This past Tuesday, the Plataforma per la Llengua took part in the General Assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) as an observer, after having begun to establish regular bilateral contact with the network. The UNPO is an international network made up of organisations that represent cultures and linguistic communities with limited or inadequate representation in the international system due to the fact that they do not have states of their own.
The Plataforma per la Llengua delegate attending the Assembly, Daniel Mundet, presented the case of the Catalan language and explained the opportunity inherent in the construction of a state that defends the language both internally and internationally. The Catalan NGO also hopes to lay down the foundations for stronger cooperation with the UNPO in the future, in order to increase the promotion and defence of the Catalan language internationally. Daniel Mundet additionally explained the diverse campaigns and activities organised by the NGO to defend and promote the Catalan language, which piqued the interest of diverse institutions from different countries taking part in the Assembly.
Among its objectives, the UNPO aims to prepare the activists of its member organisations to defend the shared rights of their respective communities in the international scope, and to provide its members with direct access to international organisations such as the European Union and the United Nations. Since this organisation first began, some of the members of the UNPO have in fact managed to become fully recognised states internationally, as are the cases of Armenia and Estonia.