The Conference provided the opportunity for UNESCO and UNU to join forces with eminent experts from politics, academia, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and civil society.
It focused on the ways and means to protect languages, promote multilingualism and preserve linguistic diversity in light of the challenges and opportunities associated with the processes of globalization.
Attention was given to the essential role that languages play in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Education for All (EFA) goals and in building truly inclusive knowledge societies.
In an excellent example of international cooperation and intercultural dialogue, conference participants devised key policy recommendations on the some of the strategies and approaches needed to protect endangered languages and to foster their use in society.
Author(s): BSP - Publication date: 20-06-2009