The Global Task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages
For the organization of the International Decade, UNESCO established a Global task Force for Making a Decade of Action for Indigenous Languages on 22 March 2021. As an international governance mechanism, the Global Task Force ensures the equitable participation of all stakeholders in the International Decade, and provides guidance on the preparation, planning, implementation and monitoring of activities, in line with the objectives of the Global Action Plan of the IDIL2022-2032.
The Global Task Force includes:
- Steering Committee
- Ad-hoc groups
- Multi-stakeholder consultative meeting
Steering Committee (19 members)
The Steering Committee is composed of 19 members, of which two Co-chairs representing UNESCO Member States, and two Co-chairs representing Indigenous Peoples’ organizations. Its members are appointed for a one-year period, following which they serve two years as advisors, based on a rotation principle. Overall, its members include:
- UNESCO Member States (1 per each electoral group - 6 members);
- Group I. North America and Europe: Canada, Iceland, Norway
- Group II. Eastern Europe: Latvia, Russian Federation, Ukraine
- Group III. Latin America and the Caribbean: Plurinational State of Bolivia, Paraguay, Peru
- Group IV. Asia and Pacific: Australia, India, Thailand
- Group Va. Africa: Gambia, Madagascar, Zimbabwe
- Group Vb. Arab States: Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia
- Representatives of Indigenous Peoples and Organizations from the seven socio-cultural regions (7);
- Designated members: Representatives of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (3);
- Representatives of UN-system entities, including the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR).
The Advisors are around 30 members, including:
- UNESCO Member States (2 per electoral group – 12 members);
- Representatives of Indigenous Peoples’ Organizations from the seven socio cultural regions (2 per region – 14 members);
- Designated members: Representatives of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2), and, if nominated, other Special Rapporteurs holding mandates relevant to the subject area, and UN system entities which responded to UNESCO’s invitation addressed to the members of the UN Inter-agency Support Group on Indigenous Issues.
Ad hoc groups
Ad hoc groups may be established by UNESCO, in cooperation with the members of the Global Task Force, to focus on various subjects in order to provide advice on specific aspects of the implementation of the Global Action Plan.
Members of the Global Task Force
Please find the full list here.