International Mother Language Day
Language Day was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference in November
1999. The International Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic
and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and
developing our tangible and intangible heritage. All moves to promote
the dissemination of mother tongues will serve not only to encourage
linguistic diversity and multilingual education but also to develop
fuller awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions throughout
the world and to inspire solidarity based on understanding, tolerance
On 16 May 2007, by resolution 61/266, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
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American Association for
Central Institute of Indian Languages
European Network in
Language and Speech
Foundation for Endangered Languages
Modern Language Association