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Ottawa, Apr 22 (Canadian-Media): Earth Day, now a global event each year and approximately more than 1 billion people in 192 countries now take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, media reports said.
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The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement and creation of landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws.
Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in more than 190 countries connect Earth Day with protecting God’s greatest creations, humans, biodiversity and the planet that we all live on.
Earth Day Network (EDN) organization that leads Earth Day worldwide has chosen the theme of Earth Day 2019 to protect threatened and endangered species.
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United Nations, Apr 23 (UN/Canadian-Media): English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization's six official languages. The purpose of the UN's language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.
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United Nations, Apr 21 (UN/Canadian-Media) :A low-cost, tiny home that provides everything you need. A boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops. Vaccine-delivery drones… As the planet marks World Creativity and Innovation Day on Sunday, we’ve selected our favorite ideas to light up the way to a better future for all, across several sectors, UN media reports said.
1. Small and sustainable: 'Tiny houses' could be solution to world’s housing problems
UN News/Matt Wells: UN Environment (UNEP) and Yale University's Ecological Living Module; a sustainable tiny house exhibited at UN Headquarters in New York.
They’re small, self-sustaining – and they could revolutionize the way we think about housing around the world, as building materials become scarcer.
Measuring just about 22-square-meters, or some 200-square-feet, a “tiny house” comprised of one room with a loft or pull-out bed, hidden storage, a kitchen and a bathroom, was presented last September to get people thinking about decent, affordable housing that limits the overuse of natural resources and helps the battle against destructive climate change.
The design was created by the UN environment agency and the Center for Ecosystems in Architecture at Yale University in the United States, in collaboration with UN-Habitat.
2. Boat made of recycled plastic and flip-flops inspires fight for cleaner seas along African coast
UN Environment: The FlipFlopi dhow, a 9-metre traditional sailing boat made from 10 tonnes of discarded plastic, will be the first boat of its kind to launch a world expedition on 24 January, 2018.
After completing a historic 500 km journey from the Kenyan island of Lamu to the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, the world’s first ever traditional “dhow” sailing boat made entirely from recycled plastic, known as the Flipflopi, was created to raise awareness of the need to overcome one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges: plastic pollution.
The Flipflopi Project was co-founded by Kenyan tour operator Ben Morison in 2016, and the ground-breaking dhow was built by master craftsman Ali Skanda, and a team of volunteers, using 10 tonnes of recycled plastic.
The boat gets its name from the 30,000 recycled flip-flops used to decorate its multi-coloured hull.
>> Read more about the boat’s inspiring journey.
3. Polyester made from recycled bottles, wardrobe recycling…: solutions to make the fashion industry more sustainable
UN Photo/Manuel Elias: Models at the UN-hosted event “Fashion and Sustainability: Look Good, Feel Good, Do Good
It takes around 7,500 litres of water to make a single pair of jeans, equivalent to the amount of water the average person drinks over a period of seven years. That’s just one of the many startling facts to emerge from recent environmental research, which show that the cost of staying fashionable is a lot more than just the price tag.
Despite the grim statistics, producers and consumers of fashion are increasingly waking up to the idea that the industry needs to change. A number of companies, including large volume retailers, are integrating sustainability principles into their business strategies. Examples include the global clothing chain H&M, which has a garment collection scheme; jeans manufacturer Guess, which is involved in a wardrobe recycling programme; and outdoor clothing company Patagonia, which produces jackets using polyester from recycled bottles.
>> Learn more about the UN’s drive and efforts to clean up the fashion industry.
4. One small flight for a drone, one ‘big leap’ for global health
UNICEF/Pacific: World’s first drone-delivered vaccine in Vanuatu. The vaccine delivery covered almost 40 kilometers of rugged mountainous terrain from Dillon’s Bay on the west side of the island to the east landing in remote Cook’s Bay.
On a small island in the remote South Pacific, a one-month-old baby was the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by a drone.
The state-of-the-art craft which transported the vaccine, travelled nearly 40 kilometres over rugged mountain terrain, flying from Dillon’s Bay in western Vanuatu to remote Cook’s Bay – a scattered community accessible only on foot or by small boats – where 13 children and 5 pregnant women were inoculated by a nurse.
Henrietta H. Fore, the Executive Director of UNICEF said the tiny aircraft’s flight “is a big leap for global health."
"With the world still struggling to immunize the hardest-to-reach children, drone technologies can be a game changer for bridging that last mile to reach every child,” she explained.
