UNESCO’s mandate focuses on the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, social and human sciences, education for all, freedom of expression, access to information, and knowledge for the development of societies.
In order to achieve these goals, it is essential to foster international commitment to maintaining multilingualism and linguistic diversity, including through the use of Indigenous languages.
To comply with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’s commitment to ‘Leave no one behind’, it is essential to ensure that Indigenous peoples’ voices and priorities are heard. UNESCO places the needs of Indigenous peoples among its priority areas for international response.
To ensure a multi-disciplinary and transversal approach to the organization of the International Decade, UNESCO has established an internal structure, namely the Intersectoral Task Team (ITT4IDIL), which will take into account the perspectives and activities of all programme sectors to ensure optimal coordination and mobilization of all relevant sectors.