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The Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World

In today’s interconnected world, the ability to speak multiple languages and communicate across linguistic divides is a critical skill. Even partial knowledge of more than one language is beneficial. Proficiency in additional languages is a new kind of global literacy. Language learning needs to be expanded for all – young and old.

However, millions of people across the globe are denied the inherent right to maintain, enjoy and develop their languages of identity and community. This injustice needs to be corrected in language policies that support multilingual societies and individuals. 

We, the participants of Salzburg Global Seminar’s session on Springboard for Talent: Language Learning and Integration in a Globalized World (December 12-17, 2017), call for policies that value and uphold multilingualism and language rights.

Full Statement in English (PDF)

Full Statement in English (link)

TRANSLATIONS

The Salzburg Statement for a Multilingual World was jointly drafted in English by Salzburg Global Fellows. All translations have been provided through the goodwill and voluntary efforts of the Fellows and their colleagues. The Statement is in the following languages (PDFs are being added on a rolling basis): 

Full Statement in all languages (PDF)

Full Statement in all languages (link)

Afrikaans

Albanian

Amharic

Arabic

Aragonese

Bangla

Basque

Breton

Burmese

Catalan

Chinese (Simplified)

Chinese (Traditional)

Cornish (in progress)

Dutch

English
Esperanto

Faroese (in progress)

French

Frisian

Galician

Georgian

German

Greek

Hindi

Indonesian

IcelandicIrish (in progress)

Italian

Japanese

Khmer

Korean

Kurdish (in progress)

Ladin

Luganda

Malay

Ndebele

Polish

Portuguese

Russian

Saami (in progress)

Sepedi

Sesotho

Setswana

siSwati

Slovak

Spanish

Swahili

Thai

Tshivenda

Turkish (in progress)

Urdu

Vietnamese 

Welsh

Xhosa

Xitsonga

Zulu

 

REFERENCES

Language Atlas, UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org/languages-atlas

Joseph Lo Bianco, “Resolving ethnolinguistic conflict in multi-ethnic societies,” Nature: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0085

“40% don’t access education in a language they understand,” UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/news/40-don-t-access-education-language-they-understand

“617 million children and adolescents not getting the minimum in reading and math,” UNESCO: https://en.unesco.org/news/617-million-children-and-adolescents-not-getting-minimum-reading-and-math

World Migration Report 2015, International Organization for Migration: https://www.iom.int/world-migration-report-2015

The Fifth Largest Country, Population Connection: http://www.populationconnection.org/article/fifth-largest-country/

Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/