Languages are an important part of our lives, communities and cultural histories. More than just modes for meaning and expression, languages are also a significant part of community building, intercultural relations, and all aspects of social life. In recognition of the importance of languages and language revitalization, the UN declared 2019 The Year of Indigenous Languages (IYIL2019).  IYIL2019 aims to promote indigenous languages and their significance in human rights protections, sustainable development, reconciliation, good governance, and peacebuilding. A Global Launch Event was held on January 28th in Paris, France, to mark the start of IYIL2019. Learn more about IYIL2019 and ways that you can participate in supporting and celebrating indigenous languages.