At the very start of the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre released a unique publication “My Mother Tongue. Almanac 2022. Preservation of Indigenous Languages ​​of Russia" which is now available online. In this collection of analytical materials, prominent Russian experts representing Russia’s indigenous peoples analyse the current state, problems, and prospects of preserving their ethnic languages; the development and implementation of Russia’s national and regional policies aimed at revitalizing and promoting these languages; the achievements and shortcomings of such policies; and the role of the federal government, regional governments, cultural, scientific, educational, and civil society institutions, mass media, publishing houses, the private sector, and language communities. 


The materials for the almanac were collected within the framework of the implementation in Russia of the UNESCO Information for All  Programme (IFAP) and the My Mother Tongue Programme developed in 2019 by the Russian IFAP Committee and the Interregional Library Cooperation Centre based on IFAP's achievements and findings and designed for long-term implementation in different regions of Russia. 



On July 5-7 Moscow successfully hosted the high-level international conference “World Treasury of Mother Tongues: Nourish and Cherish. National and International Context, Policies and Practices to Preserve Indigenous Languages”.


The event was organized by the Russian Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs, Intergovernmental Council of the UNESCO Information for All Programme, Russian UNESCO IFAP Committee and Interregional Library Cooperation Centre within the support by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and Russian Civic Chamber.


The event gathered about 150 prominent Russian and international experts in the field of education, culture, social sciences and humanities, communication and information (including advanced language technologies and other information technologies), representatives of governing bodies, civil society institutions and private sector from 46 countries. They focused not only on preservation and revitalization of indigenous languages, but also on broader contexts (linguistic, sociocultural, historic, economic, geopolitical, etc.) in which indigenous people and their languages exist and survive.


Conference programme


Final document "Moscow Declaration on Mother Tongues Preservation": English version, Russian version, French version, Spanish version, Arabic version



The IV International Conference on Tangible and Intangible Impact of Information and Communication in the Digital Age took place on 7-9 June 2022 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russian Federation, within the XIII International IT Forum and the UNESCO Information for All Intergovernmental Programme. The event gathered over 100 experts from 35 countries – representatives of intergovernmental, international, regional and national non-governmental organisations, universities and research centres, government authorities and institutions in the field of information and communication, science, culture and education, including prominent Russian and foreign experts in the field of philosophy, cultural anthropology, sociology, political science, psychology, linguistics, management, international relations, communication, information technology, information security, teacher training, librarianship, museum and archiving, creative industries, diplomats, journalists.
The conference was aimed to contribute to the advancement of international and national policies in the field of information and knowledge society building and relevant recommendations; to reducing the gap between the pace of development in the field of information, communication and related technologies, and the ability of science and society to comprehend the changing reality and, accordingly, to influence the vector and nature of progress.
Ugra Communique  Conference final document: English version, Russian version

The Third Edition of the International Conference "Tangible and Intangible Impact of Information and Communication in the Digital Age" will be held on 17-18 June 2021 in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russian Federation) in the framework of the UNESCO Information for All Programme and XII International IT Forum. The Conference will gather more than 150 participants from 58 countries. 


International Conference “Preservation of Languages and Development of Linguistic Diversity in Cyberspace: Context, Policies, Practices”


On 1–5 July 2019 Yakutsk successfully hosted the world’s biggest international conference “Preservation of Languages and Development of Linguistic Diversity in Cyberspace: Context, Policies, Practices”.


