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An illustration with persons forming a circle. In the middle of the circle is written: 21 February 2022: International Mother Language Day

Cherish your Mother Language!

A celebration on the occasion of Mother Language Day

Join us on International Mother Language Day!

In partnership with the Division of Conference Management at the United Nations Office at Geneva, we invite you to an online event to celebrate intercultural dialogue, and the safeguarding of the diversity of mother languages around the world.

Participate in the conversation on how the UN can act for these purposes and learn more from our guest expert on endangered languages studies.


    Léa Kotlar, Knowledge & Learning Commons


    • Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, The University of Adelaide, Australia
    • Dr Sheena Shah, Research Fellow, Department of African and Ethiopian Studies, University of Hamburg, Germany
    • Kira Kruglikova, Director of Division of Conference Management, and Chair for Multilingualism at UN Geneva



    11.00 - 11.05 Introduction by Moderator

    11.05 - 11.15 Opening remarks by Kira Kruglikova

    11.15 - 11.30 Presentation by Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann

    11.13 - 11.45 Presentation by Dr Sheena Shah

    11.45 - 12.15 Q&A, sharing of experiences

    The event will take place on 21 February and is open to all!