HIGH-LEVEL POLITICAL FORUM ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Oral statement request
Please explain how your statement relates to the theme of the 2015 session of ECOSOC.
International communication, especially when we talk about protection and progress of the people, can not leave rise for misunderstandings.
Within the millennium goals, essential for sustainable development, especially in its social component, the one related to security, health, education, democracy, participation, justice, the language question, the linguistic equity, have central importance.
Progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is not taking place in a fair manner. Many of the low-income communities, where solutions are needed faster and more efficient, live in situations linguistically complex. Choose the best language to engage with these marginalized communities. If is not possible to use their primary language, is the key to achieve the MDGs remaining. In the most challenging situation for the MDGs, many people speak different languages.
It’s impossible to pursue goals of great impact for the human species without first creating the premise, the goal n.0, the first right, the fundamental one, to know and be known, to communicate beyond our own ethnic group. Why language matters, indeed, in all the objectives of the Millennium Development Goals. So to ensure dialectical understanding, communication, improvement of lifestyle, guarantee of survival, it’s necessary to give everyone the ability to understand, to give to human species the right to knowledge, the right to language is fundamental . A language for the world, democratic, super-partes, without masters or servants, especially without bound a people in trouble, because of environmental, social, health problems, to learn the language of those who go there to rescue them.
The langage we are talking about already exists, it’s 128 years old, is older than lot of ethnic languages in the world, the language of the human species, is the International Language, better known as “Esperanto”, created in 1887 by the Jew Polish Ludwig Zamenhof.
The purpose of Esperanto is to promote dialogue between different communities trying to create understanding and peace between them with a second language simple yet expressive, which belong to the human species and not a people.
In this way, once it reaches the capacity of the people of the world to communicate, goal at our fingertips in just ten years, without anyone trying more or less consciously to overpower the other, but giving the actual thrust to feel ourselves sons and brothers of the world, sustainable development is already among us all, all united in a common destiny as a human species.
Please explain the specific topic/theme of your presentation.
The language matters, in the world problems. The eight MDG have a limit in their achievement due to the difficulty of communication and to the lack of an equal vehicular language that make no distinction between the savior and the saved. Until we don’t stop this habit, will always happen that the rescuer feels authorized to impose its language to the rescue. And this is a major limitation, especially for people who barely reach basic levels of subsistence. Following, how the different languages create barriers in achieving the MDGs.
Eliminate poverty and hunger and ensuring sustainable development: the identity of the people is represented by its own language, culture and environment, and the loss of one of these factors is frequently accompanied by great human and social costs. For example many non-dominant language communities rely, for their food needs, on the seasonal agriculture , and this, in case of violent weather changes, cause hunger and poverty. The absence of information in the non-dominant language implies that these communities are excluded from government services and development interventions. An equal language like Esperanto allows ethnolinguistic communities non-dominant to be an active part in the achievement of the general welfare, and makes them fully responsible without any sense of subalternity.
Achieve universal primary education: this goal, especially in emerging countries, it would be totally solved if teachers, rather than forcing the children to learn other ethnic language, teach the Esperanto, that facilitate young people learning further ethnic languages (the so-called Linguistics Orientation, an educational method to teach languages), but by keeping the value it deserves their mother tongue. In addition, the preparation of teachers is at no cost and not surprisingly the most part of Esperanto teachers is self-taught and, as well as for the mother tongue of each, has no need to go abroad to learn it.
Promote gender equality and the empowerment of women: facilitate the literacy of women, who are denied even today in emerging countries, and provide support and information in a language that they understand, improve their economic status and mode with which they educate their children. Literacy in Esperanto has a very short time, for example to reach levels of equal quality in the English language it takes 12,000 hours of study, whereas in Esperanto are sufficient 500.
Reduce child mortality and improve maternal health: the non-dominant ethno-linguistic communities meet in the language a barrier to access to health services. Lives can be saved through women receiving better information on nutrition, breastfeeding, and how to prevent and treat infections. For this reason, an auxiliary language between rescuer and rescue is more necessary than ever.
Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases: the stigma associated with diseases such as HIV and AIDS makes the way we communicate especially important. Where people do not receive essential information understandable, in a culturally sensitive and by people they trust, they become vulnerable to these diseases.
Fostering global partnerships for development: building global partnerships require clear and equal communication. Forcing people to communicate in a foreign language, limits their ability to participate in these networks. An ICT working language simple as Esperanto allows the participation and the acceleration of development of all the MDGs, facilitating the sharing of knowledge not otherwise available, as well as equity between people belonging to the community emerged and emerging.
For all these reasons, the adoption of Esperanto as a language of promotion of world linguistic equity would be a winning choice. It gives everyone the ability to communicate without jeopardizing their native language and their cultural identity.
Please highlight key issues and/or areas that you feel ECOSOC should focus on in the coming years to accomplish the sustainable development goals.
The adoption of Esperanto as a language of international communication could be done primarily from the UN and its subsidiaries, to give proof of the simplicity and intelligibility of this language, both inluding it as language for submission of documents by the organizations, thus eliminating the limitation to English and French, and encouraging the study and use by officers and structures of UN, especially those operating mainly in places where the need for growth and development is more pressing.
Also the teaching of Esperanto would not encounter any ideological opposition from any State, because its origin could not be considered as foreign and / or desruptive of their own.
We are convinced, however, that would be enough the announcement that the United Nations adopt and proclaim the common language of the human species, the language of the United Nations, so that the whole world tight around the UN by supporting the implementation of it in each country.