"I care deeply about multilingualism, a core value of the United Nations."

UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and the planet.

There is growing awareness that languages play a vital role in development, in ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, but also in attaining quality education for all and strengthening cooperation, in building inclusive knowledge societies and preserving cultural heritage, and in mobilizing political will for applying the benefits of science and technology to sustainable development.

An essential factor in harmonious communication among peoples, multilingualism is also regarded by the United Nations General Assembly as a core value of the Organization. By promoting tolerance, multilingualism ensures effective and increased participation of all in the Organization’s work, as well as greater effectiveness, better performance and improved transparency.

To learn more about multilingualism:

Did you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been translated into more than 500 languages?

Universal Declaration of Human Rights cover

You can help people hear these translations by recording yourself reading articles from the Declaration in YOUR language.