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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

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

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

Regional Forum on Science & Technology Diplomacy: Towards Transformative and Inclusive Partnership for a Sustainable Future Amman, Jordan

Workshop on C2C in the Arab Region Casablanca, Morocco

Workshop on Strengthening the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate legitimate border crossing, regional cooperation and integration Casablanca, Morocco

6/12- 7/12/2015
Capacity-building Workshop on Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security - Amman, Jordan

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

Expert Group Meeting on "Competition legislation and regulation - Challenges and opportunities in the Arab Region" Beirut

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

10/12- 12/12/2015
Third Session of the Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development - Beirut, Lebanon  

10/12- 12/12/2015
Third Session of the Arab Forum for Scientific Research and Sustainable Development - Beirut, Lebanon  

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- 16/12/2015
Second Meeting of the Executive Committee - Amman, Jordan

15/12- 15/12/2015
Launch of the Arab Development Outlook: Vision 2030 - Beirut

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

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

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

Regional Workshop on "Assessment of Achievements and Future Perspectives for the Sustainability of the Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA Region" Beirut

The 7th Session of the Committee on Women Muscat, Oman


International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
2 December 2015

International Volunteer Day for Economics and Social Development
5 December 2015

International Civil Action Day
7 December 2015




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Ms. Ahed Sboul
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