Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

World Arabic Language Day 2016 (December 18th)

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Arabic Language Day, 18 December 2016

World Arabic Language Day is a call to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the world as a crucial element in the cultural wealth of humanity. The Arabic language, in its classical form and its many dialects, is a global language in which the identities, beliefs and aspiration of peoples across the five continents are expressed. It is a bridge between cultures and a practical way of adding to knowledge, perceptions and mutual understanding for peace.

When we celebrate the Arabic language every year on 18 December, we also acknowledge its immense contribution to science and universal culture, including philosophy and the arts.”

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