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27.02.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Yalitza Aparicio calls to enhance Indigenous Peoples’ rights in Mexico

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The young and famous Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the indigenous peoples, attends along with the Director-General the high-level event initiating the International Decade for Indigenous Languages on 28 February 2020, at Los Pinos in Mexico City, Mexico.

This event was an opportunity for her to speak in Spanish and in Mixtec, the language of her father’s family. In her speech, she sounded the alarm on the increasing disappearance of Indigenous languages:

“Every two weeks an indigenous language is lost in the world, and our ancestors and families are judged for not passing on their wisdom, culture and indigenous language.”

The event was also an opportunity for Yalitza Aparicio to advocate for indigenous parents’ role to preserve, revitalize and promote these languages. The Ambassador remarked that many indigenous parents have not passed on their language, in order to limit their children from being excluded. All communities should play a part in finding “a solution to preserve and transmit this beautiful lineage, which goes beyond its linguistic richness, because our languages can provide solutions to the social and environmental problems that affect us today”.

She proceeded to say that now is an important time to raise awareness on the power of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve them, through this Decade of Action.

Alongside more than 500 participants from 50 countries, including ministers, indigenous leaders and experts, Yalitza contributed to the proclamation of the Los Pinos Declaration, for calling to implement indigenous peoples’ right to the freedom of expression, to education in their mother tongue language and to participation in public life using their languages.

In her capacity as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for the Indigenous Peoples, she contributes to UNESCO’s efforts to support the promotion of indigenous languages, culture and living heritage. For more information on the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and its follow up, follow this link.

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