Mobilizing NGOs for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages and the Ocean Decade

LINGUAPAX participates at the  UNESCO NGO Forum: Mobilising NGOs for the International Decade of Indigenous Languages and Ocean Decade that took place on 21-22 November in Ottawa, Canada. It gathered NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, but it was also open to the participation of other institutions and representatives of Member States. The main objective of the Forum was to identify concrete examples of good practices and grass-root actions as…

Linguapax International is collaborating in the III International Conference on Revitalisation of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages

Linguapax International is collaborating in the III International Conference on Revitalisation of Indigenous and Minoritized Languages to be held between 13 and 16 September 2022 at the University of Girona. The Conference will be a meeting point for people working towards the revitalization of indigenous and minoritised languages around the world in order to exchange and disseminate ideas, experiences and knowledge. Our organization participates through the following activities: Panels: Languages,…

Webinar – Launch of Publication “State of the Art of Indigenous Languages in Research”

On 20 May, in a one-day webinar, UNESCO presented its recent publication “State of the Art – Indigenous Languages in Research: A Collection of Selected Research Papers”. The authors presented their work and engaged in a dialogue on the state of Indigenous language research across different topics. The volume is the result of a collective effort which started in December 2018, when a global call for papers was launched, marking…

Linguapax Latin America presents two music projects in native languages

The CD Creación Musical en Lenguas Originarias is a project that was made in collaboration with artists, both women and men, from different communities who speak different native languages. Among them we find the Mixe and Mayan rappers “Mixe-Represent”, from Tamazulapan del Espíritu Santo (Oaxaca), and “Pat Boy”, native of Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Quintana Roo). Meanwhile, María Reyna from Tlahuitoltepec (Oaxaca), with a Bel Canto style, uses an opera technique…

Facing Linguistic Hegemony

Robert Phillipson, Professor Emeritus at the Copenhagen Business School and member of the Linguapax Advisory Board, dealt with the issue of Linguistic Hegemony on two occasions. The first was the Forum Vives “Objective 2025 on Universitary Language Policy”, at the University of Valencia, on 25 November 2021. In the opening lecture “Constraints and challenges in strengthening multilingualism in higher education”, he focused on the challenge shared by the universities that…

Languages do not die, they are killed!

On 28 March, the president of Linguapax, Monica Pereña, and the Outreach Director-General of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Ignasi Genovès, inaugurated the exhibition “Languages do not die, they are killed”, which can be seen in the Palau Robert, Barcelona, until 8 May (free entry). The title of the exhibition is inspired by Yásnaya Aguilar Gil’s speech in the Chamber of Deputees of Mexico, on 26 February 2021, during an activity…

UNESCO launches the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032

On 18 December 2019, the United Nations General Assembly, in its Resolution 74/135 (A/RES/74/135) on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages. Many languages are today in danger of falling into disuse. The gradual disappearance of languages, particularly Indigenous ones, is connected, in practice, to the structural discrimination to which they have been subjected, to the vulnerable situation of their users…

Festival on Indigenous Languages

The Endangered Languages Project celebrates the start of the UN International Decade of Indigenous Languages with the Festival of Indigenous Languages, which brings together people working in language revitalization around the world, to share their goals and hopes for the upcoming Decade. The Festival runs from January 14-23, completely online, and completely free. All are welcome – please feel free to invite colleagues, friends, and community members who are interested…

Regional Consultations for the Preparation of the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages IDIL 2022-2032

Linguapax collaborates with UNESCO as a member of the ad hoc group for the drawing up and implementation of a Global Action Plan for the International Decade of Autonomous Languages IDIL 2022-32. With the aim of disseminating information on the Decade, we are today publishing the first of a series of summaries of the activities carried out in this framework. As a part of the preparatory process for the International…