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UN adopts Bangla as unofficial language

The move comes after the adoption of a resolution tabled by India

Update : 12 Jun 2022, 11:26 PM

The United Nations has adopted a resolution prompting its Department of Global Communications to use both official and non-official languages, including Bangla.

On Friday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted an India-sponsored resolution on multilingualism, reports ThePrint. 

The other languages are-- Hindi and Urdu. The resolution also mentioned languages such as Portuguese, Kiswahili, and Persian.

The UN has six official languages — English, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and French. 

The addition of Hindi, Bangla, and Urdu will instrumentalise and institutionalise their usage as mediums for disseminating UN information, said TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.

The resolution was co-facilitated by Andorra and Columbia, ThePrint reports.

Highlighting the significance of the resolution, Tirumurti said: “Multilingualism is recognised as a core value of the UN. We also thank the Secretary-General (UN Secretary-General António Guterres) for prioritising multilingualism.”

He added that India welcomes the first time mention of Hindi, Bangla, and Urdu as languages for communicating important information and messages of the UN.

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