UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has said UNESCO will celebrate a decade of “indigenous languages” from 2022 through 2032 and appreciated the commitments to this effect made by Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt and Jordan.
She said UNESCO has launched an initiative to translate more than 6,000 books in over 100 languages to enrich its world digital library which already offers free access to thousands of books, manuscripts, pictures and documents from across the world.
The UNESCO DG was addressing a webinar marking the observance of the International Mother Language Day with the theme “Fostering Multilingualism in Education and Society” organized by Bangladesh Embassy in Washington, D.C. on Sunday.
Bangladesh Ambassador to the USA M Shahidul Islam made welcome remarks, saying 21st February is an important milestone in Bangladesh’s national history.
He said this year the day has assumed more significance, as Bangladesh celebrates the Birth Centenary of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 50th Anniversary of her glorious independence.
The Ambassador said UNESCO’s proclamation recognizing February 21 as International Mother Language Day has added a new dimension of cultural-linguistic diversity as well as multilingualism to this historic day in a spirit of 'unity in diversity'.
Source: United News of Bangladesh