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(Opening) Celebration of the 2023 World Arabic…

(Opening) Celebration of the 2023 World Arabic Language Day at the United Nations - Arabic is the language of poetry and art

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Session 1: Opening - 50 years since the adoption of the Arabic language as an official language in the United Nations.
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  • Statement by H.E. Mr. Dennis Francis, President of the 78th Session of the General Assembly.
  • Statement by H.E Ms. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.
  • Statement by Prof. Abdullah Al-Washmi, the Secretary-General of The King Salman Global Academy for Arabic Language.
  • Statement by Dr Abdulaziz Alwasil, the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations.
  • Statement by H.E. Mr. Osama Mahmoud Abdelkhalek Mahmoud, the Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the United Nations, chairmanship of the Arab Group in New York during December 2023.
  • Statement by Dr. Nasria Flitti, Minister Plenipotentiary, Deputy Permanent Observer of LSA to the UN.
  • Visual presentation on the adoption of Arabic as an official language in the United Nations.

UN Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18. The event was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 seeking "to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official working languages throughout the organization". December 18 was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is "the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language".

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