Message of the UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2011
Information and communication technologies can be especially useful in promoting mother languages. We must harness the power of progress to protect diverse visions of the world and to promote all sources of knowledge and forms of expression. These are the threads that weave the tapestry of humanity’s story. The innovation, flexibility and social interaction that lie at the heart of new information and communication technologies can support these goals. On this International Mother Language Day, let us pledge to work together in this direction.