UN launches 10-year Survival Plan for Endangered Indigenous Languages

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Posted Dec 20, 2022 | UN News

Language is the expression of wisdom and cultural identity, and the instrument that gives meaning to the reality that humans inherited from our ancestors. The President of the UN General Assembly, Csaba Korösi, has noted that preserving their languages is thus important not only for cultural and language groups, but for all humanity. Indigenous people make up less than six per cent of the global population, but speak more than 4,000 of the world’s roughly 6,700 languages, according to the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In this article, UN News sets out the factors that motivated the UN to launch the International Decade of Indigenous Languages on 16 December 2022 to help these survive, and protect them from extinction



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