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International Network for Development co-sponsors panel discussion with SIL at UN forum

Dr. Dean Nielsen, World Bank, speaking during the panel discussion.

Dr. Dean Nielsen, World Bank, speaking during the panel discussion.

(May 2007) The International Network for Development, Pioneer People Trust, Save the Children UK and the SIL International Office of International Relations co-sponsored the panel discussion Indigenous Education: Towards a Global Initiative on the Importance of Indigenous (Local) Languages and Cultures in Education on 18 May. This discussion was part of the Sixth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) at the UN headquarters in New York. Over 1,000 individuals from all regions of the world attended the Forum, held 14–25 May.

Participants focused on the challenges indigenous people face in achieving literacy and bringing about solutions. Panelists included Executive Director Dr. Pamela Mackenzie, International Network for Development, President Babu Thomas, Bastar True Light Samiti, Dr. Dean Nielsen, Senior evaluation officer of the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, and Executive Director Mathura Tripura, Zabarang Kalyan Samity Bangladesh.

United Nations building Territories, Lands and Natural Resources was the special theme for this Sixth Session of the UNPFII. The UNPFII is an advisory body to the UN Economic and Social Council with a mandate to discuss indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

As a nongovernmental organization, SIL works in partnership with governmental and nongovernmental agencies to contribute to the global dialog on language development and multilingual education. Since 1993, SIL has been in formal relations with UNESCO and in special consultative status since 1998. As a consultancy agency with UNESCO, SIL participates in and contributes to certain related events such as the UNPFII.

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