21 February 2019
Preserving Language Diversity in the Digital Era
Celebrating International Mother Language Day and International Year of Indigenous Languages
Thursday 21 February 2019, 12.30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Library Events Room (B.135)
Palais des Nations, B Building, 1st Floor
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
Chair of the Board, Translators Without Borders
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
Chief, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, The Rule of Law, Equality, and Non-Discrimination Branch, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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.