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Promoting 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 are all central to UNESCO’s work.

But achieving this is not possible without a broad and international commitment to maintaining multilingualism and linguistic diversity, including the preservation of endangered languages, as well as providing equal access to information and knowledge.

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 amongst its priority areas for response. For more information on Indigenous peoples please visit the following webpage.

It is based on UNESCO’s knowledge of these issues and its extensive experience in organizing the 2019 International Year of Languages that it was asked to lead preparations for the IDIL2022-2032. To ensure a multi-disciplinary and transversal approach to the organization of the International Decade, UNESCO has established an internal structure – UNESCO Intersectoral Task Team (ITT4IDIL) which will take into account the perspectives and activities of all programme sectors.