India re-elected as member of UNESCO's executive board
India was re-elected as the member of UNESCO’s executive board on 9 November 2017.The election was held at the 39th session of the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation in Paris.
The executive board is the top decision- making body of the international organisation. The General Conference consists of the representatives of the Member states of the organisation. It determines the policies and the main lines of work of the organisation. Each country has one vote, irrespective of its size or the extent of its contribution to the budget.
UNHCR to be conferred Mother Teresa Award 2017 for social justice
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has been chosen for the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice, 2017 to recognise its exceptional work worldwide.
Instituted in 2005, the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice will be presented to the UNHCR at a function in Mumbai on 10 December 2017. Some of the past awardees include The Dalai Lama, Malala Yousefzai, Medicine Sans Frontiers and Anna Hazare.
The UNHCR provides humanitarian aid to innumerable people internally displaced by conflicts.
World Science Day for Peace and Development
The World Science Day for Peace and Development was observed on 10 November 2017 with the theme ‘Science for Global Understanding’.
The main objectives of the day are to strengthen public awareness on the role of science for peaceful and sustainable societies, promote national and international solidarity for shared science between countries, renew national and international commitment for the use of science for the benefit of societies and draw attention to the challenges faced by science and raising support for the scientific endeavour.
National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017
The Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on 9 November 2017 hosted the National Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 marking the completion of three glorious years of its inception.
The National Entrepreneurship Awards (NEA) was instituted by the Skill Development Ministry in 2016 to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship across the country.
This year was the second edition of the awards and it saw participation from 2880 applicants out of which 45 were shortlisted and finally 15 winners across defined categories were announced and awarded.