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Project ID: 1142942229
Entity: African Academy of Languages (ACALAN)
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Activity: Launch of a new network
 
Activity description: On 15 November 2005, in Tunis, a new network for a multilingual cyberspace was created in Tunis by the African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) and the E-Africa Commission of NEPAD, in partnership with UNESCO, the Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF), ITU, the Union latina, the International Literacy Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (ILI), the SIL International, FUNREDES, Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC), the Casa de les Llengües of Catalunya, the Language Observatory Project (LOP), Unicode IDN in Africa, and ICVolunteers, under the auspices of the African Union. Its seeds being laid, the official launch of the network will take place on 21 February 2006 at UNESCO headquarters, on the occasion of the International Mother Tongue Day. The Summit has clearly identified national e-strategies as the key vehicle to meet the targets. Fostering rich multilingual content has been recognized as a priority for the implementation of WSIS. One means to achieve this objective is through organizations specialized in the area of languages to work together. This is the aim of the newely started network on linguistic diversity in cyberspace. The network was created as an ongoing initiative, based on a multistakeholder apparoach, brining together a maximum of actors. This project has been submitted to the Golden Book database.
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Entity from: International
 
Geographical coverage of the activity: International
 
WSIS action lines related to this activity:
Theme 1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
Theme 6. Enabling environment
Theme 8. Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
Theme 11. International and regional cooperation
 
Related MDGs:
MDG 8. Develop a global partnership for development
 
Activity type: WSIS Thematic Meeting
Time scale: Ongoing: - 2008
Partners: The African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) and the E-Africa Commission of NEPAD, in partnership with UNESCO, the Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF), ITU, the Union latina, the International Literacy Institute of the University of Pennsylvania (ILI), the SIL International, FUNREDES, Multilingual Internet Names Consortium (MINC), the Casa de les Llengües of Catalunya, the Language Observatory Project (LOP), Unicode IDN in Africa, and ICVolunteers, under the auspices of the African Union.

 

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