- Anchoring Education for Indigenous Youth in Context of Time-tested Customs Better than Assimilating Them into Mainstream System, Permanent Forum Told (21 May 2013)
Indigenous youth should have the right to receive education in their mother tongue and determine their curricula in line with their time-tested cultures and customs, rather than be obliged to assimilate into a mainstream educational system virtually unresponsive to their way of life, the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues heard today as it continued its work.
- Acting on Recommendation of Fifth Committee, General Assembly Appoints New Member to Committee on Contributions (21 May 2013)
Acting on the recommendation of its Fifth Committee (Administrative and Budgetary), the General Assembly today appointed Thomas David Smith (United Kingdom) as a member of the Committee on Contributions for a term of office beginning on 21 May 2013 and ending on 31 December 2014.
- Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations Approves 53 Applications, Postpones 17, in Second Day of Session (21 May 2013)
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations today continued the process of vetting the dozens of applications before it, recommending special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council for 53 organizations — 26 from the South and 27 from the North — and deferring action on the status of 17 others.
Sadden by Death, Destruction from Oklahoma Tornados, Secretary-General Offers Condolences to Victims, United Nations Assistance with Recovery Efforts (21 May 2013)
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
Heralding Mozambique’s Transition from Conflict to Peace, Secretary-General Tells International Relations Institute Students, Faculty, ‘Hope Starts Here’ (21 May 2013)
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais, in Maputo on 21 May:
Secretary-General Urges Mozambique’s First National Human Rights Commission to ‘Fiercely Protect’ Independence, Ensure Credibility, Legitimacy (21 May 2013)
Following are UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, at the meeting with members of the National Human Rights Commission, in Maputo on 21 May:
Press Conference on Opening of Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (20 May 2013)
At a Headquarters press conference today, advocates for indigenous people called on Governments worldwide to work with them to improve the lot of indigenous communities battling land dispossession, exploitation of their natural resources, endemic poverty and socioeconomic marginalization.
Press Conference on Launch of New Currency for Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi (20 May 2013)
The Head Chief of the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi, the ancestral name for the State of Hawaii in the United States, announced today at a Headquarters press conference, that the kala, Atooi’s sovereign currency, which had not been minted in nearly 130 years, had recently been introduced into the world exchange.