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The 8th Meeting of the Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Indigenous Languages (GTF4IDIL2022-2032)

12/12/2022 10:00 - 17:30

Paris | Hybrid

In the framework of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, global attention on the critical situation of many indigenous languages is being raised at international, regional and national levels, and resources are being mobilized for the preservation, revitalization and promotion of indigenous languages.

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of the Indigenous Languages (IDIL2022-2032) 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). The Global Task Force provides an international framework for inclusion, openness, participation and multi-stakeholder engagement in the International Decade.

The Global Task Force is composed of representatives of:

  • National governments from each electoral group of UNESCO.
  • Indigenous peoples’ organizations from seven socio-cultural organizations.
  • Representatives of the three-party UN mechanisms such as the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues, Expert Mechanism for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and
  • UN system entities including UNESCO, UNDESA, and OHCHR.

Members are appointed for a three-year period rotating between the Steering Committee (one year) and Advisory Group (two years). The work of the Steering Committee and Advisory Group is supported by the Ad-hoc group(s) tasked to consult other stakeholders on the technical, regional or specific thematic aspects and issues. The Multi-stakeholder consultative meeting will take place once in three years providing a forum for strategic dialogue among a wide range of stakeholders.

To mark the beginning of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages a high-level launch event will be held on 13 December 2022 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (Room II) from 10:00 a.m. to 18.30 p.m. On this occasion, the eight meeting of the Global Task Force is scheduled to take place from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and 15.30 p.m. to 17.30 p.m. (CET) on 12 December 2022.

The event will take place in hybrid modality; you can follow the session online through ZOOM facilities or assist the event at UNESCO Headquarters Paris in Room VIII.

We inform you that interpretation services will be provided in English, French, Spanish and Russian.

International Decade of Indigenous Languages