International Mother Language Day observed at UN Headquarters

‘Use power of language to end conflicts’

Diplomatic Correspondent

23 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The International Mother Language Day was celebrated for the 4th consecutive year at the UN Headquarters in an international ambience where the global community called for using the power of language to address the rise of conflict, intolerance and social tensions.

The Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the United Nations, in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Australia, Cameroon, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the UN Department of Global Communications, UN Coordinator for Multilingualism and UNESCO’s New York Office, organized the event on February 21. The President of the General Assembly Tijjani Mohammed-Bande attended the event as the special guest while the Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Rabab Fatima made the welcome remarks.

The venue was full to its capacity with the presence of senior diplomats of a large number of member states, UN officials, media personalities and civil society representatives, according a message received on Saturday from Bangladesh PR.

In her welcome remarks, Rabab Fatima said, “Bangladesh is the only nation in the world to have shed blood for its mother tongue. The proclamation by UNESCO in 1999, to observe 21st of February as the International Mother Language Day is the most befitting tribute to the language martyrs who made their supreme sacrifice on this very day in 1952 to protect their mother tongue ‘Bangla’. And this historic initiative was spearheaded under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”