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Summary Of Goals

Summary of Goals

This page benefits significantly from the review of the UN General Assembly Resolution 61/266 done by David Crystal.

Contents of the resolution

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The resolution has 33 clauses and subclauses of which:

  • 5 have to do with organizational matters (1, 25-28)
  • 25 have to do with the language situation in the United Nations (2-24 including several subclauses)
  • 3 are directed outside the UN (see below)

Key items in the resolution

23. Recalls that linguistic diversity is an important element of cultural diversity and takes note of the entering into force on 18 March 2007 of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions;
24. Welcomes the decision taken by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on 17 November 1999 that 21 February should be proclaimed International Mother Language Day, and calls upon Member States and the Secretariat to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world;
25. Proclaims 2008, International Year of Languages, pursuant to the resolution adopted by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization at its thirty-third session on 20 October 2005, invites the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to serve as the lead agency for the Year, and in this context:
(a) Invites Member States, the United Nations system and all other relevant stakeholders to develop, support and intensify activities aimed at fostering respect for and the promotion and protection of all languages (in particular endangered languages), linguistic diversity and multilingualism;
(b) Invites the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to report to the General Assembly at its sixty third session on the impact of the activities carried out during the International Year of Languages;
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