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April 20
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Celebrating United Nations Chinese Language Day

  There are six official languages ​​of the United Nations, namely Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. In order to emphasize the importance of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote the equal use of the six official languages ​​of the United Nations, in 2010, the United Nations Department of Public Information (now the Department of Global Communications ) announced the launch of United Nations Language Day. This initiative celebrates multilingualism and cultural diversity and promotes equal use of the six official languages ​​at the United Nations. In the same year, after argumentation by domestic experts, the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations proposed to the United Nations that Chinese Language Day be designated as April 20 every year on the traditional Chinese solar term “Grain Rain” to commemorate the contribution of Cangjie, the “ancestor of Chinese characters” in character creation. .

  Since the first celebration was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on November 12, 2010, United Nations Chinese Language Day has become a window for people to understand Chinese culture. Every year before and after Chinese Language Day, the United Nations Headquarters in New York launches a series of colorful activities, covering art exhibitions, Chinese learning forums, special lectures, fashion and traditional opera exhibitions, etc.

In addition, the United Nations offices in Geneva, Bangkok, Nairobi, Vienna, and other United Nations agencies will also hold exhibitions, lectures, interesting knowledge tests and other activities to highlight the charm of the Chinese language and culture.

Establishment of United Nations Language Day

  The United Nations has established Language Days for each of its six official languages.

United Nations Language Day celebrates multilingual and cultural diversity and promotes equal use of the six official languages ​​of the United Nations. Under this initiative, six celebration events will be held at United Nations duty stations around the world to commemorate each of the United Nations working languages. United Nations Language Day is both for entertainment and to remind the public to strengthen respect for the history, culture and achievements of the six working languages ​​of the United Nations.

Chinese language day activities

The Grain Rain season coincides with the annual United Nations Chinese Language Day. Over the past decade or so, the colorful activities of Chinese Language Day have attracted much attention and expectations because of their role in promoting the Chinese language in the multilateral diplomatic work of the United Nations and highlighting the unique charm of Chinese language and culture. This year’s Chinese Language Day will be themed “Chinese Wisdom, Green Development” to contribute Chinese wisdom and provide Chinese solutions to green development and sustainable development.