High-level event “Making a decade of action for indigenous languages” (27-28 February 2020, Los Pinos, Mexico City, Mexico)
Building on the legacy of the International Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019) and as follow up to a decision on United Nations General Assembly (Ref.: A/C.3/74/L.19/Rev.1), UNESCO and the Government of Mexico, in cooperation with several national, regional and international partners, are organizing a High-level event “Making a decade of action for indigenous languages” on the margins of the International Congress om Endangered Languages from 25 to 26 February 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico.
The High-level event will conclude the IYIL2019 with a comprehensive review of the outcomes, lessons learnt on the impact and provide concrete recommendations for the preparatory and transitional process of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.
The High-level event aims to contribute to the:
- Assessment of the implementation of the Action Plan for Organizing the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages (E/C.19/2018/8), in particular to the established roadmap towards achieving strategic objectives and expected impacts based on the Strategic Outcomes Document (UNESCO General Conference 40 C/68);
- Exchange of views on the necessary milestones during a transitional period of 2020 to 2021 and elaboration of a new Global Plan of Action for the organization of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032);
- Setting a future direction for the elaboration of first lines of action of future Global Plan for organization of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2023-2032).
The overarching objectives of the High-level in Mexico City are to:
- Bring together a diverse range of stakeholders, including representatives of the national governments, Indigenous peoples, Indigenous organizations, scholars and experts in the field of Indigenous languages, and others for a constructive dialogue on Indigenous languages to assess the impact made towards supporting, supporting and promoting indigenous languages worldwide within the context of the IYIL2019 and the upcoming decade;
- Reflect on the existing challenges, identify practical solutions and good practices, and opportunities among different stakeholders working in language transmission, documentation, safeguarding, policy development, education, research, and promotion and private sector for the elaboration of the future Global Plan of Action of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages; and,
- Raise awareness on the importance of Indigenous languages, linguistic diversity and multilingualism for sustainable development and provide guidance to the stakeholders in the implementation of international, regional and national commitments related to language development and mainstreaming across all domains.
- Present key features of linguistic diversity in Mexico as a part of the development of UNESCO World Atlas of Languages.