Mother Language Day celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity

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. 

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UN Gender Focus: women's role in peace in Africa, women empowerment in India and UK student fights for gender equality

UN deputy chief underscores women’s role in peace, security in Africa

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Multilingualism promotes respect: Zimbabwean student in China

Growing up in a multilingual home has taught a young woman from Zimbabwe to value all cultures.

Gugulethu Jemaine Nyathi said having parents who speak different languages has served her well as she pursues an engineering degree at Jiangsu University in China.

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Multilingual contest inspires UK student’s fight for gender equality

The opportunity to deliver a speech in French on gender equality to the UN General Assembly has cemented a young British student’s decision to push for more women’s representation in UK politics.

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Learning languages gives you many chances in life: South Sudan journalist

A radio journalist at the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is highlighting the benefits of multilingualism.

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UN and Africa: focus on South Sudan crisis, Southern Africa and multilingualism

South Sudan famine aid effort hampered by security fears

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Ghanaian student finds value in intercultural exchange

A Ghanaian medical student in Russia says learning the language helped him to not only understand the people but to bear with predicaments ranging from the cold weather to racism.

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Thai student says language is “key to understanding different cultures”

A medical student from Thailand who’s studying at a university in China says the only way to understand another culture is through its language.

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On French language day, UN stresses value of linguistic diversity for peace

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.

First-ever French language day celebrated at UN

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.