Translators and interpreters worldwide have been celebrating International Translation Day (Sept. 30th) for several decades, but this year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring September 30th as International Translation Day.
This resolution emphasizes the important role of language professionals in so many fields and supports DLS’ motto that “Language Matters”. Here are some highlights from Resolution 71/288. The role of professional translation in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding and development:
- respect for the world’s cultural and linguistic diversity is an essential prerequisite for the promotion, in the United Nations, of the spirit of openness, equity and dialogue
- the role of multilingualism in the activities of the United Nations and its projection to the world, as a core value of the Organization, and its pursuit as a means of promoting, protecting and preserving diversity of languages and cultures globally
- language, as a fusion of the common and the unique, reflects the idea of the strength of a united world, which stems from its diversity
- as a transposition of a literary or scientific work, including technical work, from one language into another language, professional translation, including translation proper, interpretation and terminology, is indispensable to preserving clarity, a positive climate and productiveness in international public discourse and interpersonal communication
- the practical contribution of language professionals, both in conference servicing and in the field, to furthering the cause of the United Nations, including in the maintenance of peace and security, peacekeeping, the promotion of human rights and operational activities for sustainable development
- professional translation, as a trade and an art, plays an important role in upholding the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, bringing nations together, facilitating dialogue, understanding and cooperation, contributing to development and strengthening world peace and security
We in the translation and interpretation field are very proud to have the United Nations join in supporting this internationally recognized day and hope that we can continue to be of service, through our employment and our volunteering, in making the world a more peaceful, connected place.