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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

22/12-23/12/2014
Meeting on Energy Balance and End Use in the Transport Sector Amman

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

27/1-28/1/2015
15th Session of the Committee on Transport Rabat

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

2/2- 2/3/2015
Arab High Level Conference on Beijing+20: Towards Justice and Equality for Women in the Arab Region", in partnership with UN-Women Regional Office for Arab States and the League of Arab States - Cairo  

22/3- 23/3/2015
10th Session of ESCWA Committee on Energy - 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

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

 

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