World Portuguese Language Day
The date of 5 May was officially established in 2009 by the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (CPLP) - an intergovernmental organization that has been in official partnership with UNESCO since 2000, and which brings together peoples with the Portuguese language as one of the foundations of their specific identity - to celebrate the Portuguese language and Lusophone cultures. In 2019, the 40th session of UNESCO's General Conference decided to proclaim 5 May of each year as "World Portuguese Language Day".
The Portuguese language is not only one of the most widespread languages in the world, with more than 265 million speakers spread through all continents, but it is also the most widely spoken language in the southern hemisphere. Portuguese remains, today, a major language of international communication and a language with a strong geographical projection, destined to increase.
Message of the Assistant Director General for Culture of UNESCO
“A language of encounters. On land and on the ocean.”
— Ernesto Ottone, Assitant Director-General for Culture of UNESCO on the occasion of World Portuguese Language Day 2021
Message of the Executive Secretary of CPLP
World Portuguese Day Celebrations in 2022
From 5th to 14 May 2022 in Miro Room
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste
Ambassador of Cabo Verde to UNESCO
Writer from Cabo Verde
Writer and poet from São Tomé and Príncipe
Live Streams and Webinars 2022
Room I - Live stream 17:30, 5 May
and IILP and CPLP groups in several cities around the world.
9 May 2022
in the CPLP Capital of Culture
In collaboration with the academies of portuguese speaking countries - livestream 4 p.m.
for the promotion of the Portuguese Language internationally.