The European External Action Service advocated this Friday respect for cultural, religious and linguistic diversity on the occasion of the International Day of the World''s Indigenous People.
In a statement, the high representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, highlighted the contributions of these communities and expressed the will of the EU bloc to help revitalize, foster and transmit their oral traditions and art.
Out of the 7,000 languages spoken in the world, 5,000 are indigenous. The majority of the 2,680 languages threatened are also indigenous. This is a direct consequence of the continued violation of the right of these communities to self-determination, to live on their lands and to own their resources, she said.
Mogherini also indicated that these populations are disproportionately affected by poverty, climate change and violence, and reiterated the EU's commitment to the struggle to preserve indigenous languages and cultures.
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