Donostia, San Sebastian is a venue for the European Language Diversity Forum and for the official launch of the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights.
For the last two days, Donostia, San Sebastian is a hub of experts on language policies. UNESCO Etxea, in collaboration with the Donostia-San Sebastián Foundation 2016 organised the European Language Diversity Forum to reflect on and debate the different aspects of the development of minority languages in Europe. ECMI Director Prof. Tove Malloy was among the participants of the event discussing EU language policies at the panel. The event featured prominent experts on linguistic diversity who discussed topics such as multilingual education with a minority language, the European Charter of Regional or Minority Languages and European Language Policy, good practices, achievement, and challenges. The event will be concluded tomorrow with a formal launch of the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights (PELR). The presentation event of the Protocol will be streamed LIVE online at 11:30 CET.
The European Forum on Linguistic Diversity (#DonostiaForum)
In addition to the 24 official languages of the EU member states, linguistic diversity in the European Union comprises a further 90 languages which are spoken by 50 million people. The current and future vitality of many of these languages is not guaranteed, and around 30 are in danger of extinction. The challenge we face is precisely to create the necessary conditions for all of this cultural richness to endure and develop equally. It is therefore urgent that linguistic diversity is included as a key theme in the debates about the construction of Europe, in order to guarantee the rights of all its citizens, and as an essential element for a model in which communities live together in the richness of diversity.
The European Forum on Linguistic Diversity aspires to generate debate on this issue and to offer a large-scale opportunity to establish strategies and agreements among the different parties involved, thus enabling the revitalisation and normalisation of vulnerable and minoritized languages. The Language Diversity Forum seeks to place linguistic rights on the agenda from a new perspective. Read more
The Protocol to Ensure Language Rights
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Watch the online streaming of the Protocol presentation
Read more about the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights