May 12, 2015

European Language Diversity Summit


On 31 March 2015, the Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture Foundation and the Council of Social Organisations of the Basque Language, Kontseilua, presented the concept and objectives of the so called European Language Diversity Summit - an initiative promoted jointly by the two organisations - at the Miramar Palace in Donostia.

The Summit is not a series of conferences but rather a space in which decisions are taken by the civil society organisations involved. The Summit’s objectives include (1) to declare that guaranteeing language diversity and ensuring language development are keys to peaceful coexistence; (2) to create an effective instrument for language equality and revitalizing languages in unfavourable situations (Protocol on Language Diversity in Europe); (3) to ensure that language communities are the actors in this process and assert that civil society’s involvement guarantees fair play; and (4) to constitute a milestone in Donostia and its European Capital of Culture. The Summit will most likely take place on 16 December 2016.

UNPO is one of the members of the Organising Committee of this Summit, which will also be in charge of drafting the Protocol to be adopted.

You can read more about this Project and about UNPO's involvement.