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Legal Instruments

    The international community has adopted a range of agreements which promote and protect languages. As part of this movement, UNESCO plays an essential role in advocating, supporting and monitoring policies and actions in favour of cultural diversity and multilingualism on the international level, and has developed a number of standard setting instruments to that end: 

    UNESCO also endorses the principles underlying UN instruments addressing language issues, such as:

    Worth mentioning is the resolution on the Implementation of a language policy for the world based on Multilingualism adopted at the 30th session of the UNESCO General Conference in 1999; it strengthened the Organisation’s position on multilingualism and revealed Member States’ will to translate into concrete action principles stated in these normative instruments.

    Preparation of a convention for the protection of indigenous and endangered languages
    (176 EX/59; 176 EX/INF.16; 176 EX/66 Part II; 176 EX/67)