Archive for February 19th, 2021

19/02/2021

‘Globally 40% of the Population Does Not Have Access to an Education in a Language They Speak or Understand’ – International Mother Language Day

19 February 2021 (UNESCO)* — The idea to celebrate International Mother Language Day was the initiative of Bangladesh. It was approved at the 1999 UNESCO General Conference and has been observed throughout the world since 2000.

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UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies. It is within its mandate for peace that it works to preserve the differences in cultures and languages that foster tolerance and respect for others.

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19/02/2021

‘When Languages Fade, So Does the World’s Rich Tapestry of Cultural Diversity’ – International Mother Language Day

Woman sitting down on the floor pointing at a poster with letters is surrounded by young children.

Toddlers in Bangladesh are introduced to the alphabet. | PHOTO:© UNICEF/BANA2014-00573/Mawa

19 February 2021 (United Nations)* — International Mother Language Day recognizes that languages and multilingualism can advance inclusion, and the Sustainable Development Goals’ focus on leaving no one behind.

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19/02/2021

Without Nature’s Help, “We Will Not Thrive or Even Survive”

(UN News)*Without nature’s help, “we will not thrive or even survive”, the UN chief said on Thursday [18 February 2021], launching a major report on the environment.
© UNESCO | A horse rider heads towards mountains in Kyrgyzstan.
“For too long, we have been waging a senseless and suicidal war on nature. The result is three interlinked environmental crises”, Secretary-General António Guterres told a virtual press briefing on the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report, Making Peace with Nature.

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19/02/2021

Making Peace with Nature: Where Actions Equal Science

By Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UNEP*

This new report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Making Peace with Nature, provides the most-compelling scientific case yet for why we must tackle the three planetary crises of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste as one linked challenge. The report gathers the sum of knowledge from major scientific assessments to deliver one clear, unified message: we are destroying the planet, placing our own health and prosperity at grave risk.

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Photo by Max Kukurudziak/ Unsplash / 18 Feb 2021

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19/02/2021

‘The World Can Tackle the Climate, Biodiversity and Pollution Crises Together to Secure a Sustainable Future, Prevent Future Pandemics’

Human Wrongs Watch

New UNEP synthesis provides blueprint to urgently solve planetary emergencies and secure humanity’s future

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Pixabay / 18 Feb 2021

Nairobi, 18 February 2021 (UNEP)*The world can transform its relationship with nature and tackle the climate, biodiversity and pollution crises together to secure a sustainable future and prevent future pandemics, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that offers a comprehensive blueprint for addressing our triple planetary emergency.

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