forge a connection in Cape Town. Image credit: UN Photo (1982)
UNESCO created the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance on Nov 16 in 1995 to raise awareness of tolerance and as an anniversary of that Declaration, IDT is observed every year on Nov 16.
IDT is a reminder to the humanity the importance of tolerance and aims recognize that tolerance is a universal human right and a fundamental freedom of others.
The United Nations' commitment to strengthen tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Additionally to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created an award 'UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence' to promote the spirit of tolerance or non-violence in fields such as science, culture, and the arts.
The prize is awarded every two years on the IDT Nov 16 to institutions, organizations or persons, with significant contributions to tolerance and non-violence.
Ottawa, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“On this day, we remember all members of the media killed or harmed and all others who so courageously stand up for the media’s right to report freely and independently. Impunity for crimes against journalists must stop.
“Supporting honest and transparent reporting is essential for democratic societies and the rules-based international order. This includes investigating incidents of harassment or violence against journalists and ensuring that those responsible for ordering and committing attacks face justice.
“In July, alongside the United Kingdom, Canada co-hosted the first Global Conference for Media Freedom, which brought together governments, journalists, activists and other stakeholders. Canada remains firmly committed to defending media freedom at home and abroad, and we look forward to hosting the second Global Conference for Media Freedom in Canada next year.”
#GIS; LibraryOfCongress; #Washington; #GISTechnology&3DMapping;
Washington, Nov 2 (Canadian-Media): Celebration of GIS (Geographic Information Science) Day would be held by the Library of Congress (LoC) on Nov. 13 with an all-day series of talks on the use of GIS technology and 3D mapping in cultural heritage preservation and disaster response, LoC reports said.
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The discussions will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LJ-119 on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street. S.E., Washington, D.C. from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The event is free and open to the public and for information about the Reservations for this event please visit: https://2019gisday.eventbrite.com.
GIS Day — held during Geography Awareness Week (Nov. 12-18) — is an annual, global celebration of GIS and mapping technology, with events held by organizations around the world. Formally started in 1999, GIS Day aims to provide a forum to promote the benefits of GIS research, demonstrate real-world applications of GIS and foster open idea sharing and growth in the GIS community.
The Library’s morning session will open with a keynote address by Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas, co-chair of the Congressional French Caucus focusing on Cultural Heritage Preservation Mapping and Congressional Policy. The morning also will feature talks on the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the use of GIS and computer vision in disaster response planning and cultural heritage preservation.
The afternoon session will concentrate on applications of the technology with case studies on historic building and engineering archives in cultural preservation, advanced spatial analysis and 3D mapping of UNESCO World Heritage sites
The schedule of events is as follows:
Morning: Coffee at 8:30 a.m. with program beginning at 9 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction of Librarian: Paulette Hasier, Chief, Geography and Map Division
Opening Remarks: Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress
Cultural Heritage Preservation, Mapping and Congressional Policy: Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas
Notre Dame, Computer Vision and the Future of GIS in Cultural Heritage Preservation: John Hessler, Library of Congress & Topology Lab for Virtual Geographic Environments
Documenting Cultural Resources Through GIS: Diedre McCarthy and Catherine Lavoie, Historic American Buildings Survey,National Park Service: Afternoon: 1-3:30 p.m.
Architectural Archives in Cultural Preservation: Mari Nakahara, Curator of Architecture, Prints and Photographs Division
The Evolution of Data Driven 3D GIS at the National Capital Planning Commission: Kenneth Walton, National Capital Planning Commission, Policy & Research Division
Drones over Lhasa: documenting UNESCO Heritage sites using 3D mapping and GIS: Will Rourk and Guoping Huang, Scholars Lab, University of Virginia.
Questions and Closing Remarks: All Speakers
There will be an open house in the Geography and Map Division from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
The Library of Congress, the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, is the world’s largest library, offers access to the creative record of the United States, and from around the world — both on-site and online.
