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International Mother Language Day UNESCO Meeting 2009 Part 3

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Since I only have 30 minutes left on my battery, I won't type much on this session. Mauro Rosi is discussing the report, which will be available online.

One thing that jumps out is that the report is not yet finished, so there is still opportunity to have events and activities that took place during the year incorporated in the report. Some missing items that should be included:

* The Facebook group for IYL 2008, created by Don Osborn for the year, which has thousands of members

* The launching of ANLoc, the African Network for Localization:

The report can be found online as it evolves at:

The second speaker, Rozenn Milin, tells of some exciting activities funded by the Chirac Foundation to film several endangered languages. Film crews are going to places like Guinea and Guatemala, along with researchers who have discussion topics that they ask the speakers of the languages to riff on. The film clips will start going online in June.

The third speaker is Daniel Prado of the Maaya Network. His report is a summary of initiatives that have been ongoing, including meetings that have taken place in Bamako and elsewhere, and the resulting focus on education in mother tongues that has been a repeated call from the organizations working in multilingualism. The World Summit on Multilingualism will be organized by Maaya, date and place to be determined (I think, since he's not saying anything specific).

After the lunch break will be the Round Table, in which I am a participant. If it is possible for me to blog during that time, I will do my best to also take notes at the same time. Hopefully there will be a power outlet available on the dias.


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