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Ten Defining Moments for Women in 2020  
While 2020 will be remembered most for the way COVID-19 changed our lives in nearly every way and in every part of the world, we made some strides for women’s rights and gender equality. From new laws addressing domestic violence and equality to women’s critical leadership during the global pandemic, join us to celebrate some key moments for gender equality this year.    
Humanities & Social Sciences for Sustainability - Conference Report  
The online conference "Humanities and Social Sciences for Sustainability", organized by the UNESCO Chair at the University of Jena (Germany), was held from October 21-22, 2020 at the virtual Dornburg Palaces. Under the auspices of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, 24 speakers and discussants from all parts of the world debated new strategies to strengthen humanities and social sciences perspectives in sustainability research and policies.    
Audrey Azoulay’ (Director-General of UNESCO) tweet on the passing of Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, master of Persian traditional music  
Shajarian was a legend and a living monument of Iranian traditional music. He received both UNESCO Picasso medal and Mozart medal, as a recognition of his unparalleled talent, and commitment to artistic freedom.    
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize  
The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which provides lifesaving food assistance to millions across the world – often in extremely dangerous and hard-to-access conditions – has been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.    
UN supporting ‘trapped’ domestic violence victims during COVID-19 pandemic  
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) says that domestic violence was already one of the greatest human rights violations. Some 243 million women and girls (aged 15-49) have been subjected to sexual or physical violence by an intimate partner in the last 12 months, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, this number is likely to grow.    
Indexing Risk To Recover From COVID-19  
Worldwide, many countries continue to experience an extended period of COVID-19 risks. There are no off-the-shelf solutions for managing such a complex crisis, in which measures to prevent transmission will have colossal economic and social costs. Countries are forced to confront hard choices of balancing the needs to save lives and to save livelihoods.    
Why we cannot lose sight of the Sustainable Development Goals during coronavirus  
While we must scale up the immediate health response to curb the spread of COVID-19, the response to the pandemic cannot be de-linked from the SDGs.From reversing progress on good health (SDG 3) to the negative impact on 1.25 billion students (SDG 4), the pandemic is affecting vulnerable societies the most.    

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