EIU in the world2015.02.08 17:41

 

The Parahyangan Catholic University (UNPAR) held the UNPAR International Student Conference 2015 on Global Citizenship from 16 to 25 January 2015 in Bandung, Indonesia. Under the theme of “Sustainable Urban and Human Settlement ? Creating a Smart City for All,” the 10-day conference saw student participants from 27 countries including Indonesia, Philippines, Japan and Russia come together to discuss issues of urban sustainability with various experts in the field.

The conference consisted of lectures given by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) officials, the mayor of Bandung city, university professors as well as other experts in the field. As Ida Susanti, chairman of ISC 2015, reminded the participants, the conference objective was to "invite the community and students to realize that we no longer live in a world that is fragmented. The problem in this world is a problem that must be faced together.”

Participants also made various site visits to problematic areas in North Jakarta as well as future “smart cities” such as the New Parahyangan city and the town of Bogor. Through such site visits, participants brainstormed about policy recommendations regarding urban development study and human settlement. In addition, the conference also included some cultural activities such as batik technology and traditional dance and games, further promoting cultural understanding among international participants.
 
<References>
1. Website of UNPAR International Student Conference 2015 on Global Citizenship: http://isc-io.unpar.ac.id/?page_id=1239#.Leaflet
2. Article on the UNPAR International Student Conference 2015 http://mediaparahyangan.com/peserta-isc-2015-pahami-masalah-limbah-dan-sampah-di-bandung/2015/01/
3. Photo source from Lidya, participant of the UNPAR International Student Conference 2015: http://instagram.com/p/yVuI99kANX/?modal=true



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Human Rights Education in Turkmenistan

  

 

Recently, Human Rights Education has drawn much attention in Turkmenistan, a Central Asian country.

In Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, there was a large forum on human rights that started on December 3rd and ended on the 6th of 2013. Educators who attended the lectures had the opportunity to learn about different ways to promote universal values and how to teach students about human rights. The forum was held as a part of a larger project called “Strengthening the national potential of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights.”

With its recent lecture series in early December, the “Strengthening the national potential of Turkmenistan to promote and protect human rights” project has already have held 47 lectures, including seminars and workshops. Moreover, brochures and booklets have been created and distributed during international conferences or other occasions to highlight Turkmenistan's project.

The first series of this project, managed and sponsored by the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights under the President of Turkmenistan, the UN Development Programme in Turkmenistan, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), started in 2006 for the purpose of Turkmenistan development. With visits from the United Nations Secretary General in 2002 and the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2003, followed by an evaluation by the OHCHR in 2004, the project for building reporting capacities was launched. In 2009, a three year project sponsored by the European Union put more focus on human rights, leading to the 2013-14 goal of promoting and protecting human rights in the Central Asian nation.

This project for the improvement of human rights is expected to grow year after year and continue to have a positive impact on the nation and its people.


 

References:

https://auca.kg/en/hrr (Photo above)

http://www.undp.org/content/turkmenistan/en/home/operations/projects/democratic_governance/human-rights/

http://en.ca-news.org/news:531882/

http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/where/asia/country-cooperation/turkmenistan/turkmenistan_en.htm

http://www.timesca.com/index.php/free-news-letter/point-of-view/82-tourism-a-art/12525-three-day-seminar-on-human-rights-opens-in-ashgabat

 

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