UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 2, 2019 - Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces (L), the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President, addresses the launch ceremony of the International Year of Indigenous Languages at the UN headquarters in New York, Feb. 1, 2019. UN General Assembly (UNGA) president on Friday urged the international community to better "recover" and "preserve" indigenous languages. The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a UN observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of indigenous languages across the world, and to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation.

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Photo shows the the launch ceremony of the first International Year of Indigenous Languages at the UN headquarters in New York, Feb. 1, 2019.

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Aili Keskitalo, President of the Sami Parliament of Norway and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the organization of the International Year of Indigenous Languages representing indigenous people, addresses the launch ceremony of the International Year of Indigenous Languages at the UN headquarters in New York, Feb. 1, 2019.

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