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International Mother Language Day 21 February

21st February 2017 Latest News

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.


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

16th February 2017 Latest News

FAOmedium_2_wormStrengthening 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.

This came at the end of a three-day, FAO-organized emergency meeting in Harare to discuss ways to respond to a major fall armyworm infestation affecting at least seven countries in the region, whose combined population is more than 70 percent of the total population of Southern Africa.


Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Somalia

10th February 2017 Latest News, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

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.

The Secretary-General expresses the hope that President Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” will move expeditiously to form an inclusive Cabinet. The new Government and federal member states should together tackle urgent national priorities immediately, including finalising the constitution and establishing effective national security forces. The current humanitarian situation created by the drought and the imperative of averting a famine should, however, be at the top of the agenda. The United Nations stands ready to support the Government in this regard.


UNIC Pretoria Commemorates The International Day of Remembrance

2nd February 2017 Latest News, Outreach Activities


UNIC Pretoria observed International Day of Commemoration of the Victims of the Holocaust on the 27th January 2017 with over 200 learners from Ahmed Timol Secondary School in Azaadville, Krugersdorp, West of Johannesburg. The Educational Programme was organized by UNIC Pretoria in partnership with The Holocaust and Genocide Centre in Johannesburg and Education Africa with the theme for this year being: “Holocaust Remembrance: Educating for a Better Future”.

Through various activities, learners were informed about the work of the United Nations, watched an animated video about the Sustainable Developmental Goals as well as, discussed the relevance and significance of this International Day of Remembrance.


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

1st February 2017 Latest News

OHCHR1GENEVA (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.