[EDLING:168] 2008 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES
Francis M Hult
fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Tue May 29 01:59:03 UTC 2007
GENERAL ASSEMBLY PROCLAIMS 2008 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LANGUAGES, IN EFFORT
TO PROMOTE UNITY IN DIVERSITY, GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING
The General Assembly this afternoon, recognizing that genuine multilingualism promotes
unity in diversity and international understanding, proclaimed 2008 the International
Year of Languages.
Acting without a vote, the Assembly, also recognizing that the United Nations pursues
multilingualism as a means of promoting, protecting and preserving diversity of
languages and cultures globally, emphasized the paramount importance of the equality
of the Organizations six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French,
Russian and Spanish).
In that regard, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to ensure that all
language services were given equal treatment and were provided with equally favourable
working conditions and resources. The Secretary-General was also requested to
complete the task of publishing all important older United Nations documents on the
Organizations website in all six official languages, on a priority basis.
Further, the Assembly emphasized the importance of making appropriate use of all the
official languages in all the activities of the Department of Public Information, with
the aim of eliminating the disparity between the use of English and the use of the
five other official languages.
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