Local languages provide "access to scientific knowledge": UNESCO

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The importance of local languages in providing access to scientific knowledge is being highlighted by the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO on Friday.

International Mother Language Day, which is marked on 21 February each year, celebrates multilingualism and linguistic and cultural diversity across the world.

The day was established by the UN General Assembly to "promote the preservation and protection of all languages, used by peoples of the world”.

This year's celebration focuses on the importance of local languages in the field of science.

Irina Bokova, the UNESCO Director General, said "excluding languages means excluding those who speak them from their fundamental human right to scientific knowledge."

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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