In a recent press release, UNESCO described the international conference entitled “Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace” addressing the issue of multilingualism on the Internet that was held last July in Yakutsk, Russian Federation.
According to the press release, the Conference was organized by the Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the Russian Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Moscow and the Russian Committee for UNESCO’s Information for All Program. “It was a significant contribution to the celebration of the United Nations International Year of Languages,” states UNESCO.
The Conference brought together over 100 participants coming from 15 countries and representing NGO’s, government bodies, educational institutions, libraries, universities, and private companies.
According to UNESCO, thanks to a rich and diverse background of participants, a wide range of themes was discussed and a truly vibrant dialogue took place during the interactive sessions. Presentations and discussions during the three plenary sessions addressed political, cultural, social, ethical, and technological aspects of activities aimed to support and develop linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace. Special attention was paid to the role of UNESCO in safeguarding the diversity of languages in cyberspace.
In addition, the participants held five thematic sections:
The Conference resulted in the adoption of the Lena Resolution, “setting the foundations for future initiatives and suggesting concrete steps towards linguistic diversity in cyberspace.”