United Nations Chinese Day 2017 observed

Apr 20, 2017 12:06 IST

20 April: United Nations Chinese Day

The United Nations Chinese Day 2017 was observed globally on 20 April 2017. The Day is observed every year to promote the use of Chinese language in the United Nations.

The first United Nations Chinese Day was held on 12 November 2010 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Chinese language is one of the oldest languages in the world.

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In the history of the United Nations, it was for the first time that the use of  Chinese as the official language of the United Nations was promoted through this day so that people get to understand China's long civilization and splendid culture.

Background

In year 2010, the United Nations Department of Public Information launched the United Nations Language Day with an aim to celebrate the use of multilingualism and cultural diversity and to promote the equal use of the six official languages in the United Nations.

Under this new initiative, United Nations scheduled six celebrations to commemorate each of the working languages of the United Nations at United Nations duty stations around the world.

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