World Network for Linguistic Diversity

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Dynamic Coalition for Linguistic Diversity -- Internet Governance Forum

Objective of the Coalition

Created at Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Rio de Janeiro (2007), the Dynamic Coalition for Linguistic Diversity of the IGF brings together actors interested in and working on the issue of linguistic diversity in cyberspace. The Coalition is coordinated by Maaya – the World Network for Linguistic Diversity .

Session Summaries

Maaya Network

Linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace is one of the priorities identified at the recent World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). During its second phase in Tunis, a new institutional network was created by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), under the auspices of the African Union and NEPAD: the "World Network for Linguistic Diversity" (Maaya). While the initiative started in the context of the WSIS, it also includes organizations not solely focusing on cyber issues. It is a multi-stakeholder network, involving all sectors including civil society, governments, international organizations, research centers and universities, media, the private sector and individuals. Its mission is to value and promote linguistic diversity as a basis of the unity of human communication. Maaya will serve as a platform of exchange and sharing in the area of shared knowledge, where technology offers a great potential for languages, but is also a risk to them, as to date only a very small number of languages of the 6000 spoken in the world are available in cyberspace. At present, the Network takes part in a think tank around the broad orientation of the action line C8 of the WSIS Plan of Action "Diversity and cultural identity, linguistic diversity and local contexts" and it proposes itself as the moderator of the Sub theme on Linguistic Diversity. For more information about Maaya, see www.maaya.org.

International Year of Languages

2008 will be the International Year of Languages. Maaya -- the Network for Linguistic Diversity -- will play an active role in the Year, facilitating a range of activities, including a list of events in which it will be involved to varying degrees. The Year has been announced by H.E. Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, coordinating UN body of the Year.

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