Languages play a crucial role in the daily lives of people. Through
language we communicate with the world, define our identity, express
our history and culture, learn, defend our human rights and participate
in all aspects of society. People use language to preserve their
community’s history, customs and traditions, memory, unique modes
of thinking, meaning and expression, and to construct their future.
Despite their immense value, languages around the world continue
to disappear at an alarming rate. The United Nations declared
2019 the Year of Indigenous Languages (IY2019) to raise awareness
of these unique languages and to appreciate the important
contribution they make to our world’s rich cultural diversity.
On 21 February 2019, which is the observance of International
Mother Language Day, United Nations Postal Administration will
issue three mini-sheets of six stamps to commemorate world
languages. The stamp sheets feature greetings in 41 languages.
They were designed by Sergio Baradat (United Nations).