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International Mother Language Day - 21 February

The International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1999, has been observed yearly since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

It originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh since 1952.

The tenth International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2009 also provides an opportunity to recall the objective of this celebration to Member States: the recognition of linguistic diversity and the importance of multilingual education.

For more information:



Title International Mother Language Day - 21 February
Short Description The International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by the General Conference of UNESCO in November 1999, has been observed yearly since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.

It originated as the international recognition of Language Movement Day, which has been commemorated in Bangladesh since 1952.

The tenth International Mother Language Day on 21 February 2009 also provides an opportunity to recall the objective of this celebration to Member States: the recognition of linguistic diversity and the importance of multilingual education.

For more information:

Source UNESCO
Publication start date 2009-01-21 11:00 am
Publication expiry date 2009-01-31 11:00 am
Author(s) of the present sheet Mauro Rosi
Event Location UNESCO Headquarters
City Paris
Country France
Start date - Local time 2009-02-20 11:00 am
End date - Local time 2009-02-20 11:00 am
Type of event (generic) International Day
Display related links & contacts in right column No
Destination of Link 1 (field not displayed) UNESCO.ORG
Destination of Link 2 (field not displayed) UNESCO.ORG
Destination of Link 3 (field not displayed) UNESCO.ORG
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