Thursday April 10, 2014

The UN Global Pulse has created this interactive presentation, which includes an interactive map, charts, statistics, and facts, exploring how the Millennium Development Goals are being discussed on social media.

In 2000, the United Nations agreed to a set of 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were meant to provide a framework from which to reduce poverty by half around the world, by 2015. As that deadline approaches, UN Global Pulse has released this new website.

The visualization shows the 20 countries which have tweeted, on which topics. Included is a cool interactive globe and a heat map.

Learn more about the MDGs and Post-2015 agenda.

(Source: Google Maps Mania)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in MAPS/ATLAS on Thursday Apr 10, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Wednesday February 26, 2014

This new report, by the World Bank, "Opening doors: Gender Equality & Development in the Middle East & North Africa" takes a look at women's rights in MENA. It is also available in electronic format on the Internet.

In the last two decades, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has closed many critical gender gaps, especially in ensuring equal access for girls and boys to education and healthcare.

Today, the region can be proud that its women are enrolling in far greater numbers in university than ever before, and indeed, in many countries, young women are more educated than young men. At the same time, MENA has also witnessed the largest decrease in maternal mortality in the world. These achievements are commendable, and the next step is expanding the role of MENA women in the work place and in public life.  Currently, only one in four women of working age are employed or looking for work. Young women in many MENA countries face unemployment rates as high as 50 percent.

The analysis in the report makes a compelling case for concerted and coordinated action on multiple fronts to realize these aspirations and harness the potential of MENA’s women. The report offers suggestions for policy action to address these myriad challenges. As the region looks to a new future and a new development path, we hope that this report will provide an analytical platform for debate and dialogue and a renewed commitment to gender equality.

(Source: The World Bank via RSS)

Posted by Sherri Sunstrum in GOVERNMENT INFORMATION on Wednesday Feb 26, 2014  Comments [0]  Bookmark and Share
Thursday January 30, 2014

Eurypedia is a new Eurydice product that aims at presenting the most comprehensive and accurate picture of education systems and reforms in Europe.

The site covers 38 European education systems within the 33 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (all 28 EU Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).

By choosing from a country from the interactive map, you will gain access to specific national education system information, either in English or in the language of the country. The information is provided by the Eurydice National Unit, working with the relevant education Ministry and national experts.

This database covers the content that used to be issued in "A guide to higher education systems and qualifications in the EU and EEA countries".

(Source: European Commission. EACEA / MADGIC Staff)

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