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Preserving Language Diversity in the Digital Era

21 February 2019
Preserving Language Diversity in the Digital Era

Thursday 21 February 2019, 12.30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Library Events Room (B.135)
Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st Floor 

Celebrating International Mother Language Day and International Year of Indigenous Languages

Language is a vital part of any society, because it enables people to communicate, express themselves, open their minds and understand cultures. When a language disappears, future generations lose a vital part of the culture necessary to completely understand it.

Today, with technology and the global reach of the internet, about 40% of languages, mostly indigenous, are in danger of disappearing. Out of an estimated 7,000 languages spoken today, only 10 contribute to 82% of the total online content. Can languages be preserved for future generations?

On International Mother Language Day, join us in a discussion with experts working to keep languages from going extinct.
A discussion with

Andrew Bredenkamp

Chair of the Board, Translators Without Borders

Fabia Caduff

Journalist, Radio Television Swiss Romansch (RTR)

Karmen Ramírez Boscán

Founder, Fuerza de Mujeres Wayuu (Wayúu Women’s Force) in Colombia, editor for Central and South America of “Indigenous Portal”, teacher of Wayuunaiki online and blogger

Paulo David

Chief, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, The Rule of Law, Equality, and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Moderated by

Corinne Momal-Vanian

Director, Division of Conference Management, United Nations Office at Geneva

This event will be held in English and French

In collaboration with UNOG Division of Conference Management

Light refreshments will be provided



For those without a UNOG badge, registration for this event is obligatory.
Interested participants are invited to register on-line before 21 February 2019.


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