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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

23/9- 24/9/2014
Expert group meeting on "Arab Women and Access to Justice - From Ratification to Implementation of International Instruments" - Beirut

23/9- 26/9/2014
Training workshop on Strategic Planning and Evaluation - Blue Nile, Sudan

Regional Workshop on the Implementation of ISIC for the Arab Countries Amman

Scoping Meeting for the Establishment of the Arab Climate Outlook Forum (ArabCOF) Amman

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

22/10- 23/10/2014
Expert Group Meeting for Review and Validation of the Arab Regional Report on Beijing+20 - in partnership with UN-Women and the League of Arab States - Beirut  

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

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

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

29/11- 29/11/2014
Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People - Beirut

Capacity Building Workshop on Promoting a Safer Cyberspace in the Arab Region Muscat

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

9/12- 11/12/2014
ESCWA-ARADO 14th Annual Conference on "Cooperation in Establishing Resilience toward Global Risks in the Arab Region" - Cairo

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

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

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

25/1- 29/1/2015
Trade Statistics for Regional Integration - Abu Dhabi

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

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



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International Day of Older Persons
1 October 2014

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