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The UN declared that 2019 will be a year of indigenous languages

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 2019 the International year of indigenous languages.
In this regard, a plan of action for the organization of the International year of indigenous languages was presented at the 17th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on indigenous issues. It was noted that several stakeholders would be involved in the preparation of the action plan, which would guide joint action by all stakeholders to maximize the coordinated impact and social change in society concering indigenous peoples and their speakers. A large number of activities related to indigenous languages will be undertaken, as will a series of national and international expert meetings and initiatives around the world.
In the world today there are about 7 thousand languages, every two weeks one of them dies. 96 percent of linguistic diversity is indigenous, spoken by only four percent of the world's population. IBy the Atlas of the world's languages under threat of extinction, compiled by UNESCO, 90% of all languages are in danger.

Organizing committee

Barinov Igor Vyacheslavovich
Head of the Federal Agency for Nationalities Affairs, Chairman of the Organizing Committee
«For us, the preservation and support of indigenous languages, as a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual state, is extremely important. Unfortunately, global processes are leading to the inevitable loss of languages. Therefore, activities involving the international community in this issue are extremely important. Our state supports languages, which are native to even the smallest ethnic communities because language is a large layer of cultural heritage, the chronicle of the people»
Bondarenko Elena Veniaminovna
Member of the State Duma Committee on National Affairs
" Language is the wealth of every nation. It must be respected, studied, protected. We must fight for the beauty of the language, for the correctness of speech, for the accessibility of the native language to everyone."
Bugaev Aleksandr Vyacheslavovich
Head of the Federal Agency for youth Affairs
«The Russian Federation is a multinational and multicultural country. The language of each nation isn't only communication, but also a way of describing the world, an invaluable repository of folk culture and memory that must be carried through the centuries and passed on to descendants. It is important to maintain continuity between the older generation and young people in the promotion and preservation of the language. It is the task of young people to preserve the language of indigenous minorities from extinction»
Strogalshchikova Zinaida Ivanovna
Chairman of the Karelian regional
Public organization “Society of Veps Culture”, senior
Researcher, Department of Ethnology, Institute of Language, Literature and
history of the Karelian Center RAS.
«The beautiful words of Fyodor Ivanovich Uspensky: “Language and religion are two high gifts, which are worth fighting for until the exhaustion of forces and with the betrayal of which the people lose their national identity and their rights to history” – call us to responsibility for the fate of their peoples. Unfortunately, small peoples don't always have the opportunity and the right to defend their languages. Together we will be a support for them!»
Lavrikova Marina Yurevna
First Vice-Rector for Academic and Methodical Work
«A language is an important tool for the formation of identity in a multi-ethnic society. The true unity of the state arises from the awareness of the diversity and uniqueness of the languages of the peoples, its components, the preservation of their heritage and the building of dialogue between different cultures»
Pleshcheva Irina Vladimirovna
Minister of the Government of the Moscow region for social communications
A number of large-scale events are planned to be held in the Moscow region in 2019: the Festival of national cultures "Moscow region – is a territory of friendship 2019", an online contest for the best knowledge of customs, traditions and culture of the peoples of the Moscow region, as well as a number of events of the Interethnic Youth Union of the Moscow region aimed at supporting small indigenous peoples of Russia
Larina Ekaterina Gennadevna
Director of the Department of state policy in the field of mass media of the Ministry of digital development, communications and mass communications of the Russian Federation.
«The ethnic diversity of Russia, the historical experience of intercultural interaction and the support of indigenous languages are the common heritage of the Russian nation, so the preservation of literature and media in the languages of the peoples of the Russian Federation is one of the important state tasks»
