Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

World Arabic Language Day — December 18

“During its 190th session the UNESCO Executive Board adopted a decision to celebrate 18 December of every year as World Arabic Language Day. The new initiative, proposed by Morocco and Saudi Arabia, seeks to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity, as well as celebrate Arabic language’s role in and contribution to the safeguarding and dissemination of human civilization and culture. The decision recognizes the need to implement more wide-ranging cooperation between peoples through multilingualism, cultural rapprochement and dialogue among civilizations.”

Read more @ http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/world_arabic_language_day/#.Vna1DvkrJMw

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