Mr. Ban Ki-Moon confers the ‘UN 21 Award’ to Chinese Language Supervisor at the UN

[Source]    Hanban [Time]    2014-12-05 17:41:20 
 

On Oct. 28th, 2014, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, conferred the ‘UN 21 Award’ to Dr. Yong Ho, Chinese Language Supervisor at the UN, commending his outstanding contribution to the United Nations Chinese Programme.

Chinese is one of the six official languages at the UN. Launched in 2003, the UN Chinese Programme aims at providing assistance for UN staff in learning Chinese and achieving a wider range of use of Chinese at the UN.

At the request of the UN Headquarters, Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) started to provide support for this program since 2004 and invited teachers from Nanjing University to offer short-term Chinese training courses to UN staff. Until now, a total of 550 UN staff from over 40 countries have attended this training program. In this one-month program, the trainees receive practice on spoken Chinese and attend cultural tours and lectures on Chinese history, culture and economy. Thus their Chinese language proficiency has been effectively improved and their understanding of the development of China has also been enhanced.

It is learned that the ‘UN 21 Award’ is first established by Mr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, then UN Secretary-General, with the aim to commend innovative UN staff with outstanding performance who help improve the work efficiency at the UN.

 
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