International Mother Language Day celebrated at the United Nations Headquarters highlighted Bangladesh’s distinct role in the proclamation of the day and Bangladesh’s leadership in promoting mother language and multilingualism globally.
The event was co-organised by the Permanent Missions of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Jordan, Lithuania and New Zealand to the UN.Organised for the 5th consecutive year, the event was also co-sponsored by the UN Secretariat and the UNESCO. Due to the Covid-19 related restrictions the event was held virtually and was telecast at the UN Web TV, according to a message received from the Bangladesh’s Permanent Mission on Tuesday.
The President of the General Assembly Volkan Bozkir attended the event and delivered his remarks. Along with the Permanent Representatives of the co-organising countries, the UN Coordinator for Multilingualism and the Under Secretary General of the UN Department of Global Communications shared their thoughts.
A prerecorded video statement from director general UNESCO and a message from the mayor of New York was presented during the event. The Permanent Representative of Portugal in his capacity of the Chair of the Group of Friends on Spanish language also spoke at the event.
Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN Rabab Fatima made the welcome remarks and moderated the event.
President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkirin in his address thanked Bangladesh Permanent Mission for leading the observance of International Mother Language Day (IMLD) in the United Nations.
The speakers in their statements highlighted the importance of multilingualism particularly in the context of COVID 19 pandemic and stressed that preservation of linguistic and cultural diversities as a means of education and communications have become more urgent now than ever.The event included a multilingual cultural component. The UN Chamber Music society brought together three performances from different regions in the world, showcasing the power of music in promoting linguistic and cultural diversities. The performances included an opera from South Africa in an extinct language called ‘Khosa’, an instrumental by a French performer and a tribute to Tagore by a Japanese artist.