International mother language day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters

When :

from Friday 21 February, 2020
to Saturday 22 February, 2020

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

UNESCO HQ, Room IV, 7 place Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

The 2020 International Mother Language Day edition will contribute to promoting peaceful dialogue and social inclusion. The 2020 theme is "Languages without borders".

Recognition of and respect for linguistic and cultural diversity contribute to strengthening the unity and cohesion of societies. These are foundations for more lasting peace both within and between societies, and led to UNESCO’s decision to celebrate International Mother Language Day.

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day 2020 celebration, UNESCO HQ is organising a whole day event with an opening ceremony around "cross border languages" in the morning and a round-table on Kiswahili in the afternoon. The Organization invites all of its Member States and partners to celebrate linguistic diversity and multilingualism as they are forces for sustainable development and lasting peace.