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


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The Interregional Library Cooperation Center, an interregional public organization, is the working body of the Russian IFAP Committee since 2007