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High-level Celebration of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages

Cultural Event

13/12/2022 10:00 - 18:30

Europe and North America | Paris | Hybrid


Languages: English, French, Spanish, Russian

UNESCO, in co-operation with the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the members of Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages, will organize and host a High-level Celebration on 13 December 2022 from 10.00 to 18.00 (Central European Time) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France (Room I).

The High-level launch event will primarily target high level representatives of UNESCO Member States, Indigenous leaders, the UN system, civil society national researcher organizations and representatives from the public and private sector.

The High-level Celebration will:

  • Mark the launch of the International Decade of Indigenous languages and raise awareness primarily among duty bearers on the critical situation of Indigenous languages around the world,
  • Foster international cooperation, sharing of experiences and creation of multistakeholder partnerships for the preservation, revitalization and promotion of Indigenous languages,
  • Reflect on immediate actions to be taken by all actors to implement the Global Action Plan of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages (UNESCO 41 C/INF.14).

The event will provide an open space for discussion, sharing of good practices, and presentation of concrete projects. It will also feature a cultural performance by Indigenous artists. A global social media campaign is being carried out in conjunction with the launch event, to increase awareness about the International Decade of Indigenous Languages.


Interpretation services

  • Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, French, Spanish and Russian.
  • Live Captioning Services will be provided in English.

Prior registration

  • Prior registration. All participants are requested to register online by clicking here.
  • In person. Due to the limited availability of seats, restrictions imposed by the sanitary situation and security, the prior registration for the participation in person is required by 25 November 2022.
  • Remote participation. Virtual facilities are also available for remote participation using the ZOOM platform.
  • Live streaming will be also provided to allow for remote attendees through social media channels.

Access to UNESCO Headquarters

  • The onsite registration will be opened for participants from 9.00 a.m. on 13 November 2022.
  • All participants are requested to enter the UNESCO’s Headquarters using the Ségur entrance – UNESCO, 125 Avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, Metro stations line no 10 stop “Ségur” and line 6 no stop “Cambronne”.
  • Participants with disabilities are advised to use the UNESCO Fontenoy entrance – UNESCO, 7 place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris.