The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are a set of shared aspirations and efforts to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place.
the heart of the goals is the recognition that for this global initiative to be effective, all people need to be included.

Language is the key to inclusion. Language is at the center of human
activity, self-expression and identity.
Recognizing the primary importance
that people place on their own language fosters the kind of true
participation in development that achieves lasting results.

In 2010, this insight brought together hundreds of educators, development
workers, linguists, government workers and civil society delegates at a conference in Bangkok.

Convinced that language is a vital tool for the achievement of the MDGs, they reported on the many ways in which initiatives that promote local languages are making a real difference to people’s lives across Asia and beyond.
The conference showcased, in particular, impressive evidence for how early education in the mother tongue
improves the lives of children and
their communities.
Participants also reported that recognizing the role
of languages is highly significant for work on all of the MDGs,
tackling poverty, gender inequality, HIV and AIDS and maternal and child health.

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