Watch this video made by the Gender Development Association from Laos (Gender Just Climate Solutions winner of 2017) and their partner GAPE. GDA and GAPE wants to acknowledge the critical role of ethnic languages in Laos; contributing to the preservation of our cultural heritage, diversity and unity of Lao people around the world.
About the international day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples
There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world’s population, but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. The large majority of the languages in danger are spoken by indigenous peoples. It is estimated that, every 2 weeks, an indigenous language disappears, placing at risk the respective indigenous cultures and knowledge systems. That is why, on this International Day, the goal is to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote them at both national and international levels. (source: UN)