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International Mother Language Day

International Mother Language Day
21 February

International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

 

MESSAGE ON WORLD WILDLIFE DAY 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON WORLD WILDLIFE DAY
3 March 2019

Marine species provide indispensable ecosystem services. Plankton enrich the atmosphere with oxygen and more than 3 billion people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for sustenance and livelihoods. Marine and coastal resources and the industries they support are estimated to be worth at least US$3 trillion a year, some 5 per cent of global GDP.

Sustainably managing and protecting marine and coastal ecosystems are the objectives of Goal 14 of the Sustainable Development Goals. Today, ocean life is under severe pressure, ranging from climate change to pollution, the loss of coastal habitats and the overexploitation of marine species. Some one-third of commercial fish stocks are overfished, and many other species – from albatrosses to turtles – are imperilled by the unsustainable use of ocean resources.

The good news is that solutions are available. For example, where fisheries are managed scientifically, most fish stocks have a good chance of recovery. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) is increasing regulation of marine species. And the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is engaged in crafting a post-2020 global biodiversity framework.

On this World Wildlife Day, let us raise awareness about the extraordinary diversity of marine life and the crucial importance of marine species to sustainable development. That way, we can continue to provide these services for future generations.

YouthMobile Award

YouthMobile Award

15 February 2019, UNESCO Almaty will hold an awards ceremony for mobile application developers of the Central Asian YouthMobile Competition.
Applications submitted to the YouthMobile contest contribute to the achievement of sustainable development goals (SDGs).

36 young people have participated in the contest. They worked in a teams as well as individually and in total they submitted 12 mobile applications. 8 of them have been short listed.

The jury is represented by experts in communication and information, social sciences and humanities, education, as well as independent developers of mobile applications. The jury will announce three winners- participants whose mobile applications won prizes.

The jury evaluated the presence of applications in the open GitHub repository, popularity and users’ feedback, application quality criteria and standards compliance, the breadth and involvement of audiences, innovation, compliance with sustainable development goals, and the impact on the possibility of achieving them until 2030.

On 15 February, the YouthMobile contest awards ceremony will be held in Almaty. Inspirational speakers from the field of internet business and mobile commerce will speak about the future of the mobile applications, innovations and demands as well as monetization of mobile applications. The winners and participants will have a good opportunity in mobile applications development networking.

Since 2015 UNESCO Almaty has organized a series of trainings for 80 young people by providing them the basic technical skills and competencies necessary to develop, promote and distribute mobile applications, and increase employment opportunities.

Journalists are invited for accreditation via email: a.kudiyarova@unesco.org

Winter school of journalism and communication

February 13 – World Radio Day

In the modern age of digital technology, radio continues to be an important source of information with the widest reach of audiences around the world. Radio encourages the exchange of views on current issues, contributes to the dissemination of important stories and facts, and during emergency situations helps to save lives. World Radio Day was approved by UNESCO in 1946 to highlight the importance of this media, to expand cooperation between broadcasting organizations and to call upon responsible parties to ensure access to information through radio. All over the world, this Day is accompanied by special radio programs and thematic events. The UN General Assembly encouraged the celebration of World Radio Day with its resolution A / RES / 67/124 A-B in 2013.
The UNESCO Almaty Office together with KazNU organized a winter school of journalism and communication dedicated to this day.

http://ru.unesco.kz/world-radio-day-2019-will-be-marked-at-the-central-asian-winter-school-o

MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD RADIO DAY

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD RADIO DAY
13 February 2019

Radio is a powerful tool.
Even in today’s world of digital communications, radio reaches more people than any other media platform.
It conveys vital information and raises awareness on important issues.
And it is a personal, interactive platform where people can air their views, concerns, and grievances. Radio can create a community.
For the United Nations, especially our peacekeeping operations, radio is a vital way of informing, reuniting and empowering people affected by war.
On this World Radio Day, let us recognize the power of radio to promote dialogue, tolerance and peace.

 

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE

HE SECRETARY-GENERAL
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MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE
11 February 2019

Skills in science, technology, engineering and math drive innovation and are critical to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Women and girls are vital in all these areas. Yet they remain woefully under-represented.
Gender stereotypes, a lack of visible role models and unsupportive or even hostile policies and environments can keep them from pursuing these careers.
The world cannot afford to miss out on the contributions of half our population.

We need concerted efforts to overcome these obstacles.

We must tackle misconceptions about girls’ abilities.

We must promote access to learning opportunities for women and girls, particularly in rural areas.

And we must do more to change workplace culture so that girls who dream of being scientists, engineers and mathematicians can enjoy fulfilling careers in these fields.
Let us ensure that every girl, everywhere, has the opportunity to realize her dreams, grow into her power and contribute to a sustainable future for all.

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE FOR FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
6 February 2019

Female genital mutilation is an abhorrent human rights violation affecting women and girls around the world. It denies them their dignity, endangers their health and causes needless pain and suffering, even death.

Female genital mutilation is rooted in gender inequalities and power imbalances– and it sustains them by limiting opportunities for girls and women to realize their rights and full potential. An estimated 200 million women and girls alive today have been subject to this harmful practice. And every year, almost 4 million girls are at risk.

