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Mother Language Day celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity

Thursday, 21 February is International Mother Language Day – a day set aside to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It is estimated that every two weeks a language goes extinct. But why try to protect these languages?  What is the real significance of this Day? UN News’s Paulina Greer posed these questions to the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen. 

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News in Brief 20 February 2019

  • Push to silence the guns in South Sudan
  • Good health care paves way for SDGs
  • Education, employment ‘fundamental’ to youth development’
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News in Brief 19 February 2019

  • Civilians must not be ‘used as pawns’ in Syria
  • Momentum in Yemen
  • Refugees need resettling, now
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World’s only multilateral venue for disarmament discussions ‘more crucial than ever’: top official says

The nuclear arms race “is back on”, the head of the Conference on Disarmament has warned. UN News’s Daniel Johnson spoke to Michael Møller who is the Secretary-General of the Conference, the only multilateral venue for disarmament discussions. ­In the interview, Mr. Møller explains why the forum has been deadlocked for more than two decades and what this could mean for the future of the world.

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News in Brief 18 February 2019

  • A ‘welcome step’ towards peace in Central Africa
  • UN programme for ‘ethically produced, environmentally sustainable gold’
  • International labour standards more important than ever, says ILO
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‘Message getting through’ that money for climate action matters: Green fund chief

The GCF’s Executive-Director, Javier Manzanares, was in New York this month to meet UN chief António Guterres and talk to diplomats about the importance and operation of the Fund.

When Mr. Manzanares came into to the UN News studios, he said the Fund’s investment message was getting through to UN Member States. Conor Lennon started by asked him if he was, nevertheless, worried by some countries’ lack of enthusiasm so far.

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News in Brief 15 February 2019

  • Desert camp aid delivery provides relief to desperate Syrians
  • South Sudan alert as sexual violence surges: UN human rights office
  • Philippines human rights defender arrested on libel  
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News in Brief 14 February 2019

  • No child in Europe should be Stateless, says UN agencies
  • Pope urges IFAD to continue on its ‘humble’ path
  • Saying NO to child marriage
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We’re going in the wrong direction on measles prevention, says UN health expert

Rapid action is needed in every region of the world to get countries back on track in the global fight against measles, amid a projected near-doubling in the number of cases, since 2017.  That’s according to Dr. Katherine O’Brien from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here she is speaking to Sarah Mbengue from UN News in Geneva. 

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Music-lovers need personalized listening data to prevent irreversible hearing damage: WHO

Preventing irreversible hearing loss from listening to loud music is possible, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Dr Shelly Chadha from WHOoutlined the agency’s latest recommendations.

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