As of this year, The United Nations joins in on International Translation Day. Translators and interpreters have been celebrating International Translation Day (Sept. 30th) for 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’s motto that Language Matters. So, below we’re sharing some highlights from Resolution 71/288. The role of professional translation in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding, and development.
Multilingualism and Union
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 the 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.
Translation is Indispensable
As 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
We are certainly proud to have the United Nations join us in supporting this internationally recognized day. We hope to continue to be of service, through employment and volunteering, in making the world a more connected place.