Working Group Co-Chaired by:

H.E. Adama Samassékou
President of the International Council of Philosophy & Human Science

The WG-M has made a number of recommendations to ensure that multilingualism and multicultural diversity are taken into account in shaping the future of broadband and our online world. It has issued a call for a Ministerial Conference on Multilingualism in 2013, as well as a UN General Assembly Decision on World Summit on Multilingualism in 2014 and a World Summit on Multilingualism in 2017, with a Summit Preparatory process beforehand.

Objectives of the Group:

  1. The Working Group on Multilingualism (WG-M) aims to promote principles of multilingualism and multi-cultural diversity.​

  2. To what extent the language question is considered as an important factor for achieving the MDGs and how the Broadband Commission could take this factor into account during its deliberations?

  3. Which are technical and political solutions to ultimately ensure a multilingual broadband Internet and a democratized digital culture for every citizen of the world?

  4. How can broadband facilitate the preservation and development of global cultural diversity?

  5. How could we raise awareness, particularly through the Internet, about vital importance of multilingualism for global governance and the safeguarding of humanity?

  6. How could a World Summit on Multilingualism contribute to the promotion and respect of linguistic and cultural diversity in the world, as well as the attainment of the MDGs and peace in the world?​​​

1. WG-M held its inaugural meeting in Paris on 5 June to define the scope and purpose of its activities.​