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|Movement for the international language esperanto|
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We, members of the worldwide movement for the promotion of
Esperanto, address this Manifesto to all governments, international
organizations and people of good will; declare our unshakeable commitment to
the objectives set out here; and call on all organizations and individuals to
join us in working for these goals.
For more than a century Esperanto, which was launched in 1887 as a project for an auxiliary language for international communication and quickly developed into a rich living language in its own right, has functioned as a means of bringing people together across the barriers of language and culture. The aims that inspire the users of Esperanto are still as important and relevant as ever. Neither the worldwide use of a few national languages, nor advances in communications technology, nor the development of new methods of language teaching is likely to result in a fair and effective language order based on the following principles, which we hold to be essential.