Palau Moja in Barcelona hosted the Linguapax award ceremony that distinguishes "the human and professional contribution of Jon Landaburu Illarramendi to the vitality of Colombia's linguistic heritage."
The Linguapax Award, created in 2002, is the only existing recognition for the promotion of linguistic diversity. The prize is awarded on a yearly basis as a recognition to linguists, researchers, teachers and members of civil society that have distinguished themselves for promoting linguistic diversity and multilingual education. The name of the winner was announced, as always, on February 21, coinciding with the International Mother Language Day.
Jon Landaburu Illaramendi (1943), a Basque with French and Colombian nationalities, is one of the major specialists of the indigenous languages of Colombia. For over 40 years of professional dedication and personal commitment, Jon Landaburu has acquired a profound knowledge of the diversity of languages and autochthonous linguistic ecologies of Colombia through direct experience and immersion, and has become key expert in their protection and revitalization.
Jon Landaburu received the award from the President of Linguapax Miquel Angel Essomba, after a moving praise by Felix Martí, honorary president of the organization and one of the "fathers" of Linguapax. Also spoke at the event Alicia Fuentes-Calle, head of Unescocat-Linguapax linguistic diversity department, Yvonne Griley, Director General of Language Policy of the Catalan Government representing the Minister of Culture, and Carles Llorens, Director General of Cooperation Development of the Catalan Government.
Jon Landaburu's speech attached below.