• Why is it important to preserve, promote and provide access to indigenous languages? 

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, cultural diversity, spirituality, communication, social integration, education and development, are of crucial importance for people and the planet. Language is therefore a core component of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and is essential to realizing sustainable development, good governance, peace and reconciliation. Despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate. This is a cause of serious concern. To focus global attention on these issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages based on a resolution of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Resolution 71/178). The General Assembly resolution requested the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the lead UN Agency for coordination of the year. To learn more the objectives behind the declaration of the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, please visit: https://en.iyil2019.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/N1804802.pdf




  • What are the benefits of registering as a user?

 As a user, you will have access to a collaborative platform where you will be able to create events, upload resources that concern your work and that of your organization, and to share news stories that contribute to the promotion and protection of indigenous languages. In this way, you will also be able to learn about events happening around the world, and to have access to useful resources that will further your knowledge of indigenous issues and languages. Please follow this link to register as individual or organization: https://en.iyil2019.org/get-involved/

All users must be aware that by registering they become users of the website dedicated to the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, rather than partners of UNESCO. For more information about applying for partnership with UNESCO, please follow this link https://en.iyil2019.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Public-Private_Sector_Brochure_IY2019_EN.pdf

  • What should I do if I haven’t received confirmation of registration?

All user requests – for individuals and organizations – are manually reviewed. It is important that users make sure to provide all the information required when completing the application form.

Users must not use this website in any way that is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity. UNESCO reserves the right to review and, if deemed necessary, remove resources uploaded by users that include commercial or unauthorized advertising, off-topic and fraudulent content. If you do not receive a confirmation of registration, or your registration request is rejected, please contact indigenous.languages@unesco.org.




  • Can I use the UNESCO logo to sponsor my organization and its events?

Registered users can use the IYIL2019 logo for their events, subject to approval. Please complete a registration form here: https://en.unesco.org/system/files/patronage_request_form_en.pdf

In order to register multiple events, please send us (indigenous.languages@unesco.org) brief info about the activities planned for the International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 by your organization.

The logo is available in the six official United Nations languages. There is also a version of the emblem without text, as well as in black and white. There are three different options for logo use: 1) stand alone IYIL2019 logo, 2) IYIL2019 logo combined with UNESCO logo indicating that the institution/organization in question is under patronage of UNESCO, or 3) in partnership with UNESCO. Different criteria on logo use pertain to United Nation Offices, Funds or Programmes, and to entities outside the UN System, including governments, intergovernmental organizations, not-for-profit organizations. To find out more please visit: https://en.iyil2019.org/all-resources/use-of-logos/




  • Can anyone register as a partner of IYIL2019? How does the registration process work?

The activation of a new account on the IYIL 2019 website does not grant partnership with UNESCO or other organizations involved in the organization of IYIL2019. Multiple partners – in the public, private, social and media sectors – are encouraged to get involved in the implementation of the International Year: https://en.iyil2019.org/partnership/

Users can apply to become a partner or sponsor by contacting us via email on indigenous.languages@unesco.org or by following these steps https://en.iyil2019.org/partnership/

Partners can chose to collaborate with UNESCO and other stakeholders, and engage with international, national or local indigenous groups, indigenous peoples, media and other organizations. They can also decide to create an event of their own or come up with new activities based on the 15 suggested categories. Please read more here about how to get involved https://en.iyil2019.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Public-Private_Sector_Brochure_IY2019_EN.pdf

  • What are the benefits of becoming a partner?

By becoming a partner of IY2019, stakeholders including governments, public organizations, academia, UN-system entities and other intergovernmental organizations, as well as the private sector, indigenous people, civil society, and the media, will not only contribute to the success of a worthy cause, but also enjoy the benefits of being part of an initiative that reaches a worldwide audience. Partners can chose to collaborate with UNESCO and other stakeholders, and engage with international, national or local indigenous groups, indigenous peoples, media and other organizations. They can also decide to create an event of their own or come up with new activities based on the 15 suggested categories. This could be anything from organizing a cultural, information-sharing or promotional event, to sponsoring an official activity, or promoting IY2019 through the partners’ communication channels and activities. Please read more here https://en.iyil2019.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Public-Private_Sector_Brochure_IY2019_EN.pdf

and here https://en.iyil2019.org/partnership/




  • How do I submit an event?

By registering as user, anyone is able to create their own events on this page, as well to see the events that have been created by others near them and around the globe. https://en.iyil2019.org/events/ 

  • Are there restrictions on what kind of event I can organize?

All kinds of events that are dedicated to the celebration, preservation and promotion of indigenous languages are supported on this platform. The 15 suggested categories include a) international conference of States, b) international meetings, c) non-governmental organizations, d) international congress, e) advisory committees, f) expert committees, g) seminars and training/courses, h) symposiums, i) concerts, performance/theatre, j) exhibitions, k) sports events, l) traditional sports and games, m) film screenings, n) media and o) online events. Please read more here: https://en.iyil2019.org/partnership/




  • Can anyone upload resources on the website? How to do it?

By registering as user, anyone is able to upload and share resources on this page https://en.iyil2019.org/share/ Resources that will be maintained on this website include academic/scientific reports and articles, policy guides, normative instruments, teaching material and lectures, artistic items (posters, photos, event outlines), electronic applications (such as non-commercial apps), and videos. All other content that is not listed above will be removed from the website. UNESCO does not warrant that the information, documents and materials contained in its website is complete and correct and shall not be liable whatsoever for any damages incurred as a result of its use.

For more information read our content disclaimer here: https://en.iyil2019.org/about-this-website#about-1




  • What are the benefits of becoming partners with IYIL2019 for journalists and media organizations?

No other sector has the outreach capacity, or such a diverse range of methods for informing society about important events. This capacity makes the media a natural partner for UNESCO whose activities are at the heart of all major challenges facing the world today. Partnerships with media can take a variety of forms. They can be short-term and linked to an event or year like IY2019, or longer-term, covering the full range of UNESCO’s activities. Read here about how to become a media partner and about the main benefits: https://en.iyil2019.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Media_Partnership_Brochure_ENGLISH.pdf

  • How can a journalist or media partner get in touch with UNESCO media office?

Please find all useful contacts here: https://en.iyil2019.org/media/

Here you can also find details about how to subscribe to our media distribution list for press releases and other notifications: https://en.iyil2019.org/media/


For any other request please contact indigenous.languages@unesco.org