International mother language day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters

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.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 21.02.2020 10:00 local time
End 21.02.2020 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Andriamiseza Ingarao, Noro
Organizer UNESCO
Country France
City Paris
Street 7 place Fontenoy
Room Room IV
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 150
Official Website
Link 1 More on International mother language day
Link 2 International year of indigenous languages
Link 3 UNESCO and Literacy
Link 4