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International Mother Language Day 21 February

UNESCO Director-General’s Message

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day, UNESCO restates its wholehearted commitment to linguistic diversity and multilingualism. Languages express who we are, they structure our thoughts and identities. There can be no authentic dialogue or effective international cooperation without respect for linguistic diversity, which opens up true understanding of every culture. Access to the diversity of languages can awaken the curiosity and mutual understanding of peoples. That is why learning languages is at one and the same time a promise of peace, of innovation and of creativity.

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Southern and Eastern African countries agree on urgent actions to tackle armyworm and other crop pests and animal diseases

Strengthening national and regional early warning systems, response and preparedness plans

16 February 2016, Harare – Sixteen East and Southern African countries agreed today on urgent plans of action aimed at boosting the region’s capacity to manage emerging crop pests and livestock diseases, including armyworm and avian influenza.

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NEWS RELEASE :US travel ban: “New policy breaches Washington’s human rights obligations” – UN experts

GENEVA (1 February 2017) – A group of United Nations human rights experts today said that the Executive Order signed by US President Donald Trump on 27 January 2017 breaches the country’s international human rights obligations, which protect the principles of non-refoulement and non-discrimination based on race, nationality or religion.

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UNIC Pretoria observes International Day of Commemoration in memory of the Victims of the Holocaust with learners from Ahmed Timol Secondary School in Azaadville, Krugersdorp
27 January 2017, Krugersdorp – Over 200 Grade 9 learners from Ahmed Timol Secondary School in Azaadville, Krugersdorp today participated in an educational workshop aimed at raising awareness and

Security Council Press Statement Attack against MINUSMA

The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the attack against the camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhoc, in the north of Mali, on 23 January 2017, which caused the death of a Chadian peacekeeper and injured others.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of the victim, as well as to the Government of Chad and to MINUSMA.  They paid tribute to the peacekeepers who risk their lives.

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Summary of the 1st UN World Data Forum, 15-18 JANUARY 2017

The UN World Data Forum drum is handed over to representatives of the UAE, who will host the second Forum

The first UN World Data Forum convened from 15-18 January 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Forum took place following the recommendation in the report, “A World That Counts: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development,” which was presented in November 2014 by the UN Secretary-General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, and the subsequent decision by the UN Statistical Commission that a UN World Data Forum on Sustainable Development Data would be the suitable platform for intensifying cooperation with various professional groups, such as national statistical offices (NSOs), information technology and geospatial information managers, and data scientists among other representatives of government, intergovernmental organizations and civil society.

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Joint Declaration on the Political Situation in The Gambia

Joint Declaration by the Economic Community of West African States, the African Union and the United Nations on the Political Situation of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia

  1.  Following the Decision of the Summit of the ECOWAS Authority taken on 17th December 2016 in Abuja, Nigeria, Mediation efforts, including visits to Banjul, were undertaken by the Chair of

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Statement attributable to Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Mali

The Secretary-General condemns in the strongest terms the suicide-vehicle attack perpetrated against the camp of the Operational Coordination Mechanism this morning in Gao.

The camp housed over 600 individuals designated by the three signatory parties to the peace agreement to start mixed patrols in Gao region. While the exact number of casualties remains to be confirmed, preliminary reports point out to dozens of dead and dozens of injured.

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