Paris, Dec 27: UN declared 2019 as an “International Year of Indigenous Languages” (IYIL2019) in order to raise the awareness about these languages and promoting the importance these languages in World’s rich heritage and cultural diversity.
According to UNESCO, seven thousand Indigenous languages are spoken worldwide, 370 million indigenous people with five thousand different indigenous cultures. 90 countries from the world have indigenous communities, in spite of this, 2680 languages are in danger due to the usage of popular languages.
Indigenous peoples are often isolated both politically and socially in the countries they live in, by the geographical location of their communities, their separate histories, cultures, languages, and traditions. Indigenous languages add to the rich heritage to global cultural diversity.
Under this initiative, UN with partners going to conduct different seminars, international conferences with the inclusion of NGOs.
UN in collaboration with United Nations Permanent Forum for indigenous issues and UN Human Rights, Office of the high commissioner will conduct this initiative. UN Human Right office of High Commissioner will be an acting agency in expert mechanism on the Rights of indigenous people and special rapporteur on the Rights of indigenous people.
The partners of UN in this initiative are UNDPI, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), FAO and UN Information Centre.
Governmental partners of UN in this are Australia, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Gambia, Saudi Arabia and Bolivia.