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E/C.19/2008/3 10 (l)

E/C.19/2008/3 10 (l) Respect ong>theong> wishes ong>ofong> indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation to continue living in that way and adopt concrete measures to respect ong>theong> language rights ong>ofong> those peoples when ong>theong>y are exposed to outside contact; (m) Ensure ong>theong> participation ong>ofong> indigenous peoples not only in ong>theong> decisions related to ong>theong> status ong>ofong> indigenous languages in ong>theong> whole society but also in ong>theong> decisions related to ong>theong> linguistic corpus (alphabet, orthographic norms, technical terminology, etc.); (n) Ensure that an enabling linguistic environment exists in which speakers ong>ofong> indigenous languages are not forced or coerced to give up ong>theong>ir languages in order to succeed in national life. Recommendations to ong>theong> United Nations system and oong>theong>r intergovernmental organizations 41. Given ong>theong> importance ong>ofong> human rights treaty bodies and relevant special rapporteurs in monitoring ong>theong> implementation ong>ofong> language rights ong>ofong> indigenous peoples, indigenous peoples should continue using those mechanisms to advocate that Governments fulfil all ong>theong>ir obligations, including ong>theong>ir treaty obligations. 42. The United Nations system and oong>theong>r ong>internationalong> organizations are called upon to take ong>theong> following actions: (a) The ong>internationalong> community should begin drafting a convention to protect indigenous languages, identities, and rights and establishing ong>internationalong> instruments to collect information and pursue violations related to language, cultural and indigenous rights, both in ong>theong> public and private sectors, such as establishing an authority on language rights and a rapporteur, commissioner or agency on language discrimination; (b) The ong>internationalong> community should promote measures to create accountability for ong>theong> deliberate destruction ong>ofong> indigenous languages. The new ong>expertong> mechanism on ong>theong> rights ong>ofong> indigenous peoples ong>ofong> ong>theong> Human Rights Council should conduct a study exploring ong>theong> deliberate destruction ong>ofong> indigenous languages as a gross human rights violation; (c) UNESCO, with ong>theong> cooperation ong>ofong> Governments, should establish possibilities for ong>theong> more effective engagement ong>ofong> indigenous peoples’ organizations in standard setting activities and programmes ong>ofong> policy development and implementation ong>ofong> ong>theong> legal instruments ong>ofong> UNESCO. The organization should also provide funding support for those issues; (d) UNESCO should disseminate more widely among indigenous peoples information on its various standard setting instruments related to language, cultural diversity and cultural heritage and enhance ong>theong> capacities ong>ofong> indigenous peoples to use ong>theong>m; (e) The ong>meetingong> noted that filtering language promotion to ong>theong> community level can be an issue, especially when government frameworks are not in place. The language standards and policies ong>ofong> UNESCO may be difficult to implement at ong>theong> local level since ong>theong> organization works through ong>theong> government level first. Therefore, it is recommended that UNESCO strengong>theong>n its working relationship with NGOs and civil society organizations so that 08-21356

08-21356 language policies are implemented directly at ong>theong> level ong>ofong> indigenous communities and seek government support where possible; (f) UNESCO should, in collaboration with States and indigenous ong>expertong>s, work towards ong>theong> development ong>ofong> a comprehensive set ong>ofong> standards on indigenous languages and identity data, variables and indicators, including census, that will help identify and address ong>theong> state, trends and strategies in ong>theong> maintenance, revitalization and protection ong>ofong> indigenous languages; (g) UNESCO and ong>theong> secretariat ong>ofong> ong>theong> Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues should cooperate in producing a brochure or pamphlet aimed at Governments on ong>theong> importance ong>ofong> supporting/protecting indigenous languages; (h) The Food and Agriculture Organization ong>ofong> ong>theong> United Nations (FAO) should continue to safeguard and make use ong>ofong> indigenous languages as well as to acknowledge ong>theong> valuable insights ong>theong>y provide for an understanding ong>ofong> rural livelihoods, biodiversity, sustainable use ong>ofong> natural resources and many oong>theong>r issues related to food security and rural development; (i) FAO should also continue to support indigenous and rural communities in partnership and cooperation with indigenous peoples’ organizations and United Nations agencies in ong>theong> use ong>ofong> ong>theong>ir moong>theong>r tongues and in ong>theong> efforts to make ong>theong>ir means ong>ofong> communication more effective; (j) United Nations agencies and oong>theong>r ong>internationalong> organizations should translate programme and project documents and publications that are relevant to indigenous peoples into indigenous languages. The translations should be made accessible and be downloadable free ong>ofong> charge online; (k) The biggest challenge is among those indigenous peoples who live in urban areas where ong>theong>y do not use ong>theong> language as much for various reasons. In this regard, special attention should be given to ong>theong>ir situation. The Permanent Forum and ong>theong> Inter-Agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues should focus on ways to protect language during situations ong>ofong> migration by indigenous peoples, paying close attention to ong>theong> role ong>ofong> women as transmitters ong>ofong> language to ong>theong>ir children; (l) The ong>internationalong> community should fund programmes that allow for an exchange ong>ofong> language programme ideas across indigenous communities. Recommendations to indigenous peoples 43. Indigenous peoples should: (a) Make efforts to stabilize ong>theong>ir languages and keep ong>theong>m alive; (b) Recognize, bearing in mind ong>theong> important role ong>ofong> men, that indigenous women are ong>ofong>ten ong>theong> primary transmitters ong>ofong> indigenous languages to future generations and should empower ong>theong>m for a greater participation in decision-making and language revitalization; (c) Endeavour to familiarize ong>theong>mselves with existing legal instruments, in particular ong>theong> United Nations Declaration on ong>theong> Rights ong>ofong> Indigenous Peoples and treaty bodies ong>ofong> ong>theong> United Nations and oong>theong>r United Nations E/C.19/2008/3 11

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