Over 100 reports were presented at plenary sessions and eight thematic sections held at the Sakha Theatre, in two buildings of the Sakha Government, at the State Assembly of the Republic of Sakha, and the North-Eastern Federal University. Most topical issues of the modern world were discussed by conference participants, including:

  • The position and status of various languages of the world (endangered and vulnerable; small, medium and large; minor and dominant; local, regional, official, state, international, etc.) and problems of their preservation
  • Linguistic, sociocultural, political, economic and other contexts of language functioning
  • Development of these languages’ representation in cyberspace: tools, methods, institutes, environment
  • The need to equip languages with modern linguistic technologies (speech recognition, speech synthesis, machine translation, etc.)
  • Languages in education, culture, science, the media, politics, business, tourism, everyday life, etc.)
  • National, regional, international, institutional language policies in various spheres of language functioning
  • Measures taken to preserve various languages and maintain multilingualism in various countries; positive results of implementing such measures in real life and in cyberspace.


All these issues were discussed from different perspectives by researchers representing developed and developing countries, where multilingualism exists in various forms and at different levels.


The event brought together over 500 experts: public figures, politicians, diplomats, researchers working in the fields of ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistics, ethnopolitology, ethnosociology, cultural anthropology, philosophy, as well specialists in the elaboration and analysis of national and international language policies, educationalists, academics, representatives of cultural institutions and the infocommunication sphere from 63 countries and all world regions (Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China (including SAR Hong Kong and SAR Macau), Columbia, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Maldives, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia), as well as UNESCO.


The conference was organized by:

·         Government of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

·         Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme

·         Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University

·         Interregional Library Cooperation Centre

·         UNESCO Chair on Language Policies for Multilingualism (Brazil)


Organizational and financial support to the conference was provided by:

·         Government of the Russian Federation

·         Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

·         Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO

·         Federal Agency for Ethnic Affairs of the Russian Federation

·         Federal Agency for Print and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation

·         Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation of the CIS (IFESCCO)

·         UNESCO / UNESCO Information for All Programme




Second International Conference “Tangible and Intangible Impact of Information and Communication in the Digital Age” was held in Khanty-Mansiysk on 9–13 June, 2019, under the auspices and in cooperation with UNESCO.


Discussions within the Second International Conference “Tangible and Intangible Impact of Information and Communication in the Digital Age” held in Khanty-Mansiysk on 9–13 June, 2019, under the auspices and in cooperation with UNESCO in the framework of the XI International IT-Forum were focused on the following topics: “Digital Age: Quo Vadis?”, “Freedom of Information: Global Challenges for Utopia”, “Preservation of Cultural and Scientific Heritage in the Digital Age”, “Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence and International Psychological Security”, “Media and Information Literacy and Ethics”, “Technologies and Linguistic Diversity”.

The conference was attended by experts from various fields – computer science, sociology, political science, philosophy, futurology, economics, history, as well as diplomats, politicians, government officials and journalists from 35 countries (Argentina, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Denmark, France, Georgia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Morocco, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Zambia).


The conference was organized by the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP), Interregional Library Cooperation Centre, UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education, and Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support by the Government of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Ugra.





The final document of the conference is available in following languages:






(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 4-8 June 2018)
Final document rus eng

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 5-9 June 2017)
Final document rus / eng / esp




(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 7-10 June 2016)
The Khanty-Mansiysk Declaration Media and Information Literacy for Building Culture of Open Government in  English / Hungarian / Russian
Proceeding of the meeting download in english

(Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, 4-9 July 2015)
Proceedings of the meeting

(UNESCO's Headquarters in Paris, 28-29 October 2014)
Final Recommendations for the Action Plan of UNESCO’s World Atlas of Languages

Yakutsk Declaration on Linguistic and Cultural Divercity in Cyberspce
Proceedings of the conference

The Sakhalin Declaration on Internet and Socio-Cultural Transformations
Proceedings of the conference


The Moscow Declaration on Media and Information Literacy
Proceedings of the conference









International Conference on Preservation of Digital Information in the Information Society: Problems and Prospects


The Moscow Declaration on Digital Information Preservation 

in English 

in Russian




Evgeny Kuzmin was unanimously elected as IFAP Chair to a second term











The 2nd International Conference on Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace


 Yakutsk call for action: A roadmap towards the World Summit on Multilingualism (2017)







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