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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

Training of trainers' workshop on "Mainstreaming Appropriate Renewable Energy Technology in the Rural Productive Sectors of the Arab Region" Morocco

Third United Nations Global Road Safety Week 2015: ESCWA Regional Workshop on Road Safety Beirut

28/5- 29/5/2015
Advisory mission to Lebanon to Conduct a National Workshop on the "Enhanced Women Political Participation in Lebanon through Gender Sensitive Electoral Laws and the Quota System" - Beirut

Advisory Services to Tunisia to conduct two back to back national workshops Hammamat, Tunisia

2/6- 3/6/2015
EGM on transport and trade logistics in collaboration with the Tunisian Ministry of Transport - Tunis

Expert Group Meeting on innovation and technology for advancing the knowledge-based economy in the Arab region Amman

Training of trainers' workshop on "Mainstreaming Appropriate Renewable Energy Technology in the Rural Productive Sectors of the Arab Region" Sudan

First meeting of the Executive Committee Amman

RICCAR Regional Workshop on Moving from Climate Change Impact Assessment to Socio-Economic Vulnerability Assessment in the Arab Region Beirut

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

9/6- 10/6/2015
Regional Workshop for the Magreb Countries on the ACU in collaboration with LAS, UNDP, and UMA secretariat - Casablanca

11/6- 12/6/2015
UNDA Expert Group Meeting to Review the Draft Modules on Climate Change Adaptation Using IWRM Tools - Beirut

Training of trainers' workshop on "Mainstreaming Appropriate Renewable Energy Technology in the Rural Productive Sectors of the Arab Region" Oman

15/6- 15/6/2015
Review of the Outline of the Publication on Social Development Report No. 1. Participatory Processes in Arab Countries Undergoing Democratic Transition - TBD

EGM on Prospects of Space and Satellite Technology Development in the Arab Region To be determined

14/10- 15/10/2015
IGM Substantive servicing of the tenth session of the Committee on Trade and Finance - Focus on Trade - Cairo

16/10- 17/10/2015
IGM Substantive servicing of the sixteenth session of the Committee on Transport - Cairo

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



World No-Tobacco Day
31 May 2015

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
4 June 2015

World Environment Day
5 June 2015




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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ms. Ahed Sboul
Director, CSS