Manipur’s Loktak Lake - the largest freshwater lake in Northeast India - is an internationally important, Ramsar designated, freshwater wetland system in the state of Manipur, India. Famously known for its circular floating swamps (called phumdi in the local language) - a collection of heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil and organic matter at various stages of decomposition. Resembling miniature islands, these phumdis are found in various forms, floating on the lake.
On this World Teachers’ Day, I have the honor and I’m delighted as President of the United Nations General Assembly at its 74th session, to congratulate all teachers all over the world for the great work they are doing for all of us.
The teaching profession is one of the noblest professions and it has been so for millennia.
We’ve all come to agree that no society can develop past its educational system. Within that system, the teacher is at the centre.
The quality of the teacher is critical to what is delivered or not delivered in any educational system. In particular, I take this opportunity to congratulate and acknowledge the great work young professionals are doing as teachers.
They are the future of the profession.
They have taken on a very important task.
A teacher, as we all know, is a mentor, is a comforter, is someone who helps with inquiry, is someone who inspires younger persons or even older persons.
What is important is that the teacher is always there to do what is right and good for people.
Today more than ever before there are opportunities for people to learn faster using different exciting platforms.
I urge young professional teachers to use all the technologies available in delivering their lessons, in teachings and also in learning because they must continue to learn.
This is the exciting thing about teachers, every teacher is also a learner. That’s what makes the profession, and I am a teacher myself, such an exciting profession.
On this World Teachers’ Day 2019, once again I salute all teachers all over the world and in particular young professional teachers.
Reboot The Earth is planned as a social coding event that brings young computer programmers, scientists and other interested people together under the auspices of the United Nations to improve upon or build a new software program that addresses the current climate crisis.
“Ensuring the safety of food is central to a comprehensive food system and is a shared responsibility of all stakeholders involved. Food safety is directly linked to a number of Sustainable Development Goals and FAO is the custodian agency for 21 food-related indicators."
A free press is essential for peace, justice, sustainable development and human rights. No democracy is complete without access to transparent and reliable information. It is the cornerstone for building fair and impartial institutions, holding leaders accountable and speaking truth to power. This is especially true during election seasons -- the focus of this year’s World Press Freedom Day. Facts, not falsehoods, should guide people as they choose their representatives.
Across countries and continents, our world is witnessing a rise in youth engagement and even a ‘youth quake’ as one news outlet described the recent Global Climate Strike. Inspired by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg, some 1.6 million young people in 125 countries took to the streets, demanding world leaders to take climate action – now. To navigate our planet out of harms way, there is already a plan of action in place; the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This April, young leaders from different corners of the world, will join the 2019 ECOSOC Youth Forum with a mission: to put this plan into action.
On this International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, all of us must stand up to promote respect, compassion and equality for all. Watch the videos of our influencers against racism and support the elimination of racial discrimination. #FightRacism#StandUp4HumanRights