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Partnership between UNESCO, Discovery Communications, Inc. and UN Works Programme on endangered languages


The purpose of this project is to raise awareness of language endangerment and disappearance, and the need to safeguard our linguistic diversity. In 2002-2004, UNESCO, in partnership with the Discovery Communications, INC. and the UN Works Programme, produced a series of short-form programmes on various endangered languages throughout the world.

The eighteen short-form programmes (vignettes) were first aired globally on the Discovery Channel on 21 February 2003, the International Mother Language Day. The stories were filmed in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Croatia, Gabon, Guatemala, India, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Panama, Scotland, South Africa and Sweden.