Cultural diversity

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International Mother Language Day Seminar

This year, notes UNESCO, International Mother Language Day will place special emphasis on international standard setting instruments related to multilingualism. According to UNESCO, a seminar—organized in conjunction with the Council of Europe—will be held at UNESCO headquarters on February 21, 2008. Legal instruments such as the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will be examined. UNESCO indicates that linguistic policies put into effect on the African continent and in countries like Hungary and Paraguay are also on the agenda for discussion.