Saturday, February 21, 2009

On February 21

On this day in ...
... 2009 (today), by declaration of UNESCO, the United Nations marks the 10th annual International Mother Language Day to "promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism." The chosen date coincides with the day in 1952 when, in Dhaka, in what was then Pakistan but now is Bangladesh, police opened fire on university students who were demonstrating for the right to speak their native Bengali language. That event is commemorated in this pamphlet from Bangladesh's Dutch embassy. (credit for 2009 poster)
... 1971, in conclusion of a 6-week, 71-country U.N. conference in Vienna, Austria, diplomats adopted the Convention on Psychotropic Substances, a treaty aimed at a global law enforcement response to drug trafficking. The convention would enter into force on August 16, 1976. Monitored by the International Narcotics Control Board, it now has 175 states parties.

(Prior February 21 posts are here and here.)

1 comment:

Brian Barker said...

On the occasion of International Mother Language Day on 21st February, you may be interested in the contribution, made by the World Esperanto Association, to UNESCO's campaign for the protection of endangered languages.

The following declaration was made in favour of Esperanto, by UNESCO at its Paris HQ in December 2008.

The commitment to the campaign to save endangered languages was made, by the World Esperanto Association at the United Nations' Geneva HQ in September. or