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Celebrate UN’s Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Language is focus of this year's eventGuterres was welcomed to New Zealand with a traditional Maori ceremony in May. photo: UN/Mark GartenUN Secretary General, António Guterres, released the following statement today to mark United Nation's Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: "This year marks the International Year of...

Celebrate French Language and Francophonie Week

Speakers of the French language unite globally to celebrate Francophonie week March 17-25, and international Francophonie Day on March 20th. UN French Language Day is also observed annually on March 20, and was established by the UN’s Department of Public Information in 2010 “to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as...

Canada to Make First Languages Constitutional Right

Canada’s federal government plans to recognize Indigenous languages as a constitutional right and create a new office of commissioners to protect and promote them under new legislation this fall, according to Canadian Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly. The details of the upcoming Indigenous languages bill are part of a list of principles co-developed over the past year by federal officials and...

Chinese Celebrations and Inaugurations

The United Nations celebrated its ninth Chinese Language Day last month at its offices worldwide.Celebrations in New York included lectures on Chinese culture, film screenings, panel discussions on education, and art exhibitions. Lectures on Chinese poetry, calligraphy, and painting attracted UN staff from around the world. The event also offered them an opportunity to practice Chinese calligraphy, draw in...

2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the rights of indigenous peoples, stressing the urgent need to preserve, promote and revitalize endangered languages, and proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, inviting UNESCO to “serve as the lead agency for the Year.” The text which is co-authored by the Plurinational State of Bolivia...

2019: International Year of Indigenous Languages

Last month, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the rights of indigenous peoples, stressing the urgent need to preserve, promote and revitalize endangered languages, and proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, inviting UNESCO to "serve as the lead agency for the Year." The text which is co-authored by the Plurinational State of Bolivia...