Ledkov Grigoriy Petrovich
President of the Association of indigenous peoples of the North,
Siberia and the Russian Far East, Deputy Chairman of The State Duma Committee on nationalities
«The people and their culture are alive as long as the language is alive. The task of society and the state is to make every person aware of himself as a part of his ethnic group, be proud of it and honor to speak in his native language»
Alyautdinov Rinat Zhafyarovich
Director Department for humanitarian cooperation and human rights MFA of Russia
«Language is crucial to human nature and culture and is one of the most important manifestations of identity. Currently, the protection of languages has become an integral part of international cooperation, a solid base of international legal acts in this area has been created. The policy of modern States is changing in the direction of supporting multilingualism, the role of indigenous peoples themselves as native speakers and custodians of native languages is increasing. These are factors that contribute to the preservation of linguistic diversity in the world»
Kutsenko Gulvayra Kudenovna
президент Межрегиональной общественной организации "Информационно-образовательная Сеть коренных народов"Льыоравэтльан"
«There is a close and inextricable link between the loss of the language of indigenous minorities and the loss of their original way of life. With the disappearance of the language knowledge is lost, and with it - the practice and skills of economic culture, allowing to develop the traditional economy. I see the aim of the International year of indigenous languages in Russia in drawing special attention to the endangered languages of indigenous peoples, because thanks to them, the language palette of the world retains rich colors»
Artur Olegovich Parfenchikov
Head of the Republic of Karelia, member of the organizing Committee for the preparation and holding of the International year of indigenous languages in the Russian Federation in 2019
«The ability to speak one's native language is as natural a human right as the right to live and breathe. Mahto paista muamankielel on sama ristikanzan oigevus kui eliä da hengittiä (Livvik dialect of the Karelian language)»
Gogoleva Tatyana Stepanovna
Member of the State Duma Committee on Regional Policy and the Problems of the North and the Far East
«In the records of the great Hungarian scientist Antal Reguli preserved the prediction of Maxim Petrovich Nikelov – Mansi narrator, who, speaking about the future 175 years ago said: "When Mansi begin to lose the connecting thread with their origins – spiritual channel of help will come from the Lozva river ( Mansi language preserved in this region). And while there will be a long human life on earth, our language will sound! Let it be!»
Vasyutin Mikhail Zinovievich
First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Republic of Mari El
«Any language is truly great, wonderful and rich. And it is revealed only to the one who wants to know it, who sincerely loves the people who created it»
Margarita Lvovna Tsoi
Vice President, Exxon Neftegas Limited
" Language is the strongest tool for bringing people together. After all, language does not simply reflect the world of man and his culture. Its most important function is that it keeps traditions, history and passes them from generation to generation. That is why language plays such a significant role in the formation of personality, national character, ethnic community, people and nation"
Gerasimov Vladimir Evgenievich
The head of Department of regional communications of PJSC "LUKOIL"
"For more than 20 years, LUKOIL has been supporting and developing the traditional lifestyle of the indigenous minorities of the North in the regions of its production activities. In an effort to preserve the national cultural diversity, we annually hold a competition of social and cultural projects of PJSC LUKOIL. The Competition finances projects that are also related to the preservation of languages ​​and literature of the small indigenous peoples of the North"
Diskin Iosif Evgenievich
Chairman of the Commission of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation on the harmonization of interethnic and interreligious relations
«The preservation and development of indigenous cultures and languages is the mission of the civil society and its direct responsibility. There is a need for broad public mobilization, including the efforts of not only representatives of indigenous peoples, but also the entire Russian society. Broad public consolidation and the promotion of public initiatives will be no less a contribution to this task than the necessary support of the state»
Lukina Victoria Borisovna

