The proposal was sponsored by all the 9 Portuguese speaking-countries and 24 other countries from all regions and continents of the world and was approved by the UNESCO Executive Council. The Portuguese language is spoken by over 270 million people in the world. The decision will be ratified by UNESCO General Conference next November.

You can read a statement by the Portuguese Government (in Portuguese) at 

https://www.portaldiplomatico.mne.gov.pt/comunicacao-e-media/comunciados-de-imprensa/conselho-executivo-da-unesco-endossa-proclamacao-do-dia-mundial-da-lingua-portuguesa

 

 

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