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The Arabic Language at the United Nations

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 3190 (XXVIII) ( French) of 18 December 1973, in that year Arabic became the sixth official and working language of the General Assembly of the United Nations and its main commissions, the others being Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

When the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) was established in 1973, Arabic, English and French were adopted as its official and working languages. It was decided that Arabic should be the original language in which all resolutions are formulated and into which all technical and other documents issued in languages other than Arabic should be translated (Terms of Reference and Rules of Procedure of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, rule 25 and 28).

Given that UN-ESCWA is located in the Arab region and plays an important supporting role in conveying information to Arabic-speakers and standardizing terminology, it is hoped that this site will be a forum in which official and academic institutions and individuals who specialize in the Arabic language and various technical areas may put forward proposals to promote the optimal use of that language within the United Nations.
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Please note that UN-ESCWA is neither responsible for the content nor for the policy of these sites.



 Upcoming Meetings and Events

Regional Training-of-Trainers Workshop - Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA Region Beirut

26/8- 27/8/2015
Sub regional workshop on "Institutional development of National Women Machineries in the Arab Region" - Beirut

10th Session of the Committee on Social Development (tentative date) Morocco

The 7th Session of the Committee on Women To be determined

24/11- 25/11/2015
IGM Substantive servicing of the 16th Session of the Committee on Transport - Cairo

25/11- 26/11/2015
IGM Substantive servicing of the 10th Session of the Committee on Trade and Finance - Focus on Trade - Cairo

29/11- 29/11/2015
Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - Beirut



International Day of the World's Indigenous People
9 August 2015

International Youth Day
12 August 2015

International Literacy Day
8 September 2015




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Ms. Ahed Sboul
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