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10:11 | Jul 01 | 2014

Yegor Borisov: Yakutia the Territory of Dialogue on preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity

 Dear participants and guests of the III International Scientific Conference of UNESCO "Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in Cyberspace!"

Welcome to the land of Yakutia!

Under the influence of powerful global processes taking place in the modern world, the cultures of many nationalities are assimilating and disappearing. The international community does not exclude the possibility that in a few generations more than half of the 7,000 languages ​​spoken in the world today may disappear. The wise ethnolinguistic policy and new information technologies give the chance, at least, to slow these detrimental processes for all mankind.

It is gratifying that the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), under development of a single global information space aimed at the unique combination of diversity of cultures, for the third time becomes the territory of the dialogue and initiatives in this important issue.

The increasing public interest in cultures of the northern regions of Russia and the realization of their socio-cultural role in the interregional and international cooperation create a strong foundation for understanding contemporary global processes. In this regard, of particular importance is understanding of the modern information and communication revolution, the results of which inevitably affect the public consciousness, chang the established cultural, ethical and moral standards, erase the boundaries, especially it is relevant regarding the preservation and promotion of the linguistic culture.

The Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) is home to representatives of more than 120 nationalities. Preservation and development of national languages​​, cultures, customs and traditions is a priority of our regional policy. We conduct extensive work on the guaranteed development of the Yakut and Russian languages, as well as the native languages ​​of indigenous peoples.

We understand that the preservation of linguistic and cultural diversity is impossible without the use of information and communication technologies.

I am confident that the Conference will serve as an additional incentive for comprehensive discussion of topical theoretical and practical problems related to the preservation of multilingualism in cyberspace, lay the foundation for further development of this activity in Russia.

I wish all the participants fruitful and constructive work, good luck in all your endeavors and more success!

 

Acting Head of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)

Egor Borisov