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UN officially declares 30 September as Translation Day

THE UN General Assembly (UNGA) has declared 30 September as International Translation Day, recognising the contribution of language professionals to the UN.

UNGA adopted the resolution without a vote, affirming the crucial role of professional translation in the work of the UN and in fostering linguistic diversity and social harmony.

The Foreign Ministry of Belarus, the main sponsor of the draft resolution, acknowledged the 27 countries that gave their full support to and acted as co-sponsors of the resolution.

Andrei Dapkiunas, Permanent Representative of Belarus to the United Nations, said the resolution was much broader and deeper than simply respect for the profession. “This resolution is about the underappreciated role of language in the life our human,” he added. “We feel that this deserves further discussion, perhaps legal protection of those translators working in conflict zones and in situations of higher risks.”

This marks the UN stamp of approval for International Translation Day, which has been celebrated by translators for the past 63 years.

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