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International Mother Language Day (21 February)
UNESCO declared International Mother Language Day in 1999 to respond to the crisis of disappearing languages. It is estimated that many of the 6,000 languages spoken today around the world may disappear in the next 20 years, representing an irreparable loss for humanity. Each year, Member States observe the event through dance, poetry, song, theatre, storytelling and other cultural exchanges, with the aim of encouraging linguistic diversity and multilingual education. This poster is the work of the UNESCO’s Annick Coueffé, a French graphic artist.

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