English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization's six official languages. The purpose of the UN's language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.
By David Cameron - This year’s 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is not just an opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest playwrights of all time. It is a moment to celebrate the extraordinary ongoing influence of a man who – to borrow from his own description of Julius Caesar – “doth bestride the narrow world like a Colossus.”
Shakespeare Lives is a global initiative celebrating Shakespeare’s life on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016, and an invitation to the world to join in the celebrations by participating in a unique online collaboration and experiencing the work of the great master directly on stage, through film, exhibitions and in schools.