Regional Consultation in Asia for the Preparation of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL) 2022 – 2032

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Regional Consultation in Asia for the Preparation of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL) 2022 – 2032

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of the Indigenous Languages (IDIL) and invited UNESCO to serve as the lead UN Agency for its organization, in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and other relevant agencies including the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). A Global Task Force was set-up to provide an international framework for inclusion, openness, participation and multistakeholder engagement in the International Decade.

In this context, UNESCO in cooperation with various stakeholders representing governments, indigenous people’s organizations, native speakers of endangered, minority and indigenous languages, experts, academia and the Global Task Force, is organizing a regional consultation in Asia on 10 and 11 May 2021.

The main objective of the regional consultation is to contribute to the development of the Global Action Plan for the International Decade. This will include:

  1. Identify regional priorities including strategic objectives, outcomes, outputs, domains of change (thematic considerations) as well as regional flagship and pilot projects for the International Decade in Asia,
  2. Raise awareness on the importance of indigenous languages, linguistic diversity and multilingualism for sustainable development,
  3. Forge partnerships among various stakeholders for the establishment of a regional network of partners, national committees and focal points for the Decade in Asia.


Registration Link
https://unesco-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwsde6prjMiE9Ywn7dL9U24xWWICvoXL2z_


Tentative Agenda

10 May 2021, 13:00 – 16:00 (Bangkok time)

Time

Items

Speakers/Participants

13:00-13:10

Video of UNESCO-AIPP indigenous youth projects on COVID-19 response

 

13:10-13:30

Opening remarks

  • Manoch Chummuangpak, Dhurakij Pundit University, Member State Representative of the Global Task Force, Thailand
  • Anabel Benjamin Bara, Representative of Indigenous People's Organizations, Global Task Force, India
  • Katia Chirizzi, Deputy Regional Representative, OHCHR Regional Office for South-East Asia
  • Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, UNESCO Bangkok
13:30-13:40 Keynote speech Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, former UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, The Philippines

13:40-13:50

Keynote video message on the Los Pinos Declaration in indigenous Mazateca* language

(Contribution from the Embassy of Mexico in Thailand) 

Juan Gregorio Regino, Director General, National Institute of Indigenous Languages, Mexico

13:50-14:00

Introduction to the IDIL and the Global Action Plan – Preliminary results of the global survey

Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Advisor, Communication and Information, UNESCO Paris

14:00-15:00

Panel discussion:

Safeguarding and revitalizing indigenous languages in Asia for sustainable development

  • Indu Chaudhary, Tharu Welfare Congress, Representative of Indigenous People's Organizations, Global Task Force, Nepal
  • Yudho Giri Sucahyo, Chairman of PANDI (Indonesian Internet Domain Name Registry), Indonesia
  • Suwilai Premsrirat, Founding Director of the Resource Center for Documentation, Revitalization and Maintenance of Endangered Languages and Cultures, Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • Masahiro Yamada, Associate Professor, National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics, Japan

Moderator: Beatrice Kaldun, Head of Office and UNESCO Representative to Bangladesh, UNESCO Dhaka

15:00-15:50

Defining the regional priorities: vision, outcomes, targets, key principles, stakeholders, thematic considerations and regional priorities

Ming Kuok Lim, Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO Jakarta

Notetaker: Cresti Fitriana

15:50-16:00

Summary and closing of the day

Misako Ito, Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO Bangkok

 

11 May 2021, 13:00 – 16:00 (Bangkok time)

Time

Items

Speakers/Participants

13:00-13:10

Presentation of the key outcomes and instructions for the breakout sessions

Misako Ito, Advisor for Communication and Information, UNESCO Bangkok

13:10-14:10

Breakout sessions to further elaborate the details of the regional priorities. Each group will cover one priority (thematic consideration) and work on:

  • Outcomes
  • Outputs
  • Target groups
  • Regional activities
  • Partnerships
  • Resources needed

Moderator #1: Hanh Duong Bich, Chief and Programme Specialist, Culture, UNESCO Bangkok

Notetaker #1: Hangying Li

 

Moderator #2: Qingyi Zeng, National Professional Officer, Communication and Information, UNESCO Beijing

Notetaker #2: Jingxiao Wang

 

Moderator #3: Kristy Bang, Programme Officer, Inclusive and Quality Education, UNESCO Bangkok

Notetaker #3: Ruohan Zhang

14:10-15:00

Outcomes of the breakout sessions:

  • Presentations
  • Q&A

Moderator: Ramesh Gaur, Dean of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, and Member State Representative of the Global Task Force, India

 

Rapporteurs from each group

15:00-15:30

Stakeholder roundtable for the way forward

Moderator: Sue Vize, Regional Advisor for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO Bangkok

 

Representatives of indigenous peoples, Member states and the UN

15:30-15:40

Closing remarks

Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Cluster Office in Beijing

15:40-16:00

Video of UNESCO-AIPP indigenous youth projects on COVID-19 response

 

* Mazateca language belongs to the Oto-mangue language family, currently spoken by the Mazateco people, located in the Mexican States of Oaxaca (33 municipalities), Veracruz (3 municipalities), and Puebla (1 municipality)

Key documents

Contacts

Should you have any question, please contact Ms Misako Ito (m.ito@unesco.org) or Ms Yufan Hu (yu.hu@unesco.org).

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