#SALA2019 #artforumsf #SALAfestival #montalvoarts
Toronto, Nov 1 (Canadian-Media): Montalvo Arts Center and Art Forum SF in collaboration with UC Berkeley Institute of South Asian Studies presented the first ever and one of the largest South Asian Literature & Art Festival (SALA) in the US from October 6 to 13, 2019.
This special event was attended by over a thousand enthusiastic in audience.
The exclusive Opening Gala on Oct 4th attracted about 150 crème de la crème from the Bay Area, who discussed with the International Emmy Award nominees Vikramaditya Motwane and Varun Grover, alongside with Rekha Rodwittiya, a contemporary and eminent artist, Priyanka Mathew from Sunderlande New York, Raghu Karnad, the Yale Wyndham Campbell award recipient.
The opening gala included Dipti Mathur renown art collector and a philanthropist from South Bay in conversation with Prof Sugata Ray from UC Berkeley.
The Tides of their Poems with Athena Kashyap and Tanuja Wakefiled made a wonderful add from the Diaspora artists. Another interestingly engaging panel on There are No Margins – with Minal Hajratwala and Siddharth Dube, made its mark for the quality literary arts curation.
As a grand finale for the literary panels, Professor Harsha Ram from UC Berkeley got into an elaborate encounter with a legendary actor, painter and a poet, Deepti Naval. At this intimate evening, Ms. Naval revealed her life journey as an artist by exhibiting digital images of her paintings and read select poems from her books.
“Our presenting partner Art Forum SF displayed incredible vision and expertise in curating phenomenal artists, panels, and presentations,” announced Angela McConnell, Executive Director, Montalvo Arts Center.
Tipu Purkayastha at the fireside chat format, with Varun Grover, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikram Chandra (via skype) explored the process of adapting Vikram’s 2006 book ‘Sacred Games’ to the TV screen as a Netflix Original, the first Indian web-series to be nominated for the International Emmy Awards 2019.
“Jo Bhavuk hai, wohi to paagal hai”
It’s the mad ones who carry the passion.
– Varun Grover
South Asian Literature and Art Festival celebrated contemporary reflections of literature and arts from South Asia. The event featured books and readings, hands-on art activities, writing programs, art exhibitors, folk artists, Bollywood pop-up dancers, bhangra rhythms, henna, a live Rangoli demonstration and impromptu dance interludes — all interspersed with delicious food stations representing the flavors of the entire subcontinent.
KitaabWorld curated the emerging genre of “Children’s & Young Adult Writers” and Delhi based textile artist Shelly Jyoti showcased her work: Revisiting Gandhi celebrating 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct 11th, followed by a conversation with Rahul and Sandhya Gajjar on the Romance of Champaner (UNESCO heritage site).
On October 13th, SALA Festival had a film segment as the closing event showcasing a short documentary GuruCool by an Indo-Canadian filmmaker Sangita Iyer looking at the Indian Educators in the 21st Century education System. Followed by Kaifinama, an award-winning feature documentary on the life of legendary and progressive Urdu poet, Kaifi Azmi, directed by Sumantra Ghosal, with famous Indian Actress Ashvini Bhave as the guest of honor.
“We are thrilled with the response we got in hosting the first ever South Asian Literature and Art Festival in the Bay Area! Its success has warmed our hearts - we heard rave reviews from not only the audience but also from the artists, themselves,” reports Ambika Sahay, Executive Director, Art Forum SF.
“My observation of SALA 2019 is that Art Forum SF have woken up the sleeping giant,” exclaimed Tushar Unadkat, Media and PR Director, Art Forum SF.
Art Forum SF is thankful to the generous sponsors and volunteers, without whom this event could not have happened. Please click the link to view high resolution photos from SALA Festival. Photo by Hetal Soni. For more updates, please visit: www.artforumsf.org
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#SALA2019 #artforumsf #SALAfestival #montalvoarts
#PriyankaChopra, #NickJonas, #Diwali
Mumbai/Los Angeles, Oct 27 (Canadian-Media): Dressed in traditional attire, actress Priyanka Chopra and her husband Nick Jonas celebrated Diwali together this year.
