Sunday, 20 March 2011

UNIDO highlights importance of multilingualism on the International Day of the Francophonie

VIENNA, 20 March 2011 – On the occasion of the International Day of the Francophonie, UNIDO wishes to highlight the importance of multilingualism and of the French language in the context of multilateralism.

UNIDO also takes this opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to collaborate and promote French as a language of communication and negotiation in international arenas.

UNIDO has responded to this by launching the French language version of the UNIDO website to reinforce and promote the usage of French as a working language.

Francophones from around the world celebrate the International Day of the Francophonie on 20th March, and this year it is dedicated to youth. UNIDO takes this opportunity to underline its work in the field of youth employment.

Within this context, UNIDO is implementing a pilot project for the Mano River Union, which very much focuses on youth-led development, i.e. community and business projects devised and implemented by young people.

Indeed, UNIDO sees this project as a practical means for on-the-job training and as the most effective strategy for passing on information, knowledge and skills to young people.

For more information, please contact:

Mikhail Evstafyev
UNIDO Advocacy and Communication Coordinator
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-7329

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