The president of Linguapax attended the opening ceremony of the building that now hosts Vigdís Finnbogadóttir’s International Centre for multilingualism and intercultural understanding in Reykjavik, Iceland. During the ceremony, entitled “Languages open up worlds”, Mònica Pereña announced that Linguapax will pay homage to this tireless advocate of linguistic and cultural diversity in the framework of the commemorations of the thirtieth anniversary of Linguapax next November, which will culminate in the signing of a framework cooperation agreement between the two entities.
The “Vigdís International Centre” operates under the auspices of UNESCO since 2013. It aims to “raise awareness on the importance of languages as mankind’s cultural heritage, with a special emphasis on preserving linguistic and cultural diversity”. The centre carries on with the research and studies developed by the Finnbogadóttir Institute of Foreign Languages at the University of Iceland. It hosts a collection center for linguistic databases, a specialized library with documentation on all types of media, an information and experience centre for the languages of the world and the cultures associated with them and an auditorium. Visitors to the Centre will also have access to the permanent exhibition dedicated to Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Languages since 1998 and honorary chair of the Linguapax Scientific Committee since 2001.