Image: Priyanka Chopra Instagram page
Hindus across the globe are celebrating the festival on Sunday.
Priyanka shared an image of her Diwali celebration with her husband on the social media for her fans.
She captioned the image as: "Happy Diwali to everyone celebrating. From mine to yours... दीपावाली की शुभकामनाएँ। #diwaliincabo #peaceandprosperity."
Priyanka could be seen wearing a gold printed saree in the image.
The couple is celebrating the festival in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Just a few days ago, the couple celebrated Karwa Chauth.
Priyanka and Nick married last year.
In the world of her works, Priyanka's Bollywood comeback movie The Sky Is Pink released this month.
#Diwali, #DonaldTrump, #USPresident
Washington, Oct 27 (CAnadian-Media): US President Donald Trump on Sunday wished people of the Hindu community on the occasion of Diwali.
Donald Trump Twitter page video grab
In his message, Trump said: "As Diwali commences, Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights a blessed and happy celebration."
"For many Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists in the United States and around the globe, this sacred period is an opportunity to commemorate the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Throughout this holy time, members of these faiths engage in prayer, light diyas and lanterns, and partake in traditional feasts and other festivities with friends and family," he said.
As Diwali commences, @FLOTUS Melania and I wish those observing the Festival of Lights a blessed and happy celebration! #HappyDiwali pic.twitter.com/LGXkUzMJiI
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2019
He said: "The observance of Diwali throughout America is an important reminder of the significance of one of our Nation’s core tenets—religious liberty. My Administration will continue to defend the rights enshrined in our Constitution that enable people of all faiths to worship according to their beliefs and conscience."
Hindus across the globe are celebrating Diwali on Sunday.
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights though it is celebrated by other communities too in many parts of the nation.
The day of Diwali is also an official holiday in India.
It is celebrated in honour of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and brother Lakshama and their return from Lanka.
In most parts of the country, houses are cleaned and decorated with flowers, garlands and lamps. Many communities wear new clothes on this day.
Making of sweets and savouries for sharing during Diwali is also another aspect of the festival.
#TheTemiAutumnFestival2019, #Sikkim, #Temi
Gangtok, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): The Temi Autumn Festival 2019 will be held on Nov 8, 9 and 10 at the Temi, south Sikkim.
A one of its kind carnival, the Cherry Tea Festival aims at promoting the natural beauty of cherry blossoms and organic tea produced at the famous “Temi Tea Estate” located 51 km. off Gangtok in South Sikkim.
The festival is a major draw for countless nature lovers who throng here to immerse their souls in ethereal beauty of the place that gets covered in the veil of blooming Cherry Blossoms, providing a spectacle sitting against the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga peak.
Adventure activities, photography competitions and cultural programs too are an integral part of this annual fiesta that surely leaves all adventure buffs and cultural aficionadas basking in its wonderful memories for a number of days.
The festival provides for a spectacle of blooming cherry blossoms, which by far is its biggest highlight, especially for nature lovers; one is free to take short walks around the region and soak in its unprecedented natural beauty that is painted in vibrant hues of pink all around.
The Eco Adventure Resort has at present a facility of 5 rooms along with 7 cottages, a viewing deck, lounge, with future expansion plans for a spa.
United Nations, Oct 23 (Canadian-Media): In his annual message for UN Day this Thursday, Secretary-General António Guterres issued a reminder of the role the Organization should be playing, focusing on the the real problems of real people, as a “shared moral anchor” amid “stormy global seas”.
The Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945, the founding document of the Organization, which, when ratified by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, officially brought the United Nations into being.
24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.
“We are working for a fair globalization and bold climate action”, said the UN chief. “We are pushing for human rights and gender equality – and saying ‘no’ to hatred of any kind. And we are striving to maintain peace – while bringing life-saving aid to millions caught up in armed conflict”.
