International Mother Language Day 21 February

The world's nearly 6,000 languages are celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education.

2009

The launch of the third edition of UNESCO’s Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger of Disappearing will form part of the celebrations for International Mother Language Day (IMLD) to be held at UNESCO, Paris the day before on February 20.

The day, which will close the International Year of Languages 2008, will include a roundtable attended by grassroots practitioners from around the world, the screening of the film The Linguists and a prize ceremony for the winner of the best 2009 IMLD poster. 

It will also identify future activities to take place as a follow up to the International Year of Languages 2008. 

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