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IMLD 2008

Launch of IYL on IMLD 2008/2/21

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21 February 2008
International Mother Language Day
UNESCO – 7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris – Room XI

Launching of the International Year of Languages
Information workshop: Standard-setting Instruments Promoting Multilingualism


9.15 Welcoming of the participants

9.45 Launching of the International Year of Languages

  • H. E. Mr Olabiyi Yai, Chairman of the Executive Board, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Benin to UNESCO
  • Gabriele Mazza, Director for School, Out-of-School, Higher Education and Languages, Council of Europe
  • Ana Luiza Machado, UNESCO Deputy Assistant Director-General for Education

10.15 Introduction: The Existing Normative Tools at the International Level

  • Janet Blake, international expert, University Shahid Beheshti, Tehran

10.30 am – 1 pm / 2.30 – 4 pm Regional and National Approches

  • Sonia Parayre, Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Council of Europe: Multilingualism in Europe: the Contribution of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
  • Michele Gazzola, Observatoire “Economics, Languages and Training”, ETI, University of Geneva: Economic Consequences of the Ratification of the Charter
  • Kishore Singh, UNESCO, Education Sector, The Right to Education and Language
  • Hughes Sicard, UNESCO, Culture Sector, The Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
  • Adama Samassékou, African Academy of Languages: The African Perspective of Language Planning
  • Julia Szelivanov, Permanent Delegation of Hungary to UNESCO: Language Policy in Hungary
  • Delicia Villagra, Linguist, Permanent Delegation of Paraguay to UNESCO: Language Policy in Paraguay
  • Antoni Mir, Linguamón : Presentation of Linguamón-House of Languages (Catalonia)
  • Barbara Trudell, Academic Affairs Director for the Africa Area, SIL International: Perspectives for the Civil Society

4 – 5.30 pm Round table - From Standards to Reality: Patterns, Synergies and Limits

  • Moderator: H. E. Mr Olabiyi Yai
  • Introduction by Iván Ávila Belloso, Permanent Delegation of Venezuela to UNESCO

This agenda is subject to change
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