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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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 Upcoming Meetings and Events

26/10- 29/10/2015
Study tour in India on ensuring access to modern energy services in rural areas through the use of renewable energy technologies (co-organized with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) - India

1/11- 1/11/2015
Workshop on Strengthening the Capacities of National Disability Councils in the Arab Region (date tentative) - Beirut

1/11- 1/11/2015
Launch and Policy Discussion on "What is Left of the Spring? The Long Road to Social Justice in the Arab Region" - Beirut

5/11- 5/11/2015
Launch of the Arab Development Outlook: Vision 2030 - Beirut (date and venue tentive)

9/11- 10/11/2015
Population and Housing Censuses in the Arab Countries: Census Round 2020 - Amman

11/11- 11/11/2015
Capacity-building workshops on violence against women legislations and monitoring indicators (date tentative) - Morocco

11/11- 14/11/2015
Training workshops with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and IPU on institutional and capacity-building for Arab Parliaments and other stakeholders for the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security - Tunis

15/11- 15/11/2015
Fifth Workshop on Capacity Development on Climate Change Negotiations for the Arab Countries - Muscat (date and venue tentative)

15/11- 15/11/2015
Launch of the Arab Governance Report (date tentative) - Beirut

15/11- 15/11/2015
Expert Group Meeting on Prospects of Space and Satellite Technology Development in the Arab Region - Beirut

18/11- 19/11/2015
Third Meeting on the MDG+ Initiative (convened by LAS, ACWUA, ESCWA) - Amman

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

Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on Financial Services and Business Register Istanbul, Turkey

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

26/11- 26/11/2015
Seminar on the impact of Israeli occupation on Palestinian's living conditions - Beirut

27/11- 27/11/2015
Commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 November) - Beirut

1/12- 1/12/2015
National Workshop on Capacity-building for Partnership in Democratic Governance in Yemen - Beirut

1/12- 2/12/2015
Expert Group Meeting on the Governance of Transformation: Strengthening Peace Enablers - Beirut

1/12- 2/12/2015
Expert Group Meeting on Economic Governance - Beirut

6/12- 8/12/2015
Session organized by ESCWA on Enabling Policies to Support Energy Productivity in the Arab Region- GCC, for the second Conference on Energy Management - Manama

8/12- 9/12/2015
Expert Group Meeting on Market Competition in the Arab Region - Beirut

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

10/12- 10/12/2015
Training Workshop on Agricultural Production Assessment Tools in Relation to Climate and Hydrological Modeling (in the framework of RICCAR) - Date and venue TBD

12/12- 12/12/2015
Launch of the 2015 Situation Report on International Migration: Migration, Displacement and Development in a Changing Arab Region (date tentative) - Cairo

14/12- 15/12/2015
Regional Coordination Mechanism Meeting - Cairo

15/12- 15/12/2015
United Nations stakeholders' meeting in preparation for Habitat-III (date tentative) - Cairo

15/12- 15/12/2015
Arab Internet Governance Forum 2015 and Regional Conference on the Review of the World Summit on the Information Society Outcomes (WSIS+10) and of the Global/Arab Internet Governance Forum Process (IGF/AIGF) (date tentative) - Beirut

15/12- 15/12/2015
Launch of the report on Assessing Arab Economic Integration (date tentative) - Rabat

15/12- 17/12/2015
Joint ESCWA-ARADO 15th Annual Conference on "Post 2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States" - Cairo, Egypt

15/12- 17/12/2015
Joint ESCWA-ARADO Fifteenth Annual Conference on the post-2015 Development Agenda in the Arab States - Cairo

20/12- 20/12/2015
Capacity-building Workshop on Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security (date tentative) - Beirut

21/12- 21/12/2015
Launch of the Regional Economic Situation and Prospects Report - Date and venue TBD

21/12- 22/12/2015
Expert Group Meeting on Impact Assessment and Future Perspectives - Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA Region - Beirut



International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
2nd Wednesday in October 2015

World Food Day
16 October 2015

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
17 October 2015




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