The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period 2022-2032 as the International Decade of the Indigenous Languages (IDIL) 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). A Global Task Force was set-up to provide an international framework for inclusion, openness, participation and multistakeholder engagement in the International Decade.
In this context, UNESCO in cooperation with various stakeholders representing governments, indigenous people’s organizations, native speakers of endangered, minority and indigenous languages, experts, academia and the Global Task Force, is organizing a regional consultation in Asia on 10 and 11 May 2021.
The main objective of the regional consultation is to contribute to the development of the Global Action Plan for the International Decade. This will include: