ACALAN (African Academy of Languages), UNESCO
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: "World Network for Linguistic Diversity". While the initiative started in the context of the WSIS, it also includes organizations not solely focusing on cyber issues.
This new Network was officially be inaugurated by the Director General of UNESCO, H.E. KoÃ¯chiro Matsuura, in Paris at the occasion of the International Mother Language Day Celebration. A two-day workshop followed the launch. It's aim was to identify the specific areas of work of the Network.
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.
The meeting gathered representatives from around the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Participants include representatives from government, civil society, private sector and international organisations (specialists in linguistic, in computing, representatives from language academies, etc.).
Representatives of the following institutions took part in the Tunis --during which the Network was created-- and/or its lauch in Paris: African Academy of Languages (ACALAN), Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF), Casa de les LlengÃ¼es of Catalunya, Codice Idee per cultura SRL, E-Africa Commission du NEPAD, ENSTA, Funredes, GREF, SIL International, Linguasphere Observatory, Intlnet, ICVolunteers, Institut francophone des nouvelles technologies de l'information et de la formation (INTIF), International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Language Observatory, International Literacy Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (ILI), Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC), RECLA, Thai Computational Linguisitcs Laboratory, Toile MÃ©tisse, UNESCO, Unicode IDN in Africa, Union Africaine, Union latine.
ICVolunteers is participating in the organization of this event.
We are looking of translators and interpreters who would like to actively participate in the activities of the new network.