>> Find out more about why this could have tremendous impact.
5. UN space-based tool opens new horizons to track land-use on Earth’s surface
USGS/NASA: A NASA satellite image shows a vast alluvial fan blossoming across the landscape between the Kunlun and Altun mountain ranges that form the southern border of the Taklamakan Desert in China.
Satellite-based tracking to chart how land is being used on the Earth’s surface got much easier and more accessible, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), thanks to the launch of a new online portal, developed in collaboration with the United States Space Agency, NASA.
The system – known as Collect Earth Online – is web-based, free of charge, and open to all platforms. It allows users to “systematically inspect” any location on the planet, from glaciers to rainforests, with satellite data.
“This innovation allows the collection of up-to-date data about our environment and its changes in a more efficient and participatory manner, using the local experts that know the landscape and the underlying ecology”, explained Mette Wilki, the head of Policy and Resources at FAO’s Forestry Division.
>> Find out what this means for the planet.
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United Nations, Apr 11 (Canadian-Media): The International Labour Organization (ILO) has been “a trusted voice” to “ensure social justice in every corner of our world”, Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday, at a high-level meeting to commemorate the centenary of what was the first ever United Nations (UN) agency, UN media reports said.
The ILO was born out of the rubble of the First World War, as the victors met to draw up the Treaty of Versailles, where they affirmed the need for social justice in the service of a “universal and lasting peace”.
The UN chief painted a picture of a time of upheaval, when newly-emboldened labour unions in many parts of the world, demanded fair treatment, dignity at work, adequate wages and an eight-hour working day.
“The nations of the world knew they must cooperate to make it happen”, Mr. Guterres said, adding that despite being the oldest UN family member, “ILO remains to this day one of the most unique gathering spaces in the international system”, as well as “a source of strength and legitimacy”, where workers, employers and governments can seek solutions through dialogue.
“Through conflict and peace, democracy and dictatorship, decolonization and the Cold War, globalization and turbulence”, Mr. Guterres said that ILO has had its “finger on the pulse on people’s concerns”, and “played a central role in the struggle for social progress”.
Noting that now is “a time of profound uncertainty, disruption and technological transformation”, Mr. Guterres warned that “tremendous” labour market disruption lies ahead.
“Even the concept of work will change – and the relationship between work, leisure and other occupations” he continued. “We are not yet prepared for that”.
Since the digital economy operates in a world without borders, he stressed that “more than ever”, international institutions “must play a vital role in shaping the future of work we want”.
“Let us make the most of this pivotal anniversary to renew our collective commitment to international cooperation, peace and social justice”, concluded the Secretary-General.
ILO’s ‘transformative impact’ on society
General Assembly President María Fernanda Espinosa commended ILO for its many “firsts”, including “the need to give workers a stake in decision-making that matches their essential contribution to lasting peace and prosperity”.
Workers of PT Toshiba Consumer Products Ind. assembling and manufacturing of electronic goods, such as television sets. Cikarang, Bekasi. Indonesia. (file), by ILO/A. Mirza“So, it is fitting that the General Assembly – the most representative body of the United Nations – celebrates the transformative impact of the ILO on the fabric of our societies, and on our daily lives” she said.
Citing decent work as one of her own priorities, she affirmed that it makes the UN “more relevant to people”, by demonstrating the “everyday impact of international agreements like the 2030 Agenda, and multilateral bodies like the ILO”.
Acknowledging ILO’s more than 180 conventions and implementation programmes “on everything from gender equality to forced labour”, she lamented that “injustice is still a reality for millions of people”, higlighting the predicament of child workers, forced labourers and those trafficked into prostitution.
“Over 40 million people today are victims of modern forms of slavery – more than twice the number involved in the transatlantic slave trade”, she said, commenting that 190 million people are unemployed; 300 million are working poor; and some two billion are engaged in informal work, “often without social protections”.
‘A time to reflect’ on ILO
Dubbing ILO “the most positive and enduring product of the Treaty of Versailles”, the Organization’s Director-General Guy Ryder called it “the first step in the construction of the multilateral system, and a forebearer of today's United Nations”.
ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder, addresses guests at a luncheon for ILO's 100 year anniversary., by UN Photo/Evan Schneider“It was empowered to negotiate and supervise the global rules of labour and to do so by the joint action of governments, workers and employers” he explained.
“ILO's journey has not always been a straight path” he admitted. “From the outset the Organization has been tested by the turbulence of history and the economic and social realities of its times”.
