Under the theme “Arabic Language and Civilizational Communication,” the UN commemorates the International Day of the Arabic Language, its beauty and worth, as well as the necessity to conserve its legacy and encourage its use in global political, economic, and cultural affairs, on Saturday.
The activities are taking place as part of Expo 2020 Dubai, with assistance from the League of Arab States and representation from the Office of the Director of the Awareness Division in the Department of Global Communication.
The theme for this year’s World Arabic Language Day is “Arabic Language and Civilized Communication,” according to the international organization, which describes it as a “call to reaffirm the important role played by the Arabic language in building bridges of communication between people based on culture, science, literature, and other very many fields.”
The goal of this topic, it continued, is to highlight the Arabic language’s historical function as a tool for knowledge creation and transfer, as well as a method to foster communication and establish the groundwork for peace.
The Arabic language has served as a common pillar and connection throughout history, encapsulating the diversity of human existence and providing access to a wide range of resources.
Many UN entities, including the Arabic Translation Department, the Arabic Language Teaching Program, Mediation Services Office, the Regional Office of the Office for Disaster Reduction, and the Arab Club at the UN, held festive events at the Secretariat’s headquarters, in addition to festive online events, according to the UN General Secretariat.
It added that several UN entities are holding festive events on the occasion of the International Day of the Arabic Language, both inside and outside the headquarters, including the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which is holding an exhibition of Arab publications and a cinematic show with the support of the Information Service in Vienna, as part of the Conference of the Parties to the Anti-Corruption Convention’s ninth session.