Daily Archives: March 30, 2016

BMW Group And United Nations Alliance Of Civilizations (UNAOC) Announce Finalists For The Intercultural Innovation Award

NEW YORK and MUNICH, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/– Ten projects have been named finalists by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and BMW Group for the Intercultural Innovation Award. The selection process was highly competitive, with close to 1000 applications received from 120 countries.

Selected projects come from all over the world, representing countries across five continents and underlining the importance of the Intercultural Innovation Award and its commitment to the worldwide promotion of intercultural diversity and understanding.

Finalists this year include (in alphabetical order): The Blessing Basket Project (USA), The Coexist Initiative (Kenya), Give Something Back to Berlin e.V. (Germany), International Council for Cultural Centers (Bulgaria), On Our Radar (UK), Red Dot Foundation (India), Routes 2 Roots (India), Shine a Light (Brazil/USA), SINGA (France) and Unistream (Israel).

By supporting sustainable and innovative intercultural grassroots projects with the potential for expansion and replication, the Intercultural Innovation Award aims to contribute to peace, cultural diversity and more inclusive societies.  Launched in 2011, the Intercultural Innovation Award is the result of a unique public-private partnership between UNAOC and the BMW Group. This model of collaboration between the United Nations and the private sector creates deeper impact, as both partners provide their respective expertise to ensure the sustainable growth of each project.

Final rankings will be announced during the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, April 25-27, 2016. The official award ceremony will take place on 26 April and will be chaired by H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, United Nations High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, and Bill McAndrews, Vice President BMW Group Communications Strategy, Corporate and Market Communications, in the presence of a number of officials from the host Government and the United Nations.

In case of enquiries please contact:

Milena Pighi, BMW Group, Spokesperson BMW Group Corporate Social Responsibility
Telephone: +49-89-382-66563, Fax: +49-89-382-24418, Milena.PA.Pighi@bmw.de

Alessandro Girola, UNAOC, Programming Coordinator
Telephone: +1- 929-274-6217, Fax: +1-929-274-6233, alessandrog@unops.org

Internet: www.press.bmw.de
E-mail: presse@bmw.de

GATES FOUNDATION LAUNCHING 600 ONLINE LIBRARIES IN SOUTH AFRICA

By Ditaba Tsotetsi

JOHANNESBURG, March 30 (NNN-SABC) — More than 600 online libraries will be launched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation across South Africa.

The first state-of-the-art online library was launched in Sharpeville on the Vaal Rand, about 70 kilometres south of here, Tuesday. It has received computer equipment valued at 470,000 Rand (about 30,400 US dollars).

The Director of Global Libraries at the Gates Foundation, Deborah Jacobs, said it was important for everyone and especially for people who are disadvantaged.

“Public libraries which are everywhere just like in South Africa could be the place where people could go for equalization and get the skills,” said Jacobs/

She added that recently, the foundation had conducted a survey in South Africa for library users and it revealed that 85 per cent of library users said their health improved because of using the information at the library.

Source: SABC