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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

Interregional Forum of the Development Account Project "Facilitating the Effective Integration of Developing Countries in the Global Economy through Aid for Trade Schemes" Tunis

28/4- 29/4/2014
Intergovernmental Consultation on Legal Framework on Shared Water Resources in the Arab Region (in cooperation with League of Arab States) - Cairo

11/5- 15/5/2014
Training Workshop on Program Cycle Management - Khartoum

15/5- 15/5/2014
EGM on Governance Trends and Measurement - TBD

3/6- 3/6/2014
Meeting of the Executive Bureau for Joint Coordination of the Arab IGF - TBD

3/6- 5/6/2014
National Training Seminar for Policy-makers on “Enabling Environments for Establishing Renewable Energy Public-Private Partnerships (in relation toDA Project: “Enhancing and Improving Access to Energy Services Through the Development of Private Renewable Partnership – ESCAP”) - Amman

4/6- 5/6/2014
AMAG-6th meeting - Arab Internet Governance Forum (AIGF) - Cairo

9/6- 12/6/2014
ESCWA 28th Session of the Commission - TBD

15/6- 15/6/2014
Expert Group Meeting on measuring multi-dimensional poverty using household survey microdata - TBD

15/6- 15/6/2014
Official Inauguration for the Renewable Energy Center (in relation to DA Project: "Capacity-building on Climate Change Mitigation.") - TBD

15/6- 15/6/2014
International Migration and Development in the Arab Region - TBD

The 2nd Arab Forum for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RE & EE): Enhancing the Role of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Promoting RE & EE Cairo

19/6- 20/6/2014
Regional workshop on EE investment projects pipeline - Morocco

15/7- 15/7/2014
Intergovernmental Consultative Meeting on Water and Energy Nexus for the Committee on Water and Committee on Energy Members - TBD

9/9- 11/9/2014
Expert Group Meeting on Gender Statistics - Cairo

12/9- 12/9/2014
Technical Cooperation Network (back to back to the Technical Committee) - TBD

15/9- 15/9/2014
The Impact of Population Policies on Human Development in the Arab Region - TBD

15/9- 15/9/2014
Expert Group Meeting on Macroeconomic Policy Convergence and Regional Integration - Beirut

15/9- 15/9/2014
Trade Statistics for Regional Integration - TBD

15/9- 15/9/2014
Regional Task Force Meeting on Governance - Beirut

15/10- 15/10/2014
Workshop on “Combating Cyber Crime in the Arab Region” - TBD

15/10- 15/10/2014
Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) Meeting - Beirut

15/10- 15/10/2014
Meeting of the 11th Session of the Statistical Committee - TBD

15/10- 15/10/2014
Review of the Outline of the Publication on Social Development Report No. 1. Participatory Processes in Arab Countries Undergoing Democratic Transition - TBD

15/10- 15/10/2014
Inclusive Social Development in the Arab Region - TBD

15/10- 15/10/2014
15th Session of the Committee on Transport - Amman

31/10- 31/10/2014
Improving census taking in the Arab region - TBD

31/10- 31/10/2014
9th Session of the Committee on Trade and Finance - Amman

12/11- 13/11/2014
Back-to-Back: Intergovernmental Consultative Meeting on the Water and Energy Nexus / EGM on Enhancing the sustainable management of water, energy and land - Amman

15/11- 15/11/2014
11th Session of the Statistical Committee - TBD

15/11- 15/11/2014
Ninth Session of the Technical Committee on Liberalization of Foreign Trade, Economic Globalization and Financing for Development - Beirut

25/11- 27/11/2014
3rd Annual Meeting of the AIGF - TBD

25/11- 27/11/2014
2nd Session of the International Conference on REDEC - TBD

8/12- 9/12/2014
Sixth RICCAR Expert Group Meeting - Cairo

15/12- 15/12/2014
9th Meeting of the Technical Committee - Amman

15/12- 15/12/2014
1st Annual Meeting of the Council of e-Gov. Directors - Riyadh

16/12- 16/12/2014
Technical Cooperation Network Meeting (back to back to the Ninth Meeting of the Technical Committee) - Amman

30/1- 1/2/2015
EGM on Space and Satellite Technologies for Development - Cairo



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