Hindi is mentioned for the first time in UNGA resolution on multilingualism

In a significant initiative, Hindi language has been mentioned for the first time in a resolution on multilingualism adopted at the UN General Assembly on Friday, in which India has insisted that it is imperative that the UN adopts true multilingualism.

The resolution, introduced by Andorra and adopted at the 193-member UN General Assembly co-sponsored by more than 80 countries, including India, underscores the UN Secretariat’s responsibility towards ‘integrating multilingualism into its activities on an equitable basis’.

It recognizes the efforts of the United Nations to use non-official languages ​​in addition to the six official languages ​​– Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish – for communication with specific local target audiences and emphasizes the importance of Gives multilingualism in the activities of the United Nations.

The resolution expresses appreciation for the efforts of the Department of Global Communications in highlighting some of the most recent important communications and messages of the Secretary-General in non-official languages ​​other than official, such as Portuguese, Hindi, Kiswahili, Farsi, Bengali and Urdu. Language to promote multilingualism.

This encourages the Department to promote within the existing resources, whenever appropriate, in all six official languages ​​as well as non-official languages.

India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations TS Tirumurti, speaking at the General Assembly Hall, said this year, “for the first time, Hindi language is mentioned in the resolution.”

“The resolution encourages the United Nations Department of Global Communications to continue to disseminate important communications and messages in official and non-official languages, including Hindi,” he said.

“Bangla and Urdu are also mentioned for the first time in the resolution. We welcome all these additions. It is imperative that multilingualism is adopted in the United Nations in its true sense and India will support the United Nations in achieving this objective.

Tirumurti stressed that multilingualism is recognized as a core value of the United Nations and expressed gratitude to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for prioritizing multilingualism.

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