Headlines UNCA 08-08

•UN Peacekeeping Chief says recent attacks in Timor Leste though well-handled by the Government, point to the need to urgently address outstanding issues many of which have been pending since 2006. Mr. Guehenno was at the time briefing members of the Security Council on the Secretary-General’s most recent report on the situation in the country and his proposal to extend the mandate of the peacekeeping Mission there for 12 more months. He also brought them up to date on events following the attempted assassination of both the President and the Prime Minister of the country, noting that these events pointed to the need to address some of the unresolved issues including the fate of the supporters of the late fugitive Alfredo Reinado; petitioners and internally displaced persons.

•Special Adviser on Myanmar expresses hope to return to Myanmar in early March. Professor Ibrahmi Gambari the Special Ambassador of the UN Secretary-General on Myanmar is traveling on a four-country to the region to hold consultations on the situation in Myanmar. In is now in Jakarta where has announced that the Myanmar authorities seem to be willing to have him visit in early March. From here he will go to Japan and Singapore. In this segment we catch up with him in China and hear about his exchange of view with the authorities there.

•Why languages matter: teaching children language appreciation at an early age. As UNESCO marks the International Year of Languages with the slogan “Languages Matter”, UN Radio’s Bissera Kostova looks at one mother’s personal story on how she preserves her family’s mother tongues through teaching her children language at an early age. This year, the Day will place special emphasis on international standard-setting instruments related to multilingualism. UNESCO has proclaimed 21 February International Mother Language Day to stress the importance of linguistic diversity and promote the use of mother languages.

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