Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Official Languages of the United Nations

“There are six official languages of the UN.  These are Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. The correct interpretation and translation of these six languages, in both spoken and written form, is very important to the work of the Organization, because this enables clear and concise communication on issues of global importance.

Multilingualism and the UN

Multilingualism enables communication between the UN’s linguistically and culturally diverse Member States within the meeting rooms and halls of the UN. By promoting tolerance, multilingualism also ensures increased participation of all Member States in the Organization’s work, as well as greater effectiveness, better outcomes and more involvement.”

Read more @ http://www.un.org/en/sections/about-un/official-languages/index.html

Languages do matter!

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