In a remarkable initiative, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has passed the resolution introduced by India on multilingualism. In this, for the first time, the promotion of Hindi and other languages has been mentioned in the working of the United Nations.
The resolution passed on Friday said that the United Nations encourages the continuation of important communication and dissemination of messages in official and non-official languages, including Hindi. For the first time this year, Hindi language has been mentioned in the proposal. Bangla and Urdu are also mentioned for the first time in this resolution.
Ambassador TS Tirumurti, India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations has welcomed the initiative. He said multilingualism has been recognized as one of the core values of the United Nations. Tirumurti thanked the UN Secretary General for giving priority to multilingualism and Hindi. The Indian representative said that India has been partnering with the UN's Department of Global Communications (DGC) since 2018. The United Nations is giving additional funds to broadcast and mainstream the news and multimedia content of the UN in Hindi.'Hindi in UN' project launched in 2018
Tirumurti further said that the 'Hindi in UN' project was launched in 2018 as part of efforts to promote Hindi in the UN. Its objective is to promote the delivery of UN public information in Hindi and to bring greater awareness of global issues among the millions of Hindi speaking people around the world. In this context, he referred to Security Council Resolution 13(1), adopted in the first session of the UN General Assembly on February 1, 1946. It stated that the United Nations cannot achieve its objectives unless the people of the world are fully aware of its objectives and activities. In the United Nations, it is imperative to adopt multilingualism in its true sense. India will support the United Nations in achieving this objective.
Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish are the six official languages of the United Nations. Whereas, English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.