5.27.19 International News

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Photo courtesy of Ben Jobson

News about grants, gifts

The Pierre Lassonde Family Foundation has made a $1 million donation to the Toronto Biennial of Arts.

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Tung Lam is one of ten children for whom the Hear the World Foundation/Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss will benefit.

The Hear the World Foundation, in partnership with the Global Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss, is providing 10 children with significant hearing loss in Vietnam with cochlear implants (CIs), 15 years of product support, and the locally-based support services that they need to fully develop listening and speaking skills.

The University of Oxford has received a gift of £3 million from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to support the consolidation and expansion of Late Antique and Byzantine studies.

News about people, groups

On May 8th, scientists, officials and community members gathered at Lekki Conservation Centre in Lagos, Nigeria, to launch a new project called “Combatting the West African illegal trade in threatened vultures and their parts for belief-based use.” The project was developed by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in partnership with BirdLife Africa and funded by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

Andy Betts, CEO of the PKD Foundation, presented Dr. York Pei, Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Dr. Bradley Yoder, Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical School, with the Lillian Jean Kaplan International Prize for Advancement in Melbourne, Austrailia at the World Congress of Nephrology.

After Cyclone Kenneth hit the northern coast of Cabo Delgado province on April 25th, a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières team in Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province, assessed the nearby areas of Macomia and Matemo Island and will further assess different islands where the needs are still unclear.

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Guldal Göymen (Chair of GWI Istanbul Branch), Beril Basaran (Mina’s mother), and fellow students who run Mina’s Children

Loune Viaud, executive director of Zanmi Lasante, as Partners In Health is known in Haiti, addressed the United Nations (UN) Security Council at the UN headquarters in New York City on April 3rd. She urged members of the UN Security Council to support more equitable health care options for women and girls in Haiti, to help end sexual and gender-based violence, and to ensure increased participation of women in the political and public sector. 

In March the global campaigning platform Avaaz published a study on the spread of disinformation around the yellow vest movement, finding that the top 100 false stories were seen more than 100 million times.

Australian Wildlife Conservancy‘s ambitious project to restore central Australia’s lost biodiversity at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary has reached a new milestone: the eradication of feral predators from a 9,400 hectare fenced area is complete and can be declared cat and fox-free.

News about opportunities, initiatives

The Academic Body is a group exhibition that launched May 23th and will stay open until July 13th at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). The exhibit is curated by Mark Robbins, AAR President and CEO, and Peter Benson Miller, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director. It is made possible by the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, the Roy Lichtenstein Artist in Residence Fund, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

In memory of Mina Başaran, eleven university students of the Graduate Women International Istanbul Branch have created a fellowship project titled “Mina’s Children”. The project aims to support education and development of children from ages 10-14 in rural areas in order to prepare them for their lives in an advanced manner.

On May 4th, Imran Khan, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan unveiled the restoration of the 400-year-old “Picture Wall” of Lahore Fort. The Picture Wall is one of the principal features of the Lahore Fort UNESCO World Heritage Site. The conservation of the 240-foot-long western façade has been carried out by the Aga Khan Foundation‘s Trust for Culture and the Aga Khan Cultural Service-Pakistan, in collaboration with the Walled City of Lahore Authority.

Scholars and practitioners of law from member states of the European Union are invited to apply for up to 20 fellowships provided by re:constitution, a new programme of Democracy Reporting International that aims for a European exchange on constitutional law and values that leads from common words to shared concepts.


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