Summary of the activities
The International Conference on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace was held under UNESCO auspices in Yakutsk, Russian Federation, from July 2 to July 4, 2008. This conference represents the Russian Federationís contribution to the United Nations International Year of Languages.
The Conference gathered more than 100 representatives from 15 countries and all continentsóleaders and staff members of intergovernmental and international nongovernmental organizations, government bodies, agencies and institutions of culture, education, research, information and communications, business, civil society and the mass media, as well as political and community leaders and leading experts.
The Conference discussed the political, cultural, social, ethical and technological aspects of research and development of linguistic and cultural diversity in cyberspace, and examined issues related to the use of information and communication technologies to safeguard all languages.
The participants held three plenary meetings and five thematic sections: Political, Ethical and Legal Aspects of the Development of Multilingualism in Cyberspace; The Internet and Other Media; The Role of Libraries in the Preservation of Linguistic Diversity; Languages and Education; and The Preservation and Development of Cultural Diversity.
In concluding its work, the Conference agreed on the Lena Resolution.
- Russian Federationís Federal Agency for Culture and Cinematography
- UNESCO Moscow Office
- Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO
- Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Program
- Interregional Center of Library Cooperation
- National Library of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
- Committee of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) for UNESCO