“More than a cause of celebration, the Centenary that we commemorate today is a time to reflect on our purpose, and on the course we chart for the future”, he stated.
Noting “great uncertainty” surrounding multilateralism and “widespread disillusion” regarding social and economic progress, he said that “many citizens doubt the capacity of the leaders and institutions” to respond to their needs.
Mr. Ryder saw the first 100 years as “a prelude to the future we construct together now”, urging everyone to “set about that task with the same courage and urgency, and moved by the same sentiments of social justice and humanity which first gave life to the ILO”.
“History tells us what we can achieve”, he said. “But it also tells us what the cost of our failures would be”.
As part of the commemoration, a 24-hour marathon of events from Fiji to Philadelphia, is planned across the globe.
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Washington, DC, Apr 5 (Canadian-Media): World Health Day 2019 would be observed on Apr 7 and promotes Universal Health Everyone, Everywhere, media reports said.
On April 9, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will present a report in Mexico with recommendations on achieving universal health.
This year’s campaign calls for all people to receive integrated, quality health care at the heart of the community.
Millions of people in the world still lack access to health care and many are forced to choose between spending on health and other daily expenses. It is estimated that in the Americas around one third of the population lacks access to health care. In the framework of World Health Day, PAHO is calling for equitable access to comprehensive and quality health care.
“Our main objective is that all people, no matter where they live, can access health care without restrictions and without serious financial difficulties,” said the Director of PAHO and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne.
Access and universal health coverage is the theme of World Health Day, which is celebrated on 7 April each year in commemoration of the founding of WHO. The campaign slogan is “Universal Health: everyone, everywhere. This year focuses on primary health care (PHC), equity and solidarity.
The countries of the Region have made important progress in health, which is reflected in the 16-year increase in life expectancy over the past 45 years, as well as in a reduction in infant mortality. However, challenges still remain as these gains have not been equitable. On April 9 and 10 in Mexico, PAHO will present the report Report of the High-Level Commission ¨Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata¨.
The report will provide recommendations on expanding access and health coverage in the region by 2030, without leaving anyone behind. The presentation of the report will be led by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador; the Director of PAHO; the Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) and President of the Commission, Néstor Méndez; and the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet. In celebration of World Health Day, PAHO/WHO also invited countries to create chains of human solidarity in order to show their commitment to universal health, and to share the photos of these on social media using the #HealthForAll hashtag.
People-centered care Primary health care (PHC) is the foundation for achieving universal health. It is an approach that involves integrated, quality health services that focus on promotion, prevention, treatment, cure and rehabilitation. PHC puts care at the heart of the community and is not limited to the first level of care, nor to a limited package of health services. “We need transformative primary care within an integrated, efficient, organized health system, with interdisciplinary health teams that work in networks that include basic and specialist levels, and where the individual is at the center of kind, respectful and quality care,” said Dr. Etienne.
PAHO also advocates for all people have access to education, food, housing, financial protection, safe drinking water, safe environments and other determinants of good health that fall outside the health sector itself. Solidarity and equity This year’s World Health Day campaign also focuses on solidarity and equity, core values of universal health. These values emphasize the need for society as a whole to contribute to the promotion of health for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged. They also emphasize the need for decision makers to focus policies and programs on the provision of quality services that ensure access to health for these populations, without leaving anyone behind. “Health care expenses are a major barrier to access for people in poverty and discourage many from seeking care, putting their lives at risk,” said the Director of the Department of Health Systems and Services at PAHO, Dr. James Fitzgerald.
In most countries in the Region, the levels of out-of-pocket spending on health account for over 25% of total household expenditure, a figure that puts people at risk of facing catastrophic expenses, an issue which PAHO recommends that countries tackle. Dr. Fitzgerald also emphasized that impoverishing health expenditure threatens the achievement of the United Nations’ universal health and poverty elimination goals by 2030. Achieving universal health requires the transformation of health systems, a sufficient number of trained, well-distributed health professions, and the availability of affordable medicines and technologies.
Currently, 800,000 additional health workers are required to meet the needs of health systems in the Region. The high cost of medicines, as well as the growing number of people with chronic illness that require life-long medicines, are also a risk to the sustainability of health systems. Increasing public investment in health Greater and more efficient investment in health is also required in order to achieve universal health and is fundamental for the development of countries. In 2014, the Ministers of Health of the Americas adopted the Strategy for Universal Access to Health and Universal Health Coverage in PAHO. Since then, PAHO/WHO has provided technical cooperation to help countries improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their health systems, and to increase public investment in health to at least 6% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the minimum level agreed in the strategy. Currently, average investment in health in countries of the Americas stands at 4.2% of GDP.
