In its resolution A/RES/74/135 on the rights of Indigenous peoples, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the period of 2022-2032 the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL2022-2032), inviting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to serve as the lead organization for the International Decade and providing the IDIL2022-2032 Secretariat functions in cooperation with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and other relevant agencies, within existing resources.
The IDIL2022-2032 Secretariat facilitates the organization of the IDIL2022-2032 through a series of actions, including:
- The elaboration and contribution to the implementation of the Global Action Plan of the IDIL2022-2032 through evidence based, inclusive, participatory and open consultations with representatives of the interested Member States, Indigenous peoples, United Nations entities, researchers, civil society organizations and other public and private actors;
- The establishment and maintenance of an international governance mechanism, entitled ‘Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages’, to provide strategic direction and oversight in the planning, implementation and monitoring of progress made towards the attainment of the objectives established by the Global Action Plan;
- The development and contribution to the implementation of a Resource Mobilization Strategy to provide a comprehensive framework and ensure adequate, sustainable, flexible and sufficient resources for the implementation and attainment of the major objectives of the Global Action Plan;
- The implementation of a Global Communications Strategy for the IDIL2022-2032, to raise greater awareness on the importance of Indigenous languages for societal development, connection, and stimulation of dialogue among different stakeholders, to impact the dissemination of knowledge and mobilization of resources, and to communicate results and share information.