The UNESCO Endangered Languages Programme has as its mission to promote and safeguard endangered languages and linguistic diversity as an essential part of the living heritage of humanity.
Three priority lines of action guide the Programme's activities:
(i) awareness-raising of language endangerment, and of the need to safeguard our linguistic diversity
Partnership between UNESCO, UN Works and Discovery Communications, INC
UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger of Disappearing (1996, 2001) and its new online version
(ii) local capacity-building and promotion of language policies
Over the past few years, a number of local, national and sub-regional capacity-building projects have been carried out by UNESCO throughout the world.
(iii) mobilization of international cooperation
UNESCO Expert meeting on endangered languages, Paris, March 2003
Capacity-building for safeguarding languages and oral traditions and expressions in Sub-Saharan Africa.