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World Portuguese Language Day

5 May

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. 

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

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

Ernesto Ottone Ramirez

Message of the Executive Secretary of CPLP

World Portuguese Day Celebrations in 2022

World Portuguese Day 2022
Exhibition Cruzeiro Seixas "Résolument Poésie"

From 5th to 14 May 2022 in Miro Room

Message of Mrs. Adaljiza Magno

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Timor-Leste

Message of H.E. Mr. Hércules do Nascimento Cruz

Ambassador of Cabo Verde to UNESCO

Message of Germano de Almeida

Writer from Cabo Verde

Message of Olinda Beja

Writer and poet from São Tomé and Príncipe

Live Streams and Webinars 2022

Celebration at UNESCO House

Room I - Live stream 17:30, 5 May

Initiatives promoted by CPLP

and IILP and CPLP groups in several cities around the world.

CPLP Executive Secretariat Round Table

9 May 2022

Solemn Ceremony celebrating 5 May

in the CPLP Capital of Culture

Celebration Ceremony at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences

In collaboration with the academies of portuguese speaking countries - livestream 4 p.m.

National Reading Plan Portugal celebrates the 5th May
Portuguese Language Museum celebrates the 5th May
Commemorative activities supported by CAMÕES I.P

for the promotion of the Portuguese Language internationally.

What does UNESCO do for languages and linguistic diversity

Languages and Multilangualism
International Mother Language Day

UNESCO believes in the importance of cultural and linguistic diversity for sustainable societies.

Multilingualism and Linguistic diversity

UNESCO as the lead UN agency supports the preservation, revitalization and promotion of Indigenous languages.

UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger


CPLP official website

Community of Portuguese Language Countries

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