President of the Association of Artists for the support and development of talented youth
"The mother tongue is the treasure house which contains all the wealth of the soul of the people, the precious experience of ancestral culture and the code of the happy life of descendants"
Martynova Marina Yuryevna
Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science of the Order of Friendship of Peoples of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology. NN Miklukho-Maklay of the Russian Academy of Sciences
"The question of choosing a schooling language for Russia is currently one of the principal. It is obvious that in the light of modern reforms and national discussions on this issue, the positions of native languages ​​only intensified. Discussions identified problems, spurring attention and interest in the development of the whole palette of languages ​​of the peoples of Russia. This gives hope that the linguistic wealth of Russia and its cultural diversity have a future"
Purtova Tamara Valentinovna
Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution of Culture "State Russian House of Folk Art named after VD Polenov"
«Folk art shows the uniqueness and originality of each nationality. We differ, first of all, in our language, customs, traditions, rituals, but the traditional culture of each nation is always positive, humanistic, carries light and good, glorifies true human values. And the richer the people in this sense, the more carefully they treat not only their own but also other cultures»
Smirnova Svetlana Konstantinovna
First Deputy Secretary General – Head of the General Secretariat of the Assembly of peoples of Eurasia, Chairman of the Council of the Assembly of peoples of Russia
"The motto of the Assembly of Peoples of Russia, with which it has been working for 20 years: “Friendship of peoples is the unity of Russia!”
Sutormina Elena Vasilyevna
First Deputy Board of the International Public Background “Russian Peace Foundation”, member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation
«One of the main wealth of the world is the diversity of languages and peoples who speak them. Careful attitude to languages, their transfer from generation to generation is an important condition for the preservation and development of the whole nation. And each nation is unique in its way. The task of every state on Earth is to support this or that people living on its territory, to create equal opportunities for people of any nationality»
Tolstopyatov Vasily Vasilyevich
Deputy Head of the Public Joint Stock Company PJSC Gazprom
"Language is a heritage received from ancestors, which must be treated as something sacred, invaluable and inaccessible to insult (F. Nietzsche)"
Kibrik Andrei Aleksandrovich
Director of the Federal State Budgetary Institution of Science Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences
«Efforts to preserve indigenous languages cannot be confined to school education. The native language is formed in early childhood, in the family. Languages are preserved only if they are passed on to children from parents and grandparents»
Bogdanov Sergey Igorevich
Rector of the Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “Russian State Pedagogical University. A.I. Herzen
«Back in the day, people have lost common language for all, vanished and even the tower wasn't finished. As compensation for this loss, the Lord gave them an incredible variety, a colorful wealth of amazingly complementary language forms. Only in the aggregate languages, each of which embodies its (invaluable in its originality!) picture of the world can be approached to the knowledge of the great plan of the Creator. Our task is to keep the opportunity to join this wealth to our children and grandchildren»
Lyanga Margarita Arvitovna
Member of the Council on Interethnic Relations under the President of Russia, President of the Guild of Interethnic Journalism, member of the Public Council of the FADN
«It is important that in the year of the preservation and development of indigenous languages there are events in the country that will change the attitude of society to this important part of the culture of our multi-ethnic state, which will give a strong impulse to positive development for years to come. I hope every member of the Organizational Committee will make every effort to do so»
Gonchar Natalia Vladimirovna
Head of Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd. social activities department
"Language is the most important mechanism for preserving the cultural heritage of mankind. However, in turn, many languages ​​today are endangered and need support themselves. This is the area where the unification of efforts of the state, the scientific community, the interested public and socially responsible business is particularly important. For many years, Sakhalin Energy has supported projects aimed at preserving and promoting the languages ​​of the indigenous minorities of the North in Russia and abroad"
Martens Heinrich Genrikhovich
President of the public organization - Federal national-cultural autonomy of the Russian Germans.
"It is important that people know not only the history and culture of their people, their family - this should be mandatory - but also know the history and culture of the peoples who are our neighbors in one common house - Russia"

Languages Of Russia

International Year of Indigenous Languages is of particular importance for Russia

The Russian Federation is a multi-ethnic and multilingual state. Last year, our country began the formation of an organizational Committee, which included representatives of relevant ministries, the scientific community, indigenous peoples of Russia and the private sector. A working group has been established to monitor and analyse legal acts in support of the linguistic diversity of the peoples of the Russian Federation. This measure will make it possible to prepare proposals for improving the legal and other mechanisms of work in the field of language policy at the end of the Year. This work will be based on scientific research in the field of new legal standards - with representatives of UN and UNESCO expert mechanisms.

The official opening of the Year of indigenous languages in Russia will take place at the international forum in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous district in March 2019.