Traditional concert highlights 'shared humanity'The Day is marked by celebrations at UN offices and missions around the world: a concert, live-streamed and available on demand at UN Web TV, took place at UN headquarters in New York, in the General Assembly Hall. The 2019 guest musicians are the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, with the participation of Dana Al Fardan, the country’s only female contemporary composer, pianist and composer Hala Al-Emadi, and singer Aisha.
The UN chief thanked Qatar for bringing the orchestra to UN Headquaters, describing the musical event as a traditional highlight, and "an opportunity to remind ourselves, through music and art, of our shared humanity and the values we hold in common."
"At a time when inequality, discrimination and dehumanization are growing around the world", he added, "celebrating our diversity and recognizing how much we share with our fellow women and men is more important than ever."
Celebrations around the globe
This year, events were also scheduled to take place at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), including a conference on sustainable cities.
In Lebanon, the UN Mission, UNIFIL, marked UN Day with a ceremony, involving high-ranking military personnel, including Force Commander Stefano del Col, to pay tribute to the more than 300 peacekeepers who have died whilst serving for peace in the south of the country.
And, in Bhutan, Natalie Kanem, head of the UN agency for family planning, UNFPA, took part in a tree-planting ceremony, which, she said, represented the planting of the seeds for a “future of rights & choices, health & dignity, peace & prosperity, for all”.
In his video message, Mr. Guterres looked ahead to next year’s 75th anniversary of the Organization, which he described as a milestone, and a “critical moment to shape our future, together”.
The commemoration of the 75 years will begin in January 2020, with dialogues held around the world, with the aim of involving the global public in a large and inclusive conversation, on the role of the UN in building a better future for all.
United Nations, Oct 20 (Canadian-Media): The International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW) in 2019 would be observed 20 to 26 October, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint, United Nations reports
According to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation in 2017 lead exposure accounted for 1.06 million deaths and 24.4 million years lost to disability and death due to long-term effects on health, with the highest burden in developing regions.
Role of lead exposure in the development of intellectual disability in children is of particular concern. Even though there is wide recognition of this problem and many countries have taken action, exposure to lead, particularly in childhood, remains of key concern to health care providers and public health officials worldwide.
During the campaign week, the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint aims to: Raise awareness about health effects of lead poisoning; Highlight countries and partners' efforts to prevent particularly childhood lead poisoning.
#GlobalizationBenefitsAllChildren; #InternationalDayfortheEradicationof Poverty
New York, Oct 17 (Canadian-Media): A sustainable future for all is unlikely unless globalization benefits all children, their families and communities, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, on Friday, United Nations reports said.
Children sit in front of their new school made out of recycled plastic bricks in Sakassou, in the Center of Côte d'Ivoire. ©UNICEF/Frank Dejongh
Observed each 17 October, it acknowledges the effort and struggle of the more than 700 million people worldwide living on less than $1.90 a day.
“Ending extreme poverty is at the heart of the world’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and build a sustainable future for all. But success in leaving no one behind will remain elusive if we do not target the people who are farthest behind first,” the Secretary-General said.
Mr. Guterres noted that the focus of this year’s commemoration is on “acting together to empower children, their families and communities to end poverty” as it falls during the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
He said children are more than twice as likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, condemning them to “lifelong disadvantage” while also perpetuating “an intergenerational transfer of deprivation”.
Additionally, children today will live with what the UN chief described as “the devastating consequences of climate change” unless action is taken now.
Mr. Guterres pointed out that girls are at particular risk, but they are also a force for change.
“For every additional year a girl remains in school, her average income over a lifetime increases, her chances of being married early decrease, and there are clear health and education benefits for her children, making it a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty,” he said. Ending poverty is the first of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which world leaders adopted in 2015.
The UN Secretary-General said addressing household poverty is one of the keys to lifting children out of the condition.
He underlined that although access to quality social services must be a priority, nearly two-thirds of children lack social protection policies. Parental leave, flexible working arrangements and other family-oriented policies also are indispensable.
Mr. Guterres ended his message with a call to action: “On this International Day, let us recommit to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1 and a fair globalization that works for all children, their families and communities.”