The Sustainable Development Goals call for the elimination of female genital mutilation by 2030. The United Nations joins hands with global, regional and national actors in supporting holistic and integrated initiatives to achieve this objective. Tackling FGM is also a central part of our efforts in the Spotlight Initiative, launched in partnership with the European Union to end all forms of violence against women and girls.

With strong political commitment, we are seeing positive change in several countries. However, if current trends persist, these advances will continue to be outpaced by rapid population growth where the practice is concentrated.

On this Day of Zero Tolerance, I call for increased, concerted and global action to end female genital mutilation and fully uphold the human rights of all women and girls. 

Press release: UN Women urges leaders and advocates to “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” on International Women’s Day

The United Nations’ gender equality entity puts spotlight on public services, income security, safe spaces and technology to advance progress for women and girls

Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Media contact: UN Women, media.team[at]unwomen.org

(New York, 30 January)— In celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March, UN Women is celebrating its 2019 theme of “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”, along with hosting hundreds of festivities around the world through the organization’s global network. An official commemoration event is also being held at the UN Headquarters in New York that features UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and other senior UN officials as well as innovation leaders and gender experts.

“When we approach planning with an innovative, ‘think equal’ mindset that takes the needs of women and girls into account right from inception, it is remarkable how different those plans can look, whether it is urban planning that designs for commuter safety, rural daycare centres that offer workers positive solutions for childcare, or the use of biometrics as ID to replace formal registration documents that many women may not have or control,” commented UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. “We look to industry leaders, game-changing start-ups, social entrepreneurs, gender equality activists and women innovators to find the ways in which innovation can remove barriers and accelerate progress for gender equality,” she said.

UN Women research indicates that 740 million women currently make their living in the informal economy with limited access to social protection, public services and infrastructure that could increase their productivity and income security.

For example, women do 2.6 times more unpaid care and domestic work than men, with only 41 per cent of the world’s mothers with newborns receiving maternity benefits. One in three women are likely to face violence in their lifetimes, yet public services, urban planning and transport systems are rarely planned with women’s safety and mobility in mind. Therefore, this year’s focus brings innovation to the centre stage and leverages it for gender equality and women’s empowerment globally.

“Because current trajectories show existing interventions do not suffice to achieve a planet 50-50 by 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN’s road map for a sustainable future by 2030, requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions. This is particularly true when it comes to SDG 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, continued Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.

Immediately following International Women’s Day is the 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, being held 11- 22 March and focusing its priority theme on “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.”

 

http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2019/1/press-release-think-equal-build-smart-innovate-for-change-on-international-womens-day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The 27th of January is designated by the United Nations General Assembly as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. On this day, commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust are taking place worldwide.
On 28 January, the exhibition “Beyond duty – Honoring righteous diplomats” was opened in the United Nations building in Almaty on 28 January, paying tribute to the diplomats who saved lives of Jews in the hard times of the Holocaust.
This Exhibition tells the brave and inspiring story of 36 diplomats from 21 countries who saved lives of the Jews, risking their own safety and life, and who have been awarded the title “Righteous Among Nations”.
Among the visitors of the opening of the exhibition were representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, ambassadors, consuls, representatives of civil society organizations, university professors and students, United Nations officers.
H.E. Ms. Liat Wexelman – Ambassador of Israel in Kazakhstan said at the opening, “…Rescue by diplomats took many forms. Diplomats issued visas, citizenship papers, protective papers and other forms of documentation that allowed Jews to escape the Nazis. Some diplomats smuggled refugees across international borders. Many diplomats established safe houses and some hid Jews in their embassies and in their personal residences. Some diplomats were able to stop Nazi deportations to the death camps. Some diplomats warned the Jews of impending actions and deportations”.
The program included video message by Mr. Antoniu Guterres, UN Secretary General, welcome speech by H.E. Ruslan Bultrikov – head of the MFA representative Office in Almaty, and a message from Mr. Norimasa Shimomura – UN resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan. 

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION  IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST 

THE SECRETARY-GENERAL

MESSAGE ON THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION
IN MEMORY OF THE VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST
27 January 2019

Dear friends,

Today we honour the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust – and the many other victims of unprecedented, calculated cruelty and horror.

This year’s observance falls amid an alarming increase in anti-Semitism.

From a deadly assault on a synagogue in the United States to the desecration of Jewish cemeteries in Europe, this centuries-old hatred is not only still strong – it is getting worse.

We see the proliferation of neo-Nazi groups, and attempts to rewrite history and distort the facts of the Holocaust.

We see bigotry moving at lightning speed across the Internet.

As the Second World War recedes in time, and the number of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it falls to us to be ever vigilant.
And as the former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Sacks, so memorably said: “The hate that begins with Jews never ends with Jews”.

Indeed, we see intolerance entering mainstream politics — targeting minorities, Muslims, migrants and refugees, and exploiting the anger and anxiety of a changing world.

Now more than ever, let us unite in the fight for universal values and build a world of equality for all.

English subtitle

https://s3.amazonaws.com/downloads2.unmultimedia.org/public/video/ondemand/MSG+SG+Holocaust+Remembrance+18+JAN+19+EN.mp4