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Spanish Language Day

April 23
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The UN also talks to Ñ

On April 23, “Spanish Language Day at the United Nations” is celebrated to raise awareness among the Organization’s staff, and the world in general, about the history, culture and use of Spanish as an official language.

The choice of the day takes place on the anniversary of the death of the great genius of Spanish letters, Miguel de Cervantes. Coincidentally, the date of his death coincides with that of the most prestigious English playwright, William Shakespeare. Hence, both languages ​​share the day.

Growing interest among Spanish speakers in the United Nations

The United Nations has always looked for creative ways to promote official languages ​​in all spheres of its work, among which, of course, Spanish could not be missing.

The Secretariat uses formal and informal means to reach both the global public and its staff. From interpretation and translation services, to language and communication programs for your employees or multilingual external communication services ( web , news and social networks ).

In the case of Spanish, there is also another extraordinary tool: the Group of Friends of Spanish , a team founded in 2013 by the 20 Spanish-speaking Member States to coordinate and carry out activities aimed at promoting the use and dissemination of Spanish in the work of the UN.

This group was created due to the growing interest of Spanish-speaking people in the mission of the United Nations, which has been impacting the activities of the Organization through greater and sustained consultations, interactions and demands from the Spanish-speaking public throughout the world. planet.

Did you know…?

  • Spanish is the second language in the world by number of native speakers. Mexico is the largest Spanish-speaking country on the planet.
  • No less than 4,000 Spanish terms come from Arabic, such as olive, sugar, pillow and rice.
  • Spanish is the third most popular language on the Internet, although it occupies second place on social networks.