Montevideo Resolution

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The Montevideo Resolution, officially Resolution IV.4.422-4224, is a resolution passed in Montevideo, Uruguay on December 10, 1954 by the General Conference of UNESCO. The resolution officially supports Esperanto, an international auxiliary language, and recommended that the Director-General of UNESCO follow current developments in the use of the language. In 1977, the Director-General visited the World Esperanto Congress in Reykjavík, Iceland and, in 1985, UNESCO passed a further resolution recommending that member countries encourage the teaching of Esperanto. The Montevideo Resolution was the result of a long campaign by Ivo Lapenna.


General Conference of Unesco. Eight session. Montevideo (Uruguay), 1954. Resolution adopted on December 10th, 1954, in the eighteenth plenary-meeting.[1]

  • IV.1.4.422
The General Conference,
Having discussed the report of the Director-General on the international petition in favour of Esperanto (8C/PRG/3),
  • IV.1.4.4221
Takes note of the results attained by Esperanto in the field of international intellectual relations and the rapprochement of the peoples of the world ;
  • IV.1.4.4222
Recognizes that these results correspond with the aims and ideals of Unesco ;
  • IV.1.4.4223
Takes note that several Member States have announced their readiness to introduce or expand the teaching of Esperanto in their schools and higher educational establishments, and requests these Member States to keep the Director-General informed of the results attained in this field ;
  • IV.1.4.4224
Authorizes the Director-General to follow current developments in the use of Esperanto in education, science and culture, and, to this end, to co-operate with the Universal Esperanto Association in matters concerning both organizations.

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