United Nations Current Affairs - 2019

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September 30: World Translation Day

The World Translation Day is marked by the United Nations to pay tribute to the language professionals. By this, the organization plays a crucial role in bringing nations together. This strengthens cooperation, understanding, facilitates dialogues, contributes to development and strengthens world peace and security.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2017 to highlight the role of language professionals and declared September 30 as International Translation day. The event is promoted by the International Federation of Translators.

Theme: Translation and Indigenous languages

Significance of the theme

Many indigenous languages are disappearing. When a community loses its language, it is on its way to lose its culture. The theme of 2019 aims at preserving and protecting the indigenous languages that are in danger of disappearing.

International Federation of Translator

It was set up in 1953. The purpose of the organization is to enhance the cooperation amongst professional translators all over the world.

50 kilowatt ”Gandhi Solar Park” inaugurated by PM at UN Headquarters

In a first of its kind symbolic effort by India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a 50 kilowatt ‘Gandhi Solar Park’ at the Headquarters of United Nations (UN). The gesture highlights India’s willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change.

Key Highlights

PM inaugurated the solar park at UN Headquarters New York City, United States (US) during a special commemorative event that celebrated the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

World leaders including Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President of South Korea Moon-Jae-in were also present at the occasion in New York, US. The leaders also launched a United Nations (UN) postage stamp of Mahatma Gandhi, at a special event- ‘Leadership Matters: Relevance of Gandhi in the Contemporary World’ in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber in UN Headquarters.

About ‘Gandhi Solar Park’

At a contribution of about $1 million, India has gifted solar panels that have been installed on the roof of UN Headquarters. There are total 193 panels in this roof-top solar park, with one panel each for every 193 UN Member State.

The solar panels are powered up to reach max of 50 KW of power generation. The energy generated in park is equivalent to energy that would have been created through use of 30,000 kilograms of coal. It also has a carbon sequestration of 1000 seedlings which will grow into trees over a period of 10 years.