International Mother Language Day

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are … Continue reading International Mother Language Day

Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

The Day of the Shining Star (광명성절 — Kwangmyŏngsŏng-jŏl) is a public holiday in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) falling on February 16, the birth anniversary of the country’s second leader, Kim Jong-il. Along with the Day of the Sun, the birthday of his father Kim Il-sung, it is the most important public holiday in North Korea. Kim Jong-il was actually born in … Continue reading Day of the Shining Star / 광명성절

UNESCO and the World Heritage Site at Kotor

Until just a couple of months ago, I did not know that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), or Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture as it is called in French, has issued its own postage stamps since 1961. These are valid for postage only on mail posted from UNESCO Headquarters or Maison de l’UNESCO at number … Continue reading UNESCO and the World Heritage Site at Kotor

International Literacy Day

September 8 was declared International Literacy Day by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on October 26, 1966, at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General conference. It was celebrated for the first time in 1967. Its aim is to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. Celebrations take place in several countries. Literacy is traditionally meant as the ability to … Continue reading International Literacy Day