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February 15, 2007
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Languages: diversity, participation, dialogue

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Languages contribute significantly to integration processes in schools, the media, the workplace, political life and public services. However, thousands of languages are absent in these areas, and fifty per cent of the world's 6,000 languages are in danger of disappearing. In this context, UNESCO has a duty to take action through its complex normative framework in favour of multilingualism.
News and Events
  • Two lectures: Venetian Ship Relics and Dante and Music Venice, Italy
    01 - 23 02 2007  The UNESCO Office in Venice hosts two public conferences on underwater and artistic heritage entitled “Venetian Ship Relics: from Venice to Ireland" and “Dante and Music". 
  • Seminar on the Slave Trade and Slavery in West Africa Accra, Ghana
    11 - 13 02 2007  This official event commemorates the bicentenary abolition of the slave trade in the former British colonies and will be attended by the UNESCO Director-General, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura. 
  • The Silk Road Lacanau, France
    15 02 - 04 03 2007  In the framework of the 6th edition of the Escale cultural event, visitors are invited to follow the Silk Road as far as the Chinese border in the footsteps of the great travellers of the past.
  • Pacific Island World Heritage Workshop Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
    18 - 23 02 2007  This is a follow-up to the 2004 workshop during which the Pacific 2009 Action Plan was developed.
  • Celebration of International Mother Language Day Paris, France
    21 - 22 02 2007  The world's nearly 6,000 languages are celebrated on International Mother Language Day, an event aimed at promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education. This year’s theme is devoted to the topic of multilingualism.
  • Transmission and Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage through Education Chiba, Japan
    21 - 23 02 2007  The expert meeting provides specialists and community members with concrete practical experiences and insights into how fomal and non-formal educational efforts can be deployed to strengthen the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage.
  • Italian Lecture Series Venice, Italy
    01 - 30 03 2007  The UNESCO Office in Venice opens its doors to two public conferences on the History of Venetian Inquisition and Dante's Poetry.
  • Caribbean Capacity Building Network Havana, Cuba
    05 - 07 03 2007  The objectives of the two-day meeting are to establish procedures the manner in which each State Party will implement the training modules and to plan conservation projects to be implemented in 2007 and onwards. 
  • Management of Heritage Sites Course for French-speaking Professionals Cluny, France
    11 - 17 03 2007  Between 15 and 20 participants will attend this first intensive training course on management and administration for French-speaking heritage site specialists. 
  • The Museum in Docklands to Apply as a Site of Memory London, U.K.
    25 03 2007  As part of its efforts to commemorate the Bicentenary Abolition of the British Slave Trade, the Museum in Docklands announces its intention to apply for a trans-national serial nomination for World Heritage status on 22 March 2007. 
  • La Tumba Francesa: a cultural asset for development Holguín, Cuba
    27 - 28 03 2007  This second capacity-building workshop has been conceived to enhance local participation and community awareness and to acknowledge research currently undertaken by a multidisciplinary expert’s team.
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