In countries where investment in health is 6% or more of GDP, coverage is better and universal health is closer to being achieved. A PAHO report shows that increasing public revenues for health can be obtained through higher taxes overall, as well as higher taxes on harmful products such as tobacco and alcohol. It can also be achieved through reforms to improve the collection and administration of taxes, as well as through measures to control corruption, something that requires both political will and social consensus. World Health Day 2019 takes place at the halfway point between the World Conference on Primary Health Care in Astana (Kazakhstan), and the High-level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, to be held in the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.
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World Water Day (WWD) was launched by The United Nations (U.N.) in 1993, designating safe access to water for all by 2030 as one of its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), media reports said.
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With this year's theme “leaving no one behind.” SDG hopes to raise awareness of the fact that marginalized individuals including children, women, refugees, indigenous peoples and disabled people, have the most trouble finding safe water.
Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), released a statement on the theme of Leaving No One Behind for WWD 2019 after the launch of the new water report.
“This is the most important issue: the intensification of environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, and rapid urbanization–among other factors–pose considerable challenges to water security,” announced Azoulay. “The report advocates for a boost to international political will to reach those marginalized and to tackle the existing inequalities, whether they be socio-economic, gender-based due to the particular challenges of urban rural or settings, or any other factor,” she added.
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On April 26 and May 10, people across Canada will participate in the WE Walk for Water campaign to help lift communities out of water poverty by fundraising or hosting their own water walks.
“Last year, over 200,000 youth from across Canada, the U.S. and the UK collectively delivered clean water for life to 40,000 people through the inaugural WE Walk For Water campaign,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “With over 40% of the world’s population still affected by water scarcity, we hope to double our impact this year by turning clean water on for 80,000 people. I can’t wait to see the wave of impact these young change-makers will have again this year.”
WWD is an opportunity to remember that water isn’t needed just for drinking as one in three people on the planet has no access to proper sanitation.
Some 650 million people, or one in 10 of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.
Dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diarrheal diseases in children, killing 900 under-fives a day across the world.
“It’s little wonder that water features in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,” Russell Arnott, a postgraduate researcher in phytoplankton dynamics at the University of Bath’s Water and Innovation Research Centre said, “SDG 6 is all about water—crystal-clear water for all by 2030.”
Water is one of our most precious resources. Canada has one-fifth of the world's freshwater. Ducks Unlimited Canada, a registered charity, partners with government, industry, non-profits and landowners to conserve, restore and manage habitats for waterfowl and other wildlife.
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Canada joined the international consensus and recognized the right to water at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012. We must live up to that commitment here at home.
Blue Dot (what the earth would look like seen in space) is a movement to recognize every Canadian’s right to live in a healthy environment.
Since 1993, WWD has been celebrated globally in a variety of educational and awareness raising events.
To help you recognize and celebrate WWD, ES&E Magazine has put together a list of events across Canada.
Edmonton (AB): World Water Day YEG 2019, March 22 at 4:30 PM: Meet and network with inspired water collaborators, learn about local water initiatives in the province of Alberta, and listen to forward-thinking solutions on freshwater issues. Water is essential for life, and is the single most important resource on the planet.
British Columbia Nelson: Speakers, Short documentary & Prizes for World Water Day March 22 at 7 PM:
The Nelson chapter of the Council of Canadians will be hosting an event at the Adventure Hotel for World Water Day in collaboration with a number of other water focused groups with the emphasis on education and engagement around protecting our precious resource.
Vancouver: WWD Celebration 2019 jointly organized by the Student and Young Professional Committees of CWRA Vancouver Chapter, BCWWA, CWN SYP, along with Engineers & Geoscientists BC Vancouver Branch. The event includes a networking session, student competition, a panel discussion featuring local water leaders, and award ceremony for the student competition.
Fredericton(NB): Cascade: Our plastic; our planet; our choice: The University of New Brunswick Art Centre celebrates World Water Day with a look at the lifecycle of plastic and how plastic pollution affects our water systems.
Toronto (ON): Water Docs Film Festival, March 20-24: The Water Docs Film Festival includes several days of high-impact films, animated discussions and community learning, with opportunities to take action to protect water.
Toronto: World Water Day Fair at Ryerson University: Ryerson Urban Water and Sustainability Ryerson are partnering to host a World Water Day Fair to showcase all types of work being undertaken at Ryerson related to water. We are welcoming all of you to join us in exploring this year’s theme “Leaving no one behind,” and to connect with like-minded students, researchers, faculty, staff, and groups that are making a splash in the water sector.
Waterloo: World Water Day 2019 hosted by the Water Institute: A full day of activities University of Waterloo’s Water Institute as they explore together how to find viable solutions for marginalized people living without safe water.
Charlottetown(PEI): Screening of Anthropocene at 7 PM: PEI Council of Canadians chapter for a free movie screening of The Anthropocene: the age of mankind, followed by a discussion for World Water Day at the Holland College Lecture Theatre.
Montreal(Quebec): Maude Barlow in Montreal: Who owns the water?:
Chairperson of the Council of Canadians, Maude Barlow, will speak with Alice-Anne Simard, director of Eau Secours, on the fight for the human right to water, the companies trying to take ownership of water and sell it, as well as her experience with communities around the world who are already facing the global water crisis. **The conference will be in French and English. UQAM, Montreal, Quebec.
Saskatoon (Saskatchewan): World Water Day at the University of Saskatchewan 1 PM: The University of Saskatchewan’s Global Institute for Water Security is celebrating World Water Day in unison with the United Nations theme of “Leaving no one behind”.
The public works department for Ontario’s Regional Municipality of Durham is lighting up its headquarters in blue all week to celebrate Canada Water Week.
It’s just one of the many ways Canadians are paying tribute to WWD for 2019.
“Canada Water Week and World Water Day provide an important reminder on how fortunate we are to have a clean, secure and convenient supply of drinking water,” said John Presta, Durham’s Director of Environmental Services, in a statement for World Water Day. “Residents can help protect this valuable environmental resource for the coming generations with effective water conservation today,” he added.
The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, in Ontario is asking citizens to show up wearing blue for a rally in the city of London. The group, aligned with The Council of Canadians, is ramping up efforts to stop the practice of bottled water companies using First Nations areas as water sources.
“It damages the environment, steals from communities both environmentally and economically and they make billions while only giving back a small amount,” the organizers announced for the Victoria Park event, which also includes a water ceremony and prayers.
This fact awareness video by UN Water highlights some of the issues around the 2019 Leaving No One Behind theme.
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Washington, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): Donald Trump, president of United States (U.S.) said Monday that he would like to end an annual ritual of changing clocks twice a year and would be fine with a permanent daylight saving time, media reports said.
On the second Sunday in March the U.S. clocks leap forward by an hour from 2 a.m. and back an hour on the first Sunday in November, stated by federal law called Uniform Time Act of 1966.
Trump was in favour of the people who were confused and affected by this change in the clock are campaigning clocks on summer schedule should be unchanged permanently.
Trump wrote on his Twitter account that "Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me," joining those who supported the end of clock changes.
Bills were passed by the Florida state legislature to stay in summer schedule, but it required the Congressional approval to take effect.
Two American senators including Marco Rubio of Florida have filed bills to Congress to make daylight saving time permanent across the country.
Rubio's office argued that more sunlight at night in the daylight saving time would reduce the risk for cardiac issues, strokes and seasonal depression.
On the other hand, those supporting the clock changes cited the risks that would be caused by more darkness in the winter morning to school-goers if the summer schedule applies the whole year.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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New York, Jan 30 (IBNS): International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019) was launched yesterday United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) at its headquarters in Paris, media reports said.
Discovery of the Periodic System by Russian scientist, Dmitri Mendeleev was done in 1869. 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements and has therefore been proclaimed the "International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements (IYPT2019)" by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO.
IYPT is an opportunity for us to develop new resources and raise awareness, to inspire people of all ages, experience and backgrounds.
The Periodic Table of Elements is a great teaching tool and probably the most recognisable thing in chemistry.
In recognition of IYPT's importance of the periodic table as “one of the most important and influential achievements in modern science, reflecting the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics, biology and other basic sciences disciplines,” United Nations (UN) General assembly two years back had decided to hold year-long events and activities all over the world.
The launch event, which was held in Paris, was inaugurated by UNESCO’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay and was attended by many scientists and representatives of the private sector including notable persons such as Mikhail Kotyukov, Russia’s Minister of Science and Higher Education, Pierre Corvol, the President of the French Académie des Sciences, and Professor Ben Feringa, 2016 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry.
