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.
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.