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Ugra will present Russian experience in the preservation of languages at UNESCO Headquarters

1 november 2019

Department of Public and External Relations of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug – Ugra informs:

On December 4-6, the international expert meeting on the preservation of languages and the development of linguistic diversity in cyberspace will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in which the delegation of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug headed by the governor Natalia Komarova will take part.

As Konstantin Repin, Acting Director of the District Department of Public and External Relations, reported during the meeting of the Organizing Committee for the preparation and holding of the meeting, in addition to Natalia Komarova, UNESCO Deputy Director General Moez Chakchouk, Head of the Federal Agency for Nationalities (FADN) Igor Barinov will take part in the meeting.

“In total, over 150 leading Russian and foreign scientists in the field of language policy, studying the problems of sustainable development, government representatives, heads of international and national organizations will become participants in the international expert meeting,” he reported.

The first day of the meeting is organized by the government of Ugra under the auspices of UNESCO and in partnership with the FADN. It will focus on multilingualism as a tool for building knowledge societies. During the thematic day, several sessions will be organized on issues of indigenous languages, communications in the 21st century, and language policy in the period of globalization, as well as multilingualism in education and science.

Inna Arkanova, Deputy Director of the Department of Public and External Relations, Head of the Department for External Relations, stressed that during the meeting the Autonomous Okrug will present the Year of Indigenous Languages, announced in 2019 by the United Nations, overall, throughout Russia.

“In this regard, we work not only with Ugra experts, but also with experts from Yakutia and other regions, who are actively involved in the preservation of indigenous languages,” Inna Arkanova noted. “At present, Russia is already a leader among UNESCO Member States in the implementation of international activities in this area. Thus, over the past decade, our country has held 7 out of 11 most significant international forums on language preservation issues. In 2014, 2015 and 2017, 3 forums were held with the support of the Government of Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug.”

In the course of the meeting the members of the organizing committee discussed the candidates to be included in the delegation and the creative group to participate in the international meeting. Among them are researchers, education specialists, cultural figures, representatives of the authorities, and indigenous peoples of Ugra.

It should be noted that the key idea of the international expert meeting is to develop language technologies, organize access to language technologies and opportunities for their use in the native language for all users, provide native speakers with the necessary tools to use the latest advances in digital technologies.

The meeting is aimed at identifying problems and obstacles for the access of native speakers to information and knowledge in different languages, studying the relationship between technologies and languages, analysing the socio-cultural impact of technologies on languages and their users, and sharing best practices.

The conference is expected to produce specific recommendations to improve the status of linguistic diversity and multilingualism, create an enabling environment for the further implementation of language technologies, and identify best practices and technical solutions to promote linguistic diversity.


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