UN Gender Focus: women's role in peace in Africa, women empowerment in India and UK student fights for gender equality

UN deputy chief underscores women’s role in peace, security in Africa

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Repressing mother languages “playing with fire”: UN language expert

Languages provide “strong emotional links,” so repressing the use of mother languages is “playing with fire”.

That’s according to Fernando Lopez Murcia, coordinator of the Spanish Language programme at the United Nations Headquarters.

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Learning a language is the “most humanizing thing you can do”

Learning a new language is the “most humanizing thing you can do” for yourself.

That’s according to Rachel Anne Lott, one of the 60 young winners of a multilingual essay contest organized by the United Nations and ELS Educational Services Inc.

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Language holds key to migrant success in Europe

Acquiring language skills is a big challenge for migrants and refugees entering Europe but it’s also the key to success, a renowned US economist says.

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UN Gender Focus: zika virus, climate change and indigenous languages

Zika virus now in at least 18 countries in Latin America and Caribbean

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A spoken language “disappears every 2 weeks”

Spoken languages are disappearing around the world at a rate of one every two weeks.

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Thai student says language is “key to understanding different cultures”

A medical student from Thailand who’s studying at a university in China says the only way to understand another culture is through its language.

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On World Day, UNESCO chief hails universal art of poetry and those who give it life

The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is marking World Poetry Day by extolling the virtues of one of the highest forms of linguistic and cultural expression and calling for support to those who give it life.

Protection of minority languages is a human rights obligation, UN expert says

Half of the world’s estimated 6,000-plus languages will likely die out by the end of the century without urgent efforts to protect minority communities and their languages, a United Nations independent expert said today, noting also that minority languages have often been a source of tension for governments whose obligation it is to protect them.