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Video excerpt from SAL/UER workshop on racism at the Global Climate Action Summit

Draft Program on Climate Change, for your comments (updated March 5, 2019) (short version now available)


The International Commonality Reference Person for Languages and Interpreting

I’m Xabi Odriozola, from the Basque Country. I am the International Commonality Reference Person for Languages and Interpreting. You have just heard my language, which is around forty thousand years old. My language has given me a strong feeling of belonging to my people, to my land, to my culture, and a strong sense of integrity and connection that makes it harder for the system to manipulate and confuse me.

Language is something more than a tool for communication. It is the space where my people live, the space where my people’s best ideas are created—the ideas that can make this world better. It is also a space for you to reclaim yourself. I would like to help you to reclaim your people, your language, your background, and to be fully yourself everywhere you go.

Xabi Odriozola
Donostia, Basque Country

Last modified: 2019-05-02 14:41:35+00