On February 8, 2019, a meeting of the Organizational Committee for the preparation and holding of the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019 in the Russian Federation was held at the Federal Agency for Nationalities Affairs.
The chairman of the organizing committee of the International Year of Languages is Igor Barinov, head of the Federal Agency for Ethnicities Affairs of Russia, held a meeting of the organizing committee.
The meeting discussed issues of information support for the events of the year, the additions to the federal plan of the International Year of Indigenous Languages and also the involvement of regions in the work of the organizing committee and the preparation of information materials on the status of languages in Russia to provide information to UNESCO.
“We are ready to support each event with information, as well as provide guidelines for its conduct and attract partners, but the active position of the main organizers in the regions is very important, rather than waiting for introductors from the center,” commented Igor Barinov.
Elena Bondarenko, member of the State Duma Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation for Ethnic Affairs; Heinrich Martens, head of the Federal national-cultural autonomy of Russian Germans and also Head of the Federal Communications Department of Public Relations of Lukoil Vladimir Gerasimov together made a proposal to supplement the plan of activities of the International Year of Indigenous Languages.
Vsevolod Koltsov, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug-Ugra made a presentation on the preparation of the forum which will open the International Year of Indigenous Languages in Russia on 21st of March.
Also within the framework of the work of the organizing committee, meetings of working groups were held on monitoring and analyzing regulatory acts in the field of supporting the linguistic diversity of the peoples of the Russian Federation and information support for the International Year of Indigenous Languages. The participants of the working groups identified the mechanisms for the most effective interaction.