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    “Leave no one behind”: linguistic and digital barriers to the dissemination and implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals

    McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa (2017) “Leave no one behind”: linguistic and digital barriers to the dissemination and implementation of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Language Problems and Language Planning 41 (2), ISSN 0272-2690.

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    Abstract

    In September 2015 the United Nations (UN) adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offering an internationally agreed blueprint for economic, environmental and social development. However those most in need and specifically targeted by the SDGs face significant barriers in accessing information and knowledge about the goals and sustainability in a language or medium that can be understood. Drawing on previous research on the UN’s language policy and practice (McEntee-Atalianis, 2006, 2015, 2016) and analyses of recent UN reports and resolutions on multilingualism, information policy and practice and the SDGs, this paper examines the current status of multilingualism and information transfer within the Organisation. Significant linguistic and digital barriers are identified. It is argued that the UN must plan in more linguistically plural and inclusive ways by developing a tri-sectoral communication network strategy involving civil society, public and private sectors in order to facilitate knowledge transfer and participation, thereby ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: (c) John Benjamins Publishing. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Information Technology, Language Policy, Multilingualism, Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 10:38
    Last Modified: 27 Jul 2019 22:26
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/17954

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