UNIC Pretoria in partnership with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) through its outreach unit, Centre for the Books in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Library, City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, Gauteng Department of Education and Mzantsi Spelling Bee celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in a series of events which included an exhibition that was held on the 21 February 2017 at the City of Tshwane Es’kia Mphahlele Community Library, and a celebration on the 25th February, held at the Wynand Marias Hall in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.
28 February 2017 – Delivering her first address as the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed underlined that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are essential for a safe and secure future that brings prosperity, opportunity and human rights for all.
“Around the world, success in achieving the SDGs will ease global anxieties, provide a better life for women and men and build a firm foundation for stability and peace in all societies, everywhere,” said Ms. Mohammed at the opening of the 2017 UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) segment on Operational Activities for Development.
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.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the occasion of The Gambia’s notification of rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
On 10 February, the Permanent Mission of the Republic of The Gambia to the United Nations delivered to the Secretary-General notification of the country’s rescission of its withdrawal from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
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.
Calls for enhanced capacities to prepare for and respond to emerging pests and diseases
15 February 2017, Harare – A three-day Regional Emergency Meeting discussing new transboundary crop and livestock pests in Southern Africa kicked off today with a call for increased investment in preparedness and response capacities to new and endemic threats in Southern Africa.
Sponsored by Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists
United Nations, New York. The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2017 fellowship program. The application deadline is March 20, 2017.
The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” upon his election as Federal President of Somalia yesterday. He commends AMISOM and the Somali security forces for ensuring a secure environment during the poll.
[New York, 7 February 2017] The Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng, expressed grave concern at the continued level of violence in several areas of South Sudan. “President Salva Kiir has made a commitment to end the violence and bring about peace, yet we still see ongoing clashes, and the risk that mass atrocities will be committed remains ever-present,” said the Special Adviser. The peace process has yet to be accompanied by a