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Int’l Day of Older Persons (Oct.1)

The 10th annual International Day of Older Persons, a United Nations-sponsored observation, is Oct. 1, 2009. Each year has a theme, which in 2009 is “Towards a Society for All Ages.” Why is this important? The introduction to the Vienna … Continue reading

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International Year of Natural Fibres

I’ve blogged a few times now about international years, which the United Nations has been designating since 1959 to to draw attention to major issues and to encourage international action addressing concerns with global importance and ramifications. 2009 is the … Continue reading

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World Digital Library: Cultural treasures, at your fingertips

On April 21, 2009, the World Digital Library debuted. Its mission: “[to make] available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.” Developed by the Library of Congress … Continue reading

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Mar. 25 Commemorates End of Transatlantic Slave Trade

In December 2007, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 25th as an annual International Day for the Commemoration of the Two-Hundredth Anniversary of the Abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. You can research this topic at your University’s Library. … Continue reading

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International Year of Planet Earth

International Year of Planet Earth, jointly initiated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS), has political support from 191 countries and partnerships with many organizations. The “year” runs January 2007 … Continue reading

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International Year of Languages

“On average, a language ceases to be spoken every two weeks.” That’s what the web page for the UN’s International Year of Languages (2008) says. UNESCO suggests that language policies enable people in linguistic communities to use their first languages … Continue reading

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International Year of the Potato

Did you know that 2008 is the International Year of the Potato? Yup, thank the United Nations and eat a spud today. Why?! The International Year of the Potato (IYP) “will raise awareness of the importance of the potato – … Continue reading

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United Nations data to go

An earlier blog entry mentioned several United Nations statistical databases…now the UN is trying to make data easier to find! Announcing UNdata, the one-stop search box for several UN statistical databases at once. The University Library is a federal depository … Continue reading

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Celebrate United Nations Day Oct. 24th

October 24th is United Nations Day. …um, what’s that? It’s the anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945, and it has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In other words…Happy … Continue reading

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