Wednesday, January 16, 2008

2008 - The International Year of Languages

This is our year!

2008 is the International Year of Languages, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly.

Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, stated the following:

"Languages are indeed essential to the identity of groups and individuals and to their peaceful coexistence. They constitute a strategic factor of progress towards sustainable development and a harmonious relationship between the global and the local context."

Interpreters play an enormous role in these contexts as well.

Matsurra also writes:

"Our common goal is to ensure that the importance of linguistic diversity and multilingualism in educational, administrative and legal systems, cultural expressions and the media, cyberspace and trade, is recognized at the national, regional and international levels.

The International Year of Languages 2008 will provide a unique opportunity to make decisive progress towards achieving these goals."

The From Our Lips project is timed perfectly to coincide with this important year, and is poised to help make an impact on public awareness of the important role interpreters play in our society.

HAPPY 2008!

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