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Geneva Press Briefing: UNHCR, IOM, WHO, OHCA, UNICEF
20 Feb 2018 -  Biweekly Geneva Press Briefing Chaired by Mr. Rhéal LeBlanc, Chief, Press and External Relations Section.
UNHCR- Andrej Mahecic · Update on Monsoon preparations in Bangladesh
· UNHCR alarmed over reported atrocities in DR Congo’s Tanganyika province

WHO- Christian Lindmeir
· Bangladesh – Health situation six months after the start of the crisis

IOM- Joel Millman
· Libya survey of undocumented third country nationals
· Latest Mediterranean figures

OCHA- Jens Laerke
· Launch of Burundi Humanitarian response Plan

UNICEF- Christophe Boulierac

21 February is International Mother Language Day, to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism

2018 Theme: Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development
More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7,000 languages spoken in the world are likely to die out within a few generations, and 96 per cent of these languages are spoken by a mere 4 per cent of the world's population. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given pride of place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge, thus play an important role in promoting sustainable futures.
International Mother Language Day also supports target 6 of Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): “Ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.”