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    Language, digital resources and the sustainable development goals

    McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa (2023) Language, digital resources and the sustainable development goals. In: McEntee-Atalianis, Lisa and Tonkin, H. (eds.) Language and Sustainable Development. Language Policy Series. Springer Nature, pp. 27-49. ISBN 9783031249174.

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    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 people most in need and specifically targeted by the SDGs face significant barriers in accessing information and knowledge about the goals and about sustainability in a language or medium that they can understand. Drawing on previous research on the UN’s language policy and practice in general, and on analyses of UN reports and resolutions on multilingualism, information policy and practice in relation to the SDGs, this chapter examines the current status of multilingualism and information transfer within and outside the Organisation. It identifies significant linguistic and digital/media barriers, arguing that the UN and its member states must plan in linguistically more plural and inclusive ways by developing a tri-sectoral communication network strategy. This strategy should involve civil society and the public and private sectors to facilitate knowledge transfer and increase participation, thereby ensuring that “no one is left behind”.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
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    Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2022 14:39
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:54


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