Friday, June 21, 2024

Shaheed Minar incorporated into UN web site

Shaheed Minar, the memorial of the historic Language Movement of 1952, has been incorporated into the UN website for the first time on the occasion of International Mother Language Day.
The website was launched in New York on Friday. The International Mother Language Day website is available in all six official languages of the United Nations, according to a message from Bangladesh UN mission in New York.
Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, in a message marking International Mother Language Day, said the mother language, in which the first words are uttered and individual thought expressed, was the foundation for the history and culture of each individual.
He said languages are the best vehicles for mutual understanding and tolerance. Respect for all languages is a key factor for ensuring peaceful coexistence, without exclusion, of societies and all of their members.
International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in November 1999.
On 16 May 2009, the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution called upon the Member States ‘to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world’.
By the same resolution, the General Assembly proclaimed 2008 as the International Year of Languages, to promote unity in diversity and international understanding, through multilingualism and multiculturalism.
International Mother Language Day has been being observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of Bangla as one of the state languages of the then Pakistan, were killed by police in Dhaka.

Courtesy of UNB via NewAgebd

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