You are here: UNA Westminster: "It’s my language, it’s my life!” marking 2019 UN International Year of Indigenous Languages
19 June 2019 1:00pm - 5:00pm
London WC1H 0XG
As the 2019 marks the UN International Year for Indigenous Languages, we will review actions in the UK and worldwide tackling the challenges facing isolated communities determined to preserve their culture and show how the United Nations and its agencies, together with international organisations are seeking to protect them. Films will be screened from 1pm to 2pm and all are invited to enjoy their own refreshments as they watch. From 2pm, three sessions, some using film, will address different aspects of the international strategy.
The UN Action Plan will focus global attention on the critical risks confronting indigenous languages, targeting steps which will lead to improved quality of life, and reaffirming cultural and linguistic continuity. It intends to access and promote indigenous languages around the world in accordance with the legitimate rights of indigenous peoples, preserve their languages, improve access to education, information and knowledge in and about indigenous languages for indigenous children, young people and adults, sharing information in and about indigenous languages, using language technology and other communication and information mechanisms.