United Nations month theme 2016 – ‘International Year of Pulses’

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The United Nations has designated 2016 as the "International Year of Pulses" (Credits: www.unmultimedia.org)

The United Nations (UN) will be celebrating its 71st foundation anniversary this October 24. Hence, October of every year is known all over the world including the Philippines as the UN month. The Philippines, it can be recalled, is one of the original 51 UN member-states.

In relation to that, the UN has designated 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses” (IYP 2016) with the following themes:
A. Food Security, Nutrition, and Innovation
B. Creating Awareness and Sustainabilty
C. Market Access
D. Productivity and Environmental Sustainability

Activities in connection to the theme will be held in elementary, secondary, and tertiary schools all over the country. The celebration are usually led by the schools’ respective Social Studies Departments and UN student clubs.

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The United Nations has designated 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses” (Credits: www.unmultimedia.org)

According to a resolution passed during the 68th UN General Assembly (A/RES/68/231), this designation aims to “create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations, and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.”

The UN also highlighted the importance of pulses in improving food security as well as its health benefits to humans. “Health organizations around the world recommend eating pulses as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer,” the world body said. Students and educators can know more about IYP 2016 through this website.

School activities in connection the UN Month celebration include quiz bees, essay writing contests, the popular Mr. and Ms. United Nations pageant, among others.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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