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2008 is "International Year of Languages"

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  • Don Osborn
    Greetings and Happy New Year to all, The year 2008 has been proclaimed International Year of Languages by the United Nations General Assembly. UNESCO, which
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      Greetings and Happy New Year to all,



      The year 2008 has been proclaimed International Year of Languages by the
      United Nations General Assembly. UNESCO, which has been entrusted with the
      task of coordinating activities for the Year, is determined to fulfill its
      role as lead agency.



      Message from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the
      celebration of 2008, International Year of Languages

      http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=35559
      <http://portal.unesco.org/culture/en/ev.php-URL_ID=35559&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL
      _SECTION=201.html> &URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html



      More than 50% of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world may disappear. Less
      than a quarter of those languages are currently used in schools and in
      cyberspace, and most are used only.



      We must act now as a matter of urgency. How? By encouraging and developing
      language policies that enable each linguistic community to use its first
      language, or mother tongue, as widely and as often as possible, including in
      education, while also mastering a national or regional language and an
      international language. Also by encouraging speakers of a dominant language
      to master another national or regional language and one or two international
      languages. Only if multilingualism is fully accepted can all languages find
      their place in our globalized world. sporadically.



      UNESCO therefore invites governments, United Nations organizations, civil
      society organizations, educational institutions, professional associations
      and all other stakeholders to increase their own activities to foster
      respect for, and the promotion and protection of all languages, particularly
      endangered languages, in all individual and collective contexts



      UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAIMS 2008 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES TO
      PROMOTE UNITY IN DIVERSITY, GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING

      http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2007/ga10592.doc.htm



      2008 International Year of Languages at Wikipedia

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Year_of_Languages



      2008 International Year of Languages at Facebook

      http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=19666430768



      [With thanks to Gustavo Lucardi for the formatting concept of this message]



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