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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

31/3- 1/4/2015
Promoting Food and Water Security through Cooperation and Capacity Development in the Arab Region (First Coordination Meeting of the Project) - Beirut

1/4- 2/4/2015
Expert Group Meeting to Review the Draft Population and Development Report, Issue n.7: Overcoming Population Vulnerability to Water Scarcity in the Arab Region - Beirut

Technical Committee on Liberalization of Foreign Trade, Economic Globalization and Financing for Development in the Countries of the ESCWA Region Amman

22/4- 23/4/2015
Gender and Labor in the Arab Region: Towards Innovative Approaches to Women's Economic Empowerment in partnership with the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute - Abu Dhabi

Second Session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development Kingdom of Bahrain

18/5- 22/5/2015
Regional "Training of Trainers" workshops on the four modules of the AIGLE Project - Beirut

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

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

23/6- 25/6/2015
EGM on Prospects of Space and Satellite Technology Development in the Arab Region - Cairo

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



World Autism Awareness Day
2 April 2015

International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
4 April 2015

World Health Day
7 April 2015




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