Multilingualism "catalyst" for achieving sustainable development

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Likki-Lee Pitzen, making a speech at the UN-backed essay competition "Many Languages One World". Photo: UN WEB TV

Greater emphasis should be placed on nurturing multilingual students, according to a winner of a UN-backed essay competition entitled "Many Languages One World."

Students from around the world submitted papers on the post-2015 development agenda of the United Nations; those papers had to be written in a language other than their mother tongue.

Masters student Likki-Lee Pitzen grew up in Germany and speaks English, German, Japanese, Thai and some Swedish.

Siobhán Garside asked Likki-Lee why she thinks multilingualism is so important.

Duration: 3'39"

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