Thursday, 21 February is International Mother Language Day – a day set aside to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It is estimated that every two weeks a language goes extinct. But why try to protect these languages? What is the real significance of this Day? UN News’s Paulina Greer posed these questions to the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen.
Celebrating the International Day of Francophonie, or French language, top United Nations officials today pointed to the power of that language to bring peoples together and stressed the importance of linguistic diversity for understanding and respect between cultures.
The United Nations is celebrating French language today as part of a new initiative to raise awareness and respect for the history, culture and achievements of each of the six official languages of the world body.