Among the notable activities organized throughout the year include, symposiums in Paris, France, and Murcia, Spain, and an online competition to test the knowledge of secondary education students on the subject as well as to stimulate their curiosity.
Other exciting and diverse activities that would be held throughout 2019, including public lectures, teacher resources, public outreach, grants to our member networks and communities to fund IYPT specific activities for their respective communities, themed journals and books.
International symposium “Women and the Periodic Table of Elements” would be held on 11-12 of February 2019 at University of Murcia, Murcia (Spain)
An interactive exhibit was also planned at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris until yesterday.
Over the course of the IYPT, our publications will be publishing themed collections of articles relating to specific elements or areas of the periodic table. We are also sharing a list of articles on some of the rarer elements.
UNESCO will present its educational initiative, 1001 Inventions: Journeys from Alchemy to Chemistry, designed to help young people in schools all over the world improve their understanding of chemistry and its numerous uses.
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Ottawa, Jan 28 (Canadian-Media): The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 (IYIL2019) to raise global attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages, media reports said.
IYIL2019 is being observed today all over the world to raise awareness this event's significance for sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance and peacebuilding.
The theme of this year's IYIL is “Indigenous languages matter for sustainable development, peace building and reconciliation.”
2019 IYIL is globally being launched by United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France with support from other organizations like United Nations Department of economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the members of Steering Committee and the participation of other relevant stakeholders.
Official Global Launch Event of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages
Present during the official launch of this event would be high-level governmental officials, indigenous peoples, civil society, academia, media, United Nations agencies, public language harmonization and documentation institutions and private sector bodies.
With an aim to provide a global forum for a constructive debate, many speakers and experts would address new paradigms for safeguarding, promoting and providing access to knowledge and information for the indigenous languages’ users.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jan 12 (Canadian-Media): Dinesh Bhatia, Consular General of India Toronto, celebrated yesterday International Hindi Day (IHD) along with Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in his office at Toronto in the presence of a large Indian gathering.
His office, said Bhatia in his speech, would be celebrating both IHD and PBD that day.
He said that the first International Hindi Conference was held on Jan 10, 1975 in Nagpur, India.
IHD is celebrated all over the world since then on Jan 10 each year.
Bhatia said his office also celebrates IHD on January 10 each year.
Other places where these conferences were held were Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States, and 11th PBD conference was held in Mauritius.
Another event National Bhartiya Diwas (NHD), said Bhatia is also celebrated all over India on Sept 14.
PBD which is celebrated each year on Jan 9, is also being celebrated by Bhatia that day.
The significance of the celebration of PBD, said Bhatia, was that it was on Jan 9,1915 that Mahatma Gandhi, one of the greatest leaders of India had come back to India from South Africa.
This event is celebrated to give tribute to Mahatma Gandhi since, added Bhatia, there was no greater Indian man than him.
Bhatia said that his office had been celebrating PBD since 2003.
Till then, 14 PBD had been celebrated, continued Bhatia and the 15th PBD would be celebrated in Varanasi, India from Jan 19, 20 and 21, 2019.
Bhatia presented before the audience Prime minister of India's invitation to one and all to Varanasi, India, for celebration of the event, continued Bhatia and added that he hoped a large number of Indians from Canada would participate in it.
He also reminded all the people present that 10th was the last of registration for this event.
Bhatia then honored the Internationally renowned Hindi scholars and that Canada was a proud recipient of several such awards.
Bhatia said that till now 11 conferences of PBD had been held around the world most of them India. Other places where these conferences were held were Trinidad, United Kingdom, United States and 11th PBD conference was held in Mauritius, 12th PBD conference would reportedly be held in Devas city, India
For many years, said Bhatia that endless efforts had been made by Indians to introduce Hindi as one of its languages in the United Nations (UN) in addition to five other languages already present.
But India had reached a milestone in 2018, reported Bhatia, when UN weekly 10-minute bulletin started appearing in Hindi language in UN, their twitter account and in our twitter account.
This was followed by an announcement by Bhatia informing all present that on 26th January his office would be celebrating the National Republic day at 10 a.m.
He then added that due to limitation of space in his office, Republic Day would also be celebrated in on February 10 in Pearson Convention Centre in large scale to accommodate larger gathering.
The participants for Hindi poetry recitals were then invited on